Past Event22 Jun - 2 Jul 2017

West Side Story

No longer available

The Civic


West Side Story a timeless hit | NZ Herald  

West Side Story: the musical that changes lives | Sunday Star Times

West Side Story has been described as ‘The number one greatest musical of all time’ (The Times, UK).

Inspired by Shakespeare’s tumultuous love story Romeo and Juliet, and set amidst the vicious rivalry of teenage gangs in 1950s New York, West Side Story’s ground-breaking choreography and unforgettable score changed the face of musical theatre forever when it burst onto the Broadway stage in 1957.

Now a vibrant new stage production of the classic dance musical is coming to Auckland, following wild acclaim and sold-out seasons around the world, from London to Tokyo, and Sydney to Johannesburg.

Please note Wednesday 28 June features a Sign Language Interpreted performance.

An outstanding international cast will electrify audiences with their passionate high-energy dance routines and their astounding vocal range in such classic songs as Maria, Tonight, Somewhere, America and I Feel Pretty.

West Side Story packs a powerful punch, both dramatically and musically. The movie version went on to win an incredible 10 Academy Awards (including Best Picture) and further cemented the reputation of this undoubted masterpiece.


Accessible performances*

Auckland Live and Lunchbox Theatrical Productions are delighted to present sign language interpreted and audio described performances for West Side Story, as part of Auckland Live’s Arts Accessibility programme.


Sign-language interpreted performance: Wednesday 28 June, 7.30pm

During the performance two trained interpreters, situated on the right hand side of the stage, will interpret the script using New Zealand Sign Language.

Introductory notes for attendees in sign language at will be given at 6.30pm in The Civic foyer

There are seats reserved for this unique performance that give a clear view of the stage and the interpreter. Tickets for these seats are $65.


Audio Described Performance: Thursday 29 June, 7.30pm

This performance gives blind or visually impaired patrons the opportunity to attend West Side Story with trained audio describers Edward Newborn and Kevin Keys broadcasting live commentary during the show, which patrons will hear through an earpiece.

A free touch tour will also be held from 5.30 - 6.15pm before the show where patrons can walk through the set, touch set pieces, feel costumes, handle key props and meet a few of the company members.

There are seats reserved for Audio Described patrons. Tickets for these seats are $65 and companion tickets are $34.50. Guide dogs are welcome.


*Please check the ‘Tickets & Times’ tab for more information, including how to book.

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