Opera Australia Announces Cast of ‘West Side Story’

By Francisco Salazar

Opera Australia has announced that the cast of “West Side Story.” opening on March 22, hail from all over Australia.

The performers come from Mount Gambier, Wagga Wagga, Alice Springs, Gold Coast, Canberra, Newcastle, Melbourne and Adelaide. There is also one international cast member from the U.S.

The cast includes First Nations soprano Nina Korbe as Maria and Canberran Billy Bourchier as Tony, joined by Newcastle-born Patrick Whitbread as Riff and Gold Coast’s Kimberley Hodgson as Anita. Broadway performer Manuel Stark Santos will make his Australian debut in the role of Bernardo. The cast of 44 also includes Australian performers Wayne Scott Kermond as Doc, Scott Irwin as Schrank, Joe Clements as Officer Krupke,  and Doron Chester as Gladhand.

Associate Director Eric Sean Fogel will direct the production with revival Choreographer Kiira Schmidt Carper and Musical Director Guy Simpson.

“West Side Story” is set to run through April 21, 2024.