May 01, 2019

West Side Story for Every Budget

Posted 5/1/2019

When it comes to grand opera, lavish productions are to be expected. However, Lyric’s knack for producing music theater on the biggest scale doesn’t stop there. Each spring, we bring our technical, artistic, and musical resources and expertise to a classic Broadway musical. Beginning on May 3, Chicago audiences have the opportunity to experience West Side Story like never before.

Director Francesca Zambello on the Scale of West Side Story

The acclaimed director talks about the grand scale of this production of West Side Story.

The Lyric Opera House is home to the largest stage in downtown Chicago. To fill it, we bring in massive sets, intricate props, the best singers and dancers from around the country, and members of our own internationally renowned orchestra and chorus. The result is a larger-than-life production that is sure to wow audiences of all ages.

Featuring nearly 100 artists and musicians, West Side Story is a big-budget musical, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend big bucks to experience it. Our goal is to make great art accessible to everyone -- keep scrolling for some insider tips on scoring the best seats at the best price.


Who says you can’t have fun on a “school night”?

With eight performances each week, you have eight chances to see Bernstein’s hit musical come to life before your eyes. Weekend performances fill up quickly so the best prices can often be found Tuesday-Thursday. Doors open at 6pm for evening performances, leaving you time to grab drinks or dinner with friends after work. With bars on every floor and three on-site restaurants, Lyric is a one-stop-shop for after-work entertainment. Don’t forget to stop by our photo booth in the Rice Grand Foyer for a free souvenir photo!

Sit where the opera lovers sit

The Lyric Opera House is an acoustical marvel. Built like a giant megaphone, sound projects from the stage to fill the 3,563-seat theater. With no obstructed views, you’ll never miss a moment of the action. During the opera season, many fans swear by their upper balcony seats because of the top-notch acoustics and birds-eye-view of the stage. You can see this larger than life musical for a fraction of the cost of a Broadway show with Balcony seats starting at just $26 for most weekday performances. If you want to get closer to the action, look for Main Floor rear seats under $100. 

Call up your friends

Groups of 10 or more can save by buying group tickets -- so rally your theater-going troops! Whether it is a social club, a work outing, an alumni association, a student group, or a family reunion, if you have a group of 10 or more you can save up to 20% on tickets all season long. With tickets to West Side Story beginning at just $21, groups also receive flexible payment options, personalized customer service, priority seating, and a free ticket for group leaders of 20 or more. To reserve your block of seats, contact or visit for more information.

Use those student discounts while you can

If you are a full-time college student, you can see Lyric Opera performances for $20 all season long. All you have to do is show your valid Student Photo ID upon entering the theater with your NEXT ticket. Sign up for NEXT, to receive emails and text alerts when new dates are announced. When inventory is limited--as it is for West Side Story--tickets may not be made available until closer to the performance date. Be sure to opt-in for text alerts to never miss a show.

Next season, plan ahead with a NEXT Now subscription of three or more titles to lock in your dates in advance--including the hit musical 42nd Street. NEXT Now 2019/20 Subscriptions go on sale in August 2019.

Looking for an adrenaline rush?

If you like living on the edge, rush tickets are the perfect last-minute option. When inventory allows, Lyric makes a limited number of 50% off rush tickets available two hours before curtain. Use promo code RUSH50 online or visit the box office in person (located at the corner of Wacker and Madison) to score a great deal. For additional information and some date restrictions, visit

(Maximum of 4 rush tickets per person. Promo rules apply, see

Join us for TAP Teen Night

On May 17, Teen Arts Pass is hosting Teen Night at West Side Story! Fans age 13-19 can try on opera costumes, strike a pose in a photo booth, and participate in a Q&A with a special guest. There will also be treats to enjoy and fellow TAP members to meet! A limited number of $5 tickets will be available at the box office at least 30 minutes before curtain with a Teen Arts Pass membership.

Subscribe and save all season long

Subscribers get great savings and priority access to next year’s musical, 42nd Street, with a Create Your Own Series (CYO) package. Combine West Side Story with at least three of your favorite operas and special events from 2019/20 to access tickets starting as low as $26 per show.

Explore next season’s offerings, learn about special perks, and create your perfect package at

Discounted subscriptions are also available for patrons under age 45, with membership levels starting at $35. Join now for access to last-minute Encore tickets to West Side Story and special events hosted by Lyric Young Professionals. For more information, visit

Don’t miss your chance to experience Lyric’s production of West Side Story, May 3-June 2. Visit for tickets and more behind-the-scenes content.

For additional information on special programs available throughout the opera season, visit


West Side Story, the beloved Broadway musical masterpiece, is now onstage at Lyric. Seize your chance to see this critically acclaimed new production now. West Side Story at Lyric must close on June 2.

Lyric premiere of West Side Story generously made possible by

Lead sponsor

The Negaunee Foundation


Anonymous Donor

Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin

Robert S. and Susan E. Morrison

Mrs. Herbert A. Vance & Mr. and Mrs. William C. Vance

Major in-kind audio support provided by

A coproduction of Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, and Glimmerglass Festival.



Based on a conception of JEROME ROBBINS


Entire Original Production Directed and Choreographed by JEROME ROBBINS

Originally Produced On Broadway by Robert E. Griffith and Harold S. Prince
By Arrangement with Roger L. Stevens

Photos: Lynn Lane/Houston Grand Opera, Todd Rosenberg