West Side Story

June 02. 2023 - June 25. 2023

Upcoming Dates

June 02. 2023 - June 25. 2023

The return of the critically acclaimed Lyric production West Side Story

This June, usher in the summer with Lyric's West Side Story, brought to life by nearly 100 artists including a thrilling Broadway ensemble of singers and dancers. The chance to hear this music with the lush sound of the Lyric Orchestra playing the original orchestrations and an "expansive" (Chicago Tribune) production on Chicago's biggest stage is a rare treat.

Leonard Bernstein's music and Stephen Sondheim's lyrics transplant Romeo and Juliet to the backstreets of New York City in this timeless Broadway musical masterpiece. Tony and Maria are wide-eyed teenagers from two communities in conflict, who fall in love. As their friends and family battle with one another, Tony and Maria long for "a place for us...somewhere." Their songs illuminate every scene and permeate our culture, from the romance of "Maria" and "Tonight" to the exuberance of "America" and the humor of "Gee, Officer Krupke." Add to that the bold, sexy, iconic choreography of Jerome Robbins that smolders and sizzles with energy, and you have a timeless musical theater experience you'll never forget.

Please note, West Side Story will not have an at-home streaming option.

  • Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes with 1 intermission
  • Location: Lyric Opera House

Lyric's presentation of West Side Story is generously made possible by Lead Sponsor The Negaunee Foundation with additional support from The Davee Foundation and Bank of America.

Meet the artists


* Lyric debut

Program book

Go inside this production of West Side Story with engaging articles, notes from the director, a complete plot synopsis, artist bios, and more.

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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

WEST SIDE STORY is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI.) All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, mtishows.com.

Photo: Todd Rosenberg/Lyric Opera of Chicago