One of Leonard Bernstein’s most celebrated works, Wonderful Town, will be staged in Newcastle this weekend.

The show, adapted by Bernstein from the Rosalind Russell movie My Sister Eileen, is widely regarded as the composer’s best work.

Show spokeswoman Ghillian Sullivan said Sydney audiences who love Bernstein should travel to the Hunter Valley to see the show, and spend a weekend in the wineries while they are at it.

This show is a bouquet of rhythms and music that shows all the ethnicities that lived in New York at the time, she said.

What it is is a combination of rhythms you can’t help but move to. The music is absolutely outstanding -“ it is better than West Side Story.

The show will feature gay baritone Javier Vilarino who made a huge impact in a modernised version of Cosi Fan Tutti last year.

Javier is just beautiful -“ he’s tall, has a great body, is young and sings beautifully, Sullivan said.

Better than that, he’s a great person. Once you meet him you can’t forget him.

Sullivan said the show was the perfect excuse for Sydney’s gay and lesbian community to get away from the city for the weekend, book into a motel and relax after a long Mardi Gras season.

Wonderful Town will be staged at the Harold Lobb Concert Hall, Newcastle University Conservatorium, on 14 and 15 March at 8pm, and 16 March at 3pm. Tickets: 4929 1977. Prices start at $20.

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