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West Side Story @ Lyric Opera of Chicago

  • May 22, 2019
  • 1:30 PM
  • Chicago
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  • Since there are no more PLATO West Side Story tickets available, the Bus Fare Only Option provides you the opportunity to purchase your own West Side Story tickets directly from Lyric Opera and register for only the PLATO bus fare. Note: Seating is limited.
    Member ($38) and Guest ($48) = $86.
    Lyric Opera Box Office: 312-827-5600.

Estimated Trip Duration: Two Buses
Bus 1 Oakwood Village West: 7:15 AM - 7:15 PM
Bus 2 Capitol Lakes: 7:15 AM - 7:15 PM
Bus 2 East Towne Sears: 7:35 AM - 7:35 PM

Guest Registration Fee: $170

Registration Deadline: April 7

Registration Fee inc Badger Bus Charter Service w/ Wi-Fi and theater ticket. Lunch is on your own.

Traveling Solo isn't what it used to be: Write-in "YES" to the Group Lunch question on registration form. Make new friends and enjoy a fun lunch with trip mates.
Registration is closed

Join us Wednesday, May 22, 2019 for this stunning production of West Side Story in the iconic Art Deco confines of The Ardis Krainik Theatre at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

It may be months away, but demand for the best available tickets has already begun and is building.

We have 90 great seats to provide the proper proximity to the stage from which to behold this huge production spectacle. They are located on the main floor in the forward rows of its wide aisle partition, rows BB-EE are just behind the wide aisle and across the three middle sections.

Register now and pay later to claim your seat. (We will order more tickets and 2nd bus if early demand is warrants.)

Leonard Bernstein's music and Stephen Sondheim's lyrics transplant Romeo and Juliet to the backstreets of New York, giving us this Broadway Musical Masterpiece.

Tony and Maria are wide-eyed teenagers from opposing gangs who fall in love. As their friends and families 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 the bold, sexy and iconic dances of Jerome Robbins that smolder and sizzle with energy, and you have a musical-theater experience that you'll never forget.

Run Time: two hours and 20 minutes with one intermission.

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

WEST SIDE STORY: Based on a conception of JEROME ROBBINS, Book by ARTHUR LAURENTS, Music by LEONARD BERNSTEIN, Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM, Original production directed and choreographed by JEROME ROBBINS.

Meet the ARTISTS

The Celebrated Musical West Side Story Hit's Lyric's Stage in 2019

Lyric Opera of Chicago:

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Free Time for Lunch and Adventure
within easy walking distance of 
The Lyric
(W Madison St and S Wacker Dr)

A few dining suggestions (Reservations Required):

Dine at The Lyric Opera of Chicago at three of its three on-site restaurant options

Rivers Restaurant and Bar conveniently located next to the Lyric across Madison St with spacious riverfront deck. (Note: PLATO Group Lunch will be dining here.)

Lloyd's Chicago kitty-corner from The Lyric with patio dining available 

One North Kitchen and Bar located nearby across Wacker Dr from The Lyric 


Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive in Chicago on time to begin our adventure.

– Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

– Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the trip.

Leave Madison

6:45 AM       Arrive at Oakwood Village West to begin boarding.

7:10 AM     Arrive at Capitol Lakes to begin boarding

7:30 AM     Arrive at East Towne Sears to begin boarding

In Chicago

11:00 AM Arrive at The Lyric

1:30 PM West Side Story performance begins

3:50 PM   West Side Story performance ends and begin boarding

4:15 PM    Estimated departure for Madison

Arrive Madison (Est)

7:15 PM East Towne Sears

7:40 PM Capitol Lakes

8:00 PM Oakwood Village West 

Non-Member Policy Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. (Members may bring more than one guest near the registration Deadline Date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year.

                                                                                                                                    Accessibility Accessibility Policy. On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we require that you bring a friend to give you a hand. 

West Side Story Mail-in Registration Form (including instructions)

For further information, contact West Side Story theater trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741






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