Major Musicals Update
Music Theatre in Australia is thriving! From the major commercial productions to independent and boutique seasons, it’s an exciting time to be involved in the music theatre industry.
Keeping track of all that’s happening can be hard, so we’ve put it all down in one place for you on this specifically designated page for the Aussie MT industry.
This page will be updated regularly.
Take a look at what is in store for Australia in the commercial and independent music theatre scenes for 2017, 2018 and beyond!
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Commercial Music Theatre:
Adelaide from May 21
Tim Minchin’s multi-award winning musical, based on the much loved book by Roald Dahl, opened at The Lyric Theatre, The Star on July 28 2015. One of the biggest musicals to hit Australian shores in recent years, Matilda boasts a raft of awards including Tonys, Oliviers (it still holds the record for the most Oliviers ever won by a musical), Grammys and Drama Desk, Sydney Theatre Awards to name a few. The show remained in Sydney until February 2016 and transferred to the Princess Theatre Melbourne in March 2016!
Starring: James Millar, Lucy Maunder, Marika Aubrey and Daniel Frederiksen in the adult principal roles.
Want more? View all our Matilda news and features.
My Fair Lady
Currently playing - Melbourne then return Sydney Season
Julie Andrews will direct this classic musical for Opera Australia and GFO, opening at the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House in August 2016. Dame Julie herself, along with Tony Award winning choreographer Christopher Gattelli (Newsies, South Pacific) were in Australia for the auditions late 2015 and have spent four weeks in the rehearsal room with the cast.
Cast include Anna O’Byrne as Eliza Doolittle, Alex Jennings as Professor Higgins, Reg Livermore as Alfred P. Doolittle and Robyn Nevin as Mrs Higgins.
Opening night at Sydney Opera House will take place on on September 6 2016.
Want more? View all our My Fair Lady news and features.
Currently Playing - Melbourne
Disney Theatricals has confirmed that Aladdin opened at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre in August 2016.
Starring newcomer Ainsley Melham making his mainstage debut in the titular role and British actress Hiba Elchikhe replaced Arielle Jacobs as Jasmine in December 2016.
The production will move to Brisbane and Perth in 2018.
Want more? View all our Aladdin news and features.
Currently Playing - Sydney
The six Tony-award winning smash Kinky Boots, by Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper, made its Australian debut in Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre in October 2016.
Starring Toby Francis as Charlie, Sophie Wright as Lauren, Teagan Wouters as Nicola and UK actor Callum Francis as Lola.
Kinky Boots opened at the Capitol theatre Sydney on 12 April 2017 and will tour to Brisbane’s Lyric Theatre QPAC from August 2017.
Want more? View all our Kinky Boots news and features.
The Book of Mormon
Currently Playing - Melbourne
The Book of Mormon opened at the Princess Theatre Melbourne on January 2017.
The brain child of South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker with Robert Lopez and has played to sold out audiences on Broadway since opening in 2011.
Want more? View all our The Book of Mormon news and features.
Currently playing - Melbourne
Want more? View all our Cabaret news and features.
The Bodyguard Musical
Currently Playing Sydney
John Frost and his co-producers Michael Harrison and David Ian confirmed that The Bodyguard Musical is heading to Australia in 2017. The show opened in Sydney in April 2017 and is anticipated to tour the usual circuit.
Frost was a co-producer of the original London production of The Bodyguard, which ran for nearly two years at the Adelphi Theatre.
Want more? View all our The Bodyguard Musical news and features.
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Commencing September 2017 - Sydney
Producer Michael Cassel has confirmed that Broadway sensation Beautiful: The Carole King Musical will be the first musical to play in a newly refurbished Lyric Theatre at The Star, Sydney from September 2017.
Casting is expected to commence for the musical, which charts the legendary singer’s journey from schoolgirl to international superstar, later in 2016.
Commencing November 2017 - Canberra (then Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne Adelaide & Perth)
The six city tour will commence in November 2017 at the Canberra Theatre Centre.
The production will then move to the Lyric Theatre, QPAC in Brisbane before playing the other major tour cities on the live performance circuit in 2018, including Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.
Want more? View all our Mamma Mia! news and features.
The Wizard of Oz
Brisbane (November) / Sydney (December)
The Wizard of Oz will be coming to Australia in 2017. Set to open in Brisbane in November the production will continue to Sydney in December.
Anthony Warlow will lead the cast as The Wizard and Professor Marvel with further casting to be announced soon.
Melbourne from December 2017
Melbourne is welcoming back its beloved “Summer Musical” this year with David Campbell’s star turn, Dream Lover, at Arts Centre Melbourne.
After a world premiere season at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre in September last year, Producer John Frost has teamed up with Arts Centre Melbourne to bring Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical to Melbourne, with an opening scheduled for December 2017 in the State Theatre.
Muriel's Wedding - The Musical
Commencing 6 November 2017 - Sydney
Sydney Theatre Company and Global Creatures have come together for one of the more exciting announcements we’ve heard in a while: a brand new Australian musical based on a beloved Aussie film. The country’s premier theatre company is staging the world premiere of Muriel’s Wedding the Musical in November 2017.
Directed by Simon Phillips with music and lyrics by Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall (and ABBA!).
Casting to be announced.
Want more? View all our Muriel's Wedding - The Musical news and features.
Commencing September 2018 - Sydney
After a critically and commercially acclaimed season in Melbourne which opened in July 2009, Jersey Boys played Sydney’s Theatre Royal for 15 months before touring to Brisbane, Adelaide and Auckland and returning to Melbourne.
Want more? View all our Jersey Boys news and features.
Hello Dolly - The Production Company
Melbourne - 27 May to 11 June
Dolly Levi has been played by a bevy of stars from Carol Channing to Bette Midler. Now Marina Prior takes on the title role. Marina’s real-life husband Grant Piro, who last starred with Marina in The Production Company’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, returns to play Horace Vandergelder.
Jesus Christ Superstar - The Production Company
Melbourne - 29 July to 6 August
Rob Mills (Ghost, Wicked) joins The Production Company for the first time in the title role of Jesus. Helpmann Award winner Alinta Chidzey (Curtains, Show Boat) is Mary Magdalene and Zoy Frangos (Les Miserables, South Pacific) is making his TPC debut as Judas.
Brigadoon - The Production Company
Melbourne - 8 October to 5 November
Genevieve Kingsford, making her debut with The Production Company is in the role of Fiona, and Rohan Browne plays Tommy, the role made famous by Gene Kelly. Nancye Hayes stars as Brigadoon’s much loved matriarch, Mrs Forsythe. Helpmann Award winner Elise McCann (Miss Honey in Matilda) plays Meg Broke.
Director Jason Langley and Musical Director Michael Tyack, who created Dusty last season, return for Brigadoon.
Independent Music Theatre:
Sydney - 18 April - 14 May 2017 (at Hayes Theatre Co)
Cast: Phillip Lowe, Katrina Retallick, Adam Rennie, Kirby Burgess, Aaron Tsindos, Joel Granger, Brittanie Shipway, Alessandra Merlo, Seth Drury, Brenden Lovett, Zoe Ioannou, Zachary Webster,
Sam Wood, Brendan Godwin
Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, BIG FISH centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales.
Melbourne - from 19 May (at Chapel off Chapel)
StageArt presents the Victorian professional premier of Spring Awakening. It is the Tony Award winning story of youth, rebellion, sexuality and mortality set to a beautiful contemporary rock and folk infused score that conveys teenage turmoil in unexpected and heartfelt ways. The electrifying musical is set in Germany 1891, in a world where the adults hold all the cards and the youth struggle through the adversity of coming of age in a time when sexual education is non-existent.
Only Heaven Knows
Sydney - 26 May - 24 June 2017 (at Hayes Theatre Co)
Melba - A new musical
Sydney - from 11 August (at Hayes Theatre Co)
Sydney - from 15 September (at Hayes Theatre Co)
Sydney - from 18 Novemebr (at Hayes Theatre Co)
Perhaps its just that everyone WANTS it to come, but persistent rumours of an Australian production of Newsies continue to circulate. During his stint in Australia for South Pacific in 2012, Tony Award winning choreographer Christopher Gattelli joked that he would love to bring the production to Australia – so we’ve got that going for us at least! Now to find a theatre…
Priscilla has already been confirmed to be returning to New Zealand in 2016 – could it be possible that the show will transfer across the ditch to Australia for a return season?
Completed Commercial Music Theatre:
Melbourne, Perth 2016
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