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:
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.
The Book of Mormon
Currently Playing - Melbourne then Sydney from February 2018
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.
The Bodyguard Musical
Currently Playing - Melbourne
John Frost and his co-producers Michael Harrison and David Ian confirmed that The Bodyguard Musical is heading to Australia in 2017. The show ran in Sydney from April to July 2017 before touring to Brisbane and Melbourne
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
Currently Playing - Sydney
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical opened at the Lyric Theatre at The Star, Sydney on 23 September 2017.
Starring Esther Hannaford, Josh Piterman, Amy Lehpamer and Matt Verevis.
You can view the full cast of Beautiful here.
There have been no further cities confirmed as yet, but we believe it will tour in 2018.
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 joined by WICKED witches Lucy Durack and Jemma Rix.
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.
Want more? View all our Dream Lover news and features.
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!).
Want more? View all our Muriel's Wedding - The Musical news and features.
Priscilla The Musical
Commencing January 2018 - Melbourne (then Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane)
10 years after Priscilla Queen of the Desert had its world premiere at the Sydney Lyric theatre, producer Michael Cassel announced today that the musical will return to Australia in 2018 to celebrate the 10th anniversary and its international success.
Want more? View all our Priscilla 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.
Commencing September 2018 - Sydney Opera House
A co-production of GFO and Opera Australia Evita will open at the Sydney Opera House in September 2018.
Tina Arena has been confirmed to play Eva Peron with the remainder of the cast yet to be announced.
Want more? View all our Evita news and features.
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.
The Rocky Horror Show
Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth tour from late 2017
The Rocky Horror Show starring Craig McLachlan is returning for tour to Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth in late 2017 to early 2018.
The rest of the cast is still to be announced.
Want more? View all our The Rocky Horror Show news and features.
Independent Music Theatre:
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…
Completed Commercial Music Theatre:
Melbourne, Perth 2016
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