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 2018, 2019 and beyond!
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Commercial Music Theatre:
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Currently Playing - Melbourne
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical opened at the Lyric Theatre at The Star, Sydney on 23 September 2017 and is currently playing in Melbourne. The production will move to QPAC, Brisbane following Melbourne
Starring Esther Hannaford, Josh Piterman, Lucy Maunder and Matt Verevis.
You can view the full cast of Beautiful here.
Want more? View all our Beautiful: The Carole King Musical news and features.
Currently Playing - Sydney (the Melbourne Adelaide & Perth)
The six city tour commenced in November 2017 at the Canberra Theatre Centre.
The production then moved 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.
For more information & Tickets visit: Mammamiathemusical.com.au
Want more? View all our Mamma Mia! news and features.
The Book of Mormon
Currently Playing - Sydney
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.
For more information & tickets visit: Bookofmormonmusical.com.au
Want more? View all our The Book of Mormon news and features.
Priscilla The Musical
Currently Playing 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.
For more information & Tickets visit: Priscillathemusical.com.au
Want more? View all our Priscilla The Musical news and features.
The Wizard of Oz
Opens in Adelaide in April before heading to Melbourne
The Wizard of Oz will be coming to Australia in 2017. Opening in Brisbane in November the production will continued to Sydney in December and Melbourne and Adelaide in 2018.
Anthony Warlow will lead the cast as The Wizard and Professor Marvel joined by WICKED witches Lucy Durack and Jemma Rix.
For more information & Tickets visit: Wizardofozthemusical.com
Want more? View all our The Wizard of Oz news and features.
Currently Playing - Brisbane, then Perth
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 open in Brisbane on Feb 20 and then head to Perth.
For more information & tickets visit: Aladdinthemusical.com.au
Want more? View all our Aladdin news and features.
The Rocky Horror Show
Opening Melbourne - July
The Rocky Horror Show returned in 2018 and toured to Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth and Melbourne starring Adam Rennie as Frank n Furter. for Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth.
The production will head to Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne in July 2018 with Todd McKenney as Frank n Furter and Shane Jacobson as the Narrator.
Also starring Amanda Harrison, Rob Mallett, Michelle Smitheram, Brendan Irving and Nadia Komazec.
For more information & Tickets visit: Rockyhorror.com.au
Want more? View all our The Rocky Horror Show 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.
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.
Muriel's Wedding - The Musical
Returning to Sydney - October 2019
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 world premiere season of Muriel’s Wedding the Musical opened in November 2017 and will return to Sydney in October 2019.
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.
School of Rock
Opening Melbourne - October 2018
The hit show, which will premiere at Her Majesty’s Theatre Melbourne from October 2018, has been playing to packed houses since its Broadway debut in 2015 and is now captivating audiences all across the US and in London’s West End.
For more information & tickets visit: schoolofrockthemusical.com
Want more? View all our School of Rock news and features.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Opening Sydney 2019
Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the Musical, will open at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre in January 2019.
Produced by John Frost, Craig Donnell, Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Langley Park Productions and Neal Street Productions in Australia, the musical has already enjoyed previous seasons on Broadway and The West End.
Auditions are due to take place in April 2018.
Want more? View all our Charlie and the Chocolate Factory news and features.
Independent Music Theatre:
A Little Night Music
February / March 2018, Melbourne
With an impressive cast including Nadine Garner, John O’May, Carina Waye, Nelson Gardner, Eddie Muliaumaseali’i, Johanna Allen and Jackie Rees as Madame Armfeldt, WATCH THIS’ production of A Little Night Music is poised to play in three Victorian theatres in February/ March 2018.
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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