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 - Brisbane
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!
It will head to Brisbane’s Lyric Theatre QPAC from November 2016 and Perth in February 2017.
Starring: James Millar, Elise McCann, Marika Aubrey and Daniel Frederiksen in the adult principal roles.
Want more? View all our Matilda news and features.
My Fair Lady
Next season: Brisbane, March 2017
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 - Sydney
Disney Theatricals has confirmed that Aladdin will open at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre in August 2016. Casting took place in January 2016 for the musical which features a full score, including the five songs from the film’s soundtrack and more written especially for the stage. Aladdin opened on Broadway to critical acclaim on March 20, 2014, breaking eight New Amsterdam Theatre house records. A full cast for Aladdin (with the exception of Princess Jasmine) was confirmed in February 2016 with newcomer Ainsley Melham making his mainstage debut in the titular role. American actress Arielle Jacobs was announced as Jasmine in May 2016.
Cast and crew move into the theatre from July 19 for technical rehearsals in advance of their opening night in August.
Want more? View all our Aladdin news and features.
Currently playing, Melbourne
The six Tony-award winning smash Kinky Boots, by Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper, will make its Australian debut in Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre in October 2016. Toby Francis has been cast as Charlie, Sophie Wright as Lauren, Teagan Wouters as Nicola and UK actor Callum Francis will join the cast as Lola.
Want more? View all our Kinky Boots news and features.
The Book of Mormon
Currently Playing - Melbourne
GFO have confirmed that the smash hit Broadway Musical The Book of Mormon will finally be coming to Australia. Heading to the Princess Theatre Melbourne from January 2017, The Book of Mormon is 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.
Now Playing QPAC Brisbane
American Idiot, the award-winning Broadway musical based on the 2004 Green Day concept album, will make its Australian debut at Brisbane’s QPAC in February 2017.
Want more? View all our American Idiot news and features.
Ladies in Black
Currently playing - Brisbane (the Melbourne & Canberra)
MTC’s former artistic director Simon Phillips (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, and Love Never Dies) brings this new Australian musical, based on Madeleine St John’s novel, The Women in Black, to life. With music by Tim Finn and text from writer Carolyn Burns, this production played a debut season at Queensland Theatre Company in 2015 and is before playing a nearly sold out at the Melbourne Theatre Company.
Want more? View all our Ladies in Black news and features.
The Bodyguard Musical
Commencing April 2017 - 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 will open 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.
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.
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?
Could the boys be heading back down under? Rumour has it the Four Seasons might be walking (like a man) back in to town at some point soon.
Completed Commercial Music Theatre:
Melbourne, Perth 2016
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