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.
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.
Currently Playing - Brisbane (then Sydney, 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.
Want more? View all our Mamma Mia! news and features.
The Wizard of Oz
Currently playing - Sydney
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.
Muriel's Wedding - The Musical
Currently playing - 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.
Currently Playing - Melbourne
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.
The Rocky Horror Show
Currently Playing Brisbane - Before touring to Perth and Melbourne in 2018
The Rocky Horror Show returned in 2018 and will tour Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne.
Starring Adam Rennie as Frank n Furter for Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth. Lead casting for Melbourne not confirmed.
Also starring Amanda Harrison, Rob Mallett, Michelle Smitheram, Brendan Irving and Nadia Komazec.
Want more? View all our The Rocky Horror Show 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.
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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