WAAPA launches 2017 Musical Theatre Program

In what is looking like a desolate musical theatre scene for Perth in 2017 (Matilda which opens at the end of the month,  is the only major production announced for 2017!) WAAPA (The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts) continues to present some of Broadway’s  best as part of this years season.

Thanks goodness for WAAPA who continue to present exciting programs of theatre.

This year the third year Musical Theatre season consists of a cult movie classic and  two of Broadway’s multi award winning and longest running musicals.

Check out this years electrifying offering below:


Saturday March 18 – March 25

Hilarious, heartfelt and homicidal! Brainy, beautiful teenage misfit Veronica Sawyer hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg

High: the Heathers. But before she can get comfortable atop the high-school food chain, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously sexy new kid, JD. When Heather Chandler, the Almighty, kicks her out of the group, Veronica decides to kiss Heather’s aerobicized butt… but JD has other plans. Based on the film that became a cult classic, Heathers: The Musical is a darkly delicious look at the joys and anguish of high school.

Plays Saturday March 18 – March 25 7:30pm.  Matinee Sat 25 March 2:00pm. Geoff Gibbs Theatre.

Booking now open via WAAPA website.


Saturday August 26 – September 2

A tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz … nightclub dancer Roxie Hart, who dreams of headlining in Vaudeville, kills her lover, then convinces her husband to come up with the cash to hire Chicago’s shrewdest, smooth-talking lawyer Billy Flynn to defend her. Winner of 6 Tony Awards, 2 Olivier Awards and a Grammy,

Chicago is now in its 20th year on Broadway, a testament to Kander and Ebb’s songwriting genius and Bob Fosse’s choreographic brilliance.

Plays Saturday August 26 – September 2 7:30pm.  Matinee Sat 5 September 2:00pm.

Booking to public July 25 via WAAPA website.


Saturday June 17 – June 24

Broadway’s most famous song-and-dance fable comes to the Regal! Get ready for a dazzling entertainment of scintillating tap routines and catchy show tunes – gems such as We’re in the Money, Lullaby of Broadwayand the show-stopping title song. This Tony Award-winning musical follows the fortunes of ingénue Peggy Sawyer on her meteoric rise from chorus girl to overnight Broadway sensation during the Great Depression. WAAPA’s production, with its cast of rising music theatre stars, promises to be full of energy and heart.

Plays Saturday June 17 – June 24 7:30pm.  Matinees Sat 17 & 24 June 2:00pm.

Now on sale through Ticketek.

The Second year students present a theatrical production of a literary classic and an American historical rock musical. And no its not Hamilton, but just as exciting.


Friday March 17 - March 23

William Golding’s classic 1954 novel explodes onto the stage in a highly theatrical retelling of this famous allegorical tale.  When a group of British schoolboys survives a catastrophic plane crash, what starts as a desert island adventure quickly descends into a struggle for survival in a darkly sinister

world of immorality and brutal savagery. This innovative production will feature both all-male and all-female casts, who will perform either Act I or Act II in every performance. Guaranteed to be a highly original event and a gripping night at the theatre.

Plays Friday March 17 – March 23 7:30pm.  Enright Studio.

Bookings now open through WAAPA website.


Saturday October 14 - October 21

Andrew Jackson, America’s seventh president, gets the rock ‘n’ roll treatment in this exhilarating and raucous show about the founding of the Democratic Party. AJ kicked British butt, shafted the Indians and smacked down the Spaniards, all

in the name of the United States – who cares if he didn’t have permission? With its blend of outrageous comedy, anarchic theatricality and an infectious rock score, this wildly entertaining 90-minute show draw parallels to today’s political landscape.

Plays Saturday October 14 – October 21  7:30pm. Saturday 21 October 2:00pm.  Roundhouse Theatre.

Bookings open to the public 19 September via WAAPA website

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WAAPA launches 2017 Musical Theatre Program