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Must-See Musicals That Are Coming To Australia
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Must-See Musicals That Are Coming To Australia

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Updated: 1 July 2016
2016 has been a massive year for the global musical theatre community and Australia has been inundated with local independent and major commercial productions including Matilda, Singing in the Rain, The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, Cats, Ghost the Musical—the list goes on. So what’s next? There are rumors circulating about Priscilla Queen of the Desert, as well as a revival of Gypsy, but what we can confirm is that the seven productions below will be opening at Australian theaters over the next year.

Disney’s Aladdin

Opening in August 2016 at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre, Disney’s Aladdin will recreate the magic of the 1992 Disney animated classic. Created by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin, the musical opened on Broadway in March 2014 to much acclaim and was nominated for five Tony Awards—winning Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical. The story of how a street urchin falls in love with the Sultan’s daughter is told through a dazzling display of feathers, sequins and musical numbers including Friend Like Me, Prince Ali and A Whole New World, as well as four new songs created for the musical. Starring in the Australian musical is newcomer Ainsley Melham as Aladdin and cast as Princess Jasmine is Arielle Jacobs who made her Broadway debut in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights. Take a magic carpet flight to Sydney this August and don’t miss the most magical production of the year.

📅 August 2016 📍 13 Campbell Street, Haymarket New South Wales

My Fair Lady To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Lerner and Loewe’s musical My Fair Lady The Gordon Frost Organisation in collaboration with Opera Australia is bringing the story of Eliza Doolittle down under. In the original 1956 Broadway production Dame Julie Andrews was cast as Eliza, in what was only her second role at the time, and was catapulted to international fame. Now, Andrews is directing the Australian production that will arrive at the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House in August 2016. Choreographed by Tony Award-winning Christopher Gattelli (Newsies, The King and I, South Pacific) the musical will feature the unforgettable songs Wouldn’t It Be Loverly and I Could Have Danced All Night. Leading the cast are accomplished British actor Alex Jennings and Australian performer Anna O’Byrne who was previously cast by Andrew Lloyd Webber in Love Never Dies.

📅 August 2016 📍 Sydney Opera House Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000
Kinky Boots Making its Australian debut at Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre this October is Cydnie Lauper and Harvey Fiersteins high-heeled musical Kinky Boots. Based on true events the story tells of Charlie Price (Toby Francis) who inherits a shoe factory from his father and must save the business by making boots for drag queens with the help of the vivacious Lola (Callum Francis). Inspired by the movie of the same name, Kinky Boots first opened on Broadway in April 2013 and went on to receive 13 Tony nominations, winning six including Best Musical and Best Score. Put your best heels on and be inspired by a glamorous story of unlikely friendship and footwear. 📅 October 2016

📍 Her Majesty’s Theatre 219 Exhibition St, Melbourne VIC

Beautiful: The Carol King Musical

Expected to open once renovations are complete at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre at The Star in September 2017 is Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. This jukebox musical will take you behind the songs that defined a generation from I Feel the Earth Move, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman and many more, while telling the story of King’s early life and musical journey. King has written numerous hits for artists including The Drifters, The Shirelles, Aretha Franklin and The Monkees and many of her songs have become iconic, but it wasn’t until her second album Tapestry that she defined herself as an artist in her own right with the album remaining on the charts for over six years. The Tony winning production debuted on Broadway in January 2014 and the West End production opened in February 2015. It is currently still playing in both London and New York.

📅 September 2017

📍 Sydney Lyric Theatre Pirrama Road, Pyrmont, Sydney NSW

The Book of Mormon

No doubt one of the greatest musicals of the last few decades The Book of Mormon will open at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre in January 2017. The story of two Mormon missionaries sharing scriptures with an uninterested Ugandan community is full of religious satire and optimism. Creator Matt Stone has even described it as “an atheist’s love letter to religion.” Written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone along with Avenue Q co-creator and Frozen songwriter Robert Lopez, The Book of Mormon made its Broadway debut in 2011 setting house records for the Eugene O’Neill Theatre and it broke West End box office records when it opened in London in 2013. The musical has won nine Tony Awards, plus a Grammy and the original cast recording was the most successful Broadway cast album in almost half a century. Stay tuned for cast announcements.

📅 January 2017

📍Princess Theatre 163 Spring St, Melbourne VIC Dream Lover—The Bobby Darin Musical After nine years in production Dream Lover—The Bobby Darin Musical will make its world premiere at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre in September. Directed by Simon Phillips the musical will tell the story of singer, songwriter and actor Bobby Darin through 34 hit songs including Splish Splash, Mack the Knife, Beyond the Sea and Dream Lover. Darin’s short, turbulent life was plagued with illness and the scandalous family news that his mother was actually his grandmother and his sister was really his mother. Starring David Campbell and Hannah Fredericksen, as Sandra Dee, the musical captures the Golden Age of Hollywood and Rat Pack Vegas era through the hits of the 50s and 60s.

📅 September 2016

📍Sydney Lyric Theatre Pirrama Road, Pyrmont, Sydney NSW

We Will Rock You

Having already rocked Sydney audiences in April We Will Rock You continues its Australian tour visiting Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth between July 2016 and January 2017. The jukebox musical created by Queen and Ben Elton, first visited Australia in 2003 after the original production opened in 2002 on London’s West End and has since gone on to thrill 15 million people worldwide across 17 countries. The story is Footloose meets George Orwell’s 1984 and tells of futuristic conformity, individualism and breaking free. Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor will act as music supervisors with over 24 songs set to capture the energy of a Queen concert.

📅 July 2016 and January 2017. 📍 Various cities