Australia’s theatre scene is thriving with major music productions choosing to tour down under.
Capping off a day of sightseeing or shopping with a night in the theatre gives a unique window into the soul of Australia. This is where creative expression, vibrant entertainment and international-standard superstars intersect, giving you memories that last a lifetime. The Australian theatre is where Hollywood stars such as Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush had their beginnings – so who knows what name will rise next?
What's On Stage
Jersey Boys – Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne
From humble beginnings to American pop icons, this is the story of the Jersey Boys. The musical follows the group’s story of becoming international icons and going on to sell over 175 million records. Jersey Boys on Broadway has earned four Tony Awards including Best Musical and two Outer Critics Circle Awards. It will be returning to Australia in September, premiering at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre.
Key Dates: From September 2018 (Sydney) / January 2019 (Brisbane) / From February 2019 (Melbourne)
A co-production of GFO and Opera Australia, Evita will open at the Sydney Opera House in September 2018 and the Arts Centre Melbourne from December 5. Evita tells the story of Argentine political figure Eva Peron, who when she died at 33 from cancer had become one of the most powerful women in Latin America. Australian pop princess Tina Arena has been confirmed to star as Eva Peron.
Key Dates: From September 2018 (Sydney) / From December 2018 (Melbourne)
Based on the cult 2003 film of the same name, School of Rock is the hilarious new musical that follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who poses as a substitute teacher to make some extra money. An Andrew Lloyd Webber Broadway hit with all the original songs from the movie; this is a high-octane smash that delivers face-melting guitar riffs and touching romance in equally fabulous doses.
Key Dates: From 31 October 2018 (Melbourne)
Melbourne is gearing up to welcome the third instalment of the critically acclaimed play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, based on the original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. It is the most awarded production in the history of Britain’s Olivier Awards and winning a record-breaking nine awards including Best New Play and Best Director.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series with the production taking place in a two-part spectacular play, intended to be seen on the same day or on two consecutive evenings at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne.
Key Dates: From January 2019 (Melbourne)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Sydney
Be captivated by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the Musical as it follows one of Roald Dahl’s best-known books. The story of Charlie Bucket, the five Golden Tickets, the Oompa-Loompas and the amazing Willy Wonka will open at Sydney’s Capital Theatre in January 2019. Other tour dates to be announced.
Key Dates: From January 2019 (Sydney)
Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour’s (HOSH) famous outdoor stage will host one of Broadway’s greatest ever dance musicals, West Side Story. The Romeo and Juliet modern rendition of love, loyalty and fate has sold out world-wide, thrilling audiences with unforgettable songs and ground-breaking choreography. And for a limited season Australia’s most exciting young talent will also take this stunning performance to Melbourne’s Arts Centre and the Sydney Opera House in 2019.
Key Dates: 22 March to 21 April 2019 (HOSH, Sydney) / From 6 April 2019 (Melbourne) / From 16 August 2019 (Sydney)
Other major productions touring in 2019
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