Once again, Melbourne’s musical season for 2016 looks to be a rewarding one. We’ve got a choice of comedy, romance, drama, nostalgia – or a blend of genres! Here’s a list of musicals on in Melbourne’s East End Theatre District in 2016.
Musicals in Melbourne
Matilda the Musical
Princess Theatre, from March
After huge success internationally, Matilda the Musical has finally arrived in Melbourne at the Princess Theatre.
This much beloved story (based on a book by Roald Dahl) has been rendered wonderfully into a musical format that will delight both adults and kids. You’ve got Tim Minchin’s clever lyrics and memorable music to appreciate, along with solid performances from all cast members. Find out more about the performance in Melbourne, including a review, here.
Little Shop of Horrors
Comedy Theatre, 4-12 May 2016
If you haven’t seen the advertisements about town (on our trams, especially), you haven’t been paying attention. Award-winning cult hit Little Shop of Horrors comes to Melbourne this May.
Expect this quirky musical about an out-of-control carnivorous plant to offer plenty of laughs and some worthy 1960s rock and roll beats.
Singing in the Rain
Her Majesty’s Theatre, 7 May-June
Don’t forget to bring a raincoat to this old-school production! After all, it uses some 12,000 litres of water throughout the show.
Based on the movie of the same name, Singin’ in the Rain is about the first Hollywood musical and the end of the silent movie era. The musical goes all-out, with insane choreography, glitzy costumes, and sumptuous sets.
Tap Dog extraordinaire Adam Garcia is starring in his first Australian musical in 20 years. Other talented cast members include Gretel Scarlett (from Grease and WICKED fame) and Jack Chambers (winner of the first So You Think You Can Dance Australia).
Sound of Music
Regent Theatre, from 13 May
We’re all familiar with this classic Rogers and Hammerstein musical – thanks to the movie that is. The musical was last here in Australia 15 years ago!
Everyone has their favourite tune (as a kid, I loved The Lonely Goatherd and So Long, Farewell!). But now you can enjoy all the songs live from some of Australia’s top-notch performers, among them Marina Prior and Cameron Daddo. With a cast like that, you know it’s going to be a spiffing show.
Check out our review of the Sound of Music.
Her Majesty’s Theatre, 3-14 August 2016
You might expect a puppet show to be for the kids, but this certainly ain’t no children’s musical. Avenue Q is about college graduate newly arrived in New York who’s figuring out where he fits into it all.
Yep, folks. That means plenty of sex, booze and general mischievous shenanigans. But you can also expected a damned fine performance – it’s won the Tony “Triple Crown” (that is: Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book).
We Will Rock You
Regent Theatre, from 30 August
Queen in musical form? Hell yes. We Will Rock You renders classic Queen hits and a Ben Elton book into a musical about a Bohemian dreamer who lives in a dystopian world where original thought and live music are banned.
The musical has spun out across the world since 2002, showing in 17 countries, which reflect just how entrenched Queen has become in pop culture across the world. If there’s one thing we can be sure of, it’s that it will ROCK.
Her Majesty’s Theatre, 12 October-13 November
This is the first time the award-winning Kinky Boots hits Australia’s shores – and it lands directly in Melbourne. Featuring songs by Cyndi Lauper, Kinky Boots is about a son trying to save his father’s shoe factory.
It’s based on a true story, so we can expect plenty of heartfelt moments along with plenty of fun.
The Book of Mormon
Princess Theatre, January 2017
Yes, I couldn’t help sneaking in this January 2017 arrival, because it is one we have ALL been waiting for. There’s no more reason to jet set to NY guys, because The Book of Mormon is heading our way!
A musical from South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, this musical has sold out on Broadway ever since its opening in 2011. Get on it, people: I think we can expect the same here.