2019: A Year of Musical Madness

guides Jan 06, 2019
Photo credit: Peter Lewicki

2019 is upon us, with 2018 flying right by and throwing us right into the New Year. For many of us it’s a clean slate, a bit of a ‘reset button’, which probably means you have a couple of New Year’s resolutions and if you’re a theatre lover like us it’s probably worth adding ‘See more musicals’ to the list. We’ve got musicals coming out of our ears, with seasons covering almost all twelve months of the year. If your New Year's resolution is to experience more arts and culture, then 2019 has you covered, with a selection of fantastic musicals headed down under.

The Book of Mormon

Sydney | Brisbane | Adelaide
If you haven’t heard of The Book of Mormon, then chances are you probably live under a rock and should take the time to educate yourself. The New York Times have dubbed it ‘The best musical of this century’, and we tend to agree. It’s two house of non-stop hilarity, making audiences across the globe erupt in laughter. Whether you're a lover of musicals or of comedies, chances are you’re going to love The Book of Mormon. This nine-time Tony Award-winning show is perfect for someone who’s hoping to dip their toes into the musical pool . With seasons across the country, you really have no excuse to miss The Book of Mormon.

Muriel’s Wedding the Musical

Melbourne | Sydney
‘You’re terrible Muriel’ is a quote that almost all Australians have heard and referenced at some point in their lives, meaning that most of us have seen the film Muriel’s Wedding. But now you have the chance to see the Aussie classic live on stage, as Muriel follows her dreams to Sydney. Featuring all of your favourite ABBA hits plus a collection of addictive new songs, Muriel’s Wedding the Musical is not to be missed!

Evita

Melbourne
Having first found success over forty years ago on London’s West End, it’s quite astonishing that Evita continues to captivate global audiences. But it becomes rather unsurprising when you come to realise the slew of accolades to its name. In 1978, Evita won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical, then just two years later it became the first British musical to receive the Tony Award for Best Musical. The astonishing stage production features some of musical theatre’s most beloved songs, including ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’. Aussie star Tina Arena has been stunning audiences with her portrayal of the (admittedly controversial) lead role. You can’t really call yourself a musical nerd until you’ve seen Evita. If you find yourself exploring Melbourne, be sure to see this breathtaking classic.

School of Rock the Musical

Melbourne | Brisbane | Sydney
Like Evita, School of Rock the Musical is another Andrew Lloyd Webber hit, but undoubtedly with a much different tone. Based on the film, School of Rock the Musical brought a dose of laughter and rock ’n’ roll to Broadway and is now in Australia! The musical adaptation follows failed rock star Dewey Finn, as he attempts to turn a class of straight-A students into a mind-blowing rock band. School of Rock the Musical is another hilarious show worth adding to your social calendar.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Sydney
We're the first to admit that we have a sweet tooth, especially when it comes to chocolate. If you look through our office supplies cupboard, instead of staples and notebooks you're more likely to find trays of Tim Tams and blocks of Dairy Milk. So a musical all about a chocolate filled adventure? Sold! But even if you’re lacking in the sweet-tooth-department, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a show for anyone and everyone. This musical brings Roald Dahl’s classic tale to life, featuring songs from the original film. Get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, costumes, and more – get your golden ticket and experience the wonders of Wonka.

Come From Away

Melbourne
If you’re looking for a little less hilarity and a little more heartfelt, then Come From Away may very well be what you’re looking for. The Broadway production tells the remarkable true story of the thousands of passengers that were left stranded in Newfoundland after 9/11. The Tony Award-winning and Grammy nominated musical reminds audiences of our capacity to do good by others in times of unparalleled darkness. This superb musical is not to be missed.

Jersey Boys

Brisbane | Melbourne
Keeping with the theme of true stories, Jersey Boys depicts the true story of the '60s rock ‘n’ roll group The Four Seasons. The musical is unique in its presentation, following a documentary-style format that is split into four ‘seasons’, each narrated by a different band member. Having first premiered on Broadway in 2005, Jersey Boys has gone on to have productions across five continents. Almost fourteen years after its debut, and four Tony Awards later, Jersey Boys is nows captivating Aussie audiences. Celebrate one of America’s greatest pop sensations with this spectacular musical.

Saturday Night Fever

Sydney
We’re willing to bet that you’ve seen the 1977 film Saturday Night Fever and that you loved every minute of it. The hair, the disco hits, the tight pants, what’s not to love? Nan Knighton certainly loved it, going on to create an original musical. Similar to Evita, Saturday Night Fever premiered on London’s West End, and like Jersey Boys, it has had consistent productions internationally. Packed with disco classics and Bee Gees hits, Saturday Night Fever is sure to be a show full of explosive energy. Get ready to boogie, Saturday Night Fever is playing exclusively in Sydney.

In The Heights

Sydney
If you’re looking for some more sensational dancing, look no further. From the musical mastermind behind Hamilton and Moana, comes In The Heights. Interestingly, this is actually Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first musical, which he first drafted in the late '90s. It has since gone on to win four Tony Awards, including Best Musical in 2008. Things are bound to get a little heated, with intoxicating salsa music played by a live Latino-band. This contemporary musical will have you dancing all night long.

Barnum The Circus Musical

Melbourne
What’s a musical without a little magic? Based on the life of showman P.T. Barnum, Barnum The Circus Musical will certainly satisfy any and all of your magic cravings. Set in the 19th century, you’ll be transported to a time like no other. Witness Jumbo the largest elephant in the world, Joice Heth the oldest woman to ever live, and so much more! Combine some circus spirit with some musical magic and you’re bound to be dazzled. Barnum The Circus Musical will be playing a limited season this year – don’t miss your chance to witness something extraordinary.

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