Get excited. From sweet treats and love ever after to rivalry and revenge, these shows are heading your way.
Melbourne | Sydney | Perth
Rethink everything you know about puppets — War Horse’s charging, galloping horses will leave you breathless. Add in stirring music and a moving tale and this award-winning National Theatre of Great Britain production is a must-see.
Bran Nue Dae
Sydney | Perth | Melbourne | Brisbane | Adelaide
Marking the 30th anniversary, this major revival brings together Australia’s premier opera companies under the Opera Conference name to produce the powerful coming-of-age story. Australia’s first Aboriginal stage musical shines light on difficult issues that are just as relevant today, tackling them with humour and heart. Download the TIX App to join the waitlist.
Divorce and beheading have never been as much fun as in this new musical that’s causing audiences to lose their heads overseas. Henry VIII’s six wives are reimagined in the style of 21st century pop divas — loud, empowered and ready to tell their tales.
Sydney | Melbourne | Brisbane
The DreamWorks film that gave us memorable lines such as ‘ogres are like onions’ and ‘you cut me real deep just now’ is making the jump to stage in the new year. Expect fart jokes, some twisted humour and a collection of terrific songs. Download the TIX App to join the waitlist in Brisbane.
Labelled ‘a little slice of heaven’ by Entertainment Weekly, Waitress follows the story of Jenna, waitress and expert pie maker, who bakes her way out of a turbulent marriage and into a promising future. It features music by Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles and is brought to life by an all-female creative team. Download the TIX App to join the waitlist.
If you know the lyrics of ‘Let It Go’ by heart and can quote the Disney movie line for line, this one’s for you. The hit Broadway musical makes its first international stop in Sydney and is set to wow audiences with spectacular special effects, stunning sets and a few new songs. Download the TIX App to join the waitlist.
Sydney | Brisbane | Melbourne
Fun fact: Chicago is based on real life events from the roaring ’20s and is a satire on corruption and celebrity. It opens in Sydney and Brisbane this year before moving to Melbourne in summer. There’s a reason the musical has won a handful of Tony Awards, a Grammy and several Olivier Awards — this tale of fame and fortune features the show-stopping ‘All That Jazz’ and ‘Razzle Dazzle’, as well as the slickest dancing in town.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Melbourne | Brisbane
The factory doors are set to open in Brisbane in March after a stint in Melbourne and if you like grisly, subversive humour, then a visit to the Candy Man should be on the bucket list. There’s much to love about this musical, from the wonderfully repulsive children to the catchy tunes and the stagercraft behind the Oompa-Loompas.
School of Rock
Even though it’s set in a prestigious prep school, this screen-to-stage adaptation isn’t just for kids. With songs from the film, as well as original music is by musical theatre legend Andrew Lloyd Webber, this show has already played to rave reviews in Melbourne and Brisbane. The children’s performances are a standout; this is definitely one to add to the calendar.
Sydney | Adelaide | Melbourne
Who can forget the moment in the 2000 film when young Billy tells the review board that dancing feels ‘like electricity’? Or when he sashays across the empty gym for his father? See the movie come to life on stage with music by the legendary Elton John. It’s won 85 awards across the globe and now Sydney audiences can see what the fuss is about from October, before it moves to Adelaide and Melbourne next year.