From Broadway glitz to operettas, this line-up of musicals is a multi-faceted spectrum of song and dance. Get ready to tap your toes – here are the contemporary works and perennial favourites to look forward to over the coming months in Brisbane.
The Sound of a Finished Kiss
Get ready for some '90s nostalgia. The Sound of a Finished Kiss is a new Australian musical that starts with the discovery of an old mixtape and relives the story of The Go-Betweens. Through a series of monologues and songs that defined a generation, this show takes you back to Brisbane’s distinct '90s subculture.
12–16 June at Brisbane Powerhouse
We Will Rock You
The popularity of the rock musical continues. Earlier this year we saw American Idiot return for a second season and now music fans will be treated to an anthology of Queen’s greatest hits. We Will Rock You at Brisbane Arts Theatre brings Ben Elton’s hit production to life, with songs including ‘We Are the Champions’, ‘ Somebody to Love’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, as well as the show’s namesake hit.
2 June to 28 July at Brisbane Arts Theatre
The Merry Widow
This operetta revives the glamour of Art Deco Paris. In Opera Queensland’s The Merry Widow (pictured), love affairs and jealousy simmer against a glittering backdrop of champagne, silky ballroom gowns and cabaret salons. It all comes together with music and dance numbers performed by musical stars including David Hobson and Natalie Christie Peluso.
22–30 June at QPAC
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Carole King’s rise to stardom and the musical catalogue that ensued is celebrated in this inspiring musical. As one of the year’s most anticipated shows, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical traces King’s journey from schoolgirl to a worldwide star who finally found her true voice. It features hits including ‘Natural Woman’, ‘I Feel The Earth Move’ and ‘Locomotion’.
13 July to 19 August at QPAC
Grease: The Arena Experience
High school sweethearts Danny and Sandy go together like rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong. Harvest Rain presents Grease: The Arena Experience at Brisbane Entertainment Centre with a cast that stars Christine Anu as Teen Angel, Meghan O’Shea (Singing in the Rain) as Sandy, Damon Wade as Danny and Beau Ryan (The Footy Show) as DJ Vince Fontaine.
14 July at Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Priscilla: Queen of the Desert
Priscilla: Queen of the Desert is one of Australia’s most famous musical exports. ‘It’s Raining Men’, ‘I Will Survive’ and ‘I Love The Nightlife’ form the background of the sassy story of three fabulous friends taking a battered bus to Alice Springs to put on a show of a lifetime. This larger-than-life production features more than 500 costumes and 200 headdresses, and promises more glitter than ever.
From September at QPAC
Pictured: The Merry Widow, photography by Keith Saunders
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