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All the musicals to look forward to this year

There are some things in life that are best expressed through music, song and dance. If you subscribe to this theory, 2017 is shaping up to be your year. Already we’ve had My Fair Lady, American Idiot and Lady Beatle, and we’re only just getting started. Here are the musicals hitting stages in Brisbane before the end of the year.

The Bodyguard

The film that brought us many of Whitney Houston’s most enduring hits now lives on as a musical. Led by Paulini, The Bodyguard arrives in Brisbane to recreate one of Hollywood’s most famed love stories. Get ready to sing along to I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance With Somebody and the iconic I Will Always Love You.

19–30 July at QPAC

West Side Story  

See the next crop of local musical talent in a production of West Side Story at the Queensland Conservatorium. Based on Romeo and Juliet and originally produced on Broadway, it’s a timeless musical set in 1950s New York.

27 July to 5 August at Queensland Conservatorium

The Boy From Oz

It was so popular last year that Brisbane Arts Theatre is reprising The Boy From Oz. Peter Allen – the boy from the town of Armidale – went on to become one of Australia’s most charismatic performances. Retrace his life in this colourful performance, with songs including When I Get My Name in Lights, Tenterfield Saddler and Quiet Please, There's a Lady on Stage.

4 August to 2 September at Brisbane Arts Theatre

Orpheus  

Step inside a Parisian-style music hall for an eccentric musical reimagining of Orpheus. Making its Australian premiere at Brisbane Festival, this show is hosted by charming songstress Yvette Pépin. Together with her troupe of peppy players, she performs the epic yet ill-fated tale of Orpheus as he descends into the underworld to find his love, Eurydice.

12–16 September at The Tivoli

Want to know what else is on at Brisbane Festival? Check out the top picks of the massive program.

Kinky Boots

It’s a movie that warms hearts and induces irrepressible laughter, and now Kinky Boots has captivated Australia as a musical. Making its way to Brisbane after glitzy seasons in Sydney and Melbourne, Kinky Boots takes you on a journey from a working-class shoe factory to the runways of Milan, with music by Cyndi Lauper.

17 August to 22 September

What Rhymes with Cars and Girls

Tim Rogers’ 1999 album What Rhymes With Cars and Girls comes to life in a feel-good love story. The musical is a contemporary romance about two lovers, a class divide and a strange pizza delivery. It stars Tim Rogers himself, who preforms live with a band.

25 October to 4 November 

Wizard of Oz 

The Wicked Witch of the West, Tinman and Scarecrow are characters that stay with us long after childhood. See one of your favourite stories when it comes to QPAC later this year – this production of The Wizard of Oz features new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, and a cast led by crowd-drawer, Anthony Warlow.

4–19 November at QPAC

Mamma Mia

Mamma mia, here we go again … see out 2017 singing along to your favourite ABBA songs when Mamma Mia arrives at QPAC. The show makes its Brisbane debut after premiering in Canberra, and will then make its way around the rest of Australia.

26 December to 21 January at QPAC

Why stop there? Priscilla and Aladdin have already been announced for Brisbane seasons next year!

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Kids Collective

Parents of Brisbane rejoice – there’s a marvellous way to entertain your kids for free

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Sun, 1 Januarysee all

Little Days Out

Spend a morning playing, creating and discovering with your child at Little Days Out, South Bank’s free children’s program.

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Sun, 1 Octobersee all

Musica Viva International Concert Season 2018

Discover the dazzling beauty of classical music performed by the very best international artists in 2018

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Fri, 1 Decembersee all

Expressions Dance Company Season 2018

Expressions Dance Company has unveiled its 2018 season with a year of bold international and Australian collaborations to inspire and delight!

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Sat, 3 Marchsee all

Lifestyle: a sunshine state of mind

Showcasing a range of State Library of Queensland’s rare and restricted collection items

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Fri, 27 Aprilsee all

Bristopia

Reflect upon the elements of our city that nurture and connect us at this free exhibition.

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Fri, 18 Maysee all

Life in Irons: Brisbane's Convict Stories

Life in Irons provides a vivid insight into daily life in the settlement using original documents, personal accounts and contemporary art, alongside immersive new technologies

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Sat, 2 Junesee all

Tony Albert: Visible

Survey the work of Tony Albert, one of the most exciting young Indigenous Australian artists working today

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Fri, 22 Junesee all

Alice's Wonderland

This colourful hands-on exhibition brings science concepts to life for 3 - 8 year olds

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Fri, 29 Junesee all

Nature Imagined

Nature imagined offers a new understanding of Robinson's sophisticated vision of his lived environment

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