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 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
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.
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, 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!