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What's on stage in January
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What's on stage in January

Including the arrival of one of the biggest blockbuster musicals in the world: The Book of Mormon

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Find out what all the hype is about before this blockbuster comedy hits Melbourne in January

Aladdin the Musical is coming to Melbourne

Aladdin the Musical is coming to Melbourne

A lavish Broadway production of the Disney classic will hit our shores next year

The Bodyguard musical is coming to Australia
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The Bodyguard musical is coming to Australia

Children of the ’80s rejoice! For 2017 is looking to be a vintage season of musical versions of your favourite films – including the freshly announced tour of the musical version of The Bodyguard, and the previously announced Sydney Theatre Company/Global Creatures co-production of Muriel's Wedding – The Musical.  Premiering on London's West End in 2012, Alexander Dinelaris's musical version of The Bodyguard is based on the 1992 film starring your ’90s boyfriend Kevin Costner as an ex-Secret Service agent hired to protect a superstar from her stalker, and Whitney Houston as the damsel-in-distress, Rachel Marron. Needless to say, he does more that just guard her body.   The kind of understated costuming we'd like to see.     According to Time Out London, the book is cheesier than Stinking Bishops – but the musical ticks along nicely thanks to a soundtrack featuring Houston's hits – including the Dolly Parton-penned heartbreaker 'I Will Always Love You'. As the TOL reviewer wrote: "No scientific experiment has been performed to see how many Whitney Houston numbers any individual can hear without feeling their hips and possibly even their heart-rate shifting, but for this critic it was about five." The Australian tour of The Bodyguard (produced by Michael Harrison, David Ian and John Frost) will kick off in Sydney in April 2017. Watch this space for casting info and Melbourne dates.

Theatre, dance, musicals and opera on now in Melbourne

A guide to Melbourne's theatre scene

The best new and upcoming Melbourne shows
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The best new and upcoming Melbourne shows

Our critics' picks for theatre, musicals, opera and dance in Melbourne

The best new and upcoming musicals
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The best new and upcoming musicals

From indie shows to international blockbusters, here are the musicals you should book in to see

Latest Melbourne theatre reviews
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Latest Melbourne theatre reviews

Check out the latest theatre, musical, opera and dance reviews from Time Out's critics

How to get cheap theatre tickets in Melbourne
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How to get cheap theatre tickets in Melbourne

View from the cheap seats: a Time Out Melbourne guide to play-going for penny-pinchers

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Arts Centre Melbourne
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Arts Centre Melbourne

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Southbank Theatre – Melbourne Theatre Company

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