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Melbourne theatre and musicals in March

From mammoth musicals to indie hits – we've got you covered for on-stage highlights this month
Helen Dallimore, Maggie McKenna, Gary Sweet and Adrian Li Donni
Photograph: Lisa Tomasetti
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Muriel is finally in Melbourne this month – more than a year after the homegrown musical premiered to stellar reviews in Sydney. If you're more into dance, the biennial Dance Massive festival is moving Melbourne for March, and if comedy is your bag, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival kicks off at the end of the month.

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Musicals

Hilary Cole, Helen Dallimore and Maggie McKenna in Sydney Theatre Company and Global Creatures Production of Muriel’s Wedding the Musical
Photograph: Lisa Tomasetti
Theatre, Musicals

Muriel's Wedding The Musical

icon-location-pin Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne
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Muriel moved from Porpoise Spit to the big lights of Sydney for her world premiere in November 2017 and now she's finally headed to Melbourne's Her Majesty's Theatre from March 2019, before heading back to Sydney in June. 

Theatre, Musicals

Jersey Boys

icon-location-pin Regent Theatre, Melbourne
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Last in Melbourne in 2009, Broadway smash Jersey Boys is back in 2018 with an Australian cast led by Ryan Gonazalez and Daniel Raso (sharing the role of Frankie Valli), Cameron MacDonald, Thomas McGuane and Glaston Toft (reprising his role as bassist Nick Massi).

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50 Shades! The Musical Parody Alex Theatre 2019
Photograph: Supplied
Theatre, Musicals

50 Shades! The Musical Parody

icon-location-pin The Alex Theatre, St Kilda
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Love it or loathe it, there’s no denying Fifty Shades of Grey was a bona fide pop culture phenomenon. And that means only one thing – it’s time for a musical! Fortunately, as the name suggests, this is more spoof than serious.

Mainstage theatre

Theatre, Drama

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

icon-location-pin Princess Theatre, Melbourne
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The first rule of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, is that you don’t talk about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Safeguarding spoilers is an expected responsibility for anyone who attends the Potter-verse’s first on-stage outing.

Time Out says
Arbus & West Melbourne Theatre Company 2019
Photograph: Justin Ridler
Theatre, Drama

Arbus & West

icon-location-pin Arts Centre Melbourne, Southbank
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This play imagines what transpired during a real-life meeting between photographer Diane Arbus (to be played by Diana Glenn) and bombshell actress/queen of the double-entendre Mae West (Melita Jurisic).

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A View from the Bridge Melbourne Theatre Company 2019
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Theatre, Drama

A View from the Bridge

icon-location-pin Southbank Theatre (Melbourne Theatre Company), Southbank
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In 2017, Iain Sinclair directed a production of Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge in Sydney’s intimate Old Fitz Theatre. It swept the independent theatre categories at the Sydney Theatre Awards thanks to its gripping take on the dark tale set in an Italian-American neighbourhood in the shadows of the Brooklyn Bridge, following a family hurtling towards disaster. Sinclair is making a new production for Melbourne Theatre Company.

Indie and mid-range theatre

Mr Burns, A Post-Electric Play fortyfivedownstairs 2019 production image supplied
Photograph: Sarah Walker
Theatre, Drama

Mr Burns, A Post-Electric Play

icon-location-pin fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne
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Anne Washburn’s play Mr Burns, A Post-Electric Play begins as a group of survivors of an apocalypse gather around a fire and attempt to recount an episode of The Simpsons. The episode is Cape Feare, which is largely a parody of Martin Scorsese’s remake of the Robert Mitchum film, Cape Fear. 

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Dance Nation Red Stitch 2019
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Theatre

Dance Nation

icon-location-pin Red Stitch Actors Theatre, St Kilda
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A team of competitive adolescent dancers fight their way through sequins, tears and trauma towards the finals in American playwright Clare Barron’s hit comedy Dance Nation. The twist? The dancers are all played by adult women in this production directed by Maude Davey.

Comedy

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Town Hall Crowd
Photograph: Jim Lee
Comedy, Comedy festival

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

icon-location-pin Around Melbourne, Melbourne
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The Melbourne International Comedy Festival – held in March/April every year – is impossible to miss. Everyone's talking about the shows you have to see; the pink-and-yellow banners line CBD streets; and of course, hordes of audience members gravitate to the Melbourne Town Hall, tickets in hand.  

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