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New and upcoming musicals in Melbourne

Love a showstopper? Here are all the musicals you have to see – from indie hits to international blockbusters
Helen Dallimore, Maggie McKenna, Gary Sweet and Adrian Li Donni
Photograph: Lisa Tomasetti
By Time Out editors |

Melbourne is home to many of the most beautiful theatres in the country, meaning we get pretty lucky when it comes to major musicals. From West Side Story to Jersey Boys, we're absolutely spoilt for choice.

Here's our pick of the musicals Melbourne is getting excited about, from recently opened blockbusters to the best shows coming soon. If you're after something of blockbuster scale without quite so much singing and dancing, head to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

For more theatre information, check out our latest reviews and our guide to scoring cheap theatre tickets.

Recently announced

David Bowie
Photograph: Creative Commons
News, Theatre & Performance

David Bowie's Lazarus musical is coming to Melbourne

It was the final project he worked on before his death, and now David Bowie's Lazarus musical will have its Australian premiere in Melbourne, thanks to the Production Company. The musical played New York in 2015 and London in 2016, with direction by the theatre world's leading auteur, Ivo van Hove. 

Come from Away 2018 Broadway cast photo credit: Matthew Murphy
Photograph: Matthew Murphy
News, Theatre & Performance

Hit Broadway musical Come from Away is heading to Melbourne

Come from Away is set to open at the Comedy Theatre in July 2019, joining upcoming Melbourne premieres of School of Rock and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The historic Comedy Theatre will get major refurbishment and new seats in time for Come From Away's Australian opening.

What's on stage this week?

Production shot at The Lady in the Van
Photograph: Jeff Busby
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Theatre in Melbourne this week

Wondering what to see in Melbourne this week? Check out our guide to the theatre, opera, musicals and dance shows on Melbourne's stages for the next seven days.

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