New and upcoming musicals in Melbourne

Looking for the latest Melbourne musicals? From indie productions to international blockbusters, here are the shows to see
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From Wicked to Matilda to The Lion King, Melbourne loves a good musical. Here's our edit of the musicals Melbourne is getting excited about, from new releases to the best Melbourne shows coming soon. For more theatre information, check out our latest reviews and our guide to scoring cheap theatre tickets.

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Come from Away 2018 Broadway cast photo credit: Matthew Murphy
Photograph: Matthew Murphy
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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.

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West Side Story Opera Australia 2018
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Something's coming: West Side Story is returning to Melbourne

Next year is shaping up to be Opera Australia's big year of West Side Story. Not only is the company presenting a massive outdoor production in Sydney as part of its annual Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, it's just announced a production for theatres in both Melbourne and Sydney. That's a big year for singing and dancing youth gangs. Melbourne has seen this production before: it's directed by Tony nominee Joey McKneely and played an Australian tour back in 2010. It's a fairly faithful take on the show, using all of Jerome Robbins' original Broadway choreography.  For those who've somehow never seen West Side Story, it's a 1950s musical take on Romeo and Juliet with music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Arthur Laurents. Instead of warring families, it features warring – if not too fearsome – New York City gangs. The score features songs like 'Tonight', 'Maria', 'America', 'Something's Coming' and 'Somewhere'. No casting has been announced at this point, but unlike the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour production, Opera Australia is holding auditions to find the next Tony and Maria. Opera Australia has already come under significant criticism for casting a caucasian performer as the Puerto Rican Maria in that production, and has been accused of white-washing the musical. Let's hope they cast appropriately this time. West Side Story will play the Arts Centre Melbourne from April 6 to 28. Join the waitlist for tickets. Can't wait until next year? Ch

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The Book of Mormon 2017 Princess Theatre Melbourne production still 05 feat Ryan Bondy and Augustin Aziz Tchantcho photographer credit 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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