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Photograph: Matthew Murphy The Broadway production of Moulin Rouge!

New and upcoming musicals in Melbourne

Look sharp triple threats: Melbourne is a haven for musical theatre

By Time Out editors

Who needs to travel to Broadway or the West End when you live in Melbourne? We're home to many of the most beautiful theatres in the country, meaning we get pretty lucky when it comes to major musicals. There are a stack of shows on right now, and just around the corner we've got Shrek, Six the Musical and the absolutely fabulous Broadway production of Molin Rouge.

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

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Recently announced

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Photograph: Creative Commons

The Wedding Singer Musical is coming to Melbourne

News Theatre & Performance

Tizzy up your hair and whip out your powder blue dinner suits – a musical comedy based on The Wedding Singer is coming to Melbourne. The Wedding Singer – the Musical Comedy has announced it’s coming to the Athenaeum Theatre from June 19 this year, following sold-out performances in the UK and on Broadway. The musical comedy is based on the 1998 Adam Sandler movie of the same name, which follows the story of a wedding singer who is stood up at the altar, only to fall in love with a waitress who is unfortunately engaged to another man. The film is a love letter to the 1980s with big hair and even bigger shoulder pads. The Australian production is yet to find its titular wedding singer and, in a novel move, is encouraging real-life wedding singers from all around the country to apply for the role. The Wedding Singer – the Musical Comedy features music from Matthew Sklar (Elf the Musical) with the book by Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy (Herlihy is also responsible for writing The Wedding Singer film as well as Happy Gilmore and Billy Maddison). The Melbourne production opens June 19 with tickets on sale Thursday, March 5. Here are all the shows you need to see in Melbourne this month. PS Victorians are getting a fourth kerbside bin to help reduce landfill waste.

Moulin Rouge 2019 supplied image Broadway
Photograph: Matthew Murphy

Moulin Rouge! the Musical opens in Melbourne next year

News Theatre & Performance

Melbourne: Do you believe in freedom, beauty, truth and love? Yes? Good. A spectacular stage version of Moulin Rouge! opened on Broadway this week and now we have official confirmation that it's on its way to Melbourne.

What's on stage this week?

Production shot at The Lady in the Van
Photograph: Jeff Busby

Theatre in Melbourne this week

Things to do

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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