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Princess Theatre

  • Theatre
  • Melbourne
  1. Princess Theatre supplied image 2019
    Photograph: Supplied
  2. Princess Theatre supplied image 2019
    Photograph: Supplied
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Time Out says

A majestic 19th-century theatre, the Princess is the gilded home to first-run major musicals and has recently undergone its own transfiguration to play host to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Details

Address:
163 Spring St
Melbourne
3000
Transport:
Nearby stations: Parliament

What’s on

Groundhog Day the Musical

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Musicals

The “Matilda for grown-ups” comparisons are true: this Australian premiere burrows all the way down into the depths of despair and climbs triumphantly back out again, all within two snappy acts.  As per the classic 1993 film starring Bill Murray, Groundhog Day takes place on a very big day in a very small Pennsylvanian town. Each year on February 2, a large rodent emerges from his burrow to predict when winter will end. The Olivier Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated Andy Karl stars as Phil Connors, the jaded weatherman who gets sucked into a time loop covering the perky celebration over and over (and over) again.  A musical adaptation of a film about becoming a better person runs the risk of feeling twee. However, Tim Minchin’s zingingly clever lyrics and Danny Rubin’s gutsy book take the essence of the film and wring out considerably more depth and grit to give the musical its own more mature personality. What would you really do if you were trapped repeating the same average-at-best day forever? Groundhog Day takes this premise and stretches it to all its thorny extremes, and isn’t afraid to get dark as hell in the process. This is a musical that fully embraces its format, combining unabashed theatrics with some A-grade scumbag antics and moments of heart wrenching depression from Phil. Each scene takes things a step further than expected, whether that be into malarkey or melancholia, and is all the better for it. Andy Karl’s performance as Phil is nothing short of supe

Tina – The Tina Turner Musical

  • Musicals

River deep, mountain high – this is a comeback story like no other. Grammy Award-winning musical artist Tina Turner is a woman who dared to defy the bounds of her age, gender and race to become the global Queen of Rock'n’Roll. And finally, the musical inspired by her life story has announced seasons in Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne in 2024. Presented in association with Tina Turner herself, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical received its world premiere in April 2018 in London, where it opened to five-star reviews and has broken box office records at the Aldwych Theatre. It has since had three European tours and a Broadway production in November 2019, which was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. One of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, Tina Turner has won 12 Grammys and her live shows have been seen by millions, with more concert tickets sold than any other solo performer in music history. When she was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in October 2021, Tina Turner became one of only three women in the institution’s history to be inducted twice (she was initially inducted in 1991, alongside Ike Turner). Turner’s Australian connections run deep. Upon its original release in 1973, her semi-autobiographical hit ‘Nutbush City Limits’ spent an entire year in the top 100 of Australia’s single chart (and the Nutbush dance remains a staple at numerous Aussie weddings and social gatherings). Tina’s star turn in the Australian film Mad Max: Beyond

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