What's on stage in Melbourne?
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. The musical was adapted for the stage by PJ Hogan, who wrote and directed the original 1994 film starring Toni Collette. It features an original, Helpmann Award-winning score by Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall, which Time Out Sydney described as "irresistible" (seriously, we challenge you to leave without humming one of the tunes). But ABBA fans needn't worry about the prospect of an original score – the Swedish supergroup's songs and spirit are threaded through the whole show. Casting is still underway for the upcoming tour. Maggie McKenna, who played Muriel in the original Sydney production, has recently scored a role in the US tour of Dear Evan Hansen. She won't be reprising her role, but other actors are expected to return. The original production of Muriel's Wedding The Musical was produced by Sydney Theatre Company and Global Creatures, who were behind the Strictly Ballroom and King Kong musicals. We fell head over hells in love with the show when it premiered and we're willing to bet Melbourne will too. To put it simply, it's the best Australian musical to premiere in years. It's distinctively homegrown but with plenty of flair and great laughs. And it's directed by Simon Phillips, who did Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and just about every ot
“For never was there a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.” The timeless tale of Romeo and Juliet is coming to Rippon Lea House and Gardens this March. The romance and tragedy of this classic theatrical work will come alive as the Australian Shakespeare Company celebrates the 30th anniversary of Shakespeare Under the Stars. Not only that but the beauty of Rippon Lea House and Gardens will only enhance the experience of the play as the young players recite this story of young love, the power of family, the value of friends and the futility of hate. Running from March 4 to 21, Romeo and Juliet is directed by Glenn Elston who brings the tensions between the Montague and Capulet families of Verona to Victoria. Shakespeare’s drama will tug at your heartstrings and might even coax out a tear or two as the feuding families unite only after the death of the star-crossed lovers (spoiler alert!). You can pack a picnic and bring blankets to the show or order from the menu available on-site (and online). The tickets can be bought on The Australian Shakespeare Company's website and range from $25-$110. The play will run from Monday to Thursday from 7.30pm.