Shows : Musicals

"Let the bells with-in the steeple. Ring with joy for all good people." This gem married the drama of Charles Dickens with the music of Gilbert and Sullivan. There is a smorgasbord of songs from The Yeoman of the Guard,  The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, Iolanthe, Trial by Jury...
 
  "An absolute hoot." ( The Guardian)  "Pure exultant bubblegum fun." ( The Scotsman)  "The makings of a Rocky Horror runaway hit." ( Midweek Theatre)      "There is in short a riot going on in Cell Block H, and...
 
“I haven’t had so good a time at a musical this year… a classic.” (Sunday Age) Based on the controversial book of the same name, A Bunch of Ratbags is a funny, abrasive, and confronting look at teenage delinquency during the rock ‘n’ roll 50s in Melbourne. A...
 
" A Blissful marriage of witty dialogue with some of the most enduringly popular music and lyrics ever written" Melbourne Herald Sun. A Song to Sing O is a musical play about the original Gilbert and Sullivan patter man George Grossmith first performed by Anthony Warlow and has since...
 
A Musical Farce for your mature cast described as " a rare combination of wonderful new music, belly ache humour and farce." Celebrity Sanctuary is a clinic that offers relaxation for A Listers. It has however, fallen on hard times. When  the owner, receives a call from “...
 
Follow the adventures of Alice as she sings and dances her way through Wonderland. Here she meets the White Rabbit, the Caterpillar, the Mad Hatter, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Cheshire Cat, the Mock Turtle, the Gryphon and the terrifying Queen of Hearts. This 2 Act lively production of ‘...
 
"A great foot tapping feel good show that drew a standing ovation." Manawatu standard. An award winning musical that is part love story, part eco awareness, part spiritual enlightenment wrapped around some of the great New Zealand rock songs of our time. There is a fraction too much...
 
Beautiful new musical adaptation written especially for youth theatres staged dozens of times around the world. Sheherazade has been telling stories to her husband the King for 1000 nights. They range from magic carpet rides to genies to Ali Baba and the 40 thieves to Sinbad the Sailor. But her is...
 
Aussie Rules ~ The Musical isn’t about putting football players in tutus and having a bit of a giggle. It is a new, fun-filled comedy with clever songs, dances and hilarious situations. It also has a serious side, examining the effects of the urbanisation of Australia with country towns...
 
    From the era that brought the world The Rubik's Cube, Max Headroom and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comes this "totally awesome" musical in the style of movies such as Back To The Future, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Karate Kid and The Wedding Singer. Join the...
 
Imagine a surf rock musical that starts like this..... “ The summer sun is cookin. The guys and chics good lookin. And school is over for another year. The surf is really poundin. And bodgies walk around in. The latest crazy way out kooky gear... So pass around the pretzels and the beer....
 
“One of their best shows ever.” (Australian) Beauty and the Beast is one of the most beloved children’s stories of all time. There has been countless version of the tale of a handsome Prince who is turned into a Beast by a wicked witch, and can only be restored to his former self...
 
“Songs and storyline simple enough to appeal to a wide age group.” (Sun) A musical set in the Australian bush with conservation as its theme. The animals’ water is being polluted by the Useless Chemical Company and Billabong Bill with the assistance of a Minor Mitchell Cockatoo (...
 
  Boy’s Own McBeth toured Australia and the US from 1979 until 1982. It was the longest running Australian written musical ever..staged with more than 600 performances and was only eclipsed in the 1990’s by The Boy From Oz. What the critics said.... “A combination of Welcome...
 
Breast Wishes is an uplifting new musical about life, love, family and silicon. Meet four women; add a fumbling boyfriend, a well meaning husband, a bra-fitter who’s seen it all, show stopping numbers and you will be taken on a witty and heart-warming journey through laughter to triumph.
 
  The perfect youth musical with fries and a coke. Set in Bondi Beach at the largest restaurant of the world wide conglomerate Hackets.    "Working for the chain you've got to keep those counters clean."    Everyone loved Waldo  he was a worker like...
 
It's 1971 and the "Class of 65" are gathering at a seaside resort for a reunion weekend. Frankie 'the fingers' Fuller and his intellectually challenged sidekick John 'Duggs'...
 
Cruisin’ is an exciting new musical with songs in the style and spirit of the pioneers of rock n roll. It is filled with comedy, pathos and catchy musical numbers that will leave your audience enthralled right ‘till the end. Cruisin is the late 1950’s, and VINNIE RUSSO is a 17...
 
This new translation of the sparkling operetta written in 1874 includes new opportunities for extra Chorus work. Gabrielle von Eisenstein has been sentenced to five days in jail for hitting a Policeman, but is determined to go to a party. In the original the chrous do not appeart on stage until Act...
 
The story of Faust is brought to life in an explosion of hit songs, high energy dance routines and glitter-ball spinning action. Get, ready to hit that floor and burn, baby, burn... in ‘Disco Inferno’  It’s the summer of 1976. Outside, the weather is as hot as the fashion and...
 
  "Pinafore is a 24-carat triumph"  The Australian.  The final chapter of the Savoy Trilogy which stormed across Australia and New Zealand. There is the funky female chorus known as the Singlettes - which were originally designed for three women - but are often revived...
 
"An unfolding caravan of delights." The Sydney Morning Herald. "No praise could be too excessive." The Australian. Essgee's Mikado followed the success of Pirates  in 1995 and has proved so popular it was revived again professionally in 2008/2009. Enjoy watching the...
 
" As dazzling ...as the Best of Broadway"   Brisbane Courier Mail. Essgee's unique brand of Gilbert and Sullivan first stormed across Australia in 1994. It's now being performed all over the world including productions across the UK, North America and even in Germany. This...
 
" all the sentiment, galvanizing character and sweeping flow of Les Miserables. Eureka is an accomplished and entertaining musical." Bryce Hallett Sydney Morning Herald.  The Eureka Rebellion remains Australia's only organized insurrection. On November 29 1854 0 12,000 people were...
 
Hilarious and dramatic events unfold as the fairy tale characters try living in someone else's fairy tale. But does being someone else make you happy? The whacky witch and the grumbling giant are ever present. Then when the threat of censorship or even a total ban on some fairy tales because...
 
“ … old age needn’t be nearly so dreary and sad as it’s supposed to be, provided you greet it with humour and live it with courage.” Noel Coward What a challenge. You have to have kids walk, talk, sing even dance like old folk. It’s a fun but respectful...
 
"Here in the country we all know. How the seasons come and go. When to Harvest when to shear, and when it's time for tucker, time for beer" Enjoy hours of music and laughter Based on the classic comic by Murray Ball. The story involves the claims of town versus country as Cheeky tries to...
 
Set in 1960’s Manchester, Eric and Iris Dobbins have been running a friendly neighbourhood pub (The Last Drop) for many years, and regularly run an evening of ‘Free And Easy’ (now known as Karaoke), both of which have helped them to win the coveted ‘Pub Of The North...
 
By Offenbach: The Grand Duchess The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein has, up to now, left affairs of state to her Chamberlain, Baron Puck, and her Commander-in-Chief, General Boum. Now that she is 21 Puck plans to keep her occupied by finding her a suitable husband, Prince Paul. Sadly the Grand Duchess...
 
  The most popular  Cenarth Fox musical ever. Inside a human—what a set—a group of germs in amazing costumes spread disease. The human fights back with medicine. It’s a fight to the death. But there’s an enemy in the ranks of the germs. It’s a bloodless coup...
 
Hot Shoe Shuffle has been a smash hit musical across Australia and the West End. It starts when the seven tap brothers receive a telegram -  telling them that they will inherit millions from their late father if they reproduce the famous Hot Shoe Shuffle one month after his death. More...
 
Hyperspace puts the Farce into the Force as you are taken on an all-singing, all- dancing, ( totally unauthorised ) parody-tribute of one of most successful film franchises of all time. Join Duke Kneejerker, his loyal robot RU DED2, and his sister Princess Highway, as they search for the last...
 
"I can cook my husband's dinner. I can iron my husband's shirt. I can live alone in danger And in drought and dust and dirt. I can grow the food we live on. I can milk a cow or goat. If I'm good enough for that. I know I'm good enough to vote!" Louisa Lawson was a woman of magnetic...
 
“Lots of laughs in this witty show” (Sun) It Happened In Tanjablanca is a musical ‘whodunnit’ based on dramatic films of the 1940s. It features a cast of recognizable characters which include an American film star, a tweedy English eccentric and a European Countess. Echoes...
 
“Has wit, slapstick comedy, and enough catchy tunes to have audiences singing and laughing along with its cast” (Sun) The story of Jack and the Beanstalk has been around for centuries, well since 1730 when the first printed version was published. The show in various forms became a...
 
Australia's Biggest Little Musical Jack O'Hagan was Australia's most prolific song writer from the 1920's until the 1950's. His hits are part of the nation's psyche 'Our Don Bradman' ' Ginger Meggs ', 'When the Dog Sits on the Tuckerbox', ' Kingsford Smith' and so forth. Melvyn Morrow and David...
 
A fun musical for a large  mixed  cast  of  young people.  Inspired by the story of  Puss in Boots written during the sixteenth century by French author, Charles Perrault. The  show embraces an eclectic collection of great pop  and rock...
 
This rock, pop and funky adaptation of the collected stories of Rudyard Kipling has been performed thousands of times across Europe. Described by Stage Whispers magazine as "full of great tunes, superb characterisation and laughs." For cast of seven or bolster with a large chorus. With...
 
"...one of the most entertaining and slickly written shows - comedy or otherwise - seen in Melbourne for a long time... dazzlingly funny" Raymond Gill, Arts Editor, The Age "This is a beautiful set of numbers" Paul Keating The musical Australia had to have is now available for...
 
Students at an Australian holiday camp discover that the local Mayor plans to close the camp and redevelop the site. With local residents they use social media combined with the old fashioned bush telegraph to contact past generations of campers to help them thwart the Mayor’s plans and save...
 
Faithful English translation of one of the greatest romantic operas ever written. All singing is in the original keys. But this adaptation has modest edits to simplify the plot and keep the focus on the four lovers. Orchestration has been reduced to a more affordible size. The children's chorus and...
 
The Almost Totally Fictitious Musical History of Legs Diamond  follows the travails of its title character, a Depression-era mobster who wants to break into show business. The musical opened on Broadway on December 26, 1988 and closed on February 19, 1989 after 64 performances and 72...
 
The riotous tale of mistaken identities and unexpected romance explodes in this brand new musical comedy based on the Tony award nominated play. It’s 1934 and Opera virtuoso Tito Merelli is about to revive Otello for the ten-year anniversary of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. When Tito...
 
Lola Montez was the Madonna of the 19th century. A popular singer and performer who outraged the establishment by taking off some of her clothes on stage in her famous spider dance. "They storm my web and beg a night of bliss. Then die in rapture at my poisonous kiss. Beware. Beware."...
 
A modern backstage comedy with a Faustian twist and a cynical view of showbiz. Loosely based on the Faust story it is set in the context of a "backstage musical" which embraces many of the clichés of the genre - and turns them on their head. It could almost be described as a...
 
A gorgeous musical adventure based on a children's classic. In a wondrous world of riddles and hidden treasure, bumbling Jack Hare is on a race against time to deliver a message of love from the Moon to the Sun. Far, far away in a world just like ours, a mother cheers her son Joe with the tale of...
 
It’s time to party, because it’s 1999! Jess Lo is hosting the best millennium party ever. Every cool celebrity is invited and it is set to be linked via satellite around the world.  But organising the party and sorting out her love life causes Jess Lo's grades to drop in her final...
 
"Heart warming laugh out loud funny," Broadway World. "An entertaining night of chuckles and tears." Variety. "If you are a mother or have a mother this show is a hoot. Arts Hub. "Insightful tongue in cheek lyrics and foot tapping rhythms." Stage Whispers. Having...
 
  "My Way was more than we had hoped for. You haven't got a show...you have a license to print money. ” Allan Kollar Venice Little Theatre An award winning music revue featuring more than 50 songs recorded by ‘Old Blue Eyes’. This is not about impersonating Frank Sinatra...
 
"Gonna Rob a Bank, Gonna Be A Rich Man One Day, Gonna Rob A Bank. Living it the Easy Way"  The life and times of Australia's most infamous Bushranger and his Gang set to a rollicking score, a mixture of rock, broadway and vaudeville.This has both GREAT humour and GREAT tragedy....
 
A comic play with music based on the life of Kate Kelly. She toured Victoria with a show exhibiting her older brother Ned's 'real horse' and 'real armour'. When one of her actor's leaves she recruits an Irishman from the audience, with more in common with Ned than she suspects. First staged at the...
 
New translation of this classic written in 1858 with the option of  extra Chorus. Eurydice is bitten by a snake and is abducted by Pluto to the underworld. Her husband Orpheus is delighted, but public opinion forces him to rescue her. She is ungrateful preferring Bacchus, God of wine. With...
 
This epic musical first recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra has delighted audiences in many countries. "Irresistible - engaging and exciting the audience throughout - and leaving heaving chests and racing hearts as it draws to its tragic conclusion." Aussie Theatre.com 2008.  ...
 
" Sheer Magic in every sense of the word" Peter Pan is the legendary tale of the boy who never grows old. This adaptation is recognised in England as the best available of J.M.Barrie's masterpiece. First produced professionally in 1993 is has been revived dozens of times A play with...
 
This is the story of Pinocchio the little wooden puppet who came to life because of a wish made by his maker, Geppetto. Follow Pinocchio as he travels through Italy meeting many interesting characters including the Blue Fairy, the cunning Fox and Cat, the evil puppet master Fire Eater, the naughty...
 
It's boyband vs girlband in this hilarious brand new musical from the team that brought you the global hit Back to the 80's. Packed with pop smash hits from the hyper-coloured 1990's by artists such as THE SPICE GIRLS, BACKSTREET BOYS, N*SYNC, BRITNEY SPEARS, CHRISTINA ...
 
This musical adaptation of the world's favourite romantic comedy has been staged with great success around the world. It has gorgeous music and 11 fantastic roles for woman (most with solos). From the dim Mrs Bennet, her five daughters, the formidable Lady Catherine and the bitchy Caroline Bingley...
 
  Before there was Schoolies, there was Pyjamas in Paradise!   In the late 1950s and early 1960s, pyjama parties attracted thousands of young people from all around Australia to the small resort town of Surfers Paradise. Their popularity put Surfers on the map. This musical is a bit like...
 
Your set is a pile of rubbish until the showbiz finale. Your cast are all rats and they are in trouble. Their home’s about to be demolished and there’s a nasty cat on the prowl. Enter Snortle Tozer. Is he or she a politician, evangelist or crook? All three perhaps? The rats discover...
 
It's the real housewives as you have never seen them before. Localise the title for your community then grab a glass of pinot and watch the girls lie, cheat and sing their way up the social ladder. Hiding behind skin care lines and charities these women have it all or do they? Find out what the...
 
 “ By far the best rock n roll musical I have ever read. The music is brilliant.” Robert Murray - Director. Steve Diamond ( producer of the Rocky Horror Show) “ Absolutely brilliant” Rock Apocalypse is rock n roll party show which is a parody and tongue in cheek tribute...
 
Rockin Robin and his merry band of men star in this fantasy story featuring  Rock Music from the fifties, sixties and seventies. A drama group (or school) is rehearsing a number for the Rock Eisteddfod when an electrical fault in the special effects department causes two of the cast, Maddie...
 
“Everybody had a good time.” (The Age) When Rumpelstiltskin premiered at the Alexander Theatre, Melbourne, the critics went overboard with their praise; “full of original and listenable, clappable words and music,” “… clever, well-done and delightful,” and...
 
Australian and New Zealand community theatres are the first in the world to be given permission to stage this iconic musical. The movie is credited with defining the 1970's, the sound track sold 25,000,000 copies and since it debuted on Broadway the musical...
 
A musical play for five fabulous females. Five very different cleaning women, the scrubbers, work together at night. They’re aged from 18 to 80 and each has a sadness, their problems are real. Meet a brilliant cook, a gambler, battered wife, a foreigner and a wannabe singer. Now just for...
 
"Eddie Perfect's oh-so-clever-song book with songs ranging from soul and rock to Bollywood and R & B  is.. incredible." The Age. ( 4 Stars) "Full of witty lyrics and great melodies." Stage Whispers. "Entertainingly depicts the King of Spin with admiration and wry...
 
 The hit production of the 2009 Melbourne Comedy Festival. “A delicious look at aging. A warm, poignant and very amusing blend of songs and pithy dialogue performed by a talented cast. I highly recommend the show for all age groups!” Alan Fletcher, ‘Neighbours’ actor...
 
Delightful new musical adaptation of the classic with bright tunes, lots of laughs and an Australian sensibility. Available with superb backing CD or piano vocal. First staged in 2013.
 
Snugglepot and Cuddlepie premiered at the Adelaide festival of the Arts in 1992, accompanied by a 22 piece orchestra in front of 23,000 people. The musical has also been performed professionally in Melbourne and Brisbane and released on CD featuring the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, a 120 voice...
 
A glitzy comedic and loving tribute to  the Eurovision Song Contest. It’s as close to the real thing as you can get, with eleven countries competing, a multitude of anxious contestants, a gushing hostess and all the quirkiness that both delights us and makes us cringe in a single...
 
A short show, an award-winning musical revue staged from New Zealand to New York.  65 mins, speeches, songs, mime all celebrating life in the suburbs. The garbos are the jugglers, the traffic cop is the clown, etc. This variety show has been staged in tents, the back of trucks, halls and...
 
“A first class piece of entertainment.” (Variety) Sweet Fanny Adams is set in the 1930s around the infamous red-light district of Palmer Street, Sydney. The show is built around two madams, who are constantly at war with each other, their clientele and their loves. It is loosely based...
 
A delightful new musical based on the fable by the Brother’s Grimm. Twelve princesses, each more beautiful than the last, sleep in twelve beds in the same room. Every night, their doors are securely locked. But in the morning, their dancing shoes are found to be worn through as if they had...
 
“My songs are my biography”…Peter Allen The Boy From Oz is the most successful Australian musical ever and the first to make it to Broadway. It is a musical biography/tribute to the late great Peter Allen. Peter Allen was born in the outback Australian town of Tenterfield in 1944...
 
Gilbert and Sullivan's most popular songs spun into an hilarious new modern story.  There is  love across the social barriers, people not being who they seem to be, etc -but this time it is about a Franchise King - also known as the Corporate Pieman of Penzance who is hoping that his...
 
“One of the best children’s stories in a contemporary soft-rock glitter style.” Han Christian Anderson’s fairytale, about an Emperor who is tricked by a couple of con men into believing in invisible clothes, is updated with a brilliant soft-rock score and a host of...
 
 Awesome new jukebox musical featuring s ongs by AC/DC, Midnight Oil, Skyhooks, Dragon, Choir Boys, Daddy Cool, J.O.K. Sherbet, Ted Mulray Gang, Jet, Billy Thorpe, Rick Springfield, Divinyls, The Screaming Jets and more!  Troy and Darren Wilson, the most popular of all the shearers in...
 
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“Tin Soldier shines as a musical.” (The Age) Han Christian Anderson’s tale of The Little Tin Soldier and the Ballerina, has never been more enchantingly portrayed as in this wonderful soft-rock version. Set in Toyland, a tin soldier is tossed out of a window by a wicked Goblin. He...
 
“One irresistible musical! An utter charm bomb!” - The New York Times. This smash off-Broadway hit takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! As we learn...
 
The Merry Widow is unchallenged the most popular Operetta of the 20th Century . Now the soaring pulsy sexy music has been lifted by a magnificent, hilarious new libretto. This new work is so good it has been endorsed by the estate of Franz Lehar. FRANK HATHERLEY, writer and BBC TV producer, has...
 
This small-scale musical was first presented by the National Theatre Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Sydney, in 1977.   Set in 1889, the Sharpe Family Players are touring their famous Sharpe’s Short Shakespeares in a fit-up tent. Their latest — a ludicrously brief Richard III...
 
“A brilliant children’s musical.” “Plenty of catchy tunes, a nice clear storyline, loads of color, and several engaging characters,” was how Sally White in The Age described the original production of The Shoemaker and the Elves. Over-the-top production values and...
 
From the composers of Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang comes a new musical release based on the legend of Cinderella. The Slipper and the Rose - composed by Robert and Richard Sherman has beautiful music, charm and lots of laughs. First released in 1976 as a movie which was nominated for...
 
Be spirited away by this new musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's fantastical coming-of-age adventure that inspired the hit Disney movie Frozen. Join Gerda on a dangerous and whimsical quest to save her best friend Kai before he is trapped forever in the Snow Queen...
 
Warp Drive: boldly going where no musical has gone before! Join Captain James T. Jerk, his offsider Mr Phock, and the crew of the Starship Enterthise as they roam the galaxy searching for signs of intelligent life (having found none on Earth). During their rounds they intercept a signal offering...
 
Since 2002 over 16 million theatregoers in 28 countries have been thrilled by this awe-inspiring production which is based on the songs of Queen with a book by Ben Elton (The Young Ones, Blackadder, Popcorn). Elton fashioned this hilarious futurist comedy around more than 24 of Queen’s...
 
Based on the classic by Kenneth Grahame. When the Mole becomes tired of spring cleaning he ventures out to the river where he meets the Water Rat. Together they embark on an adventure through the wild wood. Delightful music and drama.
 
This has the drama, the love story and magnificent arias The haunting image of Heathcliffe searching the moors for his beloved Cathy us one of the most enduringly passionate scenes in English literature. Taylor's adaptation has been recognised by the Bronte Society as marking the first time that...