If you’re a musical lover, Sydney is a good place to be this winter and spring season. With everything from the classic Mary Poppins to modern day Hairspray, you will have your pick of shows to dazzle you while you sit fighting to need to sing and dance in your theatre seat.
For those Sydney bound, here’s the must-see list.
Hairspray – Lyric theatre
This is without a doubt the feel good musical of the Sydney season. Wouldn’t it be terrible if we were all the same? Here’s a production with a message. Everyone’s different. Everyone has something to offer. Let this show lift your spirits – perfect for the young theatre-goer or anyone who loves big and colourful energetic displays.
Mary Poppins – Capitol theatre
Who hasn’t seen Mary Poppins as a child? Who hasn’t uttered the word, ‘supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’? There wouldn’t be many. This is the multi-generation childhood classic which has made its way from book, to the big screen and now, to the stage. Sit back and enjoy the dance scenes, spectacular sets, ‘lift offs’ and the overall imaginative magical world of Mary Poppins.
Jersey Boys – Theatre Royal
There’s a reason this musical is so popular. It’s brilliant. On paper, the story of four blue-collar kids becoming a hit doesn’t sound like too much of a show-stopper. But it certainly is. These boys are a sensation in storyline and on the stage. Go along and watch the rise of Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi – the four seasons – who sold 175 million records before the age of 30. You won’t be able to help yourself singing along to their big hits like “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”. It’s a foot tapping spectacular!
Strange Bedfellows – The New Musical – Princess theatre
It hasn’t quite yet rolled into town but come October, Strange Bedfellows – The New Musical, based on the hit movie with Paul Hogan and Michael Caton, will be on stage! The flick, which also won Best Film at the Toronto World of Comedy film festival, had no trace of singing. But that’s about to change. This is a production set to take Australia, and the world, by storm. Think footsteps of The Boy From Oz, Shout and Priscilla. If you’ve ever been impressed by well-known composer John Foreman (known for his work on Australian Idol) you’ll love his original score for this musical.
Of course, any busy theatre-goer needs a place to rest their head after an evening of entertainment. Make a weekend of it and treat yourself to a Sydney musical trip. The beauty of Sydney’s theatres is that they’re all within a stone’s throw of each other. If you base yourself in the city, any location is a cab ride or short walk away. There’s always the CBD but also check out the surrounding suburbs. For something a little different, think Glebe, Paddington, Darlinghurst and Surry Hills hotel options. Surry Hills accommodation, for example, takes you one step out of the business sector and into the café culture and boutique shopping strip heart of Sydney.