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Ultimate Guide to the Best Musical Shows In Melbourne 2024

Melbourne’s vibrant theatre scene in 2024 promises an eclectic lineup of musical shows set to entertain audiences of all ages. 

Whether you’re a fan of Broadway hits or avant-garde pieces, Melbourne is hosting the best musicals and theatre shows in 2024, making the city arguably the home of musical shows in Australia.

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The Must-See Musicals Melbourne Has Lined Up in 2024

1. SIX

Global pop phenomenon SIX the Musical is returning to Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre in August 2024!

Following sensational sell-out seasons across Australia, the six wives of Henry VIII are back to remix history in this high-octane, fun 80-minute musical sensation.

Join the Tudor Queens-turned-Pop-Princesses, as they re-write and re-tell five hundred years of history like you’ve never seen before.

SIX | August 3 – Sept 8 2024 | Comedy Theatre, Melbourne

Six the Musical

2. Wicked 

Melbourne families, get excited about the return of Wicked at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre! This highly anticipated musical in Melbourne is a family-friendly journey to the Land of Oz. 

This acclaimed production delves into the backstory of Oz’s most notorious characters, offering a twist on the classic tale. Wicked is ideal for a family night out with its universal themes and kid-appropriate humour. The show boasts an array of ticket options, starting at around the $100 mark.

Secure your spot for a magical journey complete with unforgettable melodies and a heartwarming message about friendship and identity.

Wicked | 2 March – 25 August 2024 | Regent Theatre Melbourne

WICKED SYDNEY photo Jeff Busby

3. Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard, a mesmerising journey into the golden age of Hollywood, graces the stage at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre from May 2024. 

As the thematic depth of this iconic musical puts the age range at 12 and up, it makes for a fantastic choice for parents seeking a sophisticated night out. 

With ticket prices ranging from $70 to $300, theatre lovers with all budgets can immerse themselves in the poignant story of fame, faded glory, and unfulfilled dreams, set to a hauntingly beautiful score.

Sunset Boulevard | 21 May – 28 July 2024 | Princess Theatre

Sunset Boulevard

4. Beauty and the Beast 

Step into the magical world of Beauty and the Beast, a family-friendly musical extravaganza in Melbourne. 

Perfect for a heartwarming night out with the kids, the show brings the classic Disney story to the stage with spellbinding performances and iconic songs. 

With tickets starting at $70, you and your children can be part of the magic that will take place in Her Majesty’s Theatre from June through to October.

Beauty and the Beast | 27 June – 13 October 2024 | Her Majesty’s Theatre

Beauty and the Beast

5. Tina The Tina Turner Musical 

Experience the unstoppable spirit of Tina Turner with Tina: The Tina Turner Musical in Melbourne. This Melbourne theatre show celebrates resilience and music, making it a compelling watch for families with older kids. 

The musical opens at the Princess Theatre in September 2024, with ticket prices starting at $56. 

Join in to relive Tina Turner’s most memorable moments and songs in a production praised for its dynamic performances and empowering narrative.

Tina The Tina Turner Musical | 24 September – 1 December 2024 | Princess Theatre

Tina Turner

6. Elvis: A Musical Revolution

Step into the world of Elvis Presley like never before with Elvis – A Musical Revolution! Witness a spectacular showcase of the King’s timeless music and unforgettable performances that defined an era.

Hosted at the iconic Athenaeum Theatre, you can pick up tickets to this one for just $69. Running from July to August 2024, let the music and magic of Elvis take you on a mesmerizing journey through his legendary career.

Elvis: A Musical Revolution | 27 Jul – 11 Aug 2024 | Athenaeum Theatre

Elvis Musical Melbourne ()

7. Sister Act the Musical

The Broadway and UK smash hit musical Sister Act is coming direct from London’s West End to the Regent Theatre in Melbourne in November 2024.

Disco diva Deloris’ life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. Placed under protective custody she is hidden in the one place she shouldn’t be found – a convent! Encouraged to help the struggling choir, she helps her fellow sisters find their true voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own.

Based on the iconic film starring Whoopi Goldberg and featuring original music by Tony® and 8-time Oscar® award-winner Alan Menken (Disney’s Aladdin, Enchanted) and songs inspired by Motown, soul and disco, this heavenly musical is joyous and uplifting and a great family night out! 

Sister Act the Musical | November 2024, Regent Theatre

Sister act

8. Sweeney Todd

From the haunting melodies of Stephen Sondheim to the chilling narrative crafted by Hugh Wheeler, this production transports you to the dark heart of London’s Fleet Street. Witness the transformation of a once-content barber into the infamous “demon barber,” a suave and perilous figure with his rising desire for vengeance. Alongside the beguiling and eccentric Mrs. Lovett, they hatch a twisted plan — equal parts genius and ghastly. Mrs Lovett’s reputation of serving the best pies in town may be short-lived as Sweeney’s thirst for vengeance teeters on the razor’s edge.

Starring the powerhouse duo of Ben Mingay (Sweeney Todd) and Antoinette Halloran (Mrs Lovett) this is your chance to see why TimeOut described them as a ‘juggernaut’ and ‘perfect’.

Considered one of the most powerful, dramatic and theatrical horror tales ever set to music, this masterpiece of musical theatre will leave hearts racing and spines tingling long after the final curtain falls.

Sweeney Todd | 14 September – 21 September 2024, Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse

Sweeney Todd

9. Carousel

Experience the timeless love story of Carousel at the Princess Theatre with Anna O’Byrne and Marina Prior in lead roles.

This lavish concert production brings to life Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical with unforgettable songs like “If I Loved You” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

CAROUSEL | 7 + 8 Sept 2024 | Princess Theatre

Carousel Princess Theatre

10. Peter and the Starcatcher

Prepare to be spellbound by the Australian premiere of “Peter and the Starcatcher,” the captivating Broadway sensation coming to Melbourne in 2024.

Created by Disney Theatrical Group and written by Rick Elice, with music by Wayne Barker, this all-new production helmed by director David Morton promises a mesmerizing experience for audiences of all ages.

Reimagined by Dead Puppet Society, known for their visually stunning creations, this rendition of Peter and the Starcatcher transports viewers through mystical oceans and lands filled with curious creatures.

Join this epic pre-Pan voyage and immerse yourself in a world of enchantment, puppetry, and live music.

Peter and the Starcatcher | 8 – 24 Nov 2024 | Playhouse Melbourne

peter and the starcatcher

11. The Boy from Oz

Experience the Life of Peter Allen in “The Boy from Oz” at the National Theatre, St Kilda! 

From his humble beginnings in the Australian outback to international stardom, this family-friendly show is a tribute to the late great entertainer. Energetic performances and catchy tunes that will have you and your kids dancing in your seats.

Don’t miss this limited season production that offers a sneak peek into the captivating world of showbiz., with tickets starting at just $50 for preview performances.

The Boy From Oz | 7 – 21 July 2024 | National Theatre

Matthew Hadgraft The Boy From Oz mb Photographer credit Nicole Cleary
Matthew Hadgraft The Boy From Oz Photographer credit Nicole Cleary

12. My Brilliant Career

Step into the world of Sybylla Melvyn in the new musical adaptation of Miles Franklin’s novel “My Brilliant Career.”

Led by the talented Kala Gare and a vibrant ensemble cast of actor/musicians, this re-imagined production breathes new life into a timeless literary character. Experience a live soundtrack that fuses contemporary pop with folk and pub rock elements, creating a dynamic and engaging musical experience.

Directed by Anne-Louise Sarks and featuring captivating performances, this adaptation captures the spirit of a young woman determined to pursue her ambitions and redefine her future against societal norms.

My Brilliant Career | 7 – 30 Nov 2024 | Southbank Theatre

My Brilliant Career Musical

13. Disco Dancer

Prepare to be transported into the mesmerising world of Bollywood with Disco Dancer – The Musical, a sensational production hitting Australian shores for a limited engagement.

Step back in time to the 80s with a spectacle of vibrant colours, iconic fashion, and jaw-dropping dance routines inspired by the record-breaking film. Marvel at the reimagined score by Salim Sulaiman as it breathes new life into Mithun Chakraborty’s iconic 1982 blockbuster.

Join Anil on his journey from the slums of Bombay to stardom, filled with love, passion, and betrayal.

Get ready to dance, laugh, cry, and fall in love with this unforgettable cultural extravaganza.

Disco Dancer | 27 – 28 Sept 2024 | Hamer Hall

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About Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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