The theatres are filled with feel-good productions this winter, all guaranteed to warm your spirits with a memorable night out on the town.
An Ideal Husband
Melbourne Theatre Company presents Oscar Wilde’s effervescent high-society comedy An Ideal Husband, with Gina Riley (Kath & Kim) leading a stellar cast through a world of dark secrets, mystery and witty humour. 16 July to 18 August.
Mamma Mia! The Musical
You love ABBA’s music and you’ve watched the feel-good film – now’s your chance to experience it all live with this exuberant musical. Mamma Mia! is set on a Greek island paradise and follows the heart-warming tale of young bride-to-be Sophie on the eve of her wedding. Twenty-two ABBA songs help tell the story of love, laughter, family and friendship. At the Princess Theatre, 10 July to 16 September.
The Boy from Oz
Celebrating the twentieth anniversary of this iconic musical, The Boy From Oz returns featuring Rohan Browne (Singin’ in The Rain) as legendary Australian entertainer Peter Allen and Caroline O’Connor (Funny Girl) in the role of Judy Garland. You’ll hear many of Allen’s best loved hits including ‘I Still Call Australia Home’ and the show-stopping ‘I Go to Rio’. At Arts Centre Melbourne, 11 to 19 August.
Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show
It’s just a jump to the left, and then a step to the right… get ready to do the ‘Time Warp’ again as Todd McKenney stars as Frank N Furter and Shane Jacobson as The Narrator in the latest production of 70s classic, The Rocky Horror Show. Audience participation is a big part of the experience, so dress up, get your dancing shoes on and enjoy the crowd sing-along. 12 July to 19 August at Her Majesty’s Theatre.
Melbourne’s thriving independent theatre scene offers intimate and thrilling performances any night of the week.
Enter the world of vaudeville theatre at the always entertaining Speakeasy HQ. Apply heavy eyeliner and tease your hair high to the heavens to get in the mood for Son of a Preacher Man – The Dusty Springfield Story exploring the singer’s iconic back catalogue with a biographical cabaret performance. Weekend evening shows until 27 October. And if you fancy a spot of the burlesque, Speakeasy HQ is the place to go all year round with a variety of ribald and risque performances to choose from, as well as regular stand-up comedy nights.
The Butterfly Club
A bijoux venue down a laneway off Little Collins Street, The Butterfly Club is a 76 seat theatre space with a kitsch-filled bar awash in cosy atmosphere courtesy low lighting, velvet armchairs and an award-winning cocktail list. It’s also known as a haven for emerging performers and established professionals trying out new material, from improv comedy to live music and cabaret.
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