Best new musicals coming to Melbourne in 2024

Tina Turnermusical Melbourne

Jessica Taylor Yates

Posted February 26, 2024


This is no dress rehearsal - grab your snacks, put on your finest costume, and get ready for curtain-up at these musicals and shows playing in Melbourne in 2024.

As one of the most famous theatre cities in the world, there’s plenty to see and enjoy in 2024, from the fabulous shows and musicals coming to our city, to the  great eateries around our theatres where you can dine or have a drink before or after the show. 

With a plethora of entertainment adorning our beloved theatres, from big-budget international music spectaculars to ballet, arena shows and musical adaptations, this is your cue to get ready for another year of live shows and entertainment in Melbourne. 

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The best Melbourne musicals, stage shows and productions in 2024

Grease the Musical

Until 16 March 2024, Her Majesty's Theatre

"Grease is the word..."

It's time for Grease lightning! The motion picture that became a cult classic and catapulted Australia's Olivia Newton-John to fame is back, this time in a multi-million-dollar production that's in Melbourne until May 2024. 

Get ready to sing along to the hits you know and love, as Danny, Sandy, the T- Birds, Pink Ladies, and the iconic White Lightning troupe perform in this energetic musical spectacular. 

Gaslight

6 to 24 March 2024, Princess Theatre

"Is it real or a trick of the mind?"

Gaslight, a psychological thriller, takes centre stage at the iconic Princess Theatre, promising to captivate audiences with its tense atmosphere and mysterious happenings. 

The play explores the unsettling story of a woman whose husband appears to be manipulating her into believing she's going insane. Set in Victorian London, as suspense builds and secrets unravel, the boundaries between reality and illusion blur. 

Groundhog Day the Musical

Until 20 April 2024, Princess Theatre

“Get ready to experience Groundhog Day all over again… and again… and again!”

Based on the hit film of the same name, the story follows Phil Connors, a cynical weatherman who finds himself stuck in a time loop, in which he is forced to live the same day over and over again. Will he be able to figure out how to get back to the real world?  

With music and lyrics by Australia’s Tim Minchin, and following rave reviews in London, get ready for a story full of laughs, heart, magic, and self-discovery.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

9 February to 23 March 2024, Athenaeum Theatre

“It’s just a jump to the left…”

Let's do the time warp again! After celebrating 50 years of rocking around the world, Frank-N-Furter and the gang are back for another round of the musical sensation that promises not to be child friendly. 

Become one of the millions of audience members who have joined in on the fun by singing and dancing along to the hits, and dressing up in costume for a night out on the town.

 

Regent Theatre Melbourne

Melbourne's Regent Theatre will host a range of shows in 2024, including The Odd Couple and Wicked the Musical. Image: Supplied


 

Rent

17 February 2024 to 7 March 2024, The Arts Centre

“525,600 minutes…”

Jonathan Larson’s famed '90s musical sings its way back into Melbourne, giving fans the chance to revel in the magnificent score featuring hits like Out Tonight, La Vie Boheme and, of course, Seasons of Love.  

Following a group of struggling artists trying to make it in a competitive, heartbreaking world that's plagued by a health epidemic. See why this New York City musical became one of the longest-ever running shows on Broadway.

The Sound of Music

29 February 2024 to 17 March 2024, National Theatre

“The hills are alive!”

Based on a true story and made famous by Julie Andrews in the film of the same name, The Sound of Music is a timeless classic for all ages. 

Following a nun who becomes a governess to Captain Von Trapp’s seven children as the threat of World War II intensifies in Austria, listen to the beloved melodies from Sixteen Going on Seventeen to Edelweiss and Climb Ev’ry Mountain in this cherished musical performance.

Wicked the Musical

2 March 2024 - no end date announced, Regent Theatre

“I want to be pop-u-lar!”

The Wizard of Oz fans rejoice, for the prequel telling the origin story of The Wicked Witch of the West is back once more. 

With modern classics like Defying Gravity and Popular, an impressive production design and iconic stage costuming, discover what really happened in the Land of Oz before Dorothy ever said: “There’s no place like home.”

Chicago

23 March 2024 to 26 May 2024, Her Majesty’s Theatre

“If you can’t be famous, be infamous.”

Straight from the cell block of the Cook Country Jail, prepare to be razzle-dazzled as two murderesses compete for fame and acquittals in a glittering tale of lust, crime, fame, and what justice really means in the minds of the media in 1920s Chicago.

With stunning choreography, smash hit tunes like All That Jazz, I Can’t Do It Alone and When You’re Good to Mama, see why it’s the hit with more than 10,000 performances on Broadway – and counting.

Princess Theatre

The stunning Princess Theatre will feature the Melbourne premiere of Groundhog Day the Musical. Image: Supplied


 

The Odd Couple

18 May 2024 to 9 June 2024, Regent Theatre

"When opposites live together, can they ever live it down?"

The Odd Couple, a classic comedy, hits the Regent Theatre with its uproarious tale of mismatched roommates.

Follow the hilarious escapades of two friends–one neat and tidy, the other messy and disorganised –as they navigate the challenges of living together after their marriages end.

With wit, humor, and a lot of laughs, The Odd Couple promises an entertaining night out in Melbourne's vibrant theatre scene.

Sunset Boulevard

21 May 2024 to 28 July 2024, Princess Theatre

"Ready for your close-up?"

Sunset Boulevard, the Tony Award-winning musical, graces the stage at the Princess Theatre, offering a glimpse into the glamour and darkness of Hollywood's golden age.

The story follows a faded silent film star's obsession with a young, struggling screenwriter, exploring themes of fame and the price of success.

With haunting melodies and a captivating narrative, Sunset Boulevard promises a theatrical experience that lingers long after the final curtain.

Beauty and The Beast

27 June 2024 - no end date announced, Her Majesty’s Theatre

“I want adventure in the great wide somewhere.”

Not seen on Australian shores since 1995, this enchanting Disney classic makes its triumphant return to Melbourne in 2024.

Based on the Oscar-winning animation film of the same name, families will delight in ‘being the guest’ of beloved characters like Belle, Mrs Pots, Lumiere and Cogsworth in this impressive stage performance of a classic tale.

 

MSO

The MSO dazzles with a series of performances throughout the year. Image: Supplied


 

SIX the Musical

August 2024 - no end date announced, Comedy Theatre

"Get Down.”

After a successful run in 2022, SIX the Musical returns to Melbourne, in a 75-minute musical extravangaza about the wives of Henry VIII.

In this modern re-telling, the six Tudor queens give us their story in a colourful explosion of song, dance, neon, glitter, and confetti. 

TINA, the Tina Turner Musical

24 September 2024 to 1 December 2024, Princess Theatre

"What's Love Got to Do with It?"

A jukebox musical based on the life, times, and songs of the iconic singer, follow Tina’s journey from the church choir of Tennessee to global superstar as the Queen of Rock ’n’ Roll. 

Featuring some of her best-loved hits, including River Deep – Mountain High, Proud Mary, and Nutbush City Limits, her life story is one of determination, passion, music, and overcoming life’s obstacles on the path to becoming a worldwide star.

Peter and the Starcatcher

8 to 24 November 2024, Comedy Theatre

"Before Neverland, there was a boy and a star."

Peter and the Starcatcher enchants audiences with its imaginative tale of Peter Pan's origins. This prequel introduces a young orphan boy and his magical adventures, including encounters with pirates, mermaids, and the mysterious substance known as 'starstuff'.

With a whimsical blend of comedy and fantasy, Peter and the Starcatcher invites theatregoers to embark on a journey to a world where dreams soar to the second star to the right, and straight on 'til morning. 

Australian Ballet Company, various performances

Various dates during 2024 season, State Theatre, Melbourne

"To surrender my dreams... this may be madness."

The Australian Ballet Company is back with a new season of emotional and captivating performances.

From the tragedy of Swan Lake to the whimsy of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland or the classic beauty ofThe Nutcracker,  there’s something for everyone as The Australian Ballet company brings these famed stories of passion, love, and loss to life through dance. 

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, various performances

Various dates and locations during the 2024 season

" Enriching lives through music.”

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) has another spectacular year of performances to add to your music roster.

Whether it's taking the family to a Classic Kids session, watching your favourite film set to live music, or following the string instrument events throughout the season, there's an event for all music lovers, classical or otherwise, throughout the season. 

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