The best musicals and stage shows coming to Melbourne

An American in Paris musical

Jessica Taylor Yates

Posted February 17, 2022


This is no dress rehearsal - grab your snacks, put on your finest costume and get ready for curtain-up with these musicals and shows playing in Melbourne in 2022.

It’s shaping to be a magnificent year for theatre and stage lovers alike.

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

For the most up-to-date information on times, dates, and restrictions in place, please visit the show website. 

Melbourne musicals, stage shows and productions in 2022

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Two-part production now until 27 March 2022, then one-part production from May 2022, Princess Theatre, Melbourne

“After all this time? Always.”

Whilst Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been in town for a while, those who have been waiting in the wings will want to get tickets before this show flies on its broomstick to Sydney. Whether you see the two-play spectacular or opt for the more kid-friendly one-play option, be delighted in the world of magic as the now grown-up Harry Potter passes his legacy to his youngest son.

As the most decorated British play in existence, the comeback of Potter rings true – “the ones that really love us never leave us.”

Moulin Rouge

Now until 29 April at the Regent Theatre, Melbourne

“It’s the can-can-can!”

Dust off your feather boas and start practising your French mes amis, because Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge celebrates truth, beauty, freedom and above all – love.

Bringing the 2000 film to life onstage with plenty of popular hits from the likes of David Bowie, Beyonce, Elton John and The Rolling Stones - just to name a few, Moulin Rouge welcomes you to ‘enter a world of splendour and romance, of eye-popping excess, glitz, grandeur and glory!’

Frozen

Until 26 January 2022, Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne

“Let it go!”

Based on the popular Disney movie which parents of young children have no doubt seen at least 1,000 times, it’s no wonder Frozen is the hottest ticket in town.

See the dazzling stage show come to life as you step into the magical ice-filled kingdom, and delight in singing (well, mouthing) along to your favourite songs during Frozen at Her Majesty’s Theatre.

Jagged Little Pill

5 Jan – 13 Mar 2022, The Comedy Theatre, Melbourne

“Isn't it ironic?”

Nineties kids, this is your time. Pop-grunge singer Alanis Morrisette’s smash hit album Jagged Little Pill has been turned into a musical of the same name about a perfectly imperfect family living in 21st-century suburbia.

Nominated for 15 Tonys and written by Academy Award winner Diablo Cody (Juno, Tully), Jagged Little Pill allows you to enjoy the sounds of your youth. Should you get tickets? You Oughta Know!

*Note: this musical is advised for ages 14 and up.

Into The Woods

15 Jan – 23 Jan 2022, North Melbourne Meat Market

“Be careful what you wish for.”

Nominated for 10 Tonys and six Olivier Awards, Into The Woods combines multiple fairytale characters from The Brothers Grimm, and how their wishes and desires have drastic ramifications.

A witty fantasy musical with songs from renowned composer Stephen Sondheim (West Side Story, A Little Night Music, Gypsy), see your favourite storybook characters come to life in this darkly comic tale of remembering that all actions have consequences – and not all are good.

*Note: this musical is advised for ages 10 and up.

The Wedding Singer

27 Jan – 13 Feb 2022, State Theatre, Melbourne

“Party like it’s 1985!”

One of the most delightful romantic comedy films has made its way to the stage to entertain audiences once again in all its shoulder-padded and powder-blue-suit glory.

Set in 1985, The Wedding Singer revolves around Robbie Hart, a wedding singer left at the altar who falls for the lovely Julia. The only trouble is, she’s meant to get married – to someone else!

Just don’t wear your Van Halen t-shirt in case you jinx the band, and they break up.

 

Moulin Rouge Melbourne

Melbourne audiences will be delighted as the film Moulin Rouge comes to life in the stage show adaptation at the Regent Theatre. Image: ALAMY. 


 

Fun Home

7 Feb – 5 Mar, Melbourne Theatre Company

“Come to the fun home.”

Based on the graphic novel of the same name, Fun Home is about growing up, coming out, and ‘learning to see our parents through grown-up eyes.’

With touches of humour, grief, curiosity, sadness, confusion, and acceptance, Fun Home is as tragic as it is authentic and powerful.

*Note: this musical is advised for ages 15 and up.

Bat Out Of Hell – The Rock Musical

8 Feb 2022, Rod Laver Arena

“You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth!”

Victoria, get ready to rock! Bat Out Of Hell – The Rock Musical is a one-night rock musical spectacular featuring the hits of the late Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman.

A semi rock-future version of Peter Pan, Bat Out Of Hell – The Rock Musical is ‘an epic love story of rebellious youth and passion,’ and with motorbikes, spectacular lighting, and plenty of fire, heaven can wait – it’s time to rock.

The Who’s Tommy

22 Feb – 1 March 2022 at the Palais, St Kilda

“Talkin’ bout my generation!"

Inspired by The Who’s 1969 rock album Tommy, this Tony, Grammy, and Olivier-winning musical Tommy is about a boy of the same name, who is blind, deaf, and mute and goes on to become a master pinball player. What makes him so good? Head down and find out – he ‘sure plays a mean pinball.’

Hamilton

15 March – 31 July 2022 at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne

 "There's a million things I haven't done. Just you wait."

After being sold out for months on end on Broadway and the West End, one of the highest-grossing musicals of all time is finally here!

The award-winning musical sensation by Lin-Manuel Miranda (In The Heights), Hamilton is ‘the story of America then, told by America now.’

The stage show about American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton is told through modern music forms such as rap, hip-hop, and R&B. Hamilton has won critical and commercial acclaim worldwide. Tickets are sure to sell out for months, so make sure to get your hands on a seat.

Hamilton musical Melbourne

After years of hearing about it overseas and watching it on the screen, the live musical Hamilton is finally coming to Melbourne. Image: ALAMY. 


 

An American In Paris

18 Mar – 24 April 2022, State Theatre, Melbourne

“I got rhythm, I got music…”

Presented by The Australian Ballet and GWB Entertainment, An American in Paris is a love story for the ages about an American soldier and French woman set against the backdrop of the most romantic city in the world.

Featuring the lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin and the choreographic talents of The Australian Ballet, this razzle-dazzle movie-come-to-life will have you singing ‘S' Wonderful! 'S Marvelous!’ from start to finish.

Hamlet

28-30 Apr 2022, Arts Centre, Melbourne

“To be or not to be. That is the question.”

Shakespeare’s famed tragedy about Prince Hamlet is presented by The Bell Shakespeare Company in the latest adaptation of a family ‘torn apart by murder and betrayal.’

With affordable ticketing to make the theatre ‘accessible to all Australians,’ Hamlet brings Shakespeare’s words to life in a tale of ‘revenge, passion, and deception.’ So go ahead, Shakespeare fans – to thine own self be true.

*Note: adult themes.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella

20 May – 12 Jun 2022, The Regent Theatre

"Like all dreams, I’m afraid this won’t last forever."

Delighting young and old alike, the classic rags-to-riches fairy tale Cinderella is back on the big stage, this time with a ‘contemporary’ take on a beloved story.

Featuring all-new songs while still encompassing the definitive moments from the film – pumpkin carriage, glass slippers, the masked ball and all – the story still shows that ‘if you believe, anything’s possible.’

RACV Club Members have exclusive tickets here.

Cruel Intentions

25 May -12 Jun 2022, Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne

“Missing out might just ruin your reputation.”

Based on the hit 90s flick featuring Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Ryan Phillippe, this musical iteration of Cruel Intentions explores the same themes of temptation, passion, secrets, love, and betrayal.

Set to a throwback soundtrack featuring the likes of Britney Spears, NSYNC, No Doubt, and The Verve, just to name a few - do you dare attend?

*Note: adult themes.

Peter Pan – The 360 Adventure

4 Jun – 24 Jun 2022, Impresario Hippodrome, Melbourne

“Second star to the right and straight on ‘til morning!”

The magical fairy tale comes to life in this family-friendly arena adventure. Peter Pan – The 360 Adventure has been compared to feeling like one is inside the story or animation, as the immersive production uses CGI, widescale projections, and digital effects to transport the audience on a magical experience to Neverland in the 360-degree-style theatre.

Head along and remember to think lovely thoughts!

 

Phantom of the Opera Melbourne

The longest running Broadway musical of all time, The Phantom of the Opera is making its spectacular return to Melbourne this October. Image: ALAMY. 


 

Come Rain or Come Shine

20 Jun – 23 Jul 2022, Southbank Theatre, Melbourne

“An ode to the bonds that tie us together.”

The creators of Ladies in Black are back with a brand new Australian musical, Come Rain or Come Shine, an adaptation of Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro’s short story about ‘music, memory, and lifelong friendship.’

With songs from beloved musician Tim Finn (Split Endz, Crowded House) and produced by the Melbourne Theatre Company, it’s a great way to support the Australian arts on a night out.

*Note: adult themes.

Respect, The Aretha Franklin Story

16 Sep 2022, The Palms at Crown

“R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to me!”

Just try and not sing along!

Respect, The Aretha Franklin Story channels the late great singer’s life, from growing up as a child in the 60s amongst the Civil Rights Movement, her personal and professional struggles, and her triumphant comeback, cementing her status as a bonafide superstar.

Only a ‘chain of fools’ would miss out on this spectacular.

The Phantom of the Opera

30 Oct, 2 Nov and 3 Nov 2022, State Theatre, Melbourne

“Close your eyes and let the music set you free.”

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s acclaimed musical makes its triumphant return to Melbourne this spring. As the longest-running show in Broadway history, and until recently, the highest-grossing, the spectacular show about the man who lives beneath the Paris Opera House with an obsession for soprano Christine Daae has been viewed by over 130 million people worldwide.

Featuring the classic score with songs such as Music of the Night and the famous chandelier scene, see why The Phantom of the Opera has stunned critics and audience members worldwide for generations.

*Note: recommended for ages 10+.

Australian Ballet Company, various performances

Various dates Feb – October 2022, State Theatre, Melbourne

"For never was a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and her Romeo."

After a challenging two years for the arts, The Australian Ballet company is back with a new season of emotional and captivating performances.

From the tragedy of Anna Karenina to the joy of Harlequinade or classic Romeo and Juliet, there’s something for everyone as The Australian Ballet company brings these famed stories of passion, love, and loss to life through dance. 

 

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