Here's a list of some of the most iconic Australian musicals you MUST see!
Keating! The Musical, 2005
It’s irreverent, satirical and all about our Prime Minister who loved an Italian suit. This show saw 10 sold-out seasons and was a part of our 2007 Perth Festival program. The musical follows Keating from his ascent to leadership through to his eventual electoral defeat by John Howard. It began as a low-budget comedy show in the 2005 Melbourne International Comedy Festival and was then developed into a full length two-act musical and took Australia by storm!
Priscilla Queen of the Desert, 2006
We will survive! Priscilla Queen of the Desert could not be more iconic if it tried.
This incredible adaption of the 1994 Oscar winning movie is a lavish production that became an international sensation.
Featuring 500 award-winning costumes, 200 headdresses and a non-stop parade of dance-floor classics, the show follows three drag queens and explores the difference between the families we’re born into versus the family we make for ourselves on one massive road trip.
Muriel’s Wedding, 2017
Who wouldn’t want to escape Porpoise Spit? This musical is far from terrible with original music by Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall plus all your favourite ABBA hits. Another successful adaption from the 1994 hit film about a girl who wanted the perfect wedding.
The Boy From Oz, 2003
When my baby smiles at me I go to Rio! Known as "the great Australian musical" for its depiction of one of Down Under's most treasured stars, the legendary Peter Allen, this musical celebrates his life and is famous for giving our boy Hugh Jackman his first Tony Award.
Bran Nue Dae, 1990
We’re not biased, seriously - this really is a truly great musical!
An absolute classic, Bran Nue Dae is the first Indigenous musical and premiered as part of the Perth Festival in 1990 at the Octagon Theatre and now it’s back for its 30th anniversary.
Set out on the road trip of a lifetime with runaway teenager Young Willie who hitchhikes his way from mission school back to Broome, determined to win the heart of the girl he left behind. Trust us, this is a powerful production you won’t want to miss.
Presented by West Australian Opera in association with Perth Festival.