Inspired by the event of the same name in New York, and launched for the first time in November by founder and Artistic Director Trevor Alexander and the fabulous Dolly Diamond – the first ever Melbourne Musical Theatre Festival will be kicking off in Melbourne this January with a line up set to make everyone fall in love with musical theatre all over again.
Priced for a serious musical theatre binge with tickets ranging from only $25-$69 this event, celebrating local performers, writers and producers will feature a classic line-up of well-loved family musical favourites, timeless adult productions and new Australian shows and will run from January 6th through to the 28th making it a fantastic (and super affordable) school holiday activity.
Based out of the historic, iconic Athenaeum Theatre in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, the festival’s ethos is all about reigniting a passion for the genre in the youth market, but the ranges of shows are not all targeted at the young (and young at heart).
Kicking off the festivities, and running for the entire festival is ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ a collection and celebration of the Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein performed by local talent.
Premiering at the 2017 festival is brand new Australian musical ‘Chriss Crossed’ which is also a part of Melbourne’s Midsumma Festival and runs from 20-28 January. Cited as Victor Victoria meets Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, it follows the story of Chris, a secret crossdresser who is about to get married to Julia – who doesn’t know his secret.
For the younger theatre fans, the festival offers a trilogy of fractured fairytales: ‘Hansel and Gretel: A Fractured Fairytale,’ ‘Snow White: A Further Fractured Fairytale,’ and ‘Red Riding Hood: A Final Fractured Fairytale’ which take the audience down the rabbit hole and through these classic stories in a new, multi-dimensional direction, overlapping mythical lands, unexpected characters and storylines.
Finally, for the forever young at heart, the festival brings back classic Peter Pan: A Croc Rock Musical to the stage. A combination of all the best incarnations of the traditional tale from J.M Barrie, this show runs from January 16th to 28th.
Get along to this and support local talent.
Where: The Athenaeum, 188 Collins Street, Melbourne
When: Various dates 6-28 January 2017
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