Want a front row seat to some of the best musicals and stage productions coming down under this year? Not to worry, Brisbane has a few of the most popular productions on offer this theatre season and they are definitely not to miss.
We’ve got a stacked lineup of the upcoming theatre shows Brisbane is scoring this year that’ll have you snapping up tickets, from iconic musicals to world-renowned plays. So book in that early bird pre-show dinner and prepare to be entertained.
Chicago The Musical
Murder, greed, corruption, exploitation, adultery, treachery and of course, all that jazz will be hitting the Brisbane stage in 2024 when Chicago The Musical comes to town. Hitting QPAC in January, you can be sure that you'll want to snatch up tickets to the longest-running American musical in Broadway history, to watch Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer, as she tries to avoid being convicted for the murder of her husband and his mistress through a series of sensational tabloid headlines thanks to her criminal lawyer Billy Flynn. Tickets go on pre-sale Monday 14 August, and you can sign up to the waitlist here.
Having captivated audiences around the globe since its premiere in 2017, SIX has become a global phenomenon—and it’s finally heading our way. Telling the story of the six wives of King Henry VIII (only as fierce and influential pop stars who step out of the shadow of their infamous husband), the modern pop-inspired musical has won 35 major awards, including two Tony Awards for Best Original Score and Best Costume Design—so you definitely want to put it on your calendar. There’s a while to wait, with the show not hitting QPAC until January 2025, but if you’re already counting down, you can sign up to the waitlist for tickets here.
Beauty And The Beast
Disney lovers, this one’s for you. The enchanting and timeless tale of Beauty And The Beast is coming to Brisbane, with the hit musical opening at QPAC in February 2024. An incredible new production from the producers behind The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Aladdin and Frozen, the musical features all the magic of the original 1994 Broadway show, reimagined for modern audiences by the same award-winning team with spectacular new sets, costume designs and choreography. Pre-sales begin on Monday 16 October and you can sign up for priority access here.
It may have recently been immortalised on screen, but the best way to see Jonathan Larson’s masterwork RENT will always be on stage, and next year we’ll finally have the chance to do so when it comes to Brisbane. Making Queensland its first stop on a national tour, the award-winning rock musical will hit QPAC from 27 January to 11 February, with tickets on sale from 5 October. The show hasn’t toured in Australia since 1998, so we wouldn’t wait around for another visit if you’re desperate to catch it—snap those tickets up as soon as you can.
Tina—The Tina Turner Musical
Dig out your leather jacket, throw on some sparkles and practise your best Nutbush baby because TINA—The Tina Turner Musical is calling your name. Coming to Brisbane from 2 July, 2024, at QPAC, the musical chronicles the untold story of rock’n’roll queen Tina Turner, who defied the bounds of her age, gender and race, to become an icon. Created in association with Turner herself, Tina Turner The Musical has already bagged 37 award nominations around the world, so you know it’s the goods. Featuring classic tunes like ‘Simply The Best’, ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’ and ‘Proud Mary’, you’re guaranteed to be dancing in your seat.
Elvis: A Musical Revolution
Strap on your dancing shoes, because the latest Elvis extravaganza, officially greenlit by Elvis Presley Enterprises, is hitting Queensland in a whirlwind of rock 'n' roll nostalgia. This sensational bio-musical delves into the life and melodies of the legendary Elvis Presley, taking you on a journey from his humble beginnings and his ultimate rise to the throne as 'The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll'. While it may be taking to the stage on the Gold Coast, not Brisbane, we reckon this show is going to be worth the drive. Get ready to groove to all the chart-toppers you know and love at this iconic musical, hitting HOTA fin June 2024. Featuring a star-studded Aussie cast, mind-blowing choreography, and hit after hit, this show guarantees you'll be head over heels.
Where: HOTA, Gold Coast
Find out more here.
Round The Twist Musical
Have you ever, ever felt like this? Like your favourite childhood TV show was coming to life on stage, featuring the characters, stories and songs you know and love? Well, in November 2024 you will, when Round The Twist The Musical makes its world premiere at the Queensland Theatre. Created by Paul Hodge and based on the short stories of children’s book author Paul Jennings, which the original TV series was based on, this joyous production will take you right back to your childhood—and possibly make you think strange things are happening. Tickets will go on sale soon here, and while you’re on the Queensland Theatre website you can check what else is coming for the 2024 season, with an absolutely stacked calendar of theatre shows on the way.
When: 12 November-1 December, 2024
Where: QPAC, South Brisbane
Find out more here.
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