Showtime with Andrew G
Explore the upcoming must-see shows heading to Melbourne soon:
The Sound of Music
National Theatre, St Kilda
Opens March 2024
The inspirational story, based on the memoir of Maria Augusta Trapp, follows an ebullient postulate who serves as governess to the seven children of the imperious Captain von Trapp, bringing music and joy to the household. But as the forces of Nazism take hold of Austria, Maria and the entire von Trapp family must make a moral decision.
One of the most beloved musicals of all time! In Austria, 1938, an exuberant young governess brings music and joy back to a broken family, only to face danger and intrigue as the Nazis gain power.
The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world’s most beloved musical. Featuring a trove of cherished songs, including “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “My Favorite Things,” “Do Re Mi,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” and the title number, The Sound of Music won the hearts of audiences worldwide, earning five Tony Awards and five Oscars.
FOLLOW ANDREW G
I am often asked why I am such a passionate promoter of live theatre in Melbourne. For me, live theatre has the ability to create a visceral and immediate connection between performers and the audience, fostering a shared, communal experience that transcends the boundaries of the stage. The immersive nature of live performances, coupled with the authenticity of in-the-moment interactions, allows people to engage with the raw emotions, energy, and artistry of the theatrical experience in a way that resonates deeply.
I am especially fond of Musical theatre. The magical realm where storytelling that transcends spoken words. Here are a few reasons why musical theatre is nothing short of wonderful:
Collaboration of Arts
Musical theatre is a beautiful collaboration of various art forms. From choreography that brings lyrics to life to set designs that transport us to different worlds, it’s a harmonious marriage of visual and auditory elements. The result is a sensory feast for the audience.
Diversity of Genres
Whether it’s the grandeur of a main-stage show or the intimacy of small independent productions, musical theatre offers a diverse range of genres. From classic show tunes to modern rock operas, there’s something for every taste, making it an inclusive and welcoming art form.
In the realm of musical theatre, emotions don’t just simmer; they burst into song and dance. The powerful combination of music, lyrics, and performance transforms narratives into emotional symphonies, leaving audiences enchanted and moved.
Attend a live musical, and you’re not just a spectator; you become part of a communal experience. The shared laughter, tears, and applause create a unique bond among audience members, fostering a sense of unity and shared appreciation for the arts.
The Power of Expression
Musical theatre is a canvas where emotions find their truest expression. From joyous celebrations to heart-wrenching solos, each note and movement convey a spectrum of feelings that words alone cannot capture. It’s a celebration of the human experience in its rawest form.
Storytelling in Song
Music has the unique ability to etch stories into our memories. In musical theatre, songs become the threads weaving the narrative tapestry. They create memorable moments that linger long after the final curtain call, transforming stories into timeless melodies.
What’s On Stage in Melbourne
Melbourne’s live theatre scene is more than an artistic expression; it’s a celebration of the city’s soul. So, whether you’re chasing the thrill of a Broadway-style musical at one of the Big Five East End theatres (Arts Centre Melbourne, Princess Theatre, Regent Theatre, Her Majesty’s Theatre,Comedy Theatre), craving thought-provoking drama, or seeking the avant-garde at one of Melbourne’s many inner-city venues (including National Theatre, Chapel Off Chapel, Red Stitch Actors Theatre, Malthouse Theatre, La Mama), Melbourne invites you to take a seat and be swept away by the enchantment of its vibrant theatre tapestry.