Sydney city skyline lit up during Vivid Sydney 2013. Credit: Destination NSW; James Horan
Sydney's theatres attract some of the worlds most-loved musical productions, but the singing and dancing is just one of the reasons these musicals make for such an entertaining night out. The costumes, atmosphere and elaborate sets also draw crowds in and leave them cheering for an encore.
Musicals in Sydney
The beautiful State Theatre in the city centre has been entertaining theatregoers since 1929. Palatial and opulent, the State Theatre fuses Gothic, Italian and Art deco design - its easy to see why this theatre has earned the nickname Palace of Dreams. The theatre hosts Australian and international musicals that are sure to make you laugh, cry and sing along. Dress up and enjoy the occasion.
The Capitol Theatre is where youll find blockbuster Australian and international musicals that appeal to seasoned and novice theatregoers alike.
Sydney Lyric is another of the citys entertainment venues attracting premiere plays, musicals and operas. Located at The Star casino in the heart of the city, you can combine a show with dinner and a roll of the dice.
Its also worth looking beyond the CBD for musical treasures. The King Street Theatre in Newtown, Glen Street Theatre in Belrose, and Marian Street Theatre in Killara host a range of professional productions and are small venues that make you feel part of the action.
For a musical of a different kind, catch Opera Australias stellar performances. Australias national opera company celebrates tradition while breaking new ground with concerts often performed at the Sydney Opera House.
It has received rave reviews around the globe and now the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Matilda The Musical is set to make its Australian premiere at the Sydney Lyric Theatre in July. Based on the novel by acclaimed author Roald Dahl, the elaborate stage show tells the story of an extraordinary young girl who dreams of a better life.
Celebrating its 60th year, Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady is playing at the iconic Sydney Opera House from August 2016. Directed by Dame Julie Andrews, this Opera Australia production tells the story of Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle and her transformation into a proper english lady. The triumphant score features classic songs including On The Street Where You Live, I Could Have Danced All Night and Wouldn't It Be Loverly?.
A setting such as Sydney Harbour demands a spectacular opera, so prepare for a performance of huge proportions. A royal love triangle, a war, and the famous Triumphal March will light up the waters of Sydney’s magnificent harbour. Aida is the biggest opera ever performed on our harbour stage.