Musicals & opera in Sydney

If you love your stage show to come with plenty of musical and theatrical highs – you’re in luck. Sydney hosts an impressive number of musicals each year, from the latest Broadway and West End shows to timeless classics. The best bit? You get to enjoy your entertainment in establishments that are just as alluring as the drama unfolding before you. Here’s what you can look forward to for the rest of the year. 

& Juliet

Showing at: Sydney Lyric Theatre
Dates: 27 February to 12 July 2024 

The Emmy®-winning writer from Schitt’s Creek, David West Read, flips the script on Shakespeare in a hilarious and poignant story of self-discovery and second chances which proves there’s life after Romeo. After premiering on the West End and earning a staggering eight Olivier Awards nominations, & Juliet has also been one of the most unexpected theatrical triumphs on Broadway, with Forbes Magazine boldly saying: “This is easily the best musical of the year”. Coming to Sydney for a 2024 season, come and sing along to this pop extravaganza, with music from Katy Perry, Britney Spears, The Backstreet Boys, Ariana Grande, Pink, Just Timberlake and more.

Performers on stage at & Juliet at the Lyric Theatre, Pyrmont

& Juliet at the Lyric Theatre, Pyrmont - Credit: Dan Boud

Ride the Cyclone

Showing at: Hayes Theatre
Dates: 23 May to 22 June 2024

Catch the Australian premiere of the bold and genre-busting musical that started life in Canada before becoming a hit in Chicago and New York, and then a record-breaking online phenomenon (with over half a billion views on TikTok). The hilarious premise? The lives of six teenagers from a chamber choir are cut short in a freak rollercoaster accident and when they awake in Limbo, a mechanical fortune teller invites them to compete to win a prize like no other – a shot at returning to life. Bursting with witty, memorable songs and featuring some of the most compelling characters in modern musical theatre, this show makes a uniquely uplifting and deeply funny case for what makes a life worth living.

 Actor in school uniform in Ride the Cyclone at Hayes Theatre, Elizabeth Bay

Ride the Cyclone at Hayes Theatre, Elizabeth Bay - Credit: Ride the Cyclone

Chicago the Musical

Showing at: Capitol Theatre
Dates: 9 June to 28 July 2025

Murder, greed, corruption, exploitation, adultery, treachery and all that jazz... so begins the international multi-award-winning musical, Chicago. The longest-running musical on Broadway, this masterpiece is coming to the Capitol Theatre in 2024. Starring Anthony Warlow as Billy Flynn, Zoë Ventoura as Velma Kelly, Lucy Maunder as Roxie Hart, Peter Rowsthorn as Amos Hart and Asabi Goodman as Matron ‘Mama’ Morton, expect a glittering score that includes 'All That Jazz' and 'Razzle Dazzle'.

Cast of Chicago The Musical at Capitol Theatre, Haymarket

Chicago The Musical at Capitol Theatre, Haymarket - Credit: Chicago

Sunset Boulevard 

Showing at: Sydney Opera House
Dates: 28 August to 1 November 2024

Coming to Sydney stages this August, musical theatre and international recording superstar Sarah Brightman is leading a lavish new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical masterpiece. Weaving a magnificent tale of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition, Sunset Boulevard tells the story of Norma Desmond, a legendary silent movie star who is tortured by her longing for a return to the big screen, and her chance encounter and subsequent relationship with Joe Gillis, a struggling Hollywood screenwriter. Brightman played the original Christine Daae in The Phantom of the Opera on both the West End and Broadway, and is playing her first role in a musical in more than three decades, right here in Australia.

Cast of the musical at Sunset Boulevard, Sydney Opera House

Sunset Boulevard, Sydney Opera House

Sister Act

Showing at: Capitol Theatre
Dates: 6 August to 1 September 2024

Sydney, your prayers have been answered! Direct from London's West End, the Broadway hit Sister Act is coming Down Under this August. If you aren't familiar with the story made famous by the 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg, let's recap: disco diva Deloris’ life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder and is placed under protective custody, hidden in the one place she shouldn’t be found - a convent - where she helps the struggling choir find their true voices while rediscovering her own. 

West End smash-hit Sister Act is coming to Sydney's Capitol Theatre

West End smash-hit Sister Act is coming to Sydney's Capitol Theatre - Credit: Mark Senior

SIX the Musical

Showing at: Theatre Royal Sydney
Dates: 25 October to 28 December 2024

Following sensational sell-out seasons across Australia, the pop musical phenomenon SIX the Musical is returning to Theatre Royal Sydney in October 2024. Having now won 35 major international awards, including two prestigious Tony Awards and a Grammy nomination, and with a global audience of 3.5 million people per year and a staggering 600 million soundtrack streams, this high-octane 80-minute musical experience has become a cultural sensation.

 Performers on stage at  SIX The Musical at Theatre Royal, Sydney CBD

SIX The Musical at Theatre Royal, Sydney CBD - Credit: James D Morgan/Getty Images

MJ the Musical

Showing at: Sydney Lyric Theatre
Dates: 1 to 28 February 2025

He is one of the greatest entertainers of all time. Now, Michael Jackson’s unique and unparalleled artistry is heading to Australia in the multiple Tony Award®-winning new musical MJ. Created by Tony Award®-winning director/choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, the story is centred around the making of MJ's 1992 Dangerous World Tour, going beyond the singular moves and signature sound of the star, and taking a rare look at the creative mind and collaborative spirit that catapulted Jackson into legendary status.

MJ the Musical - Credit: Matt Murphy | Michael Cassel Group

MJ the Musical - Credit: Matt Murphy/Michael Cassel Group

Where to eat and drink pre/post-show

Looking for the perfect spot to fuel up or enjoy a tipple before or after your show? Follow our guide below for nearby fine-dining, cheap eats, cocktail bars and more.