Stalker: the Musical | RPG Productions with the Depot Theatre

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Image by Clare Hawley

In its Australian premiere, the newest iteration of Stalker: the Musical explores themes of love and fear in a nameless town under the control of an all-powerful Mayor. When a Stranger wanders into the lives of the townspeople, he introduces new ideas that completely change what they’ve always thought to be true.

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A Little Cabaret | Little Triangle

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Image by Christopher Starnawski (Omnes Photography)

The team behind Little Triangle are at it again, bringing forgotten musical theatre gems back to the stage for a new audience. This time, instead of a single show, there are a lot of little bits plucked from their narrative context and woven into A Little Cabaret.

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The Secret Singer | Lawrence Jackson and John Feitelson with Darlinghurst Theatre Co

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After a stellar start and a bumpy descent in her music career, Emjay has become disenchanted with music, her once true joy. Now she teaches singing to all sorts of characters looking to find a way to tell their story in song. One day a special student arrives and re-awakens the love Emjay thought she’d lost.

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Next to Normal | Lane Cove Theatre Company

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Image by Dawn Pugh

They look like any other normal family: a father as breadwinner, a mother as caretaker, a deadbeat son, and an overachieving daughter. But this family is working hard to hide their grief and gain control over their mother’s spiralling mental health. Next to Normal is a musical about coming to terms with the past and finding a middle ground everyone can feel steady on.

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Carousel | Sydney University Musical Theatre Ensemble (MUSE)

Carousel sells itself as a misunderstood love story: Julie, a respectable yet unusual girl, falls in love with the rough-around-the-edges Billy, a carousel barker with a seedy background. Things are difficult from the beginning as Billy takes out his anger and paranoia around marriage on Julie, until he eventually hits her. In a money-making scheme gone wrong, Billy unexpectedly dies and is given the chance for a redemption arc that requires a supernatural element.

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Carrie: the Musical | Louis Ellis Productions

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Image by Rebeccalynne Photography

If recreating the classic Stephen King horror novel as a Broadway musical sounds like a bad idea to you, you’re not alone. Carrie, with music by Michael Gore, lyrics by Dean Pitchford, and book by Lawrence D Cohen, was one of the biggest flops in Broadway history. Closing after 16 previews and 5 performances, it’s a show nobody wanted to touch for nearly 25 years. This version of events focuses a lot less on the supernatural and gruesome elements and instead turns the story into a high school drama about the consequences of bullying. With the prominence of school shootings and religious extremism still in our news cycles, this production seems timely with a touch of something darker.

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Merrily We Roll Along | Little Triangle

Little Triangle is a brand new Sydney theatre company dedicated to reprising under-performed musicals at a ticket price point that doesn’t cost their audience a week’s rent. As an effort to expand and diversify the musical theatre scene in Sydney, this is a valiant way to open a company. Their second production, Merrily We Roll Along, just closed their season at the Depot Theatre to wide praise and keen look-outs for their next show!

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