Bare: a pop opera | Lane Cove Theatre Company

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High school is a difficult time for most people as you try to navigate forced proximity to your peers’ and your own raging hormones. Pop culture classics like The Breakfast Club, Heathers, and Mean Girls all exemplify the last effects of high school but the musical Bare by Damon Intrabartolo and Jon Hartmere, Jr. adds the difference of figuring out your sexuality in the oppressive atmosphere of Catholic boarding school.

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[title of show] | Happy Rainbow Friends Productions

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Jeff and Hunter have three weeks to write a brand new musical to submit to the New York Musical Theatre Festival so, for lack of a better idea, they write a show about the process of writing a show. As a love letter to musical theatre and homage to the creative industry in general, [title of show] follows in the footsteps of great writer duos to explore friendship, creativity, and the journey through self-doubt.

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Barbara & the Camp Dogs | Belvoir

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Barbara and René are sisters and cousins and singing partners. They’re scraping together a living at odd gigs in Sydney but, when their mother gets sick, they go on a journey to find her first in Darwin and then back in their hometown of Katherine. It isn’t easy to return to a place you ran from and, for Barbara, even harder to remember somewhere that abandoned you. This rock musical about family and belonging, written by Ursula Yovich and Alana Valentine, returns to the Belvoir stage a year and a half after its world premiere.

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The Things I Could Never Tell Steven | Whimsical Productions

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Steven is a difficult man to get a hold of, especially if you’re his parents, wife, or boyfriend and you have something very serious to tell him. This new musical from Jye Bryant centres an absent character in a story about the heartbreak, betrayal, and secrets that those closest to him just don’t know how to put into words.

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Dorian Gray Naked | Popinjay Productions

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Dorian Gray has broken free of the confines of Oscar Wilde’s story and he fully intends to settle any discrepancies, right wrongs, and gain control over his legacy. In a clever new meta musical from librettist Melvyn Morrow and composer Dion Condack, the unspoken sexuality of the Picture of Dorian Gray is laid bare while the eternal youth’s hopes and desires are given life out from under his creator’s thumb.

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Heathers the Musical | UTS Backstage

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The cult 80s classic Heathers has recently been revived for television but this isn’t the first time the black comedy teen film had a resurgence. UTS Backstage brings the 2010 rendition of the script as a musical to the stage for a night of fluro, pep rallies, and crime.

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Company | the Depot Theatre

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It’s Robert’s 35th birthday and, while his friends love him, his singleness is becoming more of a concern than a quirk. In a city like New York, where you can have anything you want, why isn’t this eligible bachelor married? In the Broadway favourite Company, couples celebrate their love together when confronted with someone who doesn’t want what they have.

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