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Johnny, Tunny and Will struggle to find meaning in a post-9/11 world. When the three disgruntled men flee the constraints of their hometown for the thrills of city life, their paths are quickly estranged when Tunny enters the armed forces, Will is called back home to attend to familial responsibilities, and Johnny’s attention becomes divided by a seductive love interest and a hazardous new friendship. An energy-fueled rock opera, American Idiot relies on the lyrics from Green Day’s groundbreaking album to execute the story line.

The two-time Tony Award-winning hit musical Green Day’s American Idiot, based on the Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album, boldly takes the American musical where it’s never gone before. This high-octane show includes every song from Green Day’s album, American Idiot, as well as several songs from its follow-up release, 21st Century Breakdown.

Green Day’s American Idiot
9 to 26 March 2023
Chapel Off Chapel, Prahran

Director: Scott Bradley
Musical Director: Tahra Cannon
Choreographer: Grace Collins

Music by Green Day. Book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer. Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong.
Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia).

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This beloved tale, in which a Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home, has entertained audiences for generations.

Dorothy Gale of Kansas, like so many girls her age, often dreams of what may lie over the rainbow. One day a tornado hits her home town and carries her away to Munchkinland – at the end of the rainbow.

The Munchkins fete Dorothy as a heroine. Dorothy wants to go home to Kansas and seeks the help of the kind Sorceress of the North. Only the great Wizard of Oz, says the Sorceress, can help Dorothy get back to Kansas.

Dorothy persuades three friends to accompany her on the trip to the Emerald City to see the Wizard. They are Scarecrow, who lacks a brain, he thinks; the Tin Woodman, who has no heart, and the Cowardly Lion, who would like to have some courage.

The Wicked Witch of the West vows vengeance on Dorothy and does all she can to stop the friends getting to the Emerald City. But they do reach it, and manage to see the Wizard. He will only help them, he says, if they kill the Wicked Witch of the West, an apparently impossible task. They do succeed, they get all their wishes and the Wizard accompanies Dorothy to Kansas in a rocket ship.

Follow the yellow brick road in this delightful stage adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s beloved tale, featuring the iconic musical score from the classic MGM film starring Judy Garland.

The Wizard of Oz
29 June to 9 July 2023
National Theatre, St Kilda

Director: Kim Anderson
Musical Director: Bronte Regos Thiele
Choreographer: Kat Wallace

By L Frank Baum. Music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. Adapted from the motion picture screenplay for the Royal Shakespeare Company by John Kane.
Licensed exclusively by Origin Theatrical

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It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But, when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion.

The hauntingly beautiful musical, Dogfight, by Pasek and Paul (EdgesJames and the Giant PeachA Christmas Story) and Peter Duchan, was praised by countless critics and nominated for numerous awards, winning the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical. Based on the 1991 Warner Brothers film, Dogfight takes audiences on a romantic and heartbreaking theatrical journey that stays with you long after the performance.

Dogfight
9 to 26 November 2023
Chapel Off Chapel, Prahran

Director: Pip Mushin

Book by Peter Duchan. Music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.
Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia).

 

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