The Most Exciting Musicals in Sydney in 2024

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Show us something more feel-good than a musical, and we'll show you a liar. Musicals are the ultimate show-stopping way to experience theatre in our book, bursting with music, moves, and incredible energy. 

Sydney will be playing host to some of the world's biggest musicals in 2024, so we've rounded up our picks of the bunch—all of them promising to transport you to a different world, full of spectacle, jaw-dropping performances, and a whole lot of sparkle. Here are the best musicals in Sydney in 2024.

The Most Exciting Musicals in Sydney in 2024

1. & Juliet

& Juliet
& Juliet

Be prepared to shake up your Shakespeare with & Juliet – the dazzling, audacious twist on the classic sob-fest that is Romeo and Juliet. Forget everything you thought you knew about Verona's doomed lovers and hit the refresh button with this pop-powered, heart-stopping spin on the world's most famous romantic tragedy.

& Juliet is not just a musical; it's a rebel yell, a hilarious, heart-tugging rollercoaster that throws the rulebook out the window and dares to ask "What if?" Imagine Juliet's story with a different ending and a soundtrack that'll have you bouncing in your seat from start to finish.

Thanks to the pop genius of Max Martin and a team of musical magicians, this show is packed with anthems that have defined generations. We're talking the powerhouse hits of Britney Spears, the catchy choruses of the Backstreet Boys, the killer hooks of Katy Perry, the soulful melodies of The Weeknd, and the belt-out ballads of Kelly Clarkson – and that's just scratching the surface.

So, if you're in the mood for a night of uproarious laughter, jaw-dropping drama, and tunes that'll stick in your head long after the curtain falls, & Juliet is your ticket to entertainment. It's a musical joyride that promises to flip the script on love, life, and destiny. Come for the tragedy, stay for the party – this is one Shakespearean remix that's totally worth the hype.

Where:   Sydney Lyric Theatre, 55 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont
When:    27 February - 12 July 2024
Cost:      From $79.90 per person

2. Chicago

Chicago the Musical

It's time to slick your hair back and slap on some jazz hands because the ultimate showstopper, Chicago, is shimmying its way to our very own Capitol Theatre come June 2024.

Fresh from its tour de force in Perth, Brisbane, and Melbourne, this musical extravaganza is about to razzle dazzle the Harbour City with more pizzazz than a Mardi Gras parade.

Stepping back into the spotlight as the sultry and scheming Velma Kelly is none other than Zoë Ventoura. After gracing the musical theatre stage early in her career, Ventoura became a household name on the Aussie screen as Mel Rafter in Packed To The Rafters and Dr. Alex Neilson in Home and Away. And now she's returning to her roots, ready to slay the stage once more.

But wait, there's more jazz to this story: strutting alongside Zoë as the cunning and ambitious Roxie Hart is Lucy Maunder, straight from her stellar stint as Mrs. Banks in Mary Poppins. It's set to be a double act of dazzling proportions.

So, strap in and prepare for a night of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery, and treachery – all those things we hold near and dear to our hearts. 

Where:    Capitol Theatre, 13 Campbell St, Haymarket
When:     9 June - 28 July 2024
Cost:      From $89.90 per person

3. In the Heights at Sydney Opera House

In the Heights at Sydney Opera House
In the Heights at Sydney Opera House

Broadway magic, In the Heights is coming to Sydney, so you'd better get ready to dance! 

This salsa-drenched extravaganza, winner of four Tony Awards®, is set to electrify the Sydney Opera House with its fiery beats and heart-pumping vibes.

Set against the backdrop of a sweltering Manhattan neighbourhood, where the only cooldown is a ride on the A-train, In the Heights spotlights Usnavi, a bodega owner dreaming of a simpler life in the Dominican Republic. Alongside him, the neighbourhood's colourful cast faces their own crossroads and dreams. A life-changing lottery ticket is in someone's pocket, but whose? Could it be the family aiming for an Ivy League future, or the woman fighting to carve out her space in the American dream?

Prepare to be captivated by this incredible musical that's set to fill the Sydney Opera House with the unstoppable energy and passion of a New York summer. Don't miss out—this is city soul at its finest!

Where:    Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House
When:     20 July to 25 August 2024
Cost:       From $59.90

4. Hamilton

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Hamilton promises to be one of the most spellbinding musicals in Sydney this year

Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre to become a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education.

This ultra-popular musical is educational and spell-binding with incredible music, lyrics, and script to wow the audience. 

Where:   Sydney Lyric Theatre, 55 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont
When:    30 July - 31 October 2024
Cost:      From $75 per person

5. Rodgers and Hammerstein's CAROUSEL

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Rodgers and Hammerstein's CAROUSEL

One of the most beloved musicals of all time, Rodgers and Hammerstein's CAROUSEL is coming to the Sydney stage in September. 

Follow the journey of carousel barker Billy Bigelow and millworker Julie Jordan, whose whirlwind romance faces trials and triumphs, testing the strength of their love and redemption.

With classics like "If I Loved You" and "You'll Never Walk Alone," CAROUSEL weaves a tale of hope, second chances, and the enduring power of love.

Where:   The Stage Theatre
When:    3-4 September 2024
Cost:      From $99

6. Sister Act The Musical

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Sister Act is coming to the Sydney stage!

Get ready to swap your flat whites for holy water because Whoopi Goldberg's iconic laugh-fest, Sister Act is ditching the screen for the stage and bringing a whole lotta soul down under! That's right, the divine comedy that had us cracking up back in '92 is now a full-blown, heavenly musical masterpiece, and it's about to sprinkle its blessed vibes all over our turf.

After scooping up a heavenly host of accolades and a choir of Tony nominations on Broadway, Sister Act The Musical is gearing up to raise the roof in London's West End this May, before gracing us with its presence at Sydney's Capitol Theatre in August and then taking its choir of quirky nuns to Melbourne's Regent Theatre in November.

Dive into the divine comedy of Deloris, the sassy disco queen who, after witnessing a crime, finds herself hiding out in the last place anyone would look for a diva – a convent. As she swaps her sequins for a habit, she takes on the monumental task of lifting the spirits and voices of the convent's choir, proving there's nothing a little song and dance can't fix.

Expect a spiritual awakening of Motown, soul, and disco tunes that'll have you dancing in the pews. And yes, Sydney, this is the first time the heavenly harmonies of Sister Act will be echoing around our shores. Blessed be our eardrums!

Where:   Sydney Lyric Theatre, 55 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont
When:    August - exact dates TBC
Cost:      From $75 per person

7. SIX The Musical

Six The Musical
SIX The Musical

After thrilling audiences with sensational sell-out seasons nationwide, the pop musical sensation SIX the Musical is making a triumphant return to Australia. This globally celebrated musical has earned an impressive 35 major international awards, including two prestigious Tony Awards and a Grammy nomination.

Get ready for a high-octane 75-minute musical experience where the feisty Tudor queens fearlessly rewrite five hundred years of history.

Where:   Theatre Royal Sydney, 108 King St, Newtown
When:    From October 2024
Cost:      Tickets on sale in March 2024

8. Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard
Sunset Boulevard

Embark on a musical journey with the international recording sensation and musical theatre star, Sarah Brightman, as she takes the lead in a lavish new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's masterpiece, Sunset Boulevard.

This captivating musical weaves a magnificent tale of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition. Follow the legendary silent movie star, Norma Desmond, who yearns for a return to the big screen after being discarded by Hollywood with the arrival of “talkies.” When she crosses paths with struggling Hollywood screenwriter Joe Gillis in a dramatic twist of fate, their passionate and volatile relationship unfolds, leading to an unforeseen and tragic conclusion. 

Where:   Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
When:    28 August - 2 November 2024
Cost:      Tickets from $49 - $299

9. Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar Sydney 2024
Jesus Christ Superstar

Sydney, get ready to rock! The iconic Jesus Christ Superstar is landing in 2024 with a production so fresh it's been turning heads from the US to the UK. Racking up awards like nobody's business, including an Olivier for Best Musical Revival, this masterpiece is primed to blow your mind.

Crafted by the legendary Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber—yes, the dream team with Emmys, Grammys, Oscars, and Tonys to their names—this show plunges you into the final, intense weeks of Jesus Christ's life, all from the perspective of Judas. Expect a musical experience so epic, it'll redefine your theatre standards!

Where:    Capitol Theatre
When:     November 2024
Cost:       TBD - join the waitlist today.

And in 2025...

10. MJ The Musical

MJ The Musical
MJ The Musical

Get ready for an extraordinary experience as one of the greatest entertainers of all time, Michael Jackson, brings his unique and unparalleled artistry to Australia in the multiple Tony Award-winning musical, MJ.

Focused on the creation of his 1992 Dangerous World Tour, MJ goes beyond showcasing the singular moves and signature sound of the star. It offers a rare glimpse into the creative mind and collaborative spirit that elevated Jackson to legendary status. Don't miss the chance to witness the magic and brilliance of Michael Jackson's legacy in this captivating musical journey!

Where:   Sydney Lyric, 55 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont
When:    February 2025
Cost:      Keep an eye on the website for tickets

11. Peter and the Starcatcher

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Peter and the Starcatcher

Peter and the Starcatcher, the sensational Broadway hit that clinched five Tony Awards, will be taking the musicals in Sydney scene by storm in Feburary 2025.

Reimagined by the innovative Dead Puppet Society, known for its visually stunning creations, this eagerly anticipated rendition of Peter and the Starcatcher blurs the boundaries between reality and fantasy. It takes you on a journey across oceans with mystical mermaids and lands filled with curious creatures—the ultimate untold story of Neverland.

Where:   Capitol Theatre, 13 Campbell St, Haymarket
When:    February 2025
Cost:      Keep an eye on the website for tickets

12. Annie the Musical

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Annie the Musical returns to Sydney.

Annie, Mr Warbucks and Miss Hannigan are dancing back to the stage, Sydney! 

Annie the Musical will light up Sydney’s Capitol Theatre in March 2025, bringing its timeless story of hope and perseverance to life. Directed by the talented Karen Johnson Mortimer and produced by John Frost for Crossroads Live, this exciting new rendition promises to deliver all the charm, laughter, and inspiration that fans adore.

Presale tickets go on sale from 22 July 2024.

Where:   Sydney's Capitol Theatre
When:    March 2025
Cost:      TBA

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