In one of the biggest announcements in recent Australian musical theatre the Gordon Frost Organisation today announced three huge shows that will première in Sydney over the next 2 years.
The Kander and Ebb masterpiece Chicago will open at the Sydney Lyric Theatre in 2019; the worldwide hit musical Saturday Night Fever will open at the Capitol Theatre in 2019; and the Australian premiere of the Broadway smash hit Waitress will open at the Sydney Lyric Theatre in 2020.
“I am so excited to bring these three wonderful, diverse productions to light up Sydney stages and thrill audiences,” said leading Australian theatre producer John Frost.
Chicago will grace Australian shores for the first time since its previous GFO tour in 2009/2010. The musical, which first premiered on Broadway in 1975 is based on a play of the same name by reporter and playwright Maurine Dallas Watkins, who covered the trials of two prominent female homicides in the 1920s for the Chicago Tribune.
“Chicago is one of my favourite musicals of all time, with one of the best Kander and Ebb scores. I can’t wait to sit in the audition room to find Velma and Roxie for a new generation.”
Learn more about Chicago at: Chicagomusical.com.au
Saturday Night Fever
Based on the 1977 hit disco movie Saturday Night Fever is the story of Tony Manero and his quest to break free of conformity and become the dance king of New York city. It was last here for the 2004-2005 for an Australian tour.
“Since it debuted in the West End and Broadway, the musical adaptation of Saturday Night Fever has set pulses racing around the world. The music is infectious and defined the distinctive disco era for a whole generation. Australia will love this new reimagined version of the iconic story with its high-octane dancing and glorious collection of Bee Gees hits.” remarked John Frost.
Learn more about Saturday Night Fever at: Saturdaynightfever.com.au
The Broadway smash hit Waitress the Musical will have it’s Australian premiere at Sydney Lyric Theatre in 2020. Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film & with music & lyrics from six-time Recording Academy / GRAMMYs nominee Sara Bareilles, Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a waitress & expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town & loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county & the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength & courage to rebuild her own life.
“Waitress has become a huge hit on Broadway and across the US, receiving four Tony nominations and six Drama Desk nominations. With music by Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles, Waitress has quickly become the new ‘must see’ musical.” finishes Frost.
For more information on Waitress visit: Waitressthemusical.com.au