Nine standout shows on stage in Melbourne in May

Lyrics by Ben Lamb

We eat well in Melbourne. There’s so much going on in the worlds of theatre, music and comedy that there’s never been a better time to be a fan of everything that happens on stage.

Cinderella

Everyone’s favorite tale arrives at Melbourne’s Regent Theater later this month in musical form, with legends Rogers and Hammerstein at the helm. It’s a star-studded cast, with Silvie Paladino and Todd McKenney playing The Fairy Godmother and Sebastian respectively. It enters the scene from May 20. Get your tickets here.

Driftwood: The Musical

No, it’s not about actual driftwood, but rather the inspirational story behind Karl and Slawa Duldig, who were two artists behind the creation of the umbrella. The musical details their escape from the Holocaust and the creations they made. It will take place at the Alexander Theater from May 13. Get your tickets here.

Law and Order PTV

The MICF may be over, but that doesn’t mean there’s a slew of comedy happening on Melbourne’s many stages. One of the coolest shows comes in the form of a law and order parody, based on the world of ticket inspectors. It will be at Toff from May 12, book it here.

DOT8SIX

It’s time to get a little wacky with this show. It’s called a “humanistic comedy”, so get ready to laugh like you’ve never laughed before. It’s at the La Mama theater from May 27th. If you don’t feel like going out right now, you can get live tickets for this show here. Or see other dates here.

Eltham Theater one-act plays

If you want to love plays but can’t sit still for a few hours, Eltham Theater has a perfect show for you. One Act Plays, as the name suggests, are shorter productions that go straight to the point. They run until May 7, you can book it here.

Boys jersey

The show that brought Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons back into fashion will soon be back on our stages. The uplifting story has found fans of all ages, and even if you’re unsure of the content, there are a few songs you’re bound to know. It will take place at the magnificent National Theater from May 13, book it here.

Candlelight: Tribute to Ed Sheeran

Ever wanted to hear Ed Sheeran music in classical form played in a space that was once a prison? It is only me? Well, you can finally do it thanks to Candlelight. In the next addition to their hit series, a string ensemble will play the star’s host of hits. It will take place at the Old Melbourne Gaol from May 28, see more information here.

Cruel Intentions: The Musical of the 90s

You might know better cruel intentions as a huge hit as a 1999 film starring icons like Reese Witherspoon and Sarah Michelle Gellar. But now, like so many other films, it is now getting the musical treatment in Melbourne. There will be plenty of 90s vibes and songs, perfect for those who think they were born in the wrong decade. It will be happening at the Atheneum Theater from May 25, book it here.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – One Part Production

It’s been a staple of our theatrical scene for years, with a number of different versions performing on stage with different actors. Perhaps one of the most memorable elements of the series is that it’s two parts, often seen hours after each other, which may have turned many people away from it. But now the team is back with a new production, all the magic and the moments you love squeezed into a single serving, and it’s as long as any other stage show.

The new version continues at the Princess Theater from May 4, get your tickets here.

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