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Bernstein On Broadway Sat 18 Aug, 7.30–9.30pm Enjoy songs and instrumental excerpts from favourite Bernstein works: Wonderful Town, On the Town, Candide, Peter Pan, Fancy Free and West Side Story, as part of the Bernstein Celebration. All his life Leonard Bernstein had a love affair with New York and in his many music theatre works he painted the most vivid picture of life in the ‘City That Never Sleeps’. This performance embraces Bernstein’s New York, offering a rare insight into the composer’s mind with Bernstein devotee Bramwell Tovey at the helm and on the ivories. Performers Bramwell Tovey, conductor, piano; Sarah Fox, soprano; Liane Keegan, contralto; Brenton Spiteri, tenor; Brett Polegato, baritone Cost $70–$130 Venue Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
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West Side Story – Performed Live to Film Fri 27 Jul, 7.30–10pm & Sat 28 Jul, 1–3.30pm Experience a thrilling presentation of this iconic film and winner of ten Academy Awards®, including Best Picture. The MSO plays Leonard Bernstein’s electrifying score and memorable songs with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim live, while the newly re-mastered film is shown in glorious high definition on the big screen with the original vocals and dialogue intact. This classic romantic tragedy, directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins and one of the greatest achievements in the history of movie musicals, features Robbins’ breath-taking choreography and a screenplay by Ernest Lehman based on the masterful book by Arthur Laurents. Performers Benjamin Northey, conductor Cost $70–$149 Venue Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
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John Cameron Mitchell
The Origin of Love
The Songs and Stories of Hedwig
Tue 10 Jul, 8pm The Tony Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated co-creator of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, John Cameron Mitchell performs songs from the groundbreaking rock musical and regales us with stories from 20 years of Hedwig's history. He'll also preview songs from his upcoming musical podcast Anthem. So 'put on some makeup, turn on your eight track', Melbourne it's time to experience the original Hedwig! Performers John Cameron Mitchell with special guest artist Amber Martin Cost $65–$139 Venue Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Until Sun 1 Jul Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is the inspirational true story behind Carole King’s remarkable rise from teenage songwriter to global superstar, featuring songs Natural Woman, Will You Love Me Tomorrow and many more. Performers Esther Hannaford, Josh Piterman, Lucy Maunder & Mat Verevis Cost $60–$195 Venue Her Majesty’s Theatre
219 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
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Gloria by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins 16 Jun – 21 Jul Editorial assistant Dean stumbles into work, hungover from last night’s mortifying party at Gloria’s house. Surrounded by his ambitious co-workers in their Manhattan magazine office, the only thing that matters is how fast you can climb the journalistic ladder of success and get your name in print. Today is just another ordinary day, until suddenly it’s not and the stakes for who gets the story become higher than ever.

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ explosive Pulitzer Prize finalist Gloria is a fresh and surprising new satire that takes a scathing look at office politics, our exploitative, media-saturated age and holds up a cracked mirror to American culture. This Australian premiere is directed by Lee Lewis (Hay Fever) featuring a favourite of stage and screen, Lisa McCune (Cabaret) like you’ve never seen her before, with Callan Colley (Three Sisters), Jordan Fraser-Trumble (The Legend of Ben Hall), Jane Harber (Offspring), Aileen Huynh (Cleverman) and Peter Paltos (Minnie & Liraz).

Contains some coarse language, sexual references and a scene depicting graphic violence, gun shots and theatrical blood. Recommended for ages 16+.
Performers Lisa McCune, Callan Colley, Jordan Fraser-Trumble, Jane Harber, Aileen Huynh and Peter Paltos Cost $36–$71 Venue The Sumner, Southbank Theatre
140 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank
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