After a critically acclaimed and commercially successful 2016 season, StageArt brings three hotly anticipated shows, including two Tony Award Winning Best Musicals to Melbourne for their 2017 season.
The Full Monty, Spring Awakening (Victorian Professional Premiere) and Memphis (Australasian Premiere) are stories of heart, poignancy and passion.
The Full Monty
Thursday 2 March until Sunday 19 March
The National Theatre, St Kilda
Based on the smash hit film, The Full Monty, a ten-time Tony Award nominee, is filled with honest affection, engaging melodies and the most highly anticipated closing number of any show. The powerhouse team of writers Terrence McNally (Ragtime) and David Yazbek (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) create entertainment that grabs your heart.
A group of unemployed steelworkers from Buffalo New York spy on their wives obsessing over male strippers at a ‘Girls’ Night Out’. Jealous, out of work and feeling emasculated, the men come up with a bold and unclothed way to make some quick cash. In preparing, they find themselves extremely exposed; not merely physically but emotionally. As they conquer their fears, self-consciousness and prejudices, the men come to discover that they’re stronger as a group, and the strength that they find in each other gives them the individual courage to let it go.
The Full Monty will be directed by Greenroom nominee Drew Downing with musical direction by Nathan Firmin and choreography by Rhys Velasquez. Each night a special guest will make a cameo, who will it be and will they go all the way?
StageArt are proudly supporting The Learning For Life Autism Centre and donating a proportion of proceeds from this season.
Thursday 18 May until Sunday 4 June
Chapel off Chapel
A revelatory journey from adolescence to adulthood with poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable. It is Germany, 1891, a world where the grown-ups hold all the cards while the youth struggle through the adversity of coming of age in a time when sexual education is non-existent. Join this group of late nineteenth century students as they navigate teenage angst and self-discovery, in a powerful celebration of youthful rebellion in the daring and remarkable Tony Award Winning Spring Awakening.
Spring Awakening returns director Robbie Carmellotti and musical director Caleb Garfinkel from the critically acclaimed 2016 hit The Color Purple.
‘This is a powerfully moving story which captures your heart from the first chord of music’, says Katherine Armstrong, Executive Producer, ‘and doesn’t let go until you’re exploding with emotion on the final beat.’
Thursday 5 October until Sunday 22 October
Chapel off Chapel
The Australasian Premiere of the Tony Award winning Best Musical Memphis bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love.
Inspired by actual events about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves – filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll.
Memphis will be directed by Luigi Lucente.
This show will feature culturally diverse actors continuing StageArt’s commitment to equality in the arts.
Executive Producer Robbie Carmellotti says ‘This show is one in a million, it tears at your heart strings, while at the same time providing laughter that gives pain to your abdominal muscles. At the end of the show you are overcome with an extreme natural ecstasy high.’
Established in 2011, StageArt is independently owned and managed by Katherine Armstrong and Robbie Carmellotti. StageArt seeks to bring diversity to the Australian Musical Theatre landscape by its casting and producing works rarely seen on the Australian stage.
Three show season subscription available.
A Reserve seats to all three shows, includes access to VIP opening nights and complimentary programs.
Adults: $162 (save $80). Conc/students: $147 (save $80).