After considering the Top 10 Shows We’d Like to Come to Australia and then our readers’ additional Top 10 Shows You’d Like To See Come To Australia, we have considered the Top 10 Musicals we’d like to see return to Australia; shows that we missed the first time round, would love to see a revival production of or we simply just love and want to see again.


1. Pippin

– James Terry, Head of Digital Media

Magnormus did a wonderful, one-night only, concert version of this Broadway revival production two years ago in Melbourne, but this show needs a full scale return. The original Australian premiere was in 1974 and starred Johnny Farnham and Colleen Hewitt.

It’s changed since then and composer Stephen Schwartz said the most recent Broadway revival of Pippin is now Pippin at its best. It’s time Australia got to experience it.

(Oh – and James Terry would suggest casting Gareth Keegan as Pippin).

2. Beauty and the Beast

– Allison Hilbig, Deputy Editor in Chief

My kids love Beauty and the Beast but they were too young when it first opened in Australia in 1995. Time for a return!

(For the trivia buffs, Hugh Jackman played the role of Gaston.)Beauty and the Beast


3. Miss Saigon

– Tim Garratt, NSW Editor

We’ve heard the 25th anniversary production is amazing. We’d love to see it.

Miss Saigon


4. Sunset Boulevard

– Chris “Hughesy” Hughes, Editor in Chief (who would like to see Hugh Jackman reprise his role)

– I missed it last time round. (It opened in Australia in 1996.)

Hugh Jackman


5. Evita

– Allison Hilbig, Deputy Editor in Chief

Silvie Paladino said she’d love to play the title role in Evita. Can someone please make this happen?



6. 42nd Street

– Maxine Montgomery, Community Theatre Editor

– Saw this show six times in six months when I was in first year uni…would love to see it in the hands of today’s music theatre talent

42nd street


7. Mack and Mabel

– Allison Hilbig, Deputy Editor in Chief

Virginia Gay suggested Mack and Mabel should return with Kirby Burgess in the role of Mabel. We agree.

Mack and Mabel


8. Altar Boyz

– Maxine Montgomery, Community Theatre Editor

– Fun, irreverent, and was a perfect fit for the Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne.

Altar Boyz


9. Once

– For anyone beyond Melbourne who never had the opportunity to see this beautiful musical.


10. Every other major musical production that didn’t play beyond either Melbourne or Sydney!

We  know … it’s a really long list.