Whether it’s disco fever, Muriel Hes­lop, or choco­late man­u­fac­tur­ing, there’s some­thing for ev­ery­one in the­atres in 2019. And plenty of gay stuff, too.

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off the New Year in Melbourne is the much-anticipated Harry Pot­ter And The Cursed Child Parts 1 And 2. What’s unique about this pro­duc­tion is that it’s viewed in two parts – mati­nee and evening, or over two days. The cast of 42 per­form­ers in­cludes Gareth Reeves is Harry.

Open­ing the New Year in Syd­ney is the Aussie premiere of Roald Dahl’s Char­lie And The Choco­late Fac­tory. Paul Slade Smith plays Willy Wonka, with Tony Shel­don as Grandpa Joe and Lucy Maun­der as Mrs Bucket.

Big tour­ing pro­duc­tions in 2019 in­clude Jer­sey Boys, School Of Rock, Satur­day Night Fever, Muriel’s Wed­ding and Billy El­liot, cel­e­brat­ing its tenth an­niver­sary.

Handa Opera will per­form an out­door ver­sion of West Side Story on a pon­toon in Syd­ney Har­bour.

The ea­gerly awaited Broad­way pro­duc­tion of Come From Away will premiere in Melbourne. This mu­si­cal tells the true story of the stranded air­line pas­sen­gers re­sult­ing from the 9/11 flight lock­down, and the tiny town in Canada that played host.

Ev­ery­one’s favourite Hog­warts teacher, Miriam Mar­golyes stars in the Melbourne The­atre Com­pany’s The Lady In The Van by Alan Ben­nett. Mag­gie Smith played the lead role in London and Mar­golyes will bring her own pith and poignancy to the home­less hero­ine.

The Syd­ney The­atre Com­pany will re­vive Ten­nessee Wil­liams’ Cat On A Hot Tin Roof with Hugo Weav­ing, Pamela Rabe and Zahra New­man as Mag­gie “the Cat”. Who’ll play the re­pressed ho­mo­sex­ual, Brick, made fa­mous by Paul New­man in the 1958 film, is yet to be an­nounced.

Syd­ney’s small but renowned Hayes The­atre has a busy 2019 planned with Monty Python’s Spa­malot, and Amer­i­can Psy­cho: The Mu­si­cal star­ring Ben Ger­rard.

Bris­bane’s QPAC will present Arthur Miller’s classic, Death Of A Sales­men with Peter Kowitz as Willy Lo­man, and a unique adap­ta­tion of the classic Aussie film, Storm Boy with some mas­ter­ful pup­petry bring­ing Mr Per­ci­val the pel­i­can to life.

The Black Swan The­atre in Perth is pre­sent­ing Thorn­ton Wilder’s Pulitzer prizewin­ning drama Our Town. It brings to life the fic­tional town of Grover’s Cor­ner, but in a spe­cial twist the characters are played by real their life coun­ter­parts – a teacher plays a teacher, an un­der­taker an un­der­taker, a po­lice­man a po­lice­man, etc.

On London’s West End this year, look out for Com­ing Clean, which delves into the polyg­a­mous lives of Tony and Greg, thrown into chaos with the ar­rival of drop-dead gor­geous Robert. An­other to look out for is Ev­ery­body’s Talk­ing About Jamie which, based on a true story, fea­tures Jamie New, gay and 16, liv­ing on a Sh­effield coun­cil es­tate and about to be­come an en­ter­tain­ment sen­sa­tion. While Tina: The Mu­si­cal con­tin­ues to rock the West End, 9 To 5 The Mu­si­cal is set to bring the cor­po­rate lives of Do­ralee, Vi­o­let and Judy

Com­ing Clean looks at the polyg­a­mous lives of Tony and Greg, thrown into chaos by dropdead gor­geous Robert.”

to the stage with a score writ­ten by, of course, Dolly Par­ton.

Also open­ing in London is Leave To Re­main, writ­ten by Block Party’s Kele Ok­ereke. It tells the story of a young gay cou­ple fac­ing an un­cer­tain fu­ture in the age of Brexit and fea­tures a score of West-African elec­tronic dance mu­sic. Could it be the next Hamil­ton? The track Not The Drugs Talk­ing has al­ready en­joyed chart suc­cess. And for some­thing out­side of the square, Six fea­tures the six wives of Henry VIII who, through mu­sic, sing their tu­mul­tuous sto­ries of di­vorce and be­head­ings. This is a mod­ern girl power twist on Tu­dor Eng­land.

Also worth catch­ing is a new pro­duc­tion of Matthew Bourne’s ever-pop­u­lar all-male Swan Lake. This Olivia and Tony Award-win­ning re-imag­in­ing of the classic pro­duc­tion re­places the fe­male corps-de-bal­let with a men­ac­ing male en­sem­ble. It’s very easy on the eye!

Get in quick if you want to catch The In­her­i­tance, di­rected by Stephen Daldry, which spans dif­fer­ent life­times of gay men and the legacy left from pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions. Play­ing in two parts, it in­cludes Vanessa Red­grave in the cast, and must close 19 Jan­uary.

The new “big” thing on Broad­way is our very own King Kong, which pre­miered in Melbourne back in 2013. It’s been re-vamped with songs by Ed­die Per­fect, who also wrote the score to the new film adap­ta­tion of Beetle­juice.

Also leap­ing from screen to stage is Tootsie with Santino Fon­tana in the role of Michael/ Dorothy, and Moulin Rouge! with Karen Olivo as Sa­tine. Har­vey Fier­stein’s Torch Song is back with hot­ties Michael Urie and Ward Hor­ton, with Mercedes Ruehl in the role of Mrs Beck­off.

Big names ap­pear­ing on Broad­way this year in­clude Daniel Rad­cliffe in the Life­span Of A Fact, Bryan Cranston in Net­work, Ethan Hawke in True West and Glenda Jack­son in King Lear. One sur­prise is Snoop Dogg, mak­ing his the­atri­cal de­but in Re­demp­tion Of A Dogg, cel­e­brat­ing the 25th an­niver­sary of his de­but al­bum, Dog­gystyle. John Lith­gow and Lau­rie Met­calf star in Hil­lary And Clin­ton.

An­other mu­si­cal gain­ing great mo­men­tum is Prom, which tells the story of a gay stu­dent not per­mit­ted to bring her girl­friend to the school prom. It’s an emo­tional trip in a face-off with small town big­otry, and an ending that ac­cord­ing to Va­ri­ety makes you, “think your heart is about to burst!”

Now that’s good the­atre!

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake.

Com­ing Clean.

Ev­ery­body’s Talk­ing About Jamie.

Come From Away.

Ben Ger­rard in Amer­i­can Psy­cho.

Miriam Mar­golyes in Lady In The Van.

Harry Pot­ter And The Cursed Child.

Re­main To Leave’s Kele Ok­ereke.

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