What to see from Sydney to the West End

October 13, 2017 08.00 AM

As summer ends and winter is yet to take shape, entertainment takes center stage around the world with an impressive list of new openings, debuts and headline shows from Sydney to the West End. Down under, Muriel Heslop gets her stage debut in Sydney with Muriel's Wedding The Musical - that's one of the most exciting film-to-theater revamps in recent memory. Debuting at the Sydney Theater Company in early November, the film's original writer-director PJ Hogan upgrades his screenplay into a dazzling new stage show with new hits and those classic Abba songs. Also at the Muriel's Wedding The Musical, look for more serious Three Sisters and Green Day's American Idiot to debut later in the season with Madam Butterfly at the Opera and one-off concerts by Feist and Evanescence.

In London, we are thrilled to see the talents of Natalie Dormer known for her roles in the Tudors, Game of Thrones and now Venus in Fur running at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Big FIsh opens with a theatrical spin on the existential tale of late-life coming of age film set to the music of the American South and now starring Kelsey Grammar. Another big name coming to the stage, Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston makes his London theater debut in Lee Hall's adaptation of Network based on the 1976 Paddy Chayefsky film. The offbeat appeal of Everybody's Talking About Jamie is equal parts Billy Elliot and Cabaret as a 16-year-old boy comes to terms with his fabulousness in a council estate. And if you haven't seen Hamilton on Broadway or on tour throughout the US, this theatrical rapping revolution arrives in London in December for a long-term occupation.

In terms of NYC this season, Springsteen on Broadway is a one-man acoustic performance written and performed by Bruce Springsteen in an intimate 2-hour show at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Julie Taymor directs Clive Owen in M Butterfly (pictured), a love affair that spans east and west and includes espionage, romance and betrayal among the glamorous visual display of one of theater's most innovative directors. Meteor Shower by Steve Martin headlines the comedic genius of Amy Schumer in a tale of marital woes under an ignited sky in inland California. And for something a bit more political, there's the witty colonial musical Farinelli and the King with Mark Rylance or more serious The Parisian Woman that stars Uma Thurman in a DC drama by Pam MacKinnon. And don't forget Las Vegas, with shows this month that include THE WEEKND, Bob Dylan at the Cosmopolitan, Bruno Mars at the MGM and Jay-Z in what is still the world's #1 entertainment capital.

Written by:

Michael Martin
Editorial Review Author


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