THE RYDGES POST
When it comes to the ol’ Overture, Curtain, Lights! no Australian city does theatre better than Melbourne. Of course other cities have excellent theatres and productions but Melbourne seems to have more of it and more chance of drawing a crowd.
The proof is in the figures – theatre injected over $230million into the Victorian economy last year and last weekend, in the middle of a southern winter, more than 20,000 Melbournites left the warmth of their lounge rooms to go to the theatre. And surely no other Australian city would be brave enough to stage four musicals simultaneously and expect them all to make a profit!
The Rocky Horror Show just closed after playing to terrific houses at the Comedy Theatre (240 Exhibition Street) with Craig McLachlan as the fabulous Frank N Furter in fishnets getting great reviews.
Down the road at Her Majesty’s (219 Exhibition Street), the latest production of Les Miserables has been wowing both the critics and the public…
Lisa McCune and Lou Diamond Phillips (Melbourne season only) have the leads in the lavish, exotic and timeless production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I at the Princess Theatre (163 Spring Street) – also playing to good audiences…
And, at the Regent Theatre, (191 Collins Street) audiences are bring spellbound by Wicked (The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz). The New York Times called this one “The Defining Musical of the Decade”.
The one thing that keeps the productions rewarding and the audiences attending is the tradition of theatre in the Victorian capital. The bar has been set high with magnificent theatres, spectacular productions, talented casts, directors & producers and, above all, a discerning population that wants to be entertained.
If you are visiting Melbourne with a night at the theatre on the agenda, Rydges has your accommodation needs covered, either in the heart of the CBD at Rydges in Exhibition Street or on the city fringe at Rydges on Swanston.