By Rama Gaind.
Oscar Wilde had the right idea when he said: “I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being”.
There’s also excitement in the air with some COVID-19 restrictions being lifted and opportunities presenting themselves for interstate travel. Now, why not turn your sights to entertainment so you can be happy and feel relaxed. Go to the movies, listen to music or go to the theatre. Get more fun, laughter, pleasure and delight ― and go to a show ― a musical, in fact.
Turn the spotlight on Sydney as the time has never been better to take a playcation in Harbour City where there’s so much to see and do. Soak up the spring sun and dive into the city’s best beaches, cruise the harbour in search of Sydney’s underwater wonderland, wine and dine in some of the country’s finest venues and fill your days with nature, culture and adventure.
Among the melodic distractions on offer in Sydney are Pippin which opens next month, Frozen ― The Musical in December 2020 and Hamilton in March 2021.
Take in a dazzling show with the opening of Pippin at the Sydney Lyric Theatre at The Star from 24 November 2020. Full of extraordinary acrobatics and wondrous magical feats, Pippin is definitely a high-flying, death-defying musical not to be missed. You’ll also love the soaring songs from Stephen Schwartz (the composer of Wicked and Godspell). It’s noted for many Broadway standards including Corner of the Sky, Magic To Do, Glory, No Time At All, Morning Glow and Love Song.
The musical tells the story of a young man at a crossroads in his life. Does he follow in the footsteps of his father, one of the most powerful men in the land or does he strike out on his own, to find his own ‘corner of the sky?’ Pippin is a play within a play, with the story being told by a travelling troupe of actors and acrobats (called ‘Players’), directed by the mysterious Leading Player. Like a vaudeville act, the Players both act out the roles of the story and speak directly to the audience.
Frozen ― The Musical opens at the Capitol Theatre on 1 December. From the producers of Aladdin and The Lion King, Disney’s new hit musical is based on the Oscar-winning movie. It will premiere with an all-star Australian cast, grand sets, gorgeous costumes and sensational special effects.
An inspiring tale of sisterhood and true love set in the icy kingdom of Arendelle, Frozen ― The Musical features songs from the original film plus an expanded score with a dozen new numbers.
The show will be brought to the stage by Tony Award-winning director Michael Grandage. The cast includes Courtney Monsma, who has previously appeared in Aladdin and Mamma Mia, as Anna. Jemma Rix, best known for her role as Elphaba in Wicked, will play Elsa. Helpmann Award-winner Matt Lee stars as Olaf.
It’s an unforgettable theatrical experience.
While in Sydney, a scenic way to tour the city is on its shining harbour. With more than 50 years’ experience, Captain Cook Cruises can guide you in the right direction. Join a hop-on hop-off tour at your leisure or book a private dining or sightseeing cruise. Discover Sydney Harbour and its islands including Cockatoo Island, one of the World Heritage-listed Australian convict sites.
There is so much to explore of Sydney’s natural beauty: from the spectacular harbour to its impressive beaches and wide-open parklands to native bushland. It’s the ideal destination for free, outdoor family fun. Get back to nature by visiting one of the many enchanting national parks and gardens. The biggest is the Royal National Park.
Explore Sydney’s coastline on foot by following one of the many guided walking trails around the Sydney Harbour foreshore. Catch a ferry from Circular Quay and do the Cremorne Point to Mosman Wharf walking track or the Bradley’s Head to Chowder Bay walk in Sydney Harbour National Park.
Walking across the impressive Sydney Harbour Bridge is an experience in itself. You can even walk around the iconic Sydney Opera House and see the architectural masterpiece from another angle. Next to the Sydney Opera House is the Royal Botanic Garden, a green oasis with free guided tours.
From the Royal Botanic Garden, walk up to the Art Gallery of NSW where there is free entry and free audio tours for kids. Entry to the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia in The Rocks is free too, as are parts of the Australian National Maritime Museum. However, there is a cost involved if you want to climb aboard the ships and visit the latest exhibitions. Sydney Olympic Park has great family attractions and some are free.
Best of all, you won’t need your passport to holiday in one of the world’s greatest cities!