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Adelaide Festival: Fangirls

Ridley Centre Wayville

As Hamilton proved, in a world where new musicals are often focus-grouped into blandness, fabulous butterflies can still emerge from the chrysalis of a single brilliant mind. Such is FANGIRLS, whose book, music and lyrics are by young Sydney-born writer Yve Blake. Fascinated by the way that society can see a mob of screaming fans as "embarrassing" (if female, and at a pop concert) - but "passionate" (if male at a footy match), Yve set out to write the show she wished her 14-year-old self could have seen: a comedy all about the ways that the world tries to convince young women that they're not as worthy as their brothers. It follows Edna, a plucky misfit scholarship girl who believes that she alone can win the heart of the world's biggest pop star; Harry. Sure, he has 38 million other fans, but for Edna, that's merely a hurdle. Because there's nothing she won't do to meet Harry. No really, nothing.

Melbourne Digital Concert Hall: Elysium – Glimpsing at the beyond

Athenaeum Theatre 188 Collins Street, Melbourne

Join Melbourne’s premier vocal ensemble the Consort of Melbourne for Elysium, a concert of a cappella music that opens a window on worlds beyond our own. Featuring transcendent choral gems by Nico Muhly, Missy Mazzoli, Orlande de Lassus, Hildegard von Bingen and others, be transported by the beauty of voices in perfect harmony.

A Moveable Theatre: This Wide Night

BackDock Arts 103 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley

A Tender Portrayal of Two Women Trying to Start Again The friendship that once protected them now threatens to smother the fragile freedom they have found.

Sydney Symphony Orchestra: Andrew Haveron performs Bach

City Recital Hall Sydney

Exquisite, serene, daunting, brilliant. Are there even enough adjectives to describe Bach's music? Here, the SSO revels in some of his greatest works, Orchestral Suites No.2 and No.3, and the intricately beautiful Concerto for Two Violins. Concertmaster Andrew Haveron leads as soloist along with Fiona Ziegler and Emma Sholl.

Yirra Yaakin Theatre: The Sum of Us

Subiaco Arts Centre 180 Hamersley Road, Subiaco

See an exciting revisioning of the much-loved story from the off-Broadway hit and award-winning film The Sum of Us with an all First Nations cast. How’s a guy supposed to find Mr. Right when his father is always up in his business? That’s the premise of this warm comedy that revolves around the comfortable relationship between widower Harry and his son Jeff. A beautiful tale of a strong family bond, ageing, queerness and the dance we all do when searching for love, this is Yirra Yaakin’s first queer work. Performed by an Australian First Nations cast, it is a story that no culture is exempt from. Balancing humour and pathos, The Sum of Us remains as relevant today as it was 30 years ago.

Hayes Theatre Co: Young Frankenstein

Hayes Theatre Co 19 Greenknowe Avenue, Elizabeth Bay

Hayes Theatre Co presents the Australian premiere of this brilliantly kooky musical comedy, adapted by comic genius Mel Brooks (The Producers, Blazing Saddles) from his 1974 American comedy horror film. Scientist Frederick Frankenstein (it’s pronounced Fronk-en-steen) – grandson of the infamous scientist – travels reluctantly to Transylvania where he has inherited his family estate. Before long, he finds himself back in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestor, and with the help of hunchbacked sidekick Igor and yodelling lab assistant Inga, he brings to life a new creature to rival his grandfather’s. But this time, when the monster escapes – absolute hilarity ensues. Young Frankenstein has all the panache and quick-fire humour of the screen sensation, with a little extra theatrical flair. Featuring songs like “The Transylvania Mania” and the immortal “Puttin’ on the Ritz”, Young Frankenstein is scientifically proven, monstrously good entertainment. Directed by Alexander Berlage (Cry-Baby, American Psycho), get ready for an electrifying camp gothic spectacular that will leave you in stitches.

The Australian Shakespeare Company: Macbeth

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Melbourne

The Macbeth's are back with their unparalleled thrust for the ultimate power of the throne. A stunning mix of minds games and manipulation, sparked by the prophesies of three witches that Macbeth encounters on the heath as he returns from war, triggers his burning ambition which in turn ignites an inferno in his wife to inspire him to kill for the crown.

Bennelong Restaurant: Bennelong Presents: Ursula Yovich

Bennelong Restaurant Bennelong Point, Sydney Opera House, Sydney

Ursula Yovich sings the American Song Book Actor, playwright, songwriter, storyteller and, above all, singer: there is nothing Ursula Yovich can’t do. For one night only, this four-time Helpmann award-winner sings Gershwin, Rogers & Hart and Burt Bacharach, accompanied on piano by musical director Max Lambert.