2024 MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL: Five Years of Musical Brilliance in Launceston, Tasmania

In the heart of picturesque Launceston, Tasmania, the stage is set for the fifth annual Australian Musical Theatre Festival, slated to run from May 15th to May 19th, 2024. This year promises to be a celebration of the rich tapestry of musical theatre, with a lineup curated by Artistic Director Tyran Parke that encompasses 19 events over five days.

From the outset, it's clear that this festival is about more than just performances. It's an exploration of musical storytelling in unexpected and captivating settings. Attendees can expect to find themselves immersed in the magic of musical theatre in venues ranging from the stunning Cataract Gorge to the cozy confines of a hotel bar.

One of the highlights of this year's festival is the presentation of not one, but three musicals. Audiences will have the opportunity to experience It's Only Life, starring Broadway luminary John Bucchino, as well as Marry Me a Little, a compilation of material cut from Stephen Sondheim's greatest shows. Additionally, there's a total transformation of Nine The Musical set to grace the stage of the beautiful Princess Theatre.

Artistic Director Tyran Parke expressed joy in presenting this year's program, emphasising the festival's commitment to celebrating, cultivating, and educating audiences about the art form of musical theatre. Launceston serves as the perfect backdrop, blending Tasmanian culture with both traditional and contemporary musical theatre in unexpected and inspiring ways.

The festival boasts a diverse lineup of performances and events, including offerings from renowned artists such as Queenie van de Zandt and Natalie Gamsu. Audience participation takes center stage with Queenie van de Zandt's interactive performance at the Cataract Gorge, where the fate of the show lies in the hands of those in attendance.

Local talent is also showcased throughout the festival, with events like Choir in the Pub featuring stars from productions like Les Misérables, alongside emerging voices and stars of tomorrow.

Beyond the performances, attendees can indulge in the best of Tasmanian hospitality with events like Food Glorious Food at the Harvest Markets, which combines music and local produce, and the Foyer Door Concert, where emerging voices fill the Princess Theatre foyer with melodious tunes.

The Australian Musical Theatre Festival is more than just a gathering of musical theatre enthusiasts. It's an unparalleled opportunity for creatives, industry professionals, and fans alike to come together, share their love for the genre, and celebrate its enduring magic. As the festival enters its fifth year, it continues to captivate audiences with its unique blend of talent, creativity, and Tasmanian charm.

For details: www.amtf.org.au

The Australian Musical Theatre Festival is supported by the Tasmanian Government through Events Tasmania, the City of Launceston, Theatre North and many local businesses.