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Leaving Jackson - The Johnny Cash & June Carter Show

Take a step back in time to when country music told a true story of life, love and heartache. From the famous Walk The Line and Folsom Prison Blues to the iconic Ring of Fire. For more than 40 years Johnny Cash and June Carter enthralled audiences around the world with their songs of life, love and heartache. A love story played out through some of the greatest songs ever written. Now JEFF CARTER together with BROOKE McMULLEN bring to life a captivating and unforgettable musical concert. These two talented performers share a very special onstage rapport, perfectly recreating the dynamic Johnny and June shared. This 2 hour live concert event “LEAVING JACKSON” The Johnny Cash & June Carter show will have you singing, laughing and crying for more.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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The Alphabet of Awesome Science

Join professors Lexi Con and Noel Edge (the Word Nerd and the Science Freak) for a thrilling voyage through the alphabet – where great big chewy sesquipedalian words inspire mind-blowing scientific surprises. Professor Lexi Con has curated a curious collection of her favourite words, each word providing Professor Noel Edge with an inspirational jumping off point for 26 quirky scientific demonstrations – that squish and squirt, float and fly, erupt and explode. Together, this dad-joke quipping, prank-pulling pair of polished professors strut their stuff in a performance that’s equal parts explosive, messy, spectacular, hilarious, fascinating and gross. The plucky pair of professors have just 52 minutes to complete their alphabetical, scientifical countdown. That’s just 2 minutes per experiment! Will they make it in time...?

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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TWIST & SHOUT - A Salute To Rock n Roll

Let’s go back to where it all began! Rock & roll fans, this is the show that you all have been waiting for! All the number one hits of the rock & roll legends of the 50s and 60s. Hit after massive hit the magical sounds come alive again with internationally-renowned vocal trio The Williams Brothers. Supported by their own multi-award winning band The Shy Guys this show is a non-stop journey through the greatest songs of rock & roll history. The multi-award winning Williams Brothers recapture these magical hit songs with harmony that only brothers can produce together with a special celebration to the of that era. Rock & roll fans this is a show not to be missed!

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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The Beatles 50 Years On

Come and relive all the Beatles’ classic hits in one sensational two hour concert experience presented by the world’s premier Beatles tribute band, the sensational Beatle Boys. Hear every classic Beatles song that ever made it to number 1 and relive the magic and unique sound that made the Beatles the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band the word has ever known. Audiences will be encouraged to help recreate the atmosphere of that original ’64 tour; to scream, shout and jump about. Well, maybe parents might leave that to their children and grandchildren. Whatever they decide, it is going to be huge fun and an experience to savour all over again.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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The Wiggles - Superhero Tour!

Calling all superheroes… The Wiggles are flying onto stage at The Wedge with their brand-new action-packed Superhero Tour! The world’s most popular children’s entertainment band, The Wiggles are travelling across regional Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia to perform for you! Anthony, Tsehay, Lachy and Simon are super excited to once again sing, dance and play music for their fans, and will be bringing along their Wiggly friends too! Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus, Shirley Shawn the Unicorn are coming along for the fun PLUS special appearances by Caterina Wiggle and John Wiggle from the Fruit Salad TV Wiggles series! The Wiggles Superhero Tour will feature all your favourite Wiggles songs such as Do the Propeller, Hot Potato and Rock-a- Bye Your Bear, as well as new and catchy tunes such as Dippy Do Dinosaur Dance! It’s time to sing and dance to your favourite Wiggles tunes both old and new! The Wiggles Superhero Tour! Please note: Children under 12months that are not occupying a seat can enter for free.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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I Love Paris - Promac Presents

Australia’s fastest rising and award winning Concert pianist, William Schmidt and International soprano, Alison Jones transport you to Paris, France in a show brimming with famous music inspired by the most magical city in the world. From Chopin to Gershwin, the Eiffel Tower to the the Moulin Rouge, compere Christopher McKenna will guide you through a romantic, dramatic and fun musical vacation to the City of love. Don’t miss this new show from Promac Productions Australia. 

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Bach By Candlelight 2022

In the drawing room of the magnificent Kilmany Park Mansion, illuminated only by a circle of candles, Chris Howlett performs Bach’s most famous Cello suites in an intimate and evocative recital. Bach by Candlelight is a performance that verges on the sublime. The minimalism and simplicity of candlelight and flickering shadows enhances Howlett’s performance of arguably the most famous solo cello works ever written. Throughout the journey Chris shares insight into the history of Bach, his suites and the challenges of performing them, making the concert accessible to both novice and the classical music lover. Chris is delighted to be able to return to this program and offer this uniquely intimate experience in 2022.

Location Kilmany Park Estate

subvenue Kilmany Park Estate

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The John Gibson Band

The John Gibson Band is known for its interpretation of a wide selection of songs and grooves from the 70s, 80s and broadly either side of those times. With Cara Schaefer and Jill McCubbin on vocals, Doc Carr bass, David Harrington drums, Rob Fabre guitar and John Gibson piano and keys, this band obviously enjoys what it does, and the joy is infectious. From jazz to rock, folk to pop and smooth to edgy, there are not too many genres that escape their groove. Cara Schaefer, leading vocalist, is engaging, entertaining and energetic. Cara comes with a strong vocal background in songs that everyone knows, delivered with professional eloquence. Her presence on stage is unmistakable.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Circling Time Kutcha Edwards

From the wings of a darkened stage drifts the evocative, slightly haunting sound of clap sticks. A stoically paced figure slowly emerges singing in his traditional language. This mesmerising introduction heralds a performance by renowned Aboriginal singer/songwriter and proud Mutti Mutti, Yorta Yorta and Nari Nari man, Kutcha Edwards. The show is arranged in sequences exploring Kutcha’s life through the themes of Country, Birth, Youth, Politics, Love, Culture, Healing and Hope. Each theme is bathed in individualised colours and enhanced by stunning projections that amplify the poignancy of Kutcha’s original songs and stories.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Strap yourself in Australia! The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is hitting the highways to home-deliver the freshest and funniest from the 2022 Festival to neighbourhoods across the nation. For 24 years the Roadshow has presented an all killer, no filler line-up of Australian stars and talented newcomers to comedy fans far and wide. Buckle up for a night of stand-up, sketch, satire, silliness, and song in this rip-roaring road trip designed to satisfy all your post-pandemic comedy cravings! Book now for that much-needed live comedy fix when we roll into The Wedge!

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Kitty Flanagan LIVE

You’ve seen her on Fisk, Utopia and Have You Been Paying Attention? She wrote a best selling book called 488 Rules for Life. But now, after a year at home drinking hand sanitiser & tonic, Kitty Flanagan is finally back on stage doing what (she thinks) she does best; solving the world’s problems. All of them. Get involved!

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Jane Eyre

Brontë’s gothic tale of a spirited orphan in search of love, family, and a sense of belonging, blazes the country in 2022. Witness one of the most iconic pieces of English literature retold in a fierce original new stage adaptation from the nationally renowned shake & stir theatre co. Following a childhood spent suffering at the hands of her cruel Aunt, Jane finds employment at Thornfield Hall – the impressive yet mysterious home of Edward Rochester. As Jane and Rochester become inexplicably drawn to each other, the dark secrets locked within the walls of Thornfield start to unravel forcing Jane on a heart-wrenching journey toward truth and freedom. This stunning new production, featuring original music, written by multi–ARIA Award winner Sarah McLeod, will set a fire blazing in your soul.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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World of Musicals

The Music Gala with an International cast brings London’s West End and New York’s Broadway return to Australia with a brand-new show. The World of Musicals brings the very best of Musical theatre to life. This incredible production with the wonderful revue of all your favorite musical theatre hits which include such classics as, The Lion King, Fiddler on the roof , Mamma Mia, We Will Rock You, The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, The Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, Cats, Evita, Wicked, The Rocky Horror Picture show, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Greatest Showman, Jersey Boys, Oklahoma, South Pacific , Miss Saigon, The Boy from OZ, Hairspray, Les Misérables, The Blues Brothers. The World of Musicals is colourful, inspiring and memorable musical classics, all performed by an International star-studded cast, presenting the audience with nightly entertainment at the highest level.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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The Sapphires

The Sapphires is a multiple award-winning play written by Tony Briggs and Wesley Enoch. Four young Aboriginal women from regional Australia, who like singing country music, suddenly get the chance to change their tune and their lives. Wearing sequins and armed only with microphones they find themselves trying to spread joy in the hell that is the Vietnam War. The Sapphires is a funny, heart-warming tale inspired by the true story of four Yorta Yorta Women, who sing classic soul hits against the backdrop of personal change and massive social upheaval. It is an energetic, fun and engaging play that affirms life and the realisation of dreams.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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BABBA - The Ultimate ABBA Show

Welcome to the wonderful musical illusion that is BABBA! For 28 years, BABBA have been thrilling audiences with their superb re-creation of 70s super group ABBA and the legacy of hits they gave us. With glitz and glamour served up with Swedish accents and enough musical memories to fill you to overflowing, BABBA will take you on a journey through time to when satin was King and Dancing Queens ruled. Benny, Bjorn, Agnetha and Frida can be yours once again and all you have to do is believe. This enticing mix of sights and sounds allows the authenticity of the music to flow through the audience as the unmistakable harmonies of the girls sits comfortably alongside the driving rhythm section and classic Bjorn guitar riffs that we all love so much. BABBA is the ultimate fun time; no matter how old or how young you may be, the show, just like the music, is timeless. Audiences know when they have seen the best and been a part of something very special and they just want more; that is why BABBA audiences keep coming back, time after time after time.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Gippsland Symphony Orchestra - Mendelssohn

Felix Mendelssohn rightly takes his place in the pantheon of Classical Music greats; a virtuosic instrumentalist and composer is clearly one of the most important German composers of all time. His music faultlessly combines the expressive elements of Romantic music with the clarity of Classical music. He was responsible for the re-emergence of interest in the music of J.S. Bach, a legacy beyond comprehension to musicians around the world. Imagine a world without Bach? Mendelssohn was a prolific composer and during his short life he composed significant works in all styles, particularly his Symphonies and Overtures. He wrote two Oratorios Elijah and St Paul and many songs and a collection of String Symphonies. His compositions are perfectly reflecting the artistic attitude of his time, clarity, balance, and discipline. Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Opus 21Mendelssohn adored the writing of Shakespeare and the Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream was written when he was 17 years old. He orchestrated and this demonstrated the precocious talent he had. The overture perfectly captures the works of faires, Oberon, Tatiana, and the myriad of characters that Shakespeare created. Symphony No. 4 in A Major, op. 90 (“Italian”)He toured extensively and on a visit to Italy he went to Rome, Naples, Venice and Florence and this trip had an impression on him. He spoke with great enthusiasm about his trip and took inspiration and stimulation from his time in Italy. In a letter he wrote to his sister he spoke effusively of the Symphony No 4 as the “happiest piece I have ever written”. He dubbed this symphony the Italian and on its premiere performance received great acclaim and is considered by many as being the ’perfect’ symphony. Ironically, it was in 1851 that it was published for the first time, some four years after his death. String SymphoniesMendelssohn wrote thirteen string symphonies between 1821 and 1823 (age 12 to 14) The symphonies are mirrors to the masterworks of Haydn, J.C. Bach, C.P.E Bach and Mozart. These symphonies are mature beyond the young years of the composer and point to the brilliance of his later symphonic works, in these work he experimented with three, four and five movement forms and No 10 and 13 are in one continuous movement. A form he adopted for the famous Violin Concerto.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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A Boy Called Sailboat | Grigorian Brothers

Acclaimed guitarists Slava & Leonard Grigoryan have expanded their creative output by crafting and recording the soundtrack to the award-winning movie A Boy Called Sailboat. Come along and watch them play the soundtrack live with the movie on the big screen Sailboat brings love and hope to a family who have forged a simple but proud life in the drought-ridden Deep South. This heart-warming movie, written and developed by Melbourne-based creative team Cameron Nugent and Andrew Curry was filmed in New Mexico and stars Academy Award® winning actor J.K.Simmons, Noel G, Elizabeth De Razzo, Jake Busey, Lew Temple and Julian Atocani Sanchez in the title role.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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The Australian Bee Gees Show

Fresh from celebrating 9 years and over 2800 shows headlining on the Las Vegas strip, the Australian Bee Gees Show will be heading Down Under for the Australian leg of their 25th anniversary tour! This new show will be presented in two parts and feature all of the hits in a nostalgic trip down memory lane in a multimedia concert event. The Australian Bee Gees Show is currently performing at The Excalibur Hotel and Casino and has been in residence for the past 9 years and have just signed a new 5-year contract that will keep the ABGShow headlining in Las Vegas until 2024. The group has racked up over 2800 performances on the Las Vegas Strip and was recently voted Best Tribute Show in Las Vegas by the prestigious Las Vegas Review Journal and has made the top 10 in the ‘Overall Best Show’ category, an amazing achievement in Las Vegas. The Australian Bee Gees show was also the first Australian band to perform 1000 shows headlining on the Famous Las Vegas Strip and with 2800 shows already under their belt in Vegas alone they are looking forward to continued success in Sin City. After 25 years on the world stage and over 8,000 performances in over 60 countries, The Australian Bee Gees Show has evolved to become the definitive live celebration of the wonderful music written by the Brothers Gibb. From their first shows in 1995, The Australian Bee Gees Show has conquered Las Vegas and has played to capacity houses around the world, cementing their reputation as an exceptional live concert act and the world’s leading Bee Gees Show. For one night only be a part of the magic that is, The Australian Bee Gees Show.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Taste of Tamworth

Four Multi- Award-Winning acts coming together for one big concert only happens once a year and that’s with the Taste of Tamworth! With Carter & Carter, Jetty Road, Andrew Smith and Anthony Taylor, this is sure to be a great line up. Each act brings their own unique form of music and personality to the stage and then team up for a fun filled finale. This show has a respected reputation for providing a high-quality taste of Australia’s largest festival Tamworth – a taste that keeps people coming back for more. Come along and be part of the Tamworth experience as the artists launch into a string of their National #1 hits and some well-known favourites.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Margaret Fulton The Musical

A musical biography of a true Aussie legend based on her bestselling autobiography. Margaret Fulton reigned supreme on our country's cooking scene, awareded an OAM in 1983 and later identified as a National Living Treasure. The Margaret Fulton Cookbook encouraged Australian housewives to experiment with more interesting ingredients, straying from the old tradition of meat and three veg. This delightful musical romp follows her journey from humble beginnings to super-stardom.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Heart and Music

Join International musical theatre stars Simon Gleeson and Natalie O’Donnell as they come together to perform the classic songs from Rodgers and Hammerstein through to The Greatest Showman with some Billy Joel thrown in for good measure. Helpmann Award winner, Simon Gleeson, best known for his acclaimed portrayal of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, is a leading man with credits that span the main stages of Australia and London’s West End. Natalie O’Donnell most recently delighted audiences as Donna in Mamma Mia! for which she received a Helpmann Award nomination. She has carved out an extensive career in London and Australia, on stage and screen. Heart and Music offers an intimate performance of song and storytelling, which celebrates the music that has shaped both their careers and lives together.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Patrick Roberts - The Fragile Tour

Mesmerising audiences far and wide with his emotional and evocative performance style, Patrick Roberts is an ARIA chart-topping violinist who has been performing globally for over 30 years. Patrick has transformed some of the much-loved classics into contemporary masterpieces. Be transported to another world with his special versions of songs such as ‘Besame Mucho’, ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’, ‘Always on my Mind’, ‘Fields of Gold’, ‘La Vie En Rose’ and many more. Patrick has performed around the world and has featured his own headline shows throughout mainland China, Japan, USA, Australia and Europe. This year marks a very special year as he has just launched his brand new album ‘Fragile’ which features the legendary Sting and Tommy Emmanuel CGP. Featuring a collection of the world’s most beloved songs it mirrors the incredible journey of the human spirit. The album debuted at number one on the ARIA Classical/Crossover charts on its first week and is now the most popular Classical/Crossover album worldwide.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Vivaldi's Four Seasons

Vivaldi would be totally astonished by the fame of his Four Seasons today. The Four Seasons is not just well-known: it’s one of the most exciting, colourful and innovative works from the Baroque era. Each concerto is accompanied by a sonnet, and the hallmarks of each Italian season, from birdsong in spring to pesky flies in summer, are imagined in amazingly vivid musical form. This concert also includes a concerto by Corelli and the world premiere of celebrated Victoria composer Calvin Bowman's Daylesford Music, commissioned by residents of Daylesford.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Cara Schaefer in All That Jazz

Cara Schaefer, star of Strictly Ballroom, provides a selection of her finest jazz and contemporary pieces with John Gibson. Cara provides a burst of energy with evocative contemporary and Jazz standards.  Set your toes tapping and a smile on your face as Cara performs with John Gibson and friends in a special afternoon event.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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The Barber of Seville

Beyond haircuts and beard trims, this canny barber is the city’s matchmaking maestro! The stage is set for comic chaos. The Barber of Seville pops with lyrical acrobatics and irrepressibly funny characters. Rossini’s most famous ‘opera buffa’ is a musical masterpiece with a storyline that would be equally at home in a Hollywood rom-com. Opera Australia’s finest voices and a live orchestra deliver a score that is instantly familiar from movies, cartoons and commercials. Delight in a riotous romp along the road to true love! This is opera at its light-hearted, effervescent best. A must-see if you love: Downton Abbey, Sliding Doors, clever disguises gone wrong and a case of mistaken identities.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

Ray Lawler’s much-loved tale stretches from the cane fields to the metropolis in a burst of passion, bittersweet romance and yearning for lost youth. A humorous and poignant play, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll is the iconic story of two cane cutters who for 16 years have worked in the brutal sugar cane fields of Queensland. Each summer they return to Melbourne to meet up for five months of partying and romance with their barmaid girlfriends, but the seventeenth summer will prove challenging for them all. A triumph at its 1955 Melbourne premiere and highly successful West End season, this 2020 production of the Australian classic Summer of the Seventeenth Doll directed by award winning Denny Lawrence celebrates the 65th Anniversary of this iconic play.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Bunkasaurus

A jaunty new adventure from the DIY masters of puppetry and theatrical wizardry, rip open your imagination and meet a cast of slapdash puppets, bizarre characters and riveting illusions! In Bunkasaurus, two clowns are continually distracted from the serious work at hand, and use a blend of puppetry and silent comedy to create an entertaining theatrical universe, steeped in imagination and creativity. A live performance mashup blending both imagery and narrative forms from the modern world, Bunkasaurus is ideal for families seeking an inspiring show with raucous and eye-popping results! Award winners at Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringes, Bunk Puppets have travelled the globe and built an international reputation with their absurdist visual stories.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Eurosong: Ice Ice Baby

The Sale Theatre Company presents Eurosong – Ice Ice Baby! Come along and celebrate all that is wrong, and gloriously right with Eurovision. It will be even better than the real thing! Join Iceland’s first family of fun as we present the best of Eurosong complete with big hair, outrageous costumes and live audience voting. Grab your flags, represent your favourite European country and cheer on our contestants, almost live from Reykjavík! When the final song has been sung, you vote on who takes home Eurosong 2022!

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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A Day At The Opera - Promac Presents

What could be better than escaping our everyday lives to bathe in the melodic splendours of opera’s greatest moments? Madame Butterfly sings of Fine Days....Carmen sings of seductive nights, and Musetta sings of flirtatious flights of afternoon delights. Opera’s best bits are performed by one of Australia’s best loved divas, Antoinette Halloran. Her raconteur extraordinaire is Patrick Lawrence. This pair will perform highlights from the operatic world...and maybe even stray into the luscious musical theatre song book occasionally! Come along and see why an aria a day, keeps the doldrums away.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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The Eagles Story - Australia’s Premier Eagles Experience

For more than 10 years, The Eagles Story has taken audiences around Australia on a journey to relive the amazing music of The Eagles. Through their scintillating harmonies that recreate to perfection the vocal arrangements created by the band, to the purity of the musicianship The Eagles Story takes this tribute to a new level, rarely seen. The respect for the original band by members Pete McCarthy, Gary Young, Paul Gales, Norm McNaughton & Steve Wells are the driving force that continues to ensure that each in their own right ‘Take it to the Limit’. Come relive this legendary treasure once more! Hotel California, Take it to the Limit, Witchy Woman, Lyin’ Eyes, New Kid in Town… two big sets of Eagles hits! Recommended for: Eagles Fans and those that love Classic American Rock

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Sale City Band - In Concert

Celebrating its milestone 150th anniversary and featuring a variety of music with local artists from traditional brass band pieces to swing, rock n’ roll and everything in between, join us for the Sale City Band in Concert.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Absolutely 80's Made in Australia Concert

Without doubt, the 80s was the most memorable and massive decade of music. The Absolutely 80s ‘Made in Australia Tour’ is the ultimate celebration of Aussie 80s mega hits. It’s a show-stopping spectacle of epic proportions. Coming to you direct from the 80s, idols of the Oz music scene are touring with their band in one massive Down Under show! Featuring some of Australia’s favourite 80s pop icons: Uncanny X Men’s Brian Mannix, Kids in the Kitchen’s Scott Carne and Hey Hey It’s Saturday’s Wilbur Wilde. It’s a high-octane two-hour show with Australia’s biggest 80s hits, sung by the 80s stars who know how to hold the crowd in awe and whip up ‘em up into a dancing, singalong frenzy.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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The Piano Men - The Songs of Elton John & Billy Joel

Superband presents a tribute to two of the greatest piano men of all time—Billy Joel and Elton John. Jason Dean and his star-studded Superband will take you on a musical journey from the early years through both of these incredible singer/songwriters’ greatest hits! Our of this world production and a full seven-piece live showband, Superband Presents — The Piano Men is a celebration of the greatest songs of all time! Uptown Girl, Only the Good Die Young, Piano Man, My Life, New York State of Mind, I’m Still Standing, Bennie and the Jets, Rocket Man, Tiny Dancer and many, many more! Do not miss the opportunity to experience the songs of the two best piano men in the one show!

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Gippsland Symphony Orchestra - Enigma

Enigma Variations – Edward Elgar “Something might be made of it’ and with these immortal words one of the most admired and acclaimed piece of music began. Edward Elgar, whilst playing the piano one night after a day of teaching stumbled upon the thematic idea of his most famous piece the Enigma Variations. He started to play the theme in variations saying to his wife Alice, Powell (Variation II) would do this, or Nevison (Variation XII)would do it like this. Elgar himself describe it as being ‘commenced in a spirit of humour and continued deep seriousness’ and he proceeded to compose fourteen variations of the theme all dedicated to his friends and of course Alice, his wife. Much has been made about the Enigma but Elgar wrote “The enigma I will not explain—its ‘dark saying’ must be left unguessed, and I warn you that the apparent connection between the Variations and the Theme is often of the slightest texture; further, through and over the whole set another and larger theme ‘goes,’ but is not played—so the principal Theme never appears. . . .” Many have pondered what the Enigma is however, what isn’t in dispute is that the Enigma Variations is a classical music masterpiece. English Folk Song Suite – Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958) Vaughan Williams, like Elgar was a profoundly proud British composer. He was born and grew up in the Gloucestershire where he had an idyllic childhood. He is a famous military band composer and his English Folk Song Suite, which he composed in 1923 has become a cornerstone of the military band repertoire. The suite was originally commissioned by the Royal Military School of Music and was titled Folk Song Suite, he added the ‘English’ dedication after he had orchestrated it for full orchestra. The suite is a collection of folk songs from Norfolk and Somerset including Seventeen Come Sunday, Pretty Caroline, Green Bushes, Blow Away the Morning Dew to name a few. The form is March, Intermezzo and March and it originally had a fourth movement which the composer removed from the suite and published that as a separate work. A Fugal Overture – Gustav Holst (1874 – 1934) Holst shares some traits with Ralph Vaughan Williams, both born in Gloucestershire, and both shared a love of English folk music. Holst was a composer, trombonist, arranger, and teacher. His best-known orchestral piece is The Plants Suite however he composed over a wide range of genres and styles. His initial influence come from the works of Wagner and Strauss however once the revival in interest of English folksongs he developed his style of composition. He was a teacher, in the words of his colleague Vaughan Williams, a great one and built a strong music ethos at Morley College. His Fugal Overture is an expansive exploration of the Fugal form. The piece begins with a repetitive rhythmic motif which gives way to the main theme in the cello and basses. From the outset this is a riotous journey for all members of the orchestra. A wide ride that pleases on all fronts.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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BLUE: The Songs of Joni Mitchell

Australian cabaret chanteuse and musical theatre star, Queenie van de Zandt, renowned for her artful storytelling and raw, emotive vocals, brings to you the songs, stories and art of the musical legend that is Joni Mitchell. BLUE: The Songs of Joni Mitchell, explores her love of all things Joni. Using voiceovers and intimate storytelling, Queenie takes us on a sonic journey through Joni’s life, losses and loves, affectionately reinterpreting her melancholy music, and intimately revealing the stories behind some of her most haunting songs such as A Case of You, Both Sides Now and Little Green. BLUE has been touring to sold-out houses and rave reviews across Australia and in the US since 2017, a great show not to be missed!

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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The Little Mermaid

The Victorian State Ballet brings their magical ballet The Little Mermaid to Sale! This new work in the company’s repertoire follows the narrative of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic færy tale. This widely-known and much-loved story represented an opportunity to bring to life an underwater world inhabited by myriad sea folk and lively characters. The story unfolds in another world where a mermaid dreams of a life beyond the sea. She bears witness to shipwreck and comes to the aid of a drowning sailor. Having saved his life and returned him to the shore, her curiosity is awakened. She seeks to join her sailor on shore and discover human ways. Featuring internationally-recognised artists and magnificent costumes, The Little Mermaid endeavours to immerse the audience in an exhilarating visual feast.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Rewind 80's Mixtape Tour

It's on like Donkey Kong!With their retro hits, cherry lips and high kicks, Rewind 80's take the stage performing tunes from one of music's most iconic eras - the sensational eighties!The multi-piece live band pays homage to the rock, pop and new romantic artists that had you screaming in front of a television set as you watched MTV as a kid.This is a show not to be missed with its high fashion 80's glamour, head flicks and synthesizers.If you want to put the 80's in a nutshell - it would be the big hair, excess fashion, incredible music, walkman and the mixtape just to name a few.It was the love letter of the 80's, it was the mixtape!Get your tickets for a ripper night...

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Christmas Concert

Featuring the best local talent with a selection of Christmas traditional music to get you in the Christmas spirit.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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David Hobson & Colin Lane — In Tails

David Hobson and Colin Lane have been friends for 25 years. From vastly different backgrounds, they have observed one another’s worlds and always thought, “Gee, wouldn’t it be nice to have a go at what that other guy does?” So here’s their chance to see whether the grass is a little greener. It’s a unique and hilarious experiment that promises to enthral and entertain. “In Tails” launched in 2016/17 with a selection of shows at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Festival of Voices, Albury Entertainment Centre, Spiegeltent Hobart and Capital Theatre Bendigo to a resounding applause. Colin Lane, Comedian/Professional Show Off is best known as the Lano from Lano and Woodley. David Hobson, tenor & composer, is one of Australia’s best-known award-winning Opera performers.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Leaving Jackson - The Johnny Cash & June Carter Show

Take a step back in time to when country music told a true story of life, love and heartache. From the famous Walk The Line and Folsom Prison Blues to the iconic Ring of Fire. For more than 40 years Johnny Cash and June Carter enthralled audiences around the world with their songs of life, love and heartache. A love story played out through some of the greatest songs ever written. Now JEFF CARTER together with BROOKE McMULLEN bring to life a captivating and unforgettable musical concert. These two talented performers share a very special onstage rapport, perfectly recreating the dynamic Johnny and June shared. This 2 hour live concert event “LEAVING JACKSON” The Johnny Cash & June Carter show will have you singing, laughing and crying for more.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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The Alphabet of Awesome Science

Join professors Lexi Con and Noel Edge (the Word Nerd and the Science Freak) for a thrilling voyage through the alphabet – where great big chewy sesquipedalian words inspire mind-blowing scientific surprises. Professor Lexi Con has curated a curious collection of her favourite words, each word providing Professor Noel Edge with an inspirational jumping off point for 26 quirky scientific demonstrations – that squish and squirt, float and fly, erupt and explode. Together, this dad-joke quipping, prank-pulling pair of polished professors strut their stuff in a performance that’s equal parts explosive, messy, spectacular, hilarious, fascinating and gross. The plucky pair of professors have just 52 minutes to complete their alphabetical, scientifical countdown. That’s just 2 minutes per experiment! Will they make it in time...?

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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TWIST & SHOUT - A Salute To Rock n Roll

Let’s go back to where it all began! Rock & roll fans, this is the show that you all have been waiting for! All the number one hits of the rock & roll legends of the 50s and 60s. Hit after massive hit the magical sounds come alive again with internationally-renowned vocal trio The Williams Brothers. Supported by their own multi-award winning band The Shy Guys this show is a non-stop journey through the greatest songs of rock & roll history. The multi-award winning Williams Brothers recapture these magical hit songs with harmony that only brothers can produce together with a special celebration to the of that era. Rock & roll fans this is a show not to be missed!

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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The Beatles 50 Years On

Come and relive all the Beatles’ classic hits in one sensational two hour concert experience presented by the world’s premier Beatles tribute band, the sensational Beatle Boys. Hear every classic Beatles song that ever made it to number 1 and relive the magic and unique sound that made the Beatles the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band the word has ever known. Audiences will be encouraged to help recreate the atmosphere of that original ’64 tour; to scream, shout and jump about. Well, maybe parents might leave that to their children and grandchildren. Whatever they decide, it is going to be huge fun and an experience to savour all over again.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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The Wiggles - Superhero Tour!

Calling all superheroes… The Wiggles are flying onto stage at The Wedge with their brand-new action-packed Superhero Tour! The world’s most popular children’s entertainment band, The Wiggles are travelling across regional Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia to perform for you! Anthony, Tsehay, Lachy and Simon are super excited to once again sing, dance and play music for their fans, and will be bringing along their Wiggly friends too! Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus, Shirley Shawn the Unicorn are coming along for the fun PLUS special appearances by Caterina Wiggle and John Wiggle from the Fruit Salad TV Wiggles series! The Wiggles Superhero Tour will feature all your favourite Wiggles songs such as Do the Propeller, Hot Potato and Rock-a- Bye Your Bear, as well as new and catchy tunes such as Dippy Do Dinosaur Dance! It’s time to sing and dance to your favourite Wiggles tunes both old and new! The Wiggles Superhero Tour! Please note: Children under 12months that are not occupying a seat can enter for free.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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I Love Paris - Promac Presents

Australia’s fastest rising and award winning Concert pianist, William Schmidt and International soprano, Alison Jones transport you to Paris, France in a show brimming with famous music inspired by the most magical city in the world. From Chopin to Gershwin, the Eiffel Tower to the the Moulin Rouge, compere Christopher McKenna will guide you through a romantic, dramatic and fun musical vacation to the City of love. Don’t miss this new show from Promac Productions Australia. 

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Bach By Candlelight 2022

In the drawing room of the magnificent Kilmany Park Mansion, illuminated only by a circle of candles, Chris Howlett performs Bach’s most famous Cello suites in an intimate and evocative recital. Bach by Candlelight is a performance that verges on the sublime. The minimalism and simplicity of candlelight and flickering shadows enhances Howlett’s performance of arguably the most famous solo cello works ever written. Throughout the journey Chris shares insight into the history of Bach, his suites and the challenges of performing them, making the concert accessible to both novice and the classical music lover. Chris is delighted to be able to return to this program and offer this uniquely intimate experience in 2022.

Location Kilmany Park Estate

subvenue Kilmany Park Estate

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The John Gibson Band

The John Gibson Band is known for its interpretation of a wide selection of songs and grooves from the 70s, 80s and broadly either side of those times. With Cara Schaefer and Jill McCubbin on vocals, Doc Carr bass, David Harrington drums, Rob Fabre guitar and John Gibson piano and keys, this band obviously enjoys what it does, and the joy is infectious. From jazz to rock, folk to pop and smooth to edgy, there are not too many genres that escape their groove. Cara Schaefer, leading vocalist, is engaging, entertaining and energetic. Cara comes with a strong vocal background in songs that everyone knows, delivered with professional eloquence. Her presence on stage is unmistakable.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Circling Time Kutcha Edwards

From the wings of a darkened stage drifts the evocative, slightly haunting sound of clap sticks. A stoically paced figure slowly emerges singing in his traditional language. This mesmerising introduction heralds a performance by renowned Aboriginal singer/songwriter and proud Mutti Mutti, Yorta Yorta and Nari Nari man, Kutcha Edwards. The show is arranged in sequences exploring Kutcha’s life through the themes of Country, Birth, Youth, Politics, Love, Culture, Healing and Hope. Each theme is bathed in individualised colours and enhanced by stunning projections that amplify the poignancy of Kutcha’s original songs and stories.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Strap yourself in Australia! The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is hitting the highways to home-deliver the freshest and funniest from the 2022 Festival to neighbourhoods across the nation. For 24 years the Roadshow has presented an all killer, no filler line-up of Australian stars and talented newcomers to comedy fans far and wide. Buckle up for a night of stand-up, sketch, satire, silliness, and song in this rip-roaring road trip designed to satisfy all your post-pandemic comedy cravings! Book now for that much-needed live comedy fix when we roll into The Wedge!

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Kitty Flanagan LIVE

You’ve seen her on Fisk, Utopia and Have You Been Paying Attention? She wrote a best selling book called 488 Rules for Life. But now, after a year at home drinking hand sanitiser & tonic, Kitty Flanagan is finally back on stage doing what (she thinks) she does best; solving the world’s problems. All of them. Get involved!

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Jane Eyre

Brontë’s gothic tale of a spirited orphan in search of love, family, and a sense of belonging, blazes the country in 2022. Witness one of the most iconic pieces of English literature retold in a fierce original new stage adaptation from the nationally renowned shake & stir theatre co. Following a childhood spent suffering at the hands of her cruel Aunt, Jane finds employment at Thornfield Hall – the impressive yet mysterious home of Edward Rochester. As Jane and Rochester become inexplicably drawn to each other, the dark secrets locked within the walls of Thornfield start to unravel forcing Jane on a heart-wrenching journey toward truth and freedom. This stunning new production, featuring original music, written by multi–ARIA Award winner Sarah McLeod, will set a fire blazing in your soul.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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World of Musicals

The Music Gala with an International cast brings London’s West End and New York’s Broadway return to Australia with a brand-new show. The World of Musicals brings the very best of Musical theatre to life. This incredible production with the wonderful revue of all your favorite musical theatre hits which include such classics as, The Lion King, Fiddler on the roof , Mamma Mia, We Will Rock You, The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, The Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, Cats, Evita, Wicked, The Rocky Horror Picture show, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Greatest Showman, Jersey Boys, Oklahoma, South Pacific , Miss Saigon, The Boy from OZ, Hairspray, Les Misérables, The Blues Brothers. The World of Musicals is colourful, inspiring and memorable musical classics, all performed by an International star-studded cast, presenting the audience with nightly entertainment at the highest level.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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The Sapphires

The Sapphires is a multiple award-winning play written by Tony Briggs and Wesley Enoch. Four young Aboriginal women from regional Australia, who like singing country music, suddenly get the chance to change their tune and their lives. Wearing sequins and armed only with microphones they find themselves trying to spread joy in the hell that is the Vietnam War. The Sapphires is a funny, heart-warming tale inspired by the true story of four Yorta Yorta Women, who sing classic soul hits against the backdrop of personal change and massive social upheaval. It is an energetic, fun and engaging play that affirms life and the realisation of dreams.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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BABBA - The Ultimate ABBA Show

Welcome to the wonderful musical illusion that is BABBA! For 28 years, BABBA have been thrilling audiences with their superb re-creation of 70s super group ABBA and the legacy of hits they gave us. With glitz and glamour served up with Swedish accents and enough musical memories to fill you to overflowing, BABBA will take you on a journey through time to when satin was King and Dancing Queens ruled. Benny, Bjorn, Agnetha and Frida can be yours once again and all you have to do is believe. This enticing mix of sights and sounds allows the authenticity of the music to flow through the audience as the unmistakable harmonies of the girls sits comfortably alongside the driving rhythm section and classic Bjorn guitar riffs that we all love so much. BABBA is the ultimate fun time; no matter how old or how young you may be, the show, just like the music, is timeless. Audiences know when they have seen the best and been a part of something very special and they just want more; that is why BABBA audiences keep coming back, time after time after time.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Gippsland Symphony Orchestra - Mendelssohn

Felix Mendelssohn rightly takes his place in the pantheon of Classical Music greats; a virtuosic instrumentalist and composer is clearly one of the most important German composers of all time. His music faultlessly combines the expressive elements of Romantic music with the clarity of Classical music. He was responsible for the re-emergence of interest in the music of J.S. Bach, a legacy beyond comprehension to musicians around the world. Imagine a world without Bach? Mendelssohn was a prolific composer and during his short life he composed significant works in all styles, particularly his Symphonies and Overtures. He wrote two Oratorios Elijah and St Paul and many songs and a collection of String Symphonies. His compositions are perfectly reflecting the artistic attitude of his time, clarity, balance, and discipline. Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Opus 21Mendelssohn adored the writing of Shakespeare and the Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream was written when he was 17 years old. He orchestrated and this demonstrated the precocious talent he had. The overture perfectly captures the works of faires, Oberon, Tatiana, and the myriad of characters that Shakespeare created. Symphony No. 4 in A Major, op. 90 (“Italian”)He toured extensively and on a visit to Italy he went to Rome, Naples, Venice and Florence and this trip had an impression on him. He spoke with great enthusiasm about his trip and took inspiration and stimulation from his time in Italy. In a letter he wrote to his sister he spoke effusively of the Symphony No 4 as the “happiest piece I have ever written”. He dubbed this symphony the Italian and on its premiere performance received great acclaim and is considered by many as being the ’perfect’ symphony. Ironically, it was in 1851 that it was published for the first time, some four years after his death. String SymphoniesMendelssohn wrote thirteen string symphonies between 1821 and 1823 (age 12 to 14) The symphonies are mirrors to the masterworks of Haydn, J.C. Bach, C.P.E Bach and Mozart. These symphonies are mature beyond the young years of the composer and point to the brilliance of his later symphonic works, in these work he experimented with three, four and five movement forms and No 10 and 13 are in one continuous movement. A form he adopted for the famous Violin Concerto.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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A Boy Called Sailboat | Grigorian Brothers

Acclaimed guitarists Slava & Leonard Grigoryan have expanded their creative output by crafting and recording the soundtrack to the award-winning movie A Boy Called Sailboat. Come along and watch them play the soundtrack live with the movie on the big screen Sailboat brings love and hope to a family who have forged a simple but proud life in the drought-ridden Deep South. This heart-warming movie, written and developed by Melbourne-based creative team Cameron Nugent and Andrew Curry was filmed in New Mexico and stars Academy Award® winning actor J.K.Simmons, Noel G, Elizabeth De Razzo, Jake Busey, Lew Temple and Julian Atocani Sanchez in the title role.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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The Australian Bee Gees Show

Fresh from celebrating 9 years and over 2800 shows headlining on the Las Vegas strip, the Australian Bee Gees Show will be heading Down Under for the Australian leg of their 25th anniversary tour! This new show will be presented in two parts and feature all of the hits in a nostalgic trip down memory lane in a multimedia concert event. The Australian Bee Gees Show is currently performing at The Excalibur Hotel and Casino and has been in residence for the past 9 years and have just signed a new 5-year contract that will keep the ABGShow headlining in Las Vegas until 2024. The group has racked up over 2800 performances on the Las Vegas Strip and was recently voted Best Tribute Show in Las Vegas by the prestigious Las Vegas Review Journal and has made the top 10 in the ‘Overall Best Show’ category, an amazing achievement in Las Vegas. The Australian Bee Gees show was also the first Australian band to perform 1000 shows headlining on the Famous Las Vegas Strip and with 2800 shows already under their belt in Vegas alone they are looking forward to continued success in Sin City. After 25 years on the world stage and over 8,000 performances in over 60 countries, The Australian Bee Gees Show has evolved to become the definitive live celebration of the wonderful music written by the Brothers Gibb. From their first shows in 1995, The Australian Bee Gees Show has conquered Las Vegas and has played to capacity houses around the world, cementing their reputation as an exceptional live concert act and the world’s leading Bee Gees Show. For one night only be a part of the magic that is, The Australian Bee Gees Show.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Taste of Tamworth

Four Multi- Award-Winning acts coming together for one big concert only happens once a year and that’s with the Taste of Tamworth! With Carter & Carter, Jetty Road, Andrew Smith and Anthony Taylor, this is sure to be a great line up. Each act brings their own unique form of music and personality to the stage and then team up for a fun filled finale. This show has a respected reputation for providing a high-quality taste of Australia’s largest festival Tamworth – a taste that keeps people coming back for more. Come along and be part of the Tamworth experience as the artists launch into a string of their National #1 hits and some well-known favourites.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Margaret Fulton The Musical

A musical biography of a true Aussie legend based on her bestselling autobiography. Margaret Fulton reigned supreme on our country's cooking scene, awareded an OAM in 1983 and later identified as a National Living Treasure. The Margaret Fulton Cookbook encouraged Australian housewives to experiment with more interesting ingredients, straying from the old tradition of meat and three veg. This delightful musical romp follows her journey from humble beginnings to super-stardom.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Heart and Music

Join International musical theatre stars Simon Gleeson and Natalie O’Donnell as they come together to perform the classic songs from Rodgers and Hammerstein through to The Greatest Showman with some Billy Joel thrown in for good measure. Helpmann Award winner, Simon Gleeson, best known for his acclaimed portrayal of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, is a leading man with credits that span the main stages of Australia and London’s West End. Natalie O’Donnell most recently delighted audiences as Donna in Mamma Mia! for which she received a Helpmann Award nomination. She has carved out an extensive career in London and Australia, on stage and screen. Heart and Music offers an intimate performance of song and storytelling, which celebrates the music that has shaped both their careers and lives together.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Patrick Roberts - The Fragile Tour

Mesmerising audiences far and wide with his emotional and evocative performance style, Patrick Roberts is an ARIA chart-topping violinist who has been performing globally for over 30 years. Patrick has transformed some of the much-loved classics into contemporary masterpieces. Be transported to another world with his special versions of songs such as ‘Besame Mucho’, ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’, ‘Always on my Mind’, ‘Fields of Gold’, ‘La Vie En Rose’ and many more. Patrick has performed around the world and has featured his own headline shows throughout mainland China, Japan, USA, Australia and Europe. This year marks a very special year as he has just launched his brand new album ‘Fragile’ which features the legendary Sting and Tommy Emmanuel CGP. Featuring a collection of the world’s most beloved songs it mirrors the incredible journey of the human spirit. The album debuted at number one on the ARIA Classical/Crossover charts on its first week and is now the most popular Classical/Crossover album worldwide.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Vivaldi's Four Seasons

Vivaldi would be totally astonished by the fame of his Four Seasons today. The Four Seasons is not just well-known: it’s one of the most exciting, colourful and innovative works from the Baroque era. Each concerto is accompanied by a sonnet, and the hallmarks of each Italian season, from birdsong in spring to pesky flies in summer, are imagined in amazingly vivid musical form. This concert also includes a concerto by Corelli and the world premiere of celebrated Victoria composer Calvin Bowman's Daylesford Music, commissioned by residents of Daylesford.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Cara Schaefer in All That Jazz

Cara Schaefer, star of Strictly Ballroom, provides a selection of her finest jazz and contemporary pieces with John Gibson. Cara provides a burst of energy with evocative contemporary and Jazz standards.  Set your toes tapping and a smile on your face as Cara performs with John Gibson and friends in a special afternoon event.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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The Barber of Seville

Beyond haircuts and beard trims, this canny barber is the city’s matchmaking maestro! The stage is set for comic chaos. The Barber of Seville pops with lyrical acrobatics and irrepressibly funny characters. Rossini’s most famous ‘opera buffa’ is a musical masterpiece with a storyline that would be equally at home in a Hollywood rom-com. Opera Australia’s finest voices and a live orchestra deliver a score that is instantly familiar from movies, cartoons and commercials. Delight in a riotous romp along the road to true love! This is opera at its light-hearted, effervescent best. A must-see if you love: Downton Abbey, Sliding Doors, clever disguises gone wrong and a case of mistaken identities.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

Ray Lawler’s much-loved tale stretches from the cane fields to the metropolis in a burst of passion, bittersweet romance and yearning for lost youth. A humorous and poignant play, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll is the iconic story of two cane cutters who for 16 years have worked in the brutal sugar cane fields of Queensland. Each summer they return to Melbourne to meet up for five months of partying and romance with their barmaid girlfriends, but the seventeenth summer will prove challenging for them all. A triumph at its 1955 Melbourne premiere and highly successful West End season, this 2020 production of the Australian classic Summer of the Seventeenth Doll directed by award winning Denny Lawrence celebrates the 65th Anniversary of this iconic play.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Bunkasaurus

A jaunty new adventure from the DIY masters of puppetry and theatrical wizardry, rip open your imagination and meet a cast of slapdash puppets, bizarre characters and riveting illusions! In Bunkasaurus, two clowns are continually distracted from the serious work at hand, and use a blend of puppetry and silent comedy to create an entertaining theatrical universe, steeped in imagination and creativity. A live performance mashup blending both imagery and narrative forms from the modern world, Bunkasaurus is ideal for families seeking an inspiring show with raucous and eye-popping results! Award winners at Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringes, Bunk Puppets have travelled the globe and built an international reputation with their absurdist visual stories.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Eurosong: Ice Ice Baby

The Sale Theatre Company presents Eurosong – Ice Ice Baby! Come along and celebrate all that is wrong, and gloriously right with Eurovision. It will be even better than the real thing! Join Iceland’s first family of fun as we present the best of Eurosong complete with big hair, outrageous costumes and live audience voting. Grab your flags, represent your favourite European country and cheer on our contestants, almost live from Reykjavík! When the final song has been sung, you vote on who takes home Eurosong 2022!

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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A Day At The Opera - Promac Presents

What could be better than escaping our everyday lives to bathe in the melodic splendours of opera’s greatest moments? Madame Butterfly sings of Fine Days....Carmen sings of seductive nights, and Musetta sings of flirtatious flights of afternoon delights. Opera’s best bits are performed by one of Australia’s best loved divas, Antoinette Halloran. Her raconteur extraordinaire is Patrick Lawrence. This pair will perform highlights from the operatic world...and maybe even stray into the luscious musical theatre song book occasionally! Come along and see why an aria a day, keeps the doldrums away.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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The Eagles Story - Australia’s Premier Eagles Experience

For more than 10 years, The Eagles Story has taken audiences around Australia on a journey to relive the amazing music of The Eagles. Through their scintillating harmonies that recreate to perfection the vocal arrangements created by the band, to the purity of the musicianship The Eagles Story takes this tribute to a new level, rarely seen. The respect for the original band by members Pete McCarthy, Gary Young, Paul Gales, Norm McNaughton & Steve Wells are the driving force that continues to ensure that each in their own right ‘Take it to the Limit’. Come relive this legendary treasure once more! Hotel California, Take it to the Limit, Witchy Woman, Lyin’ Eyes, New Kid in Town… two big sets of Eagles hits! Recommended for: Eagles Fans and those that love Classic American Rock

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Sale City Band - In Concert

Celebrating its milestone 150th anniversary and featuring a variety of music with local artists from traditional brass band pieces to swing, rock n’ roll and everything in between, join us for the Sale City Band in Concert.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Absolutely 80's Made in Australia Concert

Without doubt, the 80s was the most memorable and massive decade of music. The Absolutely 80s ‘Made in Australia Tour’ is the ultimate celebration of Aussie 80s mega hits. It’s a show-stopping spectacle of epic proportions. Coming to you direct from the 80s, idols of the Oz music scene are touring with their band in one massive Down Under show! Featuring some of Australia’s favourite 80s pop icons: Uncanny X Men’s Brian Mannix, Kids in the Kitchen’s Scott Carne and Hey Hey It’s Saturday’s Wilbur Wilde. It’s a high-octane two-hour show with Australia’s biggest 80s hits, sung by the 80s stars who know how to hold the crowd in awe and whip up ‘em up into a dancing, singalong frenzy.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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The Piano Men - The Songs of Elton John & Billy Joel

Superband presents a tribute to two of the greatest piano men of all time—Billy Joel and Elton John. Jason Dean and his star-studded Superband will take you on a musical journey from the early years through both of these incredible singer/songwriters’ greatest hits! Our of this world production and a full seven-piece live showband, Superband Presents — The Piano Men is a celebration of the greatest songs of all time! Uptown Girl, Only the Good Die Young, Piano Man, My Life, New York State of Mind, I’m Still Standing, Bennie and the Jets, Rocket Man, Tiny Dancer and many, many more! Do not miss the opportunity to experience the songs of the two best piano men in the one show!

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Gippsland Symphony Orchestra - Enigma

Enigma Variations – Edward Elgar “Something might be made of it’ and with these immortal words one of the most admired and acclaimed piece of music began. Edward Elgar, whilst playing the piano one night after a day of teaching stumbled upon the thematic idea of his most famous piece the Enigma Variations. He started to play the theme in variations saying to his wife Alice, Powell (Variation II) would do this, or Nevison (Variation XII)would do it like this. Elgar himself describe it as being ‘commenced in a spirit of humour and continued deep seriousness’ and he proceeded to compose fourteen variations of the theme all dedicated to his friends and of course Alice, his wife. Much has been made about the Enigma but Elgar wrote “The enigma I will not explain—its ‘dark saying’ must be left unguessed, and I warn you that the apparent connection between the Variations and the Theme is often of the slightest texture; further, through and over the whole set another and larger theme ‘goes,’ but is not played—so the principal Theme never appears. . . .” Many have pondered what the Enigma is however, what isn’t in dispute is that the Enigma Variations is a classical music masterpiece. English Folk Song Suite – Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958) Vaughan Williams, like Elgar was a profoundly proud British composer. He was born and grew up in the Gloucestershire where he had an idyllic childhood. He is a famous military band composer and his English Folk Song Suite, which he composed in 1923 has become a cornerstone of the military band repertoire. The suite was originally commissioned by the Royal Military School of Music and was titled Folk Song Suite, he added the ‘English’ dedication after he had orchestrated it for full orchestra. The suite is a collection of folk songs from Norfolk and Somerset including Seventeen Come Sunday, Pretty Caroline, Green Bushes, Blow Away the Morning Dew to name a few. The form is March, Intermezzo and March and it originally had a fourth movement which the composer removed from the suite and published that as a separate work. A Fugal Overture – Gustav Holst (1874 – 1934) Holst shares some traits with Ralph Vaughan Williams, both born in Gloucestershire, and both shared a love of English folk music. Holst was a composer, trombonist, arranger, and teacher. His best-known orchestral piece is The Plants Suite however he composed over a wide range of genres and styles. His initial influence come from the works of Wagner and Strauss however once the revival in interest of English folksongs he developed his style of composition. He was a teacher, in the words of his colleague Vaughan Williams, a great one and built a strong music ethos at Morley College. His Fugal Overture is an expansive exploration of the Fugal form. The piece begins with a repetitive rhythmic motif which gives way to the main theme in the cello and basses. From the outset this is a riotous journey for all members of the orchestra. A wide ride that pleases on all fronts.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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BLUE: The Songs of Joni Mitchell

Australian cabaret chanteuse and musical theatre star, Queenie van de Zandt, renowned for her artful storytelling and raw, emotive vocals, brings to you the songs, stories and art of the musical legend that is Joni Mitchell. BLUE: The Songs of Joni Mitchell, explores her love of all things Joni. Using voiceovers and intimate storytelling, Queenie takes us on a sonic journey through Joni’s life, losses and loves, affectionately reinterpreting her melancholy music, and intimately revealing the stories behind some of her most haunting songs such as A Case of You, Both Sides Now and Little Green. BLUE has been touring to sold-out houses and rave reviews across Australia and in the US since 2017, a great show not to be missed!

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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The Little Mermaid

The Victorian State Ballet brings their magical ballet The Little Mermaid to Sale! This new work in the company’s repertoire follows the narrative of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic færy tale. This widely-known and much-loved story represented an opportunity to bring to life an underwater world inhabited by myriad sea folk and lively characters. The story unfolds in another world where a mermaid dreams of a life beyond the sea. She bears witness to shipwreck and comes to the aid of a drowning sailor. Having saved his life and returned him to the shore, her curiosity is awakened. She seeks to join her sailor on shore and discover human ways. Featuring internationally-recognised artists and magnificent costumes, The Little Mermaid endeavours to immerse the audience in an exhilarating visual feast.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Rewind 80's Mixtape Tour

It's on like Donkey Kong!With their retro hits, cherry lips and high kicks, Rewind 80's take the stage performing tunes from one of music's most iconic eras - the sensational eighties!The multi-piece live band pays homage to the rock, pop and new romantic artists that had you screaming in front of a television set as you watched MTV as a kid.This is a show not to be missed with its high fashion 80's glamour, head flicks and synthesizers.If you want to put the 80's in a nutshell - it would be the big hair, excess fashion, incredible music, walkman and the mixtape just to name a few.It was the love letter of the 80's, it was the mixtape!Get your tickets for a ripper night...

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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Christmas Concert

Featuring the best local talent with a selection of Christmas traditional music to get you in the Christmas spirit.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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David Hobson & Colin Lane — In Tails

David Hobson and Colin Lane have been friends for 25 years. From vastly different backgrounds, they have observed one another’s worlds and always thought, “Gee, wouldn’t it be nice to have a go at what that other guy does?” So here’s their chance to see whether the grass is a little greener. It’s a unique and hilarious experiment that promises to enthral and entertain. “In Tails” launched in 2016/17 with a selection of shows at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Festival of Voices, Albury Entertainment Centre, Spiegeltent Hobart and Capital Theatre Bendigo to a resounding applause. Colin Lane, Comedian/Professional Show Off is best known as the Lano from Lano and Woodley. David Hobson, tenor & composer, is one of Australia’s best-known award-winning Opera performers.

Location The Wedge Performing Arts Centre

subvenue John Leslie Theatre

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