Superstars head to Newcastle

by | Sep 27, 2023


Australian musical theatre devotees are in for a spectacular, once-in-a-lifetime magical experience next March!


Australia’s leading lady of musical theatre, Marina Prior, will headline the ultimate cast, including Silvie Paladino, of Les Miserables, Mamma, Mia, Cats and Chess fame, Joshua Robson, fresh from his triumphant portrayal of the title role in Handa Opera’s The Phantom of the Opera on Sydney Harbour, and Australia’s very own Catherine of Aragon and Eliza Hamilton, Chloé Zuel. They will join forces to honour the musical genius of theatre giants Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.


SUPERSTARS will be a stunning two-and-a-half hour musical journey, with hits from the best-loved musicals of the Twentieth Century, including Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Starlight Express, Aida, Chess, Mamma Mia, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Sunset Boulevard, The Phantom of the Opera and many more!


Get ready to be taken on a musical journey which will have you falling in love all over again with songs which are beloved by hundreds of millions all over the world.


Both Lloyd Webber and Rice have the coveted claim to fame of being EGOTs, winners of the world’s four most prestigious music-related awards – the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards.


The four leading lights will shine at the magnificent Civic Theatre in Newcastle for four exclusive performances over one magical weekend. Directed by Erin James, with Musical Direction from ARIA nominee Dan Wilson, this production will be a spectacular, in every sense of the word.


The four leads will be joined by local powerhouses, Katie Blaxland, Tayla Choice, Thomas James, Jon Murphy, Layla Schillert, Amy Vee, Marty Worrall and Theo Williams.


The vocalists will be backed by a 100-voice mass choir and the Hunter Pops Orchestra, conducted by Dan Wilson. The production will feature choreographic work from the highly acclaimed National College of Dance, with pieces specially devised for this performance, under the guidance of choreographer, Lauren Harvey.


Commenting on bringing this lineup to Australian audiences, producer and artistic director of The Very Popular Theatre Company, Daniel Stoddart said: “I couldn’t be more thrilled to be bringing this dream cast together for the most spectacular musical concert event our beautiful city has ever seen. Newcastle deserves the very best that Australia has to offer and SUPERSTARS delivers just that. Get ready for an unforgettable night of music and magic which showcases the next level of locally produced entertainment!”.


Tickets for SUPERSTARS go live via the Civic Theatre on 23 October.


The waitlist is available now at



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