5 Northern Fringe Shows for Broadway Lovers

Luke Kennedy in Jesus Christ Superstar
Luke Kennedy will return to his hometown Townsville to take on the role of Jesus on Jesus Christ Superstar for the seventh time IMAGE: Supplied

Do you want to be pop-u-u-lar? Do you have chills – that are multiplying? Then the Northern Fringe Festival has the events for you! Whether you’re a fan of classic Broadway or contemporary re-imaginings, the Northern Fringe Festival will give thespians their fix!

Heathers the Musical: 26 June – 6 July
One of the cult classics, Heathers follows Veronica Sawyer through high school life as she becomes entangled in the cool clique, falls in love, experiences a death or two, and swears a lot. Leave the kids at home: this candy store is strictly for those 15 and above.

Catch Heathers at the Choral Society Hall from 26 June – 6 July with tickets here.

I Can’t Stand Lorraine: 5-13 July
North Queensland Opera and Music Theatre teamed up with writer/ director Brent Lammas to stage this cabaret inspired by the 2019 Townsville floods – featuring hits from Broadway such as Cabaret and top 40 hits such as Day Drunk and Single Ladies, you’ll be wishing Lorraine never leaves.

Catch I Can’t Stand Lorraine at the NQOMT Hall, Gill Park from 5-13 July with tickets here.


Jesus Christ Superstar: 16-20 July
One of the first smash hits for Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, Superstar will welcome export Luke Kennedy back to Townsville reprising the role of Jesus. The show will be staged at the Townsville Entertainment Centre for the first time, transforming the show into an arena spectacular.

Jesus Christ Superstar will rise at the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre from 16-20 July, with tickets here.

The 39 Steps: 24-27 July
Opening on Broadway in 2007, The 39 Steps became the ‘longest-running Broadway play in seven years’ before transferring off Broadway in 2010. Featuring a cast of just five actors (including three very physical clowns), the show is non-stop from start to finish.

Catch The 39 Steps at Pimlico performing Arts Centre from 24-27 July with tickets here.

Jessie Devine and Matthew Palmer in Townsville Little Theatre’s The 39 Steps. PHOTOGRAPHY: Gary Harvey

Imago: 27 July
Deborah O’Toole is a seasoned performer: having released an album of her own, performed in the 10th anniversary production of Les Mis, been part of an ABBA tribute band, and more recently appeared as Dragon in Townsville Choral Society’s Shrek the Musical. Join Deborah for her one-woman show, performing well-known songs that have defined her own life and career.

Catch Deborah O’Toole’s Imago in the May Wirth Tent on 27 July, with tickets here.

Something wicked this way comes! For a full program of Northern Fringe events, click here.

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