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Have you heard the news? Disney’s Frozen, the hit Broadway musical, is heading to Sydney's Capitol Theatre in 2020 and we've put together a surefire guide to make your trip as seamless and action-packed as possible.
Forget what you’ve heard about Sydney, because right now it is THE travel destination if you want to make the most out of your holiday break.
Iconic landmarks? Check. Gorgeous beaches? Check. Worldclass food and drink options? Check. Thriving arts and culture scene? Check. And that’s just scraping the surface.
Sydney might not be the capital of Australia, but it is undoubtedly our most vibrant travel destination. Heading into 2020, things are set to get even more exciting for the Emerald City.
If you’ve been going back and forth about locking in your next trip to Sydney, we know exactly what will get you over the line – Frozen The Musical is making its Australian debut at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre.
You probably don’t need much background info here, but Frozen The Musical is based on the 2013 film of the same name that brought us the inescapable singalong hit ‘Let It Go’ – which reached the top five on the Billboard 100 Chart and won both the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2015 and the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media in 2015 – along with ‘Do You Want to Build a Snowman?’ and ‘In Summer’ – we know the songs are already stuck in your head.
The film scored itself a hefty stack of awards and nominations right across awards season, and the gorgeous soundtrack – brought to life by the vocals of Broadway stars Idina Menzel (Rent, Wicked), Josh Gadd (Book of Mormon, Beauty and the Beast) and Jonathon Groff (Hamilton, Spring Awakening) – makes it perfect for a Broadway production.
The best bit? Alongside the songs you already know, Frozen The Musical features a dozen new songs created exclusively for the stage, and alongside sensational special effects, stunning sets and costumes, and powerhouse performances, Frozen is a truly unforgettable theatrical experience
In short, why not? The historic theatre, located in Sydney’s central business district of Haymarket, began as a market space in 1892 selling produce and hay (it’s all in the name right?). In the early 20th century, the space was converted into a ‘hippodrome’ – a theatre or stadium for circuses and other popular events. First used by the Wirth Bros. Circus before being remodelled as a picture theatre in the late ’20s, with the official opening night of ‘The Capitol’ on the 7th of April 1928.
The design was a unique concept of the time called an ‘atmospheric theatre’. If you can take your eyes away from the onstage action for even a brief moment, take a look at the roof. That beautiful starry sky effect is part of that design and was originally meant to make you feel like you were watching a film in an elegant outdoor garden. Of the five atmospheric theatres built in Australia during this time, the Capitol Theatre is the last one standing. While the original atmospheric elements were removed in the ’70s, in the early ’90s The Capitol was restored to its former breathtaking glory.
The first musical performed at The Capitol was Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar in 1972. Since then, it has held performances of world-class productions including Miss Saigon, Kinky Boots, Fame, Guys and Dolls, Hair, and Priscilla as well as concerts from superstars including Bruce Springsteen, Kylie Minogue, Diana Ross, Iron Maiden, and more.
Throughout Sydney, there are accommodation options to suit every budget. From five-star hotels on Sydney Harbour to hostels and beachside hotels, spa retreats and resorts, apartments and cottages, or even camp on a harbour island – in Sydney, you can shape your holiday whichever way you want. That also includes where you stay – whether you want to be in the centre of the action, or head out to the north, south, east, or west, you can be certain that you’ll be close to amazing attractions, picturesque beaches, and fun outdoor adventures. Explore your options here.
From beautiful beaches to historical sites, delicious restaurants, to world-class museums, Sydney is jam-packed with activities and adventures to suit every lifestyle.
If great food sits at the top of your travel itinerary, you’re in luck because Sydneysiders take their food very seriously. From the beautiful, natural produce found at Quay, to the incredible harbour views of Aria, the laidback modern Cantonese of Mr Wong, 1930s decadence of French beauty Hubert, or the tasty morsels you’ll chow down on at Chin Chin. Complete your international tasting plate with Greek food at Apollo or Spanish at Bodega. The choice is almost overwhelming.
Culture vultures are sure to get their fill too. Take in the collections at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (who will have exhibitions from one of Australia’s most celebrated artists Brett Whiteley, award-winning visual artist Khaled Sabsabi, and 100 incredible works from celebrated French artist Henri Matisse in 2020) and The Museum of Contemporary Art. Those are just the big names, Sydney’s gallery scene is thriving. Sydney’s public art scene is just as strong – take a stroll around the city, through the likes of Haymarket, Surry Hills and Redfern, to see pieces by some incredible Australian artists.
Take a ferry from Circular Quay across Sydney Harbour to some of the city’s top attractions, such as Luna Park and Taronga Zoo. In the city centre, there’s the Sydney Tower Eye’s outdoor Skywalk, or head to Darling Harbour for SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium.
If you’re more of an outdoors-type, Sydney has some spectacular walks and hikes, from harbourside and coastal to those in national parks. For a hot tip – start at either Woolloomooloo or Barangaroo, and head along the beautiful harbour foreshore. Sydney is truly spoilt for green spaces – from the Sydney Harbour National Park to Wendy Whiteley’s secret garden in Lavender Bay.
From secret beaches to nature parks, galleries galore, delicious food, and top-notch shopping – we can guarantee your time spent in Sydney won’t be dull. Head here to explore what else Sydney has to offer.
Frozen The Musical will land at Capitol Theatre, Sydney from December 2020. Tickets via Ticketmaster.com.au.
**In partnership with Destination NSW**