Cessnock Performing Arts Centre's 2017 program is shaping up to be bigger than ever, with 16 shows already announced.
Acclaimed production Lennon: Through a Glass Onion will kick off the season on January 20.
Starring John Waters and Stewart D’Arrietta, the show celebrates the life and music of John Lennon.
The pair founded the show in Sydney in 1992, and have since taken it everywhere from London’s West End to the Edinburgh Festival, to Off-Broadway in New York City.
Feel-good tribute show Boys in the Band will return to CPAC on February 11, playing the greatest songs from the boy bands of the 20th century.
Australian Idol winner Damien Leith will perform on March 25, a rescheduled concert after his November show was postponed due to the bushfires.
The World of Musicals – a fiesta of Broadway and West End favourites – will arrive in Cessnock on April 3, fresh from a European tour.
Two fantastic tribute shows will appear at CPAC in May – Go Your Own Way: The Story Of Christine McVie (May 11) and The Australian Bee Gees Show: The Saturday Night Fever 40th Anniversary tour (May 19).
The ever-popular Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow tour will once again bring the laughs to CPAC on June 8.
Coranderrk, an intriguing story from Australia’s indigenous history, will be shown at CPAC on June 22.
It is a re-creation of the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry of 1881, when Coranderrk Aboriginal Reserve went head-to-heard with the Aboriginal Protection Board.
Following on from the much-loved Erth's Dinosaur Zoo, the interactive theatre experience at Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium will come to CPAC on July 1.
Also during the winter school holidays, David Walliams’ award-winning children’s book Mr Stink will come to life on stage on July 12.
Bakersfield Mist, a comedy-drama starring beloved Australian actors John Wood and Julie Nihill, will be shown on July 25.
The world-renowned troupe Cirque Africa will bring mind-blowing acrobatics, comedy and music to Cessnock on August 17.
Peter Quilter’s Glorious – which inspired this year’s film Florence Foster Jenkins, will appear at CPAC on August 30. It tells the hilarious true story of Florence F. Jenkins; the worst singer in the world!
The spring school holidays will bring another great children’s show to town, with Room on the Broom to appear on October 3.
Fans of classical music are in for a treat on October 19, when award-winning bass baritone singer Teddy Tahu-Rhodes and internationally acclaimed flautist Jane Rutter will perform at CPAC.
An hysterically funny mix of verse, song and dance, The Popular Mechanicals will come to town on October 26.
Shakespeare’s greatest clowns – the rude mechanicals from A Midsummer Night’s Dream – take centre-stage in this wild re-imagining of what might have happened off-stage during the Bard’s most loved comedy.
For more information, visit cessnockperformingartscentre.com.au.
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