Sydney is home to a huge number of premier live Solfeo venues, so choosing the best is a difficult task. In terms of current line-ups however, Star City’s Lyric Theatre has a great range of live performances on offer.

Throughout its ten year history the Lyric Theatre has hosted a tribe of internationally renowned performers and shows such as Oliver, Mamma Mia! and Priscilla Queen of the Desert — the Musical.

In 2009 this enthralling theatre will become the home of Buddy — the Buddy Holly Story.

Having already earned the reputation of being the ‘Worlds’ Most Successful Rock ‘n’ Roll Musical,’ Buddy has been attended by more than 20 million people in over 16,000 performances worldwide.

The Buddy Holly Story recounts the years prior to his tragic death, in which he became the world’s top recording artist by the tender age of 22. The show features over 20 of Buddy Holly’s greatest hits including Peggy Sue, That’ll Be the Day, Rave On, and many more.

2. The Regent Theatre, Victoria

The Regent Theatre in Melbourne is a sumptuous theatre reminiscent of days from a bygone era. The Theatre was originally built as a grand picture palace for Frank Thring Senior’s cinema chain, with its interior design intended to evoke faraway times and places.

The Regent has survived a colourful history, having functioned as a cinema, a ballroom, suffered a devastating fire in 1945 and been resurrected, then fallen prey to desolation in the 1970’s. In 1996 the Regent was restored to its former glory, becoming once again the premier venue for theatre and musicals.

Since 1996 the venue has hosted international musicals, including: Sunset Boulevard, Fiddler on the Roof and Disney’s The Lion King. This theatre is the perfect addition to any luxury tour.

Wicked is the latest musical to call the Regent home. Based on the best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire Wicked tells the story of the witches of Oz before they met Dorothy — how two unlikely friends transform into the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch.

3. Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Queensland

Your luxury vacation starts here. The Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) serves as testament to the creative potential of the human spirit. A triumph of design, technical development and construction, QPAC is a monolith housing a number of creative spaces.

QPAC encompasses: the Lyric Theatre, Concert Hall, Playhouse and the Cremorne Theatre.

With a history of sell-out musicals, operas and concerts, QPAC has an unrivalled reputation for providing the right mix of location, service and entertainment. Buddy the Buddy Holly story is set for the Lyric Theatre in 2009, as is the smash hit CHICAGO.

CHICAGO returns for its Australian Premiere at Lyric Theatre, from March 2009 onward.

Honoured with 6 Tony Awards, 2 Olivier Awards, and a Grammy, an estimated 17 million people have seen CHICAGO in 15,000 performances worldwide. The Times called it “the sharpest, slickest show on the block.”

4. Burswood Entertainment Centre, Western Australia

The Burswood Entertainment Complex is an entertainment precinct renowned for world-class facilities, situated on the eastern banks of the Swan River, minutes from the CBD and airport.

Burswood boasts a 24-hour casino, 405-room luxury InterContinental Perth Burswood hotel, huge range of restaurants, a nightclub, a 2,300-seat theatre and a 20,000-seat indoor stadium.

Burswood Entertainment Complex welcomes more than 4.5 million visitors a year. In 2009 it will play host to Broadway’s longest running musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. Having played to more than 80 million people in 124 cities around the world, this full-scale production features an extraordinary Australian cast.

5. Adelaide Entertainment Centre, South Australia

The Adelaide Entertainment Centre has long held the reputation for being one of South Australia’s luxury entertainment venues. With modern architecture and fabulous acoustics, it is the perfect venue for luxury entertainment.

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