What a way to earn a living! Dolly Parton’s musical 9 to 5 has arrived in Sydney. Photo / Provided
It’s back to work in Sydney, and New South Wales has plenty to do in serious showbiz business.
After a brief pandemic hiatus, the 24-hour entertainment capital welcomes hard-working comedians and back-to-charcoal musical theater fans. What a way to earn a living!
It’s a perfect backdrop for the launch of the musical Dolly Parton 9 to 5. The show favorite plays at the Capitol Theater until May 8 and is sure to draw packed crowds, so you’ll need to get in fast.
But don’t expect to stop and see a show. A city break in Sydney is no easy task and requires good administration in the food, sleep and tourism departments.
Here’s our working guide to where we’d rather be, on a short break across the gap.
THE FIRST DOORS
Arrive early at one of the city’s favorite breakfast spots for a quick coffee.
The city park is a favorite of CBD office workers who take some time out to savor and digest their cup of coffee in the vintage settings. While you’re there, buy a pastry from Woolloomooloo’s favorite worker (or wife) Flour and stone.
For those with a relaxed European work ethic, Madame and Yves bakery makes some of the best croissants in NSW.
After a morning of honest hard work trampling the cobblestones of The Rocks neighborhood, there are plenty of options to eat.
Sydney’s Kylie Kwong recently opened her up Lucky Kwong restaurant for “down to earth ravioli” on Locomotive St in Eveleigh. Gourmet with a very good value for money on the go. Equally healthy is the pub life kitchen at the Lord Wolseley Hotel in Ultimo. After a four-year hiatus, chef Jovan Curic (aka Meat Jovi) has returned to the Sydney grind with this gourmet burger bar. Vegans are also welcome.
Check in and discover the impressive list of city hotels Sydney has to offer.
The “gloriously decorative” Kimpton Margo Hotel Sydney is the official lodging partner of the Capitol Theater, with packages offered. There is a lot of exciting competition for city hotels that have sprung up over the past couple of years. The elegant Capella Syney was completed earlier this year, if you fancy getting into “executive style” accommodation.
If you’re still buzzing after the musical, Sydney’s world-class bars are open around the clock.
The martinis at Maybe Sami earned them a spot on the World’s 50 Best Bars. Their sister bar, Dean and Nancy on the 22ndis a newer joint with a great view of the city.
If you’re looking to do business, New York cocktail bar Employees only recently opened a branch in Sydney.
TURN ON THE MIDNIGHT LIGHTS
If you can’t make it to Sydney by 9am-5pm for the end of its season, don’t worry – the big events continue to run through the rest of May. the Long live Sydney The festival of lights has finally been greenlit for 2022 with its first lineup of acts in three years. Featured are fellow Kiwis Te Karehana-Toi (aka Teeks) and Auckland musicians Tiny Ruins. Grab a program and check out the acts taking place during the 23-night arts extravaganza, starting at the end of May.
Although there is a lot of music on offer, the festival is all about night street art. From the projections on the sails of the Opera House to the dancing LEDs on the Harbor Bridge, the city is transformed into a giant strobe installation. Take one Lively cruise around Sydney Harbor with FantaSea cruising to fully enjoy the transformed horizon from the water.
Check out tickets and showtimes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Capitol Theater through May 8. 9to5themusical.com.au/