Dress­ing Roomers

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SHOWS - With KATE PETERS

THE Aus­tralian pro­duc­tion of Love Never Dies, the se­quel to Broad­way’s long­est-run­ning mu­si­cal, The Phan­tom of the Opera, moves from Mel­bourne to Syd­ney’s Capi­tol The­atre on Jan­uary 12, 2012. Af­ter de­but­ing on Lon­don’s West End, Love Never Dies un­der­went a re­write be­fore open­ing at Mel­bourne’s Re­gent The­atre on May 21 star­ring Ben Lewis as the Phan­tom and Anna Byrne as Chris­tine. The mu­si­cal will play Syd­ney un­til April 1. Dress­ing Roomers hears the pro­duc­tion will likely head to New York next for a sea­son on Broad­way.

GOLD Coast Lit­tle The­atre will hold au­di­tions for its stag­ing of the con­tro­ver­sial play Daugh­ters of Heaven at its South­port The­atre on Jan­uary 15 from 10am. The show’s sea­son will run from April 14 to May 5, with mati­nees on April 22 and 29. Based on a real-life 1954 mur­der in Christchurch, Daugh­ters of Heaven tells the story of teen girls Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker, who blud­geoned Pauline’s mother, Vic­to­ria Park, to death with a brick in a stock­ing. Call di­rec­tor Pam Sex­ton on 0414 186 226.

BRIS­BANE short play pro­duc­tion com­pany It Plays To Move has ex­tended an in­vi­ta­tion to the­atre lovers to at­tend its weekly short plays, per­formed as Moved Read­ings, in the hope com­pa­nies may be in­spired to in­cor­po­rate the works as cur­tain rais­ers to ma­jor pro­duc­tions in 2012. The com­pany pro­duces and presents Aus­tralian short plays, in­flu­enced by the act­ing philoso­phies of Jerzy Gro­towski and writ­ten by Aus­tralian con­tem­po­rary play­wrights. Some of the works have won awards at events in­clud­ing Short + Sweet – the world’s largest short play fes­ti­val. The com­pany work­shops in Auchen­flower, Bris­bane, on Thurs­days from 2pm to 6pm and 7pm to 10pm. Call Mark Theo­dosiou on 0412 786 549.

MICHAEL Lill knew he wanted to di­rect a pro­duc­tion of Doubt, by John Pa­trick Shanley, from the mo­ment he read the script. And he did. Now, he’s thrilled to be given the

AC­TOR Danny De­vito is set to make his West End de­but in 2012 af­ter land­ing a new the­atre role. Pro­ducer So­nia Fried­man tells Bri­tain’s Daily Mail the Twins star will ap­pear along­side Richard Grif­fiths in Neil Si­mon’s com­edy The Sun­shine Boys, about a re­tired vaude­ville dou­ble act. ‘‘I think these two – Richard and Danny – and the play will be just what we need to give us all a lift,’’ she says. The pro­duc­tion will de­but at an as-yet-undis­closed Lon­don the­atre in April.

Love Never Dies chance to reprise the play in Jan­uary as a co-pro­duc­tion with Javeen­bah The­atre Com­pany. A su­perb drama that ex­plores moral uncer­tainty, Doubt is set in a Catholic school in the Bronx in 1964, where a strong-minded nun wres­tles with con­science and in­de­ci­sion as she is faced with con­cerns about one of her male col­leagues. The play was turned into a fea­ture film star­ring Meryl Streep – need we say more! Lill first staged the show in Mur­willum­bah in May but, due to pop­u­lar de­mand, chose to reprise it. In 2005, Doubt won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Drama Desk Award for Best New Play, re­ceived the Lu­cille Lor­tel Award for Out­stand­ing Play, a Tony Award for Best Play and the New York Drama Crit­ics’ Cir­cle Award for Best Play. Javeen­bah’s sea­son runs from Jan­uary 20 to Fe­bru­ary 4 at its Nerang play­house. Call 5596 0300 to book.

The Aus­tralian pro­duc­tion of moves from Mel­bourne to Syd­ney’s Capi­tol The­atre on Jan­uary 12

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