Mu­si­cal is Tony favourite

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY SHOWS -

low-tech mu­si­cal Once, based on the love story of a Czech flower seller and an Ir­ish street mu­si­cian, heads the Tony Award nom­i­na­tions with 11 nods. Two other mu­si­cals – The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess and Nice Work If You Can Get It – each have 10 nom­i­na­tions. Un­like last year’s The Book of Mor­mon, no sin­gle hit dom­i­nates this year’s nom­i­na­tions. Peter and the Star­catcher, a play about the ori­gins of Peter Pan, has nine nom­i­na­tions and the now­closed re­vival of Fol­lies and the new Dis­ney mu­si­cal Newsies have eight nods each. Other Desert Cities, a play by Jon Robin Baitz, has five nom­i­na­tions, in­clud­ing best play. Once, with songs by Mar­keta Ir­glova and Glen Hansard, was orig­i­nally a low-bud­get movie made for about $US150,000 ($A144,000). The film earned $US20 mil­lion, thanks in part to an orig­i­nal score that in­cluded the sub­lime, 2007 Os­car-win­ning song, Fall­ing Slowly. The mu­si­cal cap­tured the film’s spirit and earned Steve Kazee and Cristin Mil­i­oti best ac­tor nom­i­na­tions. The Tony Awards will be broad­cast on CBS in the US on June 10. Neil Pa­trick Har­ris, the star of How I Met Your Mother, will host. Broad­way’s most ex­pen­sive show, the $75 mil­lion Spi­der-man: Turn Off the Dark, has only two nom­i­na­tions, for best scenic de­sign and cos­tume. In the mu­si­cal re­vival cat­e­gory, Fol­lies and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess will com­pete against two An­drew Lloyd Web­ber and Tim Rice works: Je­sus Christ Su­per­star and Evita.

Roomers caught the final per­for­mance of An­nie at QPAC and is pleased to re­port it was de­light­ful. When that fab­u­lous or­ches­tra be­gins, and An­thony War­low and Nan­cye Hayes take the stage, you know you are look­ing at Aussie theatre at its best! It was great to see lo­cal Tahlia Trae­cey in the lineup of or­phans – she did us all proud. Lo­cal singing teacher Kirri Adams must be feel­ing pretty good – she had four of her stu­dents in the show, in­clud­ing young Anita Munro in the role of An­nie.

Theatre Com­pany has cast Jack Har­bour as Nick in its up­com­ing pro­duc­tion of Fame the Mu­si­cal, op­po­site Rachel Love ( Nun­sense) as Ser­ena. Clay English, Tara Jade Ross, Hay­den Bech and Al­li­son Mcken­zie are also among the very strong cast of 32 for the show’s sea­son at Tweed Heads Civic Cen­tre from June 29.

and other items from the Fox Tele­vi­sion se­ries Terra Nova, which was partly filmed on the Coast, will be up for sale on Satur­day from 10am to 4pm at Stage 6, Vil­lage Road­show Stu­dios, Ox­en­ford.

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