Shows: Look who’s com­ing to din­ner................................

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAYCONTENTS - with Kate Peters

GUESS who’s com­ing to din­ner? Gold Coast Area The­atre Awards pa­tron, Tony-Award nom­i­nee Tony Shel­don ( Priscilla Queen of the Desert – The Mu­si­cal), will at­tend the awards in per­son this year. Shel­don is cur­rently star­ring in the smash hit Dirty Rot­ten Scoundrels in Syd­ney. The show will fin­ish its run on De­cem­ber 8, which al­lows Shel­don to travel to the Coast to at­tend the huge, sold-out awards pre­sen­ta­tion night din­ner at The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast on De­cem­ber 10. Shel­don will then re­turn to Broad­way to take up per­form­ing of­fers. His many fans on the Gold Coast will have a chance to catch up with him up close and per­sonal.

YOURS Truly was stranded at He­lensvale Sta­tion in storms on Mon­day night try­ing to get to Bris­bane for the launch of Har­vest Rain’s 2014 sea­son. This very new, to­tally pro­fes­sional Bris­bane com­pany will stage three ter­rific shows next year, giv­ing lo­cals the chance to work with some of the best in the busi­ness. Ian Sten­lake and An­gela Hard­ing, Daryl Somers, Wayne Scott Ker­mond and Liz Buchanan will star in the Tony award-win­ning mu­si­cal Guys & Dolls at the Con­cert Hall, at QPAC, from March 20. Ma­rina Prior and a fully pro­fes­sional en­sem­ble of 30 will be backed by hun­dreds of Bris­bane the­atre ac­tors and in­terns as The Kit­tens in An­drew Lloyd Web­ber’s Cats – a spec­tac­u­lar arena-style pro­duc­tion in the round at the Bris­bane Con­ven­tion Cen­tre from July 4. Jon English (as King Arthur), Si­mon Gallaher (Patsy) and Julie An­thony (the Lady of the Lake) will star in Monty Python’s Spa­malot – never be­fore pro­fes­sion­ally staged in Bris­bane – at QPAC’s Con­cert Hall from Oc­to­ber 2. Au­di­ences have been wait­ing for English and Gallaher to re-unite ever since they joined mu­si­cal com­edy forces on stage to open the brand-new QPAC in 1985 in Pi­rates of Pen­zance. Tick­ets for the Har­vest Rain sea­son are on sale now via QPAC.

GOLD Coast Lit­tle The­atre opened its farce Don’t Just Lie There, Say Some­thing last weekend – another in the long line of suc­cesses di­rected by Dorothy Hen­der­son. I couldn’t be there (I’m still tread­ing the boards at Phoenix, in Been­leigh, in the cast of The Full Monty), but my sub re­ports that on a night of fu­ri­ous storms, the front of house staff were ex­tremely wel­com­ing, hand­ing out pash­mi­nas due to the hor­ri­ble weather out­side. The set was fan­tas­tic and the buzz was that this is what the Gold Coast the­atre au­di­ences want; light-hearted hu­mour. For any lovers of farce, this show lives up to Hen­der­son’s stan­dards.

OPEN­ING this weekend is Al­bert Nobbs (re­port, Page 7). The fi­nal pro­duc­tion for Javeen­bah The­atre’s 2013 play­bill, it caps off an in­cred­i­ble year of sold-out shows. It fol­lows the story of poor Al­bert Nobbs, who dis­cov­ers re­tire­ment is not all it’s cracked up to be. In­stead of re­lax­ing and tak­ing things easy, he finds him­self bored and nagged sense­less by his wife, Con­nie. Her ghost re­turns fol­low­ing her death to try to sort out his life and set him up with her best friend. Call 5596 0300 or visit javeen­ to book.

IT’S a big week for The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast, with the win­ning model for the new Cul­tural Precinct to be re­vealed to­day. The cen­tre is also tak­ing book­ings for its New Year’s event eve – For­bid­den De­lights, fea­tur­ing dancers, aerial artistry, magic and cham­pagne. Call 5588 4000 to book.

GOLD Coast Lit­tle The­atre has an­nounced the cast for An­drew Trump’s Jan­uary pro­duc­tion of Agatha Christie’s The Un­ex­pected Guest – Trump’s swan­song be­fore he re­lo­cates to Syd­ney. The cast in­cludes Jimmy Oden­breit, Ce­cile Camp­bell and Martin Jen­nings.

QPAC will host a lim­ited sea­son of another Agatha Christie play, A Mur­der Is An­nounced, in The Play­house from De­cem­ber 27. Star­ring Judi Farr as Miss Marple, the top cast in­cludes Car­men Dun­can and Robert Grubb. Visit or call 136 246 to book.

YOU have to sym­pa­thise with the cast of The Phan­tom Of The Opera, whose mati­nee last Sun­day was stopped when a mas­sive storm cut power. The cast, who wanted to give their au­di­ence the best ex­pe­ri­ence pos­si­ble, con­tin­ued the show with a record­ing of the mu­sic and an ‘‘in con­cert’’ fi­nale. A great ex­am­ple of ‘‘the show must go on . . .’’ A sell­out-suc­cess for all con­cerned, the sea­son ends on Satur­day night.

Tony Shel­don


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