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The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SHOWS - With Kate Peters

GOLDEN Ap­ple The­atri­cal Pro­duc­tion’s next of­fer­ing is a hi­lar­i­ous one-act mu­si­cal called [ti­tle of show], writ­ten by Hunter Bell, with mu­sic and lyrics by Jeff Bowen. It’s a 90-minute mu­si­cal which chron­i­cles its own cre­ation as an en­try in the New York Mu­sic The­atre Fes­ti­val. Two friends, Jeff (Oliver Thom­son) and Hunter (Stephen Hirst) have three weeks to write an orig­i­nal mu­si­cal and with help from their friends Su­san (Anna Sofro­niou) and Heidi (Lisa Marie Gar­gione) they de­cide to write about their ex­pe­ri­ence of writ­ing a show. [ti­tle of show] is also about friend­ship, about tak­ing a risk, killing a few vam­pires and not let­ting go of a dream. Di­rected by Cilla Scott and Adam King and chore­ographed by Paulo Na­tivi­dad, with mu­si­cal di­rec­tion by Matt Den­nett, the show opens in The Base­ment The­atre at Spot­light on De­cem­ber 11 at 7.30pm. Visit spot­lightthe­atre.com.au or call 5539 4255 to book.

THIS col­umn comes to you from Syd­ney where Yours Truly and HRH have been see­ing the Tony Award-win­ning mu­si­cal Dirty Rot­ten Scoundrels. It’s yet another ex­am­ple of the huge high stan­dard Aus­tralian mu­si­cal the­atre per­form­ers achieve. The show is di­rected bril­liantly, the ac­tors are sub­lime, the set is breath­tak­ing and the mu­sic is sen­sa­tional – why aren’t the au­di­ences com­ing? In a won­der­ful cur­tain speech, Broad­way star (and Aussie su­per­star) Tony Shel­don thanked the au­di­ence for ‘‘sup­port­ing Aus­tralian mu­si­cal the­atre’’ and en­cour­aged them to tell their friends to sup­port the show in its fi­nal two weeks – as the ‘‘best kept se­cret in Syd­ney’’. We agree – it de­serves ca­pac­ity au­di­ences. Don’t miss it if you hap­pen to be in

JAVEEN­BAH’S Al­bert Nobbs opened last weekend to a small but ap­pre­cia­tive au­di­ence. Vet­eran ac­tor Joel Be­skin brings his own brand of hu­mour to a very in­ter­est­ing play. The pro­duc­tion, which also stars Marie Dick­son, Gil­lian Crow and Wendy Spencer, plays Thurs­days to Satur­days at 8pm un­til De­cem­ber 7. Call 5596 0300 or visit javeen­bah.org.au to book. Syd­ney be­fore Sun­day week. Shel­don him­self, who heads to the Coast in De­cem­ber to at­tend the Gold Coast Area The­atre Awards, shows why he’s a world­class per­former.

THE Gold Coast’s only full-time mu­sic the­atre course will hold its an­nual show­case at The Space, at The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast, on De­cem­ber 6 at 7.30pm. This is al­ways worth see­ing and will show­case many young hope­fuls who hope to go on to a pro­fes­sional ca­reer. Call 5588 4000 to book.

AF­TER a ground­break­ing sea­son fea­tur­ing drugs, a mur­der trial and male strip­pers, Phoenix En­sem­ble heads into more whole­some ter­ri­tory with an in­no­va­tive adap­ta­tion of Frank Capra’s much-loved Christ­mas story, it’s A Won­der­ful Life, as its fi­nal show of the year. The live ra­dio play is per­formed as a 1940s live ra­dio broad­cast in front of a stu­dio au­di­ence. Ten ac­tors per­form the dozens of char­ac­ters in the ra­dio play and pro­duce the sound ef­fects. Di­rected by Steve Pearton, it will play at the bou­tique Pavil­ion The­atre in Been­leigh from De­cem­ber 6. Call 3103 1546 or visit phoenix­ensem­ble.com.au to book. Phoenix’s cur­rent pro­duc­tion of The Full Monty was stopped mid-show last Satur­day night when a huge rain storm made the di­a­logue and mu­sic im­pos­si­ble hear. The Pavil­ion The­atre’s tin roof just couldn’t cope with the down­pour. Cast and au­di­ence re­laxed for 10 min­utes be­fore the show re­sumed. Another ex­am­ple of ‘‘the show must go on’’. The pro­duc­tion will run for two more shows this weekend be­fore end­ing a record­break­ing sea­son.

THE model of the new cul­tural precinct was re­vealed last Thurs­day, with many dif­fer­ent re­ac­tions from the the­atre com­mu­nity. Some like it, some hate it – but it was ever thus; in­no­va­tion in the arts, even in arts build­ings, has al­ways sparked con­tro­versy. The next few years should be very in­ter­est­ing for lo­cal the­atre prac­ti­tion­ers.

FOR all mu­sic the­atre fans, opera fans and fans of TV’s Home­land – head up the M1 tonight to the Lyric The­atre, at QPAC, to see Broad­way star Mandy Patinkin and his good friend, opera singer Nathan Gunn, in a once-only per­for­mance. If it’s any­thing like Patinkin’s show with Patti La Pone, it’ll be a block­buster.

THERE will be a the­atre party from the Gold Coast to Bris­bane for the 3pm mati­nee per­for­mance of Rogers’ & Ham­mer­stein’s block­buster The King And I at QPAC on April 27. The sea­son stars Lisa McCune and Teddy Tahu Rhodes as the King of Siam. Email pe­ter­slk@iprimus.com.au for de­tails.

Joel Be­skin and Gil­lian Crow is a scene from Javeen­bah The­atre’s Al­bert Nobbs.

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