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 email@example.com for details.
Joel Beskin and Gillian Crow is a scene from Javeenbah Theatre’s Albert Nobbs.