FALLS FLAT

Gold Coast Lit­tle Theatre has had to pull the pin on The Gon­doliers, but the coun­try’s first live cabaret show is on at the Arts Cen­tre

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Yet an­other lo­cal show has been can­celled. Gold Coast Lit­tle Theatre has pulled an up­com­ing pro­duc­tion of Gil­bert & Sul­li­van mu­si­cal The Gon­doliers from its play­bill. Di­rec­tor Eric James had cast the show’s leads, but the large cho­rus proved im­pos­si­ble to fill. Are too many mu­si­cals be­ing staged at the same time? Or are young per­form­ers sim­ply not fa­mil­iar with this clas­sic work? In ei­ther case, it’s a shame so much time and en­ergy has gone into a non-starter. It would have been en­joyed by the Gold Coast’s G&S fans.

A cabaret, talk show and live show­case all rolled into one, The Green­room Project re­turns to The Base­ment at The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast next month. Aus­tralia’s first live cabaret talk show is jam packed with in­ter­views, celebrity guest artists, mu­sic per­for­mances and an open-mic seg­ment which show­cases five of the hottest upand-com­ing mu­si­cal theatre per­form­ers ac­com­pa­nied by mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Brad Rush. Matt Ward hosts. The first show is on April 7 and the sec­ond on May 5. To book, go to thearts­cen­tregc.com.au Bris­bane theatre com­pany Har­vest Rain opens its pro­duc­tion of Guys & Dolls at Queens­land Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre’s Con­cert Hall tonight. De­scribed as the great­est of all Amer­i­can mu­si­cals, it takes au­di­ences back to New York in the 1940s. The pro­duc­tion stars Ian Sten­lake ( Sea Pa­trol), Wayne Scott Ker­mond ( Candy­man), Liz Buchanan ( Hair­spray) and An­gela Hard­ing ( Ok­la­homa) with Daryl Somers (Hey Hey It’s Satur­day) as Nicely Nicely John­son. Tick­ets are on sale for a strictly limited seven-day sea­son. Go to qpac.com.au to book. Lo­cal theatre lu­mi­nary Pat Al­dam, a hard­work­ing and de­voted mem­ber of the Gold Coast theatre com­mu­nity, passed away this week. Vale Pat.

An­gela Hard­ing

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