Spot­light’s Young Franken­stein is a wickedly bril­liant the­atri­cal gem to rel­ish this week, plus there’s Hay­den Tee and a Dream date to savour

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY DRESSING ROOMERS - KATE PETERS

Open­ing this Fri­day night is the ea­gerly awaited Spot­light pro­duc­tion of Mel Brooks’ Young Franken­stein. Based on the Os­car-nom­i­nated smash hit 1974 film, Young Franken­stein is the wickedly in­spired reimag­in­ing of the Mary Shel­ley clas­sic from the comic ge­nius of Mel Brooks ( The Pro­duc­ers). When Fred­er­ick Franken­stein, an es­teemed New York brain sur­geon and pro­fes­sor, in­her­its a cas­tle and lab­o­ra­tory in Tran­syl­va­nia from his grand­fa­ther, de­ranged ge­nius Vic­tor Von Franken­stein, he faces a dilemma. Does he con­tinue to run from his fam­ily’s tor­tured past or does he stay in Tran­syl­va­nia to carry on his grand­fa­ther’s mad ex­per­i­ments re­an­i­mat­ing the dead and, in the process, fall in love with his sexy lab as­sis­tant Inga? Un­fold­ing in the for­bid­ding Cas­tle Franken­stein and the foggy moors of Tran­syl­va­nia Heights, the show’s rau­cous score in­cludes The Tran­syl­va­nia Ma­nia, He Vas My Boyfriend and an un­for­get­table treat­ment of Irv­ing Berlin’s Puttin’ On the Ritz. The sea­son be­gins to­mor­row and runs un­til May 31. It was a cold, cold night in Tyal­gum. The at­mos­phere in the Vil­lage Hall was elec­tric with an­tic­i­pa­tion of the forth­com­ing per­for­mance. Clearly the au­di­ence were ex­cited to see their “adopted son” back on the stage for the cul­mi­na­tion of his two-night show run. The per­former was the mar­vel­lous Hay­den Tee whose mu­si­cal theatre ca­reer and cabaret shows have taken him to New York, San Fran­cisco, Pitts­burgh and, most re­cently, Sin­ga­pore. Hay­den be­gan his set at the back of the au­di­to­rium. As he ap­proached the at­mo­spheric stage, set out with black baby grand, red chaise and ev­er­p­re­sent smoke, you were taken to the times when cabaret was per­formed in the cigarettesmoke filled dives of 1920s in the US. Hay­den is an ex­cep­tional per­former. He not only sings his mu­sic – he lives the songs, the themes and the people in them. He uses his act­ing abil­i­ties to ef­fort­lessly draw the au­di­ence into the mu­sic. Ev­ery au­di­ence mem­ber was spell­bound by his charm, hu­mour and his imag­i­na­tive in­ter­pre­ta­tion of clas­sic mu­si­cal num­bers and more con­tem­po­rary pop mu­sic. He used his lo­cal knowl­edge to woo his au­di­ence and all were cap­ti­vated by his sparkling wit. Hay­den, of course, show­cased his up­com­ing role of Javert in Les Mis­er­ables by singing a few of the songs from the show. It was a stun­ning per­for­mance which, with cos­tume, orches­tra and a full cast will be a sight to be­hold. He will be open­ing at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Mel­bourne in July. Hay­den also guest starred in last Mon­day night’s Green­room Project at The Gold Coast Arts Cen­tre. Mur­willum­bah Theatre Com­pany’s first Shake­speare pro­duc­tion, the ro­man­tic com­edy A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream, opens on May 23 at the Civic Cen­tre Au­di­to­rium. Be­lieved to have been writ­ten around 1595, the play por­trays the ad­ven­tures of four young lovers who fall com­i­cally in and out of love over the course of a sin­gle en­chanted mid­sum­mer night. The set­ting is an en­chanted for­est where Oberon and Ti­ta­nia, the Fairy King and Queen re­side with wood­land fairies. With in­ci­den­tal mu­sic by Men­delssohn, spec­tac­u­lar cos­tumes and an ex­cit­ing three­d­i­men­sional set fea­tur­ing an amaz­ing fairy bower, this is a tra­di­tional Shake­speare pro­duc­tion. It show­cases a cast of lo­cal youth, am­a­teur and pro­fes­sional ac­tors. Book on 02 6672 5404. For the Gala Open­ing on May 23 you are re­quested to wear for­mal or Shake­spearean dress. One of my favourite song-and­dance men, Wayne Scott Ker­mond, will per­form at the Arts Cen­tre with his fa­ther, vet­eran per­former War­ren Ker­mond, on June 2. Ti­tled Chalk and Cheese, the fa­therand-son show will show­case the pair’s imag­i­na­tion, talent and cre­ativ­ity. Both keep get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter – book your tick­ets on 5588 4000. For­get the flow­ers and choco­late and brekkie in bed – cel­e­brate Mother’s Day by tak­ing your mum along to The Ul­ti­mate Ve­gas Show at Jupiters Theatre. The show is all-star, all-se­quined, all-siz­zling – the per­fect present for Mum. The Mother’s Day pack­age starts from $210 with VIP ta­ble seat­ing from $280 and is avail­able at the 4pm show this Sun­day. I’ve seen it, it’s great – rec­om­mended for Mum (and the fam­ily). Visit jupiters­gold­coast.com.au Due to un­fore­seen cir­cum­stances, Phoenix En­sem­ble has had to can­cel its up­com­ing pro­duc­tion of The Woman in Black, due to open this Fri­day. Phoenix deeply re­grets this sit­u­a­tion and apol­o­gises to its au­di­ence. Pa­trons who have al­ready bought tick­ets to the pro­duc­tion will be re­im­bursed.

War­ren and Wayne Scott Ker­mond

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