RAUCOUS TIMES IN THE FOG
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
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