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For­get about go­ing around the world in 80 days – Michael Boyd will take you on an allsing­ing and all­danc­ing global ad­ven­ture in just one night.

The pro­ducer raised the cur­tains on Bon Voy­age last night, a new stage show at Jupiters The­atre which fea­tures a tal­ented cast of 13 Queens­land-based per­form­ers.

Boyd says the idea for the “va­ri­ety show” was con­ceived on a flight from Mel­bourne to the Gold Coast six months ago.

“It starts off in New York with a Broad­way sec­tion be­fore head­ing to Asia, where you spend One Night in Bangkok,” he says.

“Then we head off to Africa where we are im­mersed in the fire and the rhythms. From Africa we go to In­dia and there’s a mas­sive Bol­ly­wood sec­tion with all the colour you could imag­ine.

“And I needed to in­clude the ro­mance of Paris with all the show­girls and their feath­ers and high kicks.”

In­spired by Jules Verne’s novel Around the World in 80

Days, Boyd says he added a few ad­di­tional stopovers for his stage show ex­trav­a­ganza.

“That’s when we go back home to Aus­tralia for the fi­nale and do a trib­ute to our coun­try,” he says.

“It’s re­ally nice way to fin­ish. It’s one of my favourite sec­tions and a bril­liant way to close the show.”

Boyd says the best part of the vi­brant global jour­ney is that you don’t need a pass­port or visa to come along for the ride.

“It’s around the world in 80 min­utes,” he says.

“There’s a real avi­a­tion theme and some great tonguein-cheek hu­mour from our air host­ess.”

Show­ing at Jupiters Ho­tel & Casino for a limited sea­son,

Bon Voy­age is Boyd’s third show for the the­atre.

He says the non-stop ac­tion of the pro­duc­tion is great for au­di­ences who have short at­ten­tion spans.

“It’s true old-fash­ioned va­ri­ety with danc­ing, singing, com­edy, magic, horse­man­ship and so many more el­e­ments.”

Bon Voy­age plays Jupiters Ho­tel & Casino Tues­days to Satur­days at 7.30pm.


Bon Voy­age at Jupiters The­atre.

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