La Cage aux Folles by Mel­bourne’s The Pro­duc­tion Company is a truly world-class pro­duc­tion well worth the trip south

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

Yours Truly spent the last week­end in Mel­bourne catch­ing The Pro­duc­tion Company’s last show of the year – Jerry Her­man’s La Cage aux Folles. It stars Aus­tralia’s favourite song and dance man Todd McKen­ney, the fab­u­lous Si­mon Burke and (for one night only) Anne Wood. The show is sen­sa­tional. It is staged dif­fer­ently from the other pro­duc­tions I’ve seen (in­clud­ing the orig­i­nal Aus­tralian ver­sion, in which Todd ap­peared as a cag­elle in the cho­rus). The chore­og­ra­phy is great, the singing and stag­ing some of the best I’ve seen this year and I sug­gest any­one in Mel­bourne over the next week or so should get a ticket. It’s as good as any­thing you would see in New York or London. The only open­ing this week is to­mor­row night’s Brazil­ian dance show Braz Dos San­tos’ Bra­zouka. The show was brought to the Gold Coast by Pamela Stephen­son Connolly and fea­tures 18 bril­liant dancers and narration by Billy Connolly. Catch the show at Jupiter’s Casino from 7pm. Con­tin­u­ing un­til this Satur­day is Javeen­bah The­atre’s Five Women Wear­ing the Same Dress, Gold Coast Lit­tle The­atre’s The Pa­jama Game and Bal­lina Play­ers’ High So­ci­ety. Zep­pelin Travel has a few seats left for its the­atre coach party from the Gold Coast to Bris­bane for Kylie Minogue’s Kiss Me Once Tour. The Satur­day night show date is March 21, 2015. Tick­ets $165$215. Phone 5557 9888 for de­tails. Chat­ter­box Sound has sent this mes­sage to the­atre com­pa­nies: “Many of you will be aware of the fre­quen­cies changes for ra­dio mi­cro­phones and por­ta­ble PA sys­tems that comes into ef­fect on Jan­uary 1, 2015. Many peo­ple do not un­der­stand what is hap­pen­ing, and many have al­ready bought new equip­ment on the new le­gal fre­quen­cies. How­ever, just be­cause the fre­quency is le­gal, does not mean it will work in the area you are us­ing it. Dif­fer­ent fre­quen­cies are re­quired in dif­fer­ent ar­eas of Aus­tralia. For ex­am­ple, a fre­quency that will work in Nerang will not work in Arun­del. So be­fore you spend your hard-earned money – please check that the per­son you are buy­ing from does un­der­stand what is hap­pen­ing and what equip­ment will do the job you your­self re­quire. Chat­ter­box can sup­ply new sys­tems, and also retrofit some of your cur­rent por­ta­ble PA sys­tems with up-to-date ra­dio trans­mit­ters and re­ceivers that will work ev­ery­where.” Sounds like good ad­vice, par­tic­u­larly for com­pa­nies with limited tech­ni­cal support. Con­tact Chat­ter­box Sound on 5529 9969 or 0418 817 816. Javeen­bah The­atre has an­nounced au­di­tions for Play it Again Sam this Sun­day at 2pm. Di­rected by Roger McKen­zie, it is based on the popular Woody Allen film and is about a re­cently di­vorced film mag­a­zine writer who is try­ing to restart his ro­man­tic life. Re­hearsals start on Jan­uary 13. More in­for­ma­tion will be given at the au­di­tion. The play runs from March 13-28. Call 0403 810 940 for more info. Con­grat­u­la­tions to all nom­i­nees in the forth­com­ing Gold Coast Area The­atre Awards. A full list of nom­i­nees is avail­able on the Awards web­site. Awards will be given out at the Pre­sen­ta­tion Night at the Par­adise Room, Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast De­cem­ber 16. We hear there are still a hand­ful of tick­ets avail­able through the Arts Cen­tre on 5588 4000. See you in a crowded foyer real soon!


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La Cage aux Folles.

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