SWEET TAL­ENT WIN­NING AC­CLAIM

Sweet Char­ity at the Opera House and The Ad­dams Fam­ily mu­si­cal are sure-fire win­ners, and Sig­nal Driver is also garner­ing rave re­views

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

This col­umn comes to you from Syd­ney where Yours Truly has been see­ing the Hayes Theatre pro­duc­tion of Sweet Char­ity, re­cently en­joy­ing a re-run at the Opera House. It’s do­ing great busi­ness, and even got a pres­ti­gious Award from the Glugs, along with an­other for con­tri­bu­tion to the mu­sic, awarded to MD An­drew Wor­boys. It was pre­sented at a fi­nale/bows mo­ment to him af­ter the Glugs cer­e­mony ear­lier Mon­day evening. The show is con­tem­po­rary, very dif­fer­ent and beau­ti­fully acted, di­rected and sung. It proves once again that we have in­cred­i­ble mu­si­cal theatre tal­ent in this coun­try. Great to hear that the pro­duc­tion of Ruth­less – The Mu­si­cal also got two gongs from the Glugs. They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mys­te­ri­ous and spooky ... and they are com­ing to the Pav­il­ion Theatre at Been­leigh Show­grounds next week. Kick­ing off their 2015 sea­son with The Ad­dams Fam­ily mu­si­cal, Phoenix En­sem­ble are stag­ing this weird and wacky pro­duc­tion that has been de­light­ing Broad­way au­di­ences since 2010. For direc­tor Mor­gan Gar­rity, it’s a chance to work cre­atively with char­ac­ters she’s loved for years. With a cast of 21-strong, The Ad­dams Fam­ily opens next Fri­day and will run over five week­ends. Visit phoenix­ensem­ble.com.au A mes­sage from Gold Coast Lit­tle Theatre (GCLT) on its cur­rent play, Pa­trick White’s Sig­nal Driver. Au­di­ences have been very en­thu­si­as­tic about this in­ter­est­ing piece of Aus­tralian theatre. From an ob­server’s point of view, it has been the fi­nal scene that has had the most au­di­ence re­ac­tion. Ac­tors Jacki Sim­monds and Noel Thomp­son give bet­ter than be­liev­able per­for­mances as the el­derly Vokes cou­ple – could it be that we all see our old-age years on­stage? Sig­nal Driver closes this week­end with seats still avail­able. On Satur­day night the theatre are of­fer­ing tick­ets as twofers – that is two tick­ets for the price of one. Call 5532 2096 to book. Still with GCLT – Abigail’s Party has moved on to the theatre stage and whis­pers say it is on track for its open­ing night in a month’s time. This may be the party you don’t want to go to ... or per­haps you re­mem­ber one just like it. The Gold Coast Jazz & Blues Club are bring­ing all-girl Can­berra group the Mar­vel­lous Miz De­meanours to the stage next Fri­day night. With artists in­clud­ing Karen Stra­han, Lisa McClel­land, Gaye Reid, Jill Walsh, John Hill and Ben Schu­mann, this looks like a ter­rific night. I’ve worked with sev­eral of th­ese gals and can at­test to their tal­ent. Book on 5588 4000. We caught the open­ing night of Queens­land Theatre Com­pany’s first pro­duc­tion of the year, Bos­ton Mar­riage, late last week. With the star-power of Amanda Mug­gle­ton, the show is a fast-paced, very wordy play. Writ­ten by David Mamet, it’s about two women in a re­la­tion­ship and the ef­fect the in­tro­duc­tion of a po­ten­tial ri­val has. Set in 1906, the two leads both show an in­cred­i­ble abil­ity to mem­o­rise a huge amount of dia­logue and to recre­ate the man­ners and at­ti­tudes of the time. It has some very funny lines. Bos­ton Mar­riage comes to The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast for two shows only on Fe­bru­ary 20/21. Com­ing to the Royal In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre Bris­bane to­mor­row night is Star Trek in Con­cert, a screen­ing of the J.J. Abrams film. Shown in high-def­i­ni­tion on the big screen, Queens­land Sym­phony Orches­tra pro­vide ac­com­pa­ny­ing mu­sic. Show time is 7.30pm – this is one not to miss. Book on qso.com.au Jerry’s Girls, a cel­e­bra­tion of the mu­sic and lyrics of award­win­ning Broad­way com­poser Jerry Her­man, will be staged at GCLT this year. Au­di­tions will be held on Fe­bru­ary 21. Ex­pe­ri­enced singers and dancers should call Julie on 0417 716 773 or email juliec27@ big­pond.net.au for au­di­tion in­for­ma­tion. I’m off to Kuala Lumpur, Viet­nam and Sin­ga­pore this week. Will re­port on shows seen there in next week’s col­umn. See you in a crowded foyer real soon!

Pic­ture: BLUE­PRINT STU­DIOS

Sweet Char­ity

at the Hayes Theatre Com­pany, Potts Point.

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