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
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!
at the Hayes Theatre Company, Potts Point.