STRICTLY LIMITED SEASON
Forget the negative reviews, Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom, chock full of sequins and feathers, is a top treat for all ages and tastes
The big launch this week was for Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom, which comes to Brisbane from September 9. I caught this in Sydney last year and can attest to its appeal. From negative reviews at the beginning, it’s undergone a major transformation. At the QPAC preview, we caught a glimpse of Catherine Martin’s amazing costumes and also got to watch a short video from Baz talking about the show which oozes sequins and feathers. If Monday night’s preview is anything to go on, the show should cater to all ages and tastes. Book now as this is a strictly limited season.
Great to see some young male tappers being given an opportunity to work alongside the stars of Swing on This when it comes to The Gold Coast Arts Centre on March 25. I caught this show at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival last year and it’s terrific. Lots of boys auditioned at the Arts Centre last Sunday for a chance to work with Matt Lee, Michael Falzon, Luke Kennedy and Ben Mingay.
On Tuesday Murwillumbah Theatre Company has auditions for Australian psycho drama Wolf Lullaby by Hilary Bell. Four cast members are required for performances in May and early June. Contact Alannah on 0458 178 595.
The Gold Coast City Jazz Club will present the Jack Thorncraft Trio on March 16. Jack will present songs from his upcoming album with his good mates Dave Sanders on drums and Steve Russell on keyboards. Venue is Southport Bowls Club (south of Australia Fair shopping centre). Tickets $10-$15. Book on 5531 2626 (if requiring a meal) or phone 0419 658 983.
It’s unfortunate when two theatre groups have openings on the same night – it’s a problem the Alliance have tried several times to fix, but individual companies are unwilling to change dates – understandable in many cases given the issues of rights and venue availability. So we now face the openings of GCLT’s Abigail’s Party and Javeenbah’s Play it Again, Sam on March 14 and Tweed Theatre’s Brilliant Lies and Spotlight’s La Traviata on April 10. A pity, given all are after good promotion.
In rehearsal on the Coast this week are GCLT’s Abigail’s Party, Murwillumbah Theatre Co’s The Foreigner, Javeenbah Theatre’s Play It Again, Sam and Spotlight Theatre’s La Traviata. Running at the moment are Spotlight Theatre’s High School Musical, Phoenix Ensemble’s The Addams Family and Ballina Players’ It’s a Wonderful Life opens tomorrow night.
A life and death fishing adventure played in a sea of foam hits the stage at The Arts Centre Gold Coast this month. Part of Bleach* Festival, the Arena Theatre Company production is written by Damien Millar and directed by Christian Leavesley. It follows the story of Billy Grogan, whose dad went fishing for a marlin two years ago and never came home. Now she lives with her grandad Tom, dreaming of the ocean and adventure while her life goes down the dunny. Then one dark and strange night, a miraculous marlin takes her and her grandad out past the reef, to the open ocean and the deep. Drifting far out to sea and into the night, the pair wrestle with forces beyond their control in their effort to save this enormous fish. But will either of them find their way back home?
My sub had a busy trip up to Brisbane last Tuesday night, fighting traffic that formed audiences for Wicked, Everyone Loves Lucy and the Foo Fighters concert (to name a few). Everyone Loves Lucy stars Elisa McCann who takes us on a nostalgic look at the first lady of TV comedic legends, Lucille Ball, and the very popular show I Love Lucy which she shared with her Cuban husband Desi Arnaz. Her sweet, pitch perfect voice and accurate portrayal of Lucille Ball is funny and heartwarming. It was a delightful 60 minutes of terrific music, comedy sketches and memories.
Thomas Lacey and Phoebe Panaretos star in
which arrives at QPAC in September