WHAT A WOMAN

News of He­len Reddy’s ad­mis­sion to a Los An­ge­les nurs­ing home has re­ver­ber­ated through Aus­tralian en­ter­tain­ment cir­cles

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

The Aus­tralian theatre com­mu­nity was dev­as­tated to hear of the move last week into a Los An­ge­les nurs­ing fa­cil­ity of su­per­star en­ter­tainer He­len Reddy. Half sis­ter of theatre icon Toni La­mond, and aunt to Tony Award nom­i­nee Tony Sheldon, Reddy has been di­ag­nosed with de­men­tia, in­ter­rupt­ing what she hoped to be a ca­reer come­back. Reddy, 73, rose to fame with her 1972 smash I Am Woman, which be­came an an­them for the grow­ing women’s move­ment in the United States. A na­tive of Aus­tralia, Reddy was help­ful in launch­ing the singing ca­reer of Olivia New­ton-John. She put her ca­reer on hold for more than a decade to re­turn to Aus­tralia in 2002 to care for ail­ing fam­ily mem­bers. Sev­eral new shows are com­ing up on the Gold Coast, with a cou­ple about to close. Tu­gun Theatre’s Gaslight opens this Thurs­day and runs un­til Au­gust 29, and Spotlight’s very suc­cess­ful Legally Blonde runs un­til Au­gust 22. We hear that it is com­pletely sold out. GCLT’s Pri­vate Lives has its last week­end com­ing up, and Dim­boola moves to the main stage for re­hearsals straight af­ter­wards. Di­rec­tor Dorothy Hen­der­son is still look­ing for a few cast mem­bers. Call her on 0459 332 917. Many of our young hope­fuls are ex­cited at the prospect of au­di­tion­ing for one of the greats; Dame Julie An­drews will come to Aus­tralia in Novem­ber to di­rect the 60th An­niver­sary pro­duc­tion of My Fair Lady in Syd­ney. The pro­duc­tion will be staged at the Syd­ney Opera House in Au­gust 2016. For those look­ing for ex­tra cul­tural op­por­tu­ni­ties, take a quick trip up the M1 to the Con, where Bach­e­lor of Mu­sic Theatre third year stu­dents are pre­sent­ing Blood Broth­ers, and A Cho­rus Line, on al­ter­nate weeks. Lots of lo­cal kids are in­volved. Book at con­events.com In re­hearsal on the Coast are Bal­lina Play­ers’ Moon­light & Magnolias and Javeen­bah Theatre’s For­bid­den Broad­way (both run­ning Septem­ber 419), Top Hat Pro­duc­tions’ Cock­tails with Noel & Ger­tie (Septem­ber 17-Oc­to­ber 4), Tweed Theatre Co’s 12 Danc­ing Princesses (Au­gust 15-30), Tu­gun’s Gaslight and GCLT’s Dim­boola. Any­thing Goes (Bris­bane) fin­ishes Au­gust 22 – don’t miss this one – it’s ter­rific. See you in a crowded foyer real soon.

Pic­ture: HAMISH BLAIR

He­len Reddy back in Mel­bourne last year.

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