ALL EYES ON FINE DISPLAY
Gold Coast audiences will feel spoiled this week with the opening of two amazing shows – Forbidden Broadway and Strictly Ballroom
There are two great opening nights coming up this week – Javeenbah’s Forbidden Broadway on Saturday and Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom on Wednesday. I saw several of the original Forbidden shows in New York years ago, and loved their cleverness, wit and musicality. Strictly Ballroom is huge fun; I can’t wait to see it again. Stepping up from the bad reviews it received on opening, the show is a hoot, full of colour, tulle, familiar songs and great dancing. Phoenix is closing their successful production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum this Saturday. For a brilliant show, head up the highway to the Pavilion Theatre in the Beenleigh Showgrounds. Queensland Theatre Company will announce its 2016 program at a launch on September 14. Artistic director Wesley Enoch is leaving for Sydney later this year so next year’s program will be interesting. The annual Friends of the Gold Coast Philharmonic chamber music event will be held on Sunday, September 13, at the new Robina Community Centre. This year, dazzling young Gold Coast piano virtuoso Oscar Wong – recipient of the Most Outstanding Performer Award at the 2014 Gold Coast Eisteddfod – plays a varied program of works by Chopin, Rachmaninov, Bach and others. He is supported by the Gold Coast Philharmonic Flute Ensemble, who apply the rarely-heard but irresistibly sumptuous sound of four flutes to a surprising range of music. All proceeds raised are donated to the Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra. goldcoastphilharmonic.com Gold Coast Little Theatre will hold its popular Drinks with the Director on Tuesday from 6pm. GCLT’s 2016 playbill will be announced at that time. The public are welcome to attend. Further info on 5532 2096. Still with GCLT, director Helen Maden has announced the cast of her final production for 2015 – a play called Social Climbers. It will star Del Halpin, Susan Cary, Suzanne Grant, Jodie Barnes, Laney McLean and Camille Chorley. As promised last week, some more news about showbiz-style cruises from local showbiz travel agency, Zeppelins (next door to Spotlight). There are three cruises coming up which will suit local music lovers – the first being Cruisin’ Country, an eight-night cruise from Brisbane on November 13 on the luxurious Legend of the Seas. The cruise will feature Amber Lawrence, Luke O’Shea, Adam Brand, Beccy Cole and more. The second showbiz cruise is Salute to the 60s! – a Rock the Boat cruise with swinging ’60s line-up on Legend of the Seas, departing November 6. The third sees the return of the popular Bravo cruise, a smorgasbord of music theatre and cabaret talent. It departs October 24 on Radiance of the Seas and will feature James Morrison, Liz Callaway and more. All further info from Zeppelin’s Travel on 5557 9888. The Arts Centre Gold Coast will host 7 Deadly Sins from Friday, September 11. Plunge into a wicked tale of mortal sin and the modern world. Expressions Dance Company ensemble of award-winning dancers will take you on a journey through the seven deadly sins in this edgy, premiere production, spiced with villainous wit. Yours Truly has just returned from Sydney, which is alive with theatre and music. Watch out for the fabulous Hugh Jackman’s show From Broadway to Oz, touring the country soon. More details next week.
Todd Jesson and Lauren Steiner star in
which opens this week at Javeenbah Theatre.