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

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

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

For­bid­den Broad­way,

which opens this week at Javeen­bah Theatre.

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