KEEP ON SOARING TO NEW HEIGHTS
Sizzling circus shows, a stellar Broadway season and scores of local happenings to keep you entertained – theatre’s going strong
This weekend I’m off to see the Brisbane Festival’s Blanc de Blanc at the Spiegeltent Southbank and the Ballet Preljocaj’s Snow White. In the meantime, welcome to spring! This is new-show season on Broadway and this year they’ll include Holiday Inn: The New Irving Berlin Musical; The Front Page (starring Nathan Lane); Falsettos; A Bronx Tale (directed by Robert De Niro); The Master Builder (starring Ralph Fiennes and Sarah Snook); The Present (starring Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh); The Glass Menagerie (starring Sally Field) and the long-awaited Hello, Dolly! starring the iconic Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce. Fasolati, a choir founded four years ago by local musical theatre identity Mary Walters and some of her singing friends, is looking for new members. Mary says the Fasolati repertoire is eclectic, ranging from classical and sacred to jazz, ballads and music from the ‘60s. A friendly and social group, Fasolati meets each Wednesday at 6.30pm at the Italian Club, Fairways Drive, Clear Island Waters. For more information, call Mary on 0412 458 517. Coming up at Brisbane’s Twelfth Night Theatre in Bowen Hills is Donna Lee’s tribute to Petula Clark – The Petula Clark Story. Two shows are advertised – October 22 at 2.00pm and 7.30pm. Call the theatre direct on 3252 5122 for more information. Gold Coast Little Theatre held its Drinks with the Director last night and showed the audience a snippet of their forthcoming drama Wolf Lullaby. The leading young woman, Chloe Finlay, is currently in three separate shows – how’s that for passion? Shane Caddaye’s cast for How to Succeed has started rehearsals with a couple of minor roles and two chorus parts still available. The company also announced its playbill for 2017 and it’s an interesting collection of drama, musical theatre and comedy. The shows are: Back to the ‘80s; One Act Play Season; Crown Matrimonial, directed by Kate Peters; 70 Girls 70, directed by Roger McKenzie; Lady Windermere’s Fan, directed by Rob Horton; and Little Shop of Horrors, directed by Brady Watkins. Long-time fans of pianovocalist Craig Schneider will be pleased to hear that he is performing with his sevenpiece band at the Gold Coast Jazz and Blues Club at the Arts Centre Gold Coast on September 23. Arrangements are well under way for the big Christmas concert and party at Gold Coast Little Theatre, with director Katrina Lardner announcing a stellar cast for this one-night-only production for December 17. They include Kirri Adams, Sheila Bradley, Tim Carroll, and many more. Lots in rehearsal at present – Spotlight’s Breast Wishes, GCLT’s Wolf Lullaby, Javeenbah’s Songs for a New World, Neptune Theatre’s An Evening with Andrew Lloyd Webber, Ballina Players’ The Patrick Pearse Motel, GCLT’s How to Succeed in Business and Spotlight’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood. The Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards is entering its last quarter and has just confirmed Ian Stenlake as the MC. Ian is currently performing in Around the World in 80 Days. Presentation night is December 13 at the Arts Centre Gold Coast. Table bookings open November 8.
Blanc de Blanc comes from the creative minds behind Madonna’s Rebel Heart tour.