ALI BABA Murwillumbah Civic Centre: The Murwillumbah Theatre Alliance presents Ali Baba, based on the Arabian Nights tale, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. It is the story of a poor woodcutter who is desperate to buy the freedom of his girlfriend. She is a slave to Ali’s brother and his greedy wife. One day Ali’s dream comes true in a very unlikely way, but things don’t turn out quite as he intended. Opens tomorrow. murwillumbahtheatrecompany. com THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD Spotlight Theatre: Based on Charles Dickens’ unfinished final novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood tells the story of young Edwin Drood, an Englishman whose sudden disappearance throws the fictional townspeople of Cloisterham into a panic. Suspicions arise about who is responsible for Drood’s vanishing, with fingers pointing every which way, including at the dashing but villainous John Jasper, Drood’s fiancee Rosa Bud, opium den proprietor Princess Puffer and the mysterious siblings Helena and Neville Landless. Preview performance Wednesday. spotlighttheatre.com.au RETRO VAMPT Dracula’s, Broadbeach: The famed cabaret restaurant’s latest vampire vaudeville show celebrates the 1970s through big hair, spandex flares and a funky song list. Show for 15+ audiences. The psychedelic-inspired comedy cabaret stars Rudi Testa, Richard Macionis, David Kume, Danielle Glanville, Inia Dewar, Sarah Louis-Jean, Jessica Stansfield and a live band. Dinner and show Tuesdays to Saturdays. Arrivals from 6.30pm. draculas.com.au HIGH COUNTRY LEGENDS Australian Outback Spectacular, Oxenford: Dinner and show with a cast of largerthan-life characters, animal stars, big stunts, special effects and live music and a three-course meal. Plays Tuesdays to Saturdays with matinees on the last Sunday of the month. Doors open 6.15pm. Tickets from $79.99. outbackspectacular.com.au
PROM NIGHT: DISASTER DENIMS Elsewhere: Set Future, Taka, Just Jessie and others get the dancefloor pumping. From 9pm. Tickets $5. THE WILSON PICKERS Soundlounge: You Can’t Catch Fish From A Train album launch supported by Dana Gehrman Show 8.30pm. Tickets $20-$25. ZOOKEEPERS Southport Sharks: Covers and modern jive live from 7.30pm. Free entry. LAY OF THE LAND Elsewhere: Six Shooter, Cleaver and Kinloch get the party started.
A NIGHT AT THE PROMS Jupiters Gold Coast: A musical spectacular featuring violin, opera, piano, ballet and much more. Show at 7.30pm. Tickets $59.95. MUSICA PALAZZO Palazzo Versace: Jason BarrySmith sings with Narelle French on piano for the Opera Palace. Shows at 6pm and 8pm. Dinner and show tickets from $90 per person. BENNY D. WILLIAMS Miami Marketta: Live music from Benny D. Williams for Marketta Street Food. Show at 5pm. Free entry. STOWAWAYS Burleigh Heads Bowls Club: Classic covers across pop to country, soul to indie. Show at 7.30pm. Free entry. SUPERFEST NightQuarter, Helensvale: Start Your Engines launch party with support from Sunset City and Josh Lovegrove. Show at 4pm. Tickets $3. BUDDY’S BACK! Twin Towns: Cabaret show includes more than 30 of Buddy Holly’s biggest hits. Show at 8pm. Tickets $28. MATTY RODGERS Burleigh Brewing Company: Friday Brew Jams at the Brewhouse Bar with Matty Rodgers. Show 5pm. Free entry. MICKEY D The Arts Centre Gold Coast: Comedic veteran will leave you in fits of laughter. Show at 8pm. Tickets $25-$79. THE BELLIGERENTS Elsewhere: Brisbane five-piece descend with their “Caroline” single tour. Show at 8pm. Tickets $17.35. DIRTY CHANNEL Southport Sharks: Rock, roots and jam get your weekend underway. Show at 8.30pm. Free entry. WILDCARD Currumbin RSL: Duo covers everything from classical to contemporary tunes. Show at 7pm. Free entry.
MARK WATSON Currumbin RSL: Cafe Del Mar artist brings chilled vibes only. Show at 5pm. Free entry. BUSKERS BY THE CREEK Currumbin RSL: Joshy Dredz and Luke Houselander entertain on the deck. Show from 12pm. Free entry. DANIEL BELLONE Fradgely Hall, Burleigh Heads: Spiritualist and guitarist brings his Awakening Through Music show to Burleigh. Show at 7pm. Tickets $17-$20. BUSKERS BY THE CREEK Winders Park, Currumbin: More than 250 artists perform during one of the world’s biggest busking festivals. Free entry.
Jason Barry-Smith will serenade Palazzo Versace this weekend.