SOLVE A MUSICAL MYSTERY
Choose your own adventure based on Dickens’ unfinished novel, explore some complex topics in Disgraced or revisit a Halloween classic
There’s a big opening tomorrow night with Spotlight’s musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Solve It Yourself Musical. Running until November 12, the show is based on the unfinished novel by Charles Dickens. Book on 5539 4255 or on Spotlight’s website. Opening at QPAC last Saturday night was Disgraced, a Melbourne Theatre Co. production which will run until November 6. The play features members of Melbourne Theatre Company’s stellar cast including Mitchell Butel, Kane Felsinger, Zindzi Okenyo, Hazem Shammas and Libby Munro. Disgraced is a play that explores freedom of speech, political correctness and the prejudices towards Islam that still persist even in the most progressive cultural circles. The play is an absolute nailbiter, perfectly written, directed and performed. It deals with the topics of religion and race and ultimately presents the complexity of post-September 11, WesternMuslim relations in one unforgettable dinner party. It didn’t win a Pulitzer Prize for nothing – this is relevant, absorbing and thoughtprovoking theatre at its best. Opening under the big top at Skygate Brisbane Airport on Thursday, November 24 is Cirque de Soleil’s latest offering Kooza. Australia’s cabaret queen Trevor Ashley brings his hilarious one-(wo)man show Liza’s Back! (Is Broken) to the Cremorne Theatre, QPAC from January 17 to 22. Created by self-described “mega Minnelli fan” and three-time Helpmann Award nominee Ashley along with co-writer Phil Scott and musical arranger/supervisor Max Lambert ( Strictly Ballroom, The Boy From Oz), Liza’s Back! (Is Broken) is the smash hit sequel to the 2010 production Liza! (on an E). Direct from rehab and live with a seven-piece big band, Ashley offers audiences some ingenious new takes on well-known Broadway classics, including a swinging big-band arrangement of Memory from Cats, and a smoky jazz version of Les Miserablés’ Do You Hear The People Sing, plus some of her own classics such as Maybe This Time, Cabaret and New York, New York. Tickets on sale via qpac.com.au or 136 246. The world’s most famous radio play War of the Worlds caused nationwide panic in the US when it was first broadcast in 1938 on the night before Halloween. A team of local actors is set to recreate the hysteria on October 30 at GrowCa Café, Bonogin. The famous performance by Orson Welles is a series of simulated news bulletins and interviews about an alien invasion in progress in New Jersey. Director Nathan Schulz says audiences are invited to experience the alien invasion this Halloween. The group will perform the radio play on the same night – October 30 – as the original broadcast 78 years ago in a one-show-only event. To book phone 5525 3791. Predrinks from 5.30pm with the show starting at 6.30pm. Event is BYO wine. With only seven weeks until the Voices In Paradise Christmas 2016 Workshop and Concert, it is essential that anyone hoping to join the group gets their registrations in now. The registrations close November 20. All registrants are required to learn three songs. The songs were handpicked by musical director Jonathan Albertini and are guaranteed to impress. Don’t miss the opportunity to sing with The Blenders and Coastal Charisma in concert, sharing the stage with 150 singers. Concert tickets are also available to purchase online or at the door. The date is Saturday, December 3, 7pm at Griffith University Gold Coast, G40 Building, Level 4 Auditorium. Yours truly is looking forward to attending the launch of the Australian premiere of The Bodyguard The Musical at QPAC on Monday, November 7. Long gone are the days when Brisbane audiences didn’t get the hit shows! More after the launch… Currently playing is Murwillumbah Theatre Company’s Ali Baba (until October 30); in rehearsal is GCLT’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; Spotlight’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Tugun Theatre’s Cat’s Cradle; and Javeenbah’s The Smell of Money. Coming soon is NAPA’s The Wiz, with The Crucible delayed until December 4 due to a casting member’s unavailability. Book online through each company’s website.
Mitchell Butel and Libby Munro star in Disgraced, topical and thought-provoking theatre at its best.