MAKING IT RAIN
From the hectic ‘80s to the sweet-as-pie barbershop days, and from The Bodyguard to... your husband, it’s all about contrasts this week
Auditions for Gold Coast Little Theatre’s Back to the ‘80s musical will be held on Sunday with registration opening at 9am. Director Andrew RossGraham will hold the auditions at his dance studio, Showbiz Express, located in Oxenford. Dance call is at 9.30am, with subsequent calls and auditions to follow. For registration and other information, go to email@example.com
Singing groups Blindside, Upgrade and Serotonin will be featured in the forthcoming Voices in Paradise Christmas Concert, to take place at Griffith University Gold Coast. Both Blindside and Upgrade will represent Australia in Las Vegas next year in the 2017 International Barbershop Competition, while Serotonin recently won the university division at the Vocal Australia national contest, so you know you’re in for a treat. Tickets for the December 3 event are now available to purchase online.
Queensland, get ready to swoon as four of Australia’s leading stage and screen stars unite in true Rat Pack style for Swing On This, to be held at QPAC’s Concert Hall on January 7. I caught this show at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival a couple of years ago and it’s terrific. In the hottest show of the summer, Michael Falzon ( We Will Rock You, Rock of Ages), Brisbane’s own Luke Kennedy (runner up on The Voice in 2013, The Ten Tenors), Rob Mills ( Legally Blond, Grease) and Ben Mingay ( Wonderland, House of Bond) will deliver a modern take on everything from all-time swing classics by Sinatra and Bublé, to rock and pop hits from Oasis, John Farnham and the Proclaimers. Accompanied by an 18-piece big band and some special guests who are yet to be announced, the four friends will cover timeless hits such as “Fly Me to the Moon” and “My Funny Valentine”, recapturing a bygone era. Originally created for the 2014 Adelaide Cabaret Festival, where it brought the house down, it’s now Queensland’s turn to get a kick out of Swing On This. Tickets are on sale now. To book, go to qpac.com.au
Yours Truly is off to the launch of The Bodyguard: The Musical next Monday. It should be thrilling, but more about that one next week...
Javeenbah Theatre will shortly open its final offering of the year – The Smell of Money – a play written by local author Peter Maden. The show’s director, Helen Maden, is not only an established and acclaimed Gold Coast director (she won the Gold Coast Area Theatre Award last year for her production of Social
Climbers at Gold Coast Little Theatre) but on this occasion she is directing a work written by and starring her husband. Well, they do say the couple who works together...
The Smell of Money runs from November 18 until December 3. Tickets are available now at javeenbah.org.au
Speaking of the Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards, tickets for this year’s instalment of the event go on sale at The Arts Centre Gold Coast from Tuesday, while the nominations will be announced on November 22.
Currently playing on the Gold Coast is Spotlight’s The
Mystery of Edwin Drood. On that note, commiserations from the Dressing Roomers go out to leading lady Terri Woodfine who sprained her ankle a couple of days before the opening of Drood. Terri is currently performing the role from a wheelchair and doing very well.
Things are busy in rehearsal at the moment too, with the GCLT’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Tugun Theatre’s Cat’s Cradle, Javeenbah’s The Smell of Money and the Ballina Players’ Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. See you in a crowded foyer somewhere real soon!
The Smell of Money is Javeenbah’s final show offering of 2016.