SUBLIME EF­FORT

Aussie so­prano Ber­nadette Robin­son’s take on Judy Gar­land in The Show Goes On fea­tures an en­ter­tainer at the height of her mu­si­cal game

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - NEWS - KATE PETERS

Yours Truly had the good for­tune to visit Mel­bourne last week to catch Aus­tralian so­prano and mu­sic the­atre ge­nius Ber­nadette Robin­son in her new show at the Fes­ti­val Cen­tre – The Show Goes On. As usual Robin­son de­liv­ered in spades for this third help­ing of well-known di­vas and their lives and songs. Fol­low­ing on from her wildly suc­cess­ful Songs For No­bod­ies and Pennsylvania Av­enue, Ber­nadette pre­sented The Show Goes On from the view­point of Judy Gar­land. Her un­canny abil­ity to channel singers such as Shirley Bassey, Bar­bra Streisand, Edith Piaf, Maria Cal­las and Patsy Cline is mind-blow­ing. She is prob­a­bly one of the great­est tal­ents on the Aus­tralian stage, and will take Songs For No­bod­ies to Lon­don’s Wil­ton’s Mu­sic Hall in March-April this year. If you are in Mel­bourne soon, don’t miss this brilliant artiste. Bal­lina Play­ers have an­nounced the date for au­di­tions for Gil­bert and Sul­li­van’s HMS Pi­nafore, the Ess­gee Pro­duc­tions ver­sion, which starred Jon English and Si­mon Gal­la­her. Di­rected and chore­ographed by Jaime Shee­han, Pi­nafore is the third of a tril­ogy of G & S pro­duc­tions star­ring English and Gal­la­her, the oth­ers be­ing The Mikado and Pi­rates of Pen­zance. All dates, au­di­tion de­tails, links to the orig­i­nal pro­duc­tion on YouTube and cast de­tails can be found on the Bal­lina Play­ers’ web­site. The au­di­tion date is March 4. Still with au­di­tions, Mates The­atre Ge­n­e­sis will au­di­tion for Surprise Pack­age on March 13 and 15. Surprise Pack­age is a fun, far­ci­cal English comedy writ­ten by Dun­can Green­wood and Derek Parkes, with four male and seven fe­male roles in this chal­leng­ing but en­joy­able piece of the­atre. The show is di­rected by James Auld, who has ex­pe­ri­ence in non­pro­fes­sional the­atre, in­clud­ing di­rect­ing Sound Of Mu­sic with In­verell Mu­si­cal and Dra­matic So­ci­ety. Surprise Pack­age is about the Tins­ley fam­ily. They are car­i­ca­tures of English tourists and have booked a hol­i­day in Spain. More about the roles at mat­estg.org.au The cast for the forth­com­ing Pic­cadilly Olde Time Mu­sic Hall has been an­nounced. Veter­ans Kirri Adams, Arthur Shack­lock and Kate Peters will be joined by Ka­t­rina Lard­ner, Martin Jen­nings, Doug Wil­liams, Louise Har­ris, Grant Ebel­ing, Cur­rently play­ing on the Coast are GCLT’s Bar­maids, Spot­light The­atre’s Oliver!, Tu­gun The­atre’s Old Ac­tors Never Die and Phoenix En­sem­ble’s Xanadu. In re­hearsal is Javeen­bah’s 25th An­nual Put­nam County Spelling Bee, Spot­light’s Baskerville and soon to be­gin re­hearsals their Heathers and Top Hat Pro­duc­tions’ The Pic­cadilly Olde Time Mu­sic Hall. See you in a crowded foyer real soon!

Ber­nadette Robin­son dis­plays an un­canny abil­ity to channel Judy Gar­land in The Show Goes On.

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