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