If you’re hope­lessly de­voted to that won­der­ful mu­si­cal clas­sic Grease, you must be quick to see one of only two shows com­ing to Bris­bane

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

This col­umn comes to you from the flesh­pots and the­atres of Osaka and Ky­oto, Ja­pan, but here’s a look at live theatre on the Gold Coast this week. Grease – The Arena Ex­pe­ri­ence fea­tur­ing more than 800 per­form­ers thun­ders on to the stage at Bris­bane En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre for two shows only on July 14. Af­ter sold-out sea­sons in are­nas around the coun­try, Grease re­turns to Bris­bane for an en­core sea­son, big­ger and bet­ter than ever be­fore. Grease kicked off in Bris­bane in April 2017 and since then, Har­vest Rain Theatre Com­pany has toured Grease to ca­pac­ity houses. It has now been seen by more than 60,000 peo­ple na­tion­wide. In a unique twist, Aus­tralia’s most iconic fe­male in­dige­nous per­former, ARIA award-winner Chris­tine Anu, will don the wings as Teen An­gel. Grease is the time­lessly funny story of 1950s teen love, cliques, and peer pres­sure. Join your favourite Ry­dell High stu­dents, Danny and Sandy, The T-Birds and the Pink Ladies, along with a cast of hi­lar­i­ous char­ac­ters, as they jive and bop their way to grad­u­a­tion. Tick­ets are on sale from greaseare­ or tick­ For peo­ple who love some­thing dif­fer­ent, The 25th Put­nam County Spell­ing Bee is one not to miss. This play­ful mu­si­cal from Javeen­bah Theatre fea­tures a charm­ing bunch of ec­cen­tric young­sters all vy­ing for the ti­tle of the spell­ing bee cham­pion. As the con­test moves along, you are in­tro­duced to each par­tic­i­pant and their unique back­sto­ries, filled with both tri­umphs and tribu­la­tions at home. Some songs were marred by sound is­sues but a good per­for­mance from a tal­ented cast mostly smoothed over any awk­ward­ness. Ex­cel­lent chore­og­ra­phy keeps the au­di­ence im­mersed, and a bit of fun au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion in the form of ad­di­tional spell­ing bee con­tests cho­sen from the crowd went off with­out a hitch. It’s a feel-good mu­si­cal that won nine ma­jor Amer­i­can theatre awards, in­clud­ing two Tonys. Javeen­bah Theatre’s pro­duc­tion is a lovely ren­der­ing of this won­der­ful show. Who will you be cheer­ing for? Call Javeen­bah on 5596 0300 for tick­ets. Lo­cal jazz song stylist Mag­gie Brit­ton will per­form her one wo­man show at Robina’s Spaghetti & Jazz on May 2 for one night only. Book on 5593 2311. It’s billed as a delicious cock­tail of songs, glitz, jazz and hu­mour. GCLT re­grets to in­form its pa­trons of the can­cel­la­tion of God­spell due to un­avail­abil­i­ties in the pre­vi­ous cre­ative team. In its place, GCLT is thrilled to in­vite au­di­ence mem­bers to brush up on their Shake­speare as they present the Cole Porter clas­sic Kiss Me Kate. This much-loved show is the ultimate the­atri­cal bat­tle of the sexes as it tells the story of a com­pany of ac­tors putting on The Tam­ing of the Shrew while giv­ing in­sight to the back­stage go­ings on. Hi­lar­ity, drama and ro­mance en­sue. With the score boast­ing mu­si­cal theatre clas­sics such as An­other Open­ing, An­other Show, So In Love and Too Darn Hot, this is not one to miss. This pro­duc­tion is to be helmed by up-and-com­ing di­rec­tor An­drew Cock­roft-Pen­man, fresh off his re­cent suc­cesses The Mys­tery Of Ed­win Drood, Cur­tains and sell out sea­sons of Joseph And The Amaz­ing Tech­ni­color Dream­coat and Oliver!. This will be An­drew’s di­rec­to­rial de­but with GCLT. Au­di­tions are to be held on Satur­day, 10am, at Gold Coast Lit­tle Theatre. For more info email GCLTKis­sMeKate@ Broad­way Sen­sa­tion, Beau­ti­ful: The Ca­role King Mu­si­cal opens at the Lyric Theatre, QPAC on July 13. Beau­ti­ful tells the in­spi­ra­tional true story of Ca­role King’s re­mark­able rise from teenage song­writer to global su­per­star. Fea­tur­ing hit songs from one of the great song-writ­ing eras, in­clud­ing Nat­u­ral Wo­man, I Feel the Earth Move and You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feel­ing. Tick­ets are now on sale at QPAC. Gold Coast Lit­tle Theatre will hold its an­nual Dol­phin Awards on Sun­day. Nom­i­na­tions are an­nounced for sev­eral cat­e­gories and cel­e­brate the suc­cess of all shows from 2017. Cur­rently play­ing is Javeen­bah’s 25th An­nual Put­nam County Spell­ing Bee and Been­leigh Theatre Group’s Cur­tains. In re­hearsal is Spot­light’s Baskerville and Heathers and Top Hat Pro­duc­tions’ The Pic­cadilly Olde Time Mu­sic Hall. See you in a crowded foyer real soon!

Meghan O’Shea and Da­mon Gre­bert-Wade will star in Grease – The Arena Ex­pe­ri­ence at QPAC in July.

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