THE ONE I WANT
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
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 greasearenashow.com or ticketek.com.au 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@ gmail.com 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.