The world’s favourite musical is returning to Australia. The London Palladium production of “The Wizard of Oz” will have its Australian Premiere in Brisbane this month. Australia’s leading musical theatre star Anthony Warlow plays The Wizard and Professor Marvel, while Lucy Durack will play Glinda the Good Witch, and Jemma Rix will be The Wicked Witch of the West. Rising star Samantha Dodemaide breaks out of the chorus to wear the ruby slippers of Dorothy Gale.
From 4 November, Lyric Theatre, QPAC, cnr Grey and Melbourne Streets, South Bank. 136 246. qpac.com.au
Gather in King George Square for the much-loved tradition of the lighting of the Brisbane City Christmas Tree. Join Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, Santa and special guests to welcome the festive season by illuminating Queensland’s largest solar-powered Christmas tree. Soak up the festive cheer with a host of Christmas carols on the night and a special Christmas performance. The tree will light up the city sky every night until Christmas Eve, so make sure you visit King George Square to enjoy the beautiful sight.
Doo-bop Jazz Bar has a number of impressive acts not to be missed this month. Start the week off with Monday Sessions, The Toby Wren Trio (6 Nov) is one of Australia’s leading jazz ensembles characterised by its harmony, rhythm and depth. Celebrate Melbourne Cup (7 Nov) in swinging, sophisticated style, Sydney-based Mc/jazz extraordinaire George Washingmachine hosts ticketed all-inclusive events in the basement Jazz Bar, while the Angela Fabian Duo lights up the piano bar with original music as nature intended: powerful, intelligent and wild. Leading you into the night is John Delord, his vocabulary is a rich international blend of rnb, soul, funk, reggae and a pinch of sega, tempting you onto the dance floor. What better way to watch the Cup!
101 Edward Street, Brisbane. 3151 7520. doo-bop.com.au