IT’S SHOW TIME

IF YOU’RE HEAD­ING UP THE HIGH­WAY TO SEE ALADDIN THE MU­SI­CAL, YOU’RE IN FOR A MAGIC RIDE

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - FEATURE - WORDS: SALLY COAT ES

There isn’t long left to ex­pe­ri­ence the world­wide mu­si­cal spec­tac­u­lar that is Aladdin on our doorstep. The fi­nal tick­ets for the QPAC show have just been re­leased, with shows play­ing un­til early June. Un­for­tu­nately we don’t have a magic lamp to take care of our travel ar­range­ments, so here’s a quick guide on where to stay, what to eat and ev­ery­thing in between.

CHOOSE A BRISSIE BASE

If you’re com­ing from out of town, you may as well turn your Aladdin ex­pe­ri­ence into a cheeky lit­tle get­away with a night in crisp white sheets. Capri by Fraser ticks the boxes and it’s just a quick Uber away from QPAC in South Bank. While it’s quite a new-look­ing ho­tel, it’s def­i­nitely not clin­i­cal or plain like many of its mod­ern coun­ter­parts. Favourable first im­pres­sions flow from a strik­ing lobby. My room over­looked bustling Al­bert Street, per­fect for peo­ple watch­ing. There are pops of colour and thought­ful touches like the Tetris­tiled bath­room and a mir­ror that pops up out of the desk, handy for ap­ply­ing the evening’s make-up. If you’ve got a cou­ple of hours to kill, make use of the ho­tel’s sauna and in­door heated pool. For those trav­el­ling with kids, Capri also has a fun room with gaming con­soles, bean­bags and a foos­ball ta­ble to keep them oc­cu­pied.

SAVOUR A CAP­I­TAL FOOD SCENE

You can stay at Capri by Fraser for pre-show din­ner and drinks, with a con­cise menu avail­able at on-site restau­rant Asana. Start with seared yel­lowfin tuna with beet­root, yuzu and salmon floss or the ve­gan raw zuc­chini lasagne with toma­toes, olives and cashew cheese. If you pre­fer to ex­plore the culi­nary cul­ture of South Bank be­fore strolling to QPAC, there’s even more on the menu. Gauge boasts cre­ative mod­ern Aus­tralian food in a se­ri­ously stylish venue. This is a great spot if you’ve got time to spare, with a seven-course de­gus­ta­tion in­clud­ing chest­nut tortellini with Jerusalem ar­ti­choke, lardo and mushroom, as well as roast duck breast with fer­mented turnip and camomile. Next door is Julius Pizze­ria, ar­guably Bris­bane’s best place for pizza, but its an­tipasto and pasta are not to be over­looked. Con­tinue down the street and you’ll find Fish Lane, where wine bar and restau­rant La Lune Co re­sides. It spe­cialises in raw dishes burst­ing with cre­ative, in­ter­est­ing flavours — I rec­om­mend the kan­ga­roo tartare. Next door to La Lune is Chu The Phat, spruik­ing street­style Asian de­lights and fan­tas­tic cock­tails in a mam­moth two-storey venue, with the lane side over­look­ing a lantern lit side street and back al­ley graf­fiti. The fancy, gourmet Chiko Roll is a must, it’s def­i­nitely not your av­er­age car­ni­val chow. With any of th­ese places it’s wise to book as the­atres full of pa­trons prob­a­bly have the same idea as you.

GET ON WITH THE SHOW

Whether it’s the fan­tas­ti­cal, glit­ter­ing set, the lively ac­tors (yes, Ge­nie is the stand­out) or sim­ply the feel­ing of bring­ing a child­hood dream to life, ex­pe­ri­enc­ing Aladdin as a stage show is ex­hil­a­rat­ing. The show takes the au­di­ence on the jour­ney of poor street rat Aladdin, who stum­bles across a lamp con­tain­ing a Ge­nie and sub­se­quently three wishes. He is ul­ti­mately met with all the per­ils that come with this type of power, along with Ge­nie, his street rat brothers and Princess Jas­mine. It’s a won­der­ful jour­ney of ups and downs, an ex­cel­lent bal­ance of laugh­ter, awe, tears and sin­ga­long mo­ments that sat­is­fies all ex­pec­ta­tions. The set in par­tic­u­lar is stun­ning, with larger-than-life gold back­drops and a well-ex­e­cuted fly­ing car­pet. There are plenty of in-depth re­views avail­able, but I think the best way to do it is to go in blind and form your own opin­ions. You can buy drinks from the bar and lim­ited nib­blies.

EYE ES­CAPE

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