From Bernadette Peters in the revival of Dolly! to the delights of Carousel, Broadway definitely knows how to put on a top musical
It’s quiet on the theatre front on the Gold Coast, so I’ve spent the past week catching the new shows on Broadway. I managed to see the brilliant Bernadette Peters in the revival of Hello, Dolly! – truly a great performance. Spare a thought for her following the ever-popular Bette Midler. The show is fresh, beautifully dressed and the tunes are as catchy as ever. This really does work as well as it did 50 years ago. I also caught the revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, a beautifully-reworked season of this well-loved piece. Voices were superb and the sets and costumes (and casting) worked very well. I’ve discovered a terrific walking tour through Broadway run by Tim Dolan, a Broadway actor who realised lots of theatre lovers visiting would be interested in a more detailed look at the theatre area. It was a great morning filled with fascinating stories about the theatres and the people who created them. I strongly recommend doing one if you’re visiting. Find them at BroadwayUpClose.com Back home, Gold Coast Little Theatre is hosting Drinks with the Director tonight for the forthcoming Piccadilly Olde Time Music Hall. The event begins at 6pm, with a $5 entry fee for those interested in hearing more about the show, which opens April 27 for a two-weekend run. No booking is necessary for this great night out. The QPAC Choir takes audiences back to the ’80s with its 2018 Showcase Concert on May 29 in the Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s Concert Hall. The 180-voice choir, under choirmaster Timothy Sherlock, will perform a selection of the decade’s biggest pop hits. Pop Goes The 80s will feature songs from great female artists such as Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Joan Jett, Whitney Houston, Toni Basil and The Bangles, along with hits from popular male performers including Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Rick Springfield, Kenny Loggins and many more. Tickets are $35 plus booking fee. Book at qpac.com.au or call 136 246. The only show playing locally is Ballina Players’ A Few Good Men. In rehearsal are Spotlight’s Baskerville and Heathers and Top Hat Productions’ Piccadilly Olde Time Music Hall. See you in a crowded foyer real soon!
The Piccadilly Olde Time Music Hall opens on April 27.