SU­PERB SHOWS

From Ber­nadette Peters in the re­vival of Dolly! to the de­lights of Carousel, Broad­way def­i­nitely knows how to put on a top mu­si­cal

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

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.

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