QUEEN OF STAGE
When it comes to the Broadway greats, few women can match Tony and Grammy Awardwinner Patti LuPone, who’s headed this way
Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) in association with Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University is bringing leading Broadway star and multiple Tony and Grammy Awardwinner Patti LuPone and her critically acclaimed concert Don’t Monkey with Broadway to the Conservatorium Theatre on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. LuPone will explore – through indelible interpretations of classic Broadway show tunes by the likes of Richard Rodgers, Stephen Schwartz, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin – how her lifelong love affair with Broadway began and her concern for what Manhattan’s Theatre District, the Great White Way, is becoming today. The American Theatre Hall of Famer most recently starred on Broadway as cosmetics pioneer Helena Rubinstein in the musical War Paint and will be returning to London’s West End this year in Marianne Elliott’s new production of the Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical Company. QPAC chief executive John Kotzas said a local chorus of third-year musical theatre students from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University would also join LuPone on stage for her performance in Brisbane. Tickets are on sale via qpac.com.au or 136 246. From a tough rottweiler with neighbour problems to an ageing mongrel who discovers love late in life, this collection of hilarious and heartbreaking monologues examines the lives of dogs from every breed, age and situation. Telling stories of friendship, romance and revenge, The Dog Logs is a refreshing take on canine life that is touching and surprisingly human. Javeenbah Theatre Company has been one of the Gold Coast’s most beloved and friendliest community theatre groups for more than 40 years. Visit javeenbah.org.au to read more. Take part in the biggest youth a cappella workshop in Australia to be held on Saturday, July 14. Voices in Paradise “The Gold Coast’s a cappella revolution” is an initiative between The In rehearsal are GCLT’s Kiss Me Kate (opens June 30), Spotlight’s Heathers, Javeenbah’s The Dog Logs, Murwillumbah Theatre’s The Vicar Of Dibley and Tweed Theatre Company’s new musical Fred. Running are Tugun Theatre’s Blithe Spirit and Spotlight’s Baskerville. I’m off to the Baltic, UK and Paris this week – watch this space for info on what’s happening on the other side of the world.
Patti LuPone will star in Don’t Monkey with Broadway at QPAC next month.