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

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

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.

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