The life and times of pro­lific song­writer Carol King are cel­e­brated in a mag­nif­i­cent mu­si­cal that’s well worth the hop up the high­way

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

Icaught a pre­view of Beau­ti­ful: The Carol King Mu­si­cal at QPAC last week. I was blown away by the ter­rific Aus­tralian cast, in­ter­pret­ing the life and times of this pro­lific song­writer. All the songs were fa­mil­iar – we grew up with them – the chore­og­ra­phy was ex­cep­tional, and the show looks set to have a fab­u­lous run. It’s rec­om­mended es­pe­cially for any­one who was around in the ’60s and ’70s. The lead­ing lady re­ceived a Help­mann Award this week for Best Ac­tress in a Mu­si­cal. This is fine the­atre, with mem­o­rable mu­sic exquisitely played by a won­der­ful orches­tra and sung by some of the coun­try’s finest mu­sic the­atre stars. Don’t miss it. Au­di­tions for The Boy From Oz have been an­nounced for Bal­lina The­atre’s pro­duc­tion in Novem­ber and De­cem­ber. They will be held over two days in late July and will be by ap­point­ment only. For all de­tails on cast re­quired, song and char­ac­ter lists, email ja­ma­jere@ya­hoo.com In a his­tory-mak­ing first, Queens­land Sym­phony Orches­tra will per­form to­mor­row un­der the stars in Glad­stone, con­ducted by in­ter­na­tion­ally famed mu­sic di­rec­tor Alon­dra de la Parra. It will be the first time de la Parra has vis­ited re­gional Queens­land. She will be joined by 57 mu­si­cians and lo­cal mu­sic stu­dents and teach­ers, per­form­ers and groups for the Sym­phony Un­der the Stars con­cert, themed Dance Around the World. Un­der­ground Broad­way has an­nounced the full cast for its Au­gust pro­duc­tion of Spring Awak­en­ing. New­comer Har­ri­son As­ton will play Mel­chior Ga­bor, lead­ing a cast of ex­cit­ing Bris­bane artists in this Tony Award-win­ning mu­si­cal. Also star­ring is Jac­qui McLaren as Wendla Bergmann, who au­di­ences will recog­nise from her per­for­mance as Mimi in the sold-out sea­son of Rent at the Bris­bane Pow­er­house. They will be joined by Oliver Lacey ( Bare) as Moritz Stiefel, Jor­dan Malone ( Kiss Me Kate) as Martha Bes­sell, Ruby Clark ( Rent, Grease) as Ilse Neu­mann, Tim Car­roll ( The Boys of Sond­heim, Grease) as Han­schen Rilow and Michael Nunn ( Bare) as Ernst Ro­bel. It’s nice to see for­mer Gold Coast ac­tor Tim Car­roll in an­other pro­fes­sional show. Tick­ets are on sale at metroarts.com.au/events/ spring-awak­en­ing In re­hearsal is Javeen­bah The­atre’s Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, Spot­light’s Not the Mes­siah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy), GCLT’s Run for your Wife and Spot­light’s We Will Rock You. Play­ing is GCLT’s Kiss Me Kate, Javeen­bah The­atre’s Pack of Lies and Tweed The­atre Com­pany’s Fred. Au­di­tions are com­ing up for Javeen­bah’s A Kick in the Baubles and GCLT’s Hello, Dolly! on the same day, Au­gust 5.

Chloe Zuel (cen­tre) in the out­stand­ing Beau­ti­ful: The Ca­role King Mu­si­cal which is play­ing at QPAC.

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