MANDY’S A LIV­ING LEG­END

Don’t miss the chance to catch award-win­ning ac­tor, singer and sto­ry­teller Mandy Patinkin’s per­for­mance at Bris­bane’s QPAC later this year

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

Be­fore he was an Emmy-win­ning TV and film ac­tor, Mandy Patinkin was al­ready a Tony­win­ning Broad­way star. Patinkin, star of the hit TV se­ries Home­land and one of the most ver­sa­tile and com­pelling ac­tors, singers and sto­ry­tellers of our age, re­turns to Aus­tralia in Novem­ber for the first time in five years to per­form in Mel­bourne, Syd­ney and Bris­bane. Tick­ets are on sale now. Hav­ing seen the man in con­cert some years ago in Bris­bane with Patti LuPone, I can attest to his in­cred­i­ble tal­ent. Mandy has been de­scribed as “a clas­si­cally trained but barely re­strained stage ac­tor. A no-holds-barred con­cert singer and a scen­esteal­ing star”. His stage per­for­mances are leg­endary, from his 1980 Broad­way de­but as Che in An­drew Lloyd Web­ber’s Evita, which won him a Tony, to his later stage cred­its in The Wild Party, Falset­tos, The Se­cret Gar­den, The Win­ter’s Tale, Ham­let and Savages. Mandy per­forms at the Con­cert Hall, QPAC for one night only on Novem­ber 17 at 8pm. Book on­line at qpac.com.au or call 136 246. Lo­cal com­pa­nies are get­ting ready to an­nounce their pro­grams for 2019. Seems ev­ery year gets ear­lier as com­pa­nies vie for rights and casts for an ev­er­in­creas­ing play­bill of­fer­ing. Watch this space. It’s great to hear that lo­cal en­ter­tainer and for­mer com­mu­nity the­atre per­former Court­ney Mon­sma will go from one hit show ( Mamma Mia!) to another one. She’s singed on for Aladdin as un­der­study for Princess Jas­mine in the new year. An in­ter­est­ing call for cast is out for a show called All the Sex I’ve Ever Had. In Septem­ber, in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned Cana­dian per­for­mance com­pany Mam­malian Div­ing Re­flex will take up res­i­dency at HOTA for a month in prepa­ra­tion for the re­mark­able per­for­mance. Ev­ery gen­er­a­tion thinks it in­vented sex, but your grand­par­ents prob­a­bly have sto­ries that would make your jaw drop. Bring­ing to­gether a cast of lo­cal peo­ple, Mam­malian Div­ing Re­flex will cre­ate a show based on real peo­ple who open up about their lives, sex­ual ex­pe­ri­ences and the un­ex­pected twists and turns of their re­la­tion­ships. They’ll chat with the au­di­ence, toast to im­por­tant mile­stones and some­times even break out into a dance. If you’re aged over 65, in­ter­ested in talk­ing about your life and think you might like to be in­volved, then email Kate McDonald at kate.t.mcdonald@gmail.com or else call 0402 071 984. Ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est close Au­gust 13. Fol­low­ing on from its suc­cess­ful sea­son of Fred, Tweed The­atre Com­pany will stage First Things First, a com­edy by Derek Ben­field, from Septem­ber 7-23 at the Tweed Cul­tural Cen­tre. Book­ings are open on­line at tweedthe­atre.com.au or call 1800 674 414. Open­ing this week was Queens­land The­atre’s Jasper Jones. Flash­ing back to the Viet­nam War era in Aus­tralia, this is a com­ing-of-age story of a 14-year-old book­worm and his life in a small West Aus­tralian town where dust, bul­ly­ing and bore­dom are the norm. Char­lie’s life is quiet and un­ex­cep­tional. Noth­ing ex­cit­ing ever hap­pens in Cor­ri­gan. Un­til Jasper Jones, an Abo­rig­i­nal boy with a rep­u­ta­tion for trou­ble, finds a young girl dead hanging from a tree. Fear­ing he will be blamed for the death, he calls on Char­lie to help him solve the mys­tery and clear his name. The set is a credit to de­signer Anna Cord­ing­ley evok­ing an en­tire dust-laden town com­plete with tow­er­ing gumtree bush and gen­tly lap­ping dam. The clever use of a re­volv­ing stage and ex­pert light­ing by Matt Scott cre­ates be­liev­able colours of the out­back and cap­tures the sub­tleties of nat­u­ral light to per­fec­tion. It is a vin­tage Aus­tralian story with mod­ern­day ap­peal. Sam Strong’s pro­duc­tion of Jasper Jones sold out its Mel­bourne The­atre Com­pany sea­son and was nom­i­nated for four Help­mann awards in­clud­ing Best Play. It runs un­til Au­gust 18. In re­hearsal is Javeen­bah The­atre’s Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, GCLT’s Run for Your Wife and Spot­light’s We Will Rock You. Play­ing is Spot­light’s Not the Mes­siah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy). Cast lists for re­cently au­di­tioned Javeen­bah’s A Kick in the Baubles and GCLT’s Hello, Dolly! will hope­fully be in next week’s col­umn. See you in a crowded foyer real soon.

Tony-win­ning Broad­way star Mandy Patinkin will per­form at QPAC in Bris­bane for one night only on Novem­ber 17.

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