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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.