The Pro­duc­tion Com­pany has nailed it again, with A Gen­tle­man’s Guide to Love and Mur­der equal in every way to the hit Broad­way show

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

Yours truly was lucky enough to catch a per­for­mance of The Pro­duc­tion Com­pany’s A Gen­tle­man’s Guide to Love and Mur­der in Mel­bourne. I saw the show on Broad­way a cou­ple of years ago just af­ter it won a Tony for Best New Mu­si­cal. This pro­duc­tion is fab­u­lous – equal in every way to the Broad­way show, with the hugely tal­ented Mitchell Bu­tel tak­ing eight roles in the show. He’s more than matched by Chris Ryan in the lead, with vet­eran Nan­cye Hayes in a cameo but still a knock­out. The qual­ity of shows pro­duced by this com­pany is mind bog­gling – and the stan­dard of cos­tumes, min­i­mal sets and sheer Aussie tal­ent makes for a fab­u­lous pro­duc­tion. Jean­nie Pratt is the fi­nan­cial force be­hind the con­cept and boy does it work. The big open­ings this week were Javeen­bah Theatre’s A Kick In The Baubles and Bal­lina Play­ers’ The Boy From Oz. Both shows are book­ing well, with more in­for­ma­tion to come next week. Gold Coast Lit­tle Theatre’s Hello, Dolly! is prov­ing very pop­u­lar with au­di­ences, with high book­ings through­out the sea­son. Spot­light Theatre’s We Will Rock You has proven so suc­cess­ful, two ex­tra per­for­mances have been added. Call the the­atres for in­for­ma­tion and book­ings. Af­ter the huge suc­cess of the in­au­gu­ral event, Theatre Jam is on again on Novem­ber 17. Got a han­ker­ing for vaude­ville? Miss the days of the old mu­sic hall and the spon­ta­neous fun of the work­ers’ clubs where folk made their own en­ter­tain­ment, shared a laugh and left their wor­ries be­hind them? Theatre Jam is the an­swer. The ini­tia­tive hosted by Mates Theatre Ge­n­e­sis, clears the stage for ex­pe­ri­enced per­form­ers to in­dulge their love of drama, and newcomers to un­lock po­ten­tial tal­ent in a safe, sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment. Sing a song, do a dance, play a tune, per­form a skit – you can be part of the ac­tion or part of the au­di­ence. Lim­ited per­for­mance spots avail­able, with no judges and no prizes. Au­di­ence mem­bers and per­form­ers must book tick­ets on­line at mat­estg.org.au or call 0416 836 196. Mates Theatre Ge­n­e­sis is at the Birk­dale School of Arts Hall, 101 Birk­dale Road, Birk­dale, op­po­site Domino’s Pizza. Com­ing to QPAC Bris­bane in July is An­drew Lloyd Web­ber’s Broad­way hit School of Rock. Based on the iconic, hi­lar­i­ous hit movie, this ir­re­sistible new mu­si­cal fol­lows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who de­cides to earn a bit of ex­tra cash by pos­ing as a sup­ply teacher at a pres­ti­gious prep school. There, he turns a class of straight-A pupils into a guitar-shred­ding, basss­lap­ping, mind-blow­ing rock band. But can he get them to the Bat­tle of the Bands with­out their par­ents and the school’s head­mistress find­ing out? The show opened in Mel­bourne last week and is look­ing like a huge suc­cess. More in­for­ma­tion and book­ings avail­able on­line at qpac.com.au Theatre an­gel Bev­erly McIl­wain con­tin­ues to be ma­jor pa­tron of the up­com­ing 10th an­nual Gold Palm Theatre Awards. Bev, and late hus­band Jock, have been sup­port­ing the awards since the be­gin­ning, both great, theatre-lov­ing bene­fac­tors. Tick­ets for the black-tie awards night on De­cem­ber 11 are on sale now at the HOTA box of­fice. Mu­si­cal theatre star Ian Sten­lake will again take the MC role, fresh from fin­ish­ing his na­tional tour in Mamma Mia!. In re­hearsal this week is Gold Coast Lit­tle Theatre’s pan­tomime Cin­derella and Mates Theatre Ge­n­e­sis’ com­edy Drink­ing Habits. Now show­ing is Tu­gun Theatre Com­pany’s Pins and Nee­dles, Spot­light’s We Will Rock You, GCLT’s Hello, Dolly!, Javeen­bah Theatre’s A Kick In The Baubles, and Bal­lina Play­ers’ The Boy From Oz. See you in a crowded foyer.

Dress­ing Roomers caught one of the fi­nal shows of a Gen­tle­man's Guide to Love and Mur­der in Mel­bourne.

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