A TRULY SUPERB GUIDE
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
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.