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Paulini to star in The Bodyguard

Producers John Frost, Michael Harrison and David Ian have announced the Brisbane season for the international award-winning hit musical The Bodyguard. Australian vocalists Paulini, will play the leading role of Rachel at the Sydney Lyric Theatre on 22 April 2017, before playing at the Lyric Theatre, QPAC, Brisbane from July 19. Australia first heard Paulini and her five octave range during the inaugural series of Australian Idol. The Fijianborn singer songwriter went on to release three albums, and has travelled the globe from New York to Los Angeles, Paris and London, collaborating with some of the world’s best music producers. Based on the Warner Bros 1992 film starring Whitney Houston and

Kate Miller-Heidke in concert

Award winning singer/songwriter and Brisbane native Kate Miller-Heidke brings her Helpmann Award winning show to the Concert Hall, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) joined by Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra, Camerata of St John’s on Friday 10 March 2017. Touring her show for the first time since its 2016 premier in Tasmania at MOFO, conducted by Benjamin Northey, Kate will also be accompanied by visuals from multi-award winning Australian director, Amy Gebhardt. This concert event, accompanied by Camerata of St John’s in an expanded format, will present audiences with an orchestral re-imagining of Kate’s catalogue, featuring favourites from her album, new material and songs from her mo

Review - Doll by Babushka: a riot of colour, laughter and silliness

Right: Alicia Cush, Bethan Ellsmore and Judy Hainsworth. Doll by Babushka Directed by Caroline Dunphy Presented by Little Black Dress Creatives in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse Brisbane Powerhouse New Farm’ Brisbane Season: 24-27 November 2016. Running time 60 minutes. Bookings: brisbanepowerhouse.org/events/2016/11/24/doll-by-babushka/ Babushka is a trio of extremely talented young ladies – Judy Hainsworth (Princess Doll), Alicia Cush (Over Achiever Doll) and Bethan Ellsmore (Party Doll) – who invite us into their Dream House for an hour’s long adventure of fun, song and laughter about childhood’s best friend, our favourite doll. This show is full of energy from whoa to go. The Dolls

Review – Kooza: Hits all the buttons

The Trickster. Kooza Cirque du Soleil Skygate Brisbane Airport (near DFO) Season: 24 November 2016 to 8 January 2017. Bookings: at www.cirquedusoleil.com/kooza or by phone on toll free 1800 036 685. Kooza, the latest Cirque du Soleil production to reach Brisbane, hits all the buttons with superb gymnastics, stunning costumes, live music, and exceptionally skilled performers. It opens with the usual razzmatazz and amazing tumbling from the cast and then just when you think you’ve seen every act possible after watching so many circus-styled shows Cirque du Soleil returns to prove you wrong. The teeter board is dragged on stage and acrobats are tossed high into the Big Top doing all sorts of pr

Review - Retail therapy: Tale of a shop girl

Retail Therapy Produced by Cassandra Croucher The Leopard Lounge Brisbane Powerhouse New Farm Season runs until November 27. Bookings : www.brisbanepowerhouse.org Those who have experienced the pain that is working in retail will understand what it is to have to work through the day, smiling away for the customers yet slowly dying inside. At least, that is what Cassandra Croucher depicts in her one-woman show, Retail Therapy – a part of the Wonderland series currently on at the Powerhouse. Following the story of CeCe, the audience is met with an exasperated, hopeless soul who bitterly regrets her life choices, such as dropping out of university. The show is peppered with adaptations of popu

Review - Are You Being Served: Laughter unlimited

Are You Being Served? By Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft Director, Christine Duncan-Linning Sandgate Theatre Inc. How long has it been since you have been in a large department store where someone has come up to see if you needed help? If it had been Grace Brothers store, someone would have said “Are You Being Served?”. That store was the centre of all activity in the comedy series from the BBC that began in 1972. The series gained much of its popularity by pushing the limits through its deliberate – subtle – use of risqué visual gags, innuendo infused dialogue and cleverly disguised sophomoric humour. The series made the audience laugh while challenging the norms of the day. This is th

Review – Tartuffe: Dr Seuss for grown-ups

The Cast. Photo by Deanne Scott Tartuffe By Moliere New version by Justin Fleming Qld Theatre and Black Swan Theatre presentation Playhouse Theatre Queensland Performing Arts Centre South Bank Brisbane Season: November 12-December 4. Running time: two hours 30 minutes including interval. Bookings: Bookings: 136 246 or www.queenslandtheatre.com.au I had forgotten that Tartuffe was written in rhyming couplets so it was a surprise to the ears when the show opened and it took a few minutes to adjust. But the text was so brilliantly written by Justin Fleming that it was like listening to Dr Seuss for grown-ups. With some neat little modern references and impeccable timing from the cast it turned

Cruise comedy from Villanova Players

Villanova Players Theatre Company welcomes patrons aboard the luxury transatlantic liner, the SS Italian Castle for its current production Rough Crossing by Tom Stoppard and directed by Fiona Kennedy and Jane Sizer. With only 4 days until its Broadway opening, successful playwrights Sandor and Alex are struggling to finish writing their new musical comedy – The Cruise of the Dodo. Chaos reigns as the egocentric cast rehearse. From the suicidal French composer Adam Adam and his love for the leading lady, to the devious intentions of the leading man, Ivor Fish and the hindrance of the unorthodox cabin steward, Dvornichek. The chaos moves to calamity when the ship hits rough weather in the midd

Review - Opera in the Reservoir: Something amazingly different

Right: The cast - Darian Di Stefano-Johns, Glenn Lorimer, Louise Dorsman and Ashleigh Maclaine. The Underground Opera Company Produced by Bruce Edwards Musical Director and keyboard Brendan Murtagh Spring Hill Reservoir Wickham Terrace Brisbane Season: November 11-20. Running time: two hours 20 minutes with interval. Bookings: www.ticketmaster.com.au or www.undergroundopera.com.au Tickets $59-$89. I was promised something different with Underground Opera and I certainly got it. It was a stunning evening of entertainment from a talented group in an amazing venue. To sit under the brick archways six metres underground in a space that, 150 years ago was filled to the brim with the water that su

Review - Women in Voice 2016: A lot of magic

Women in Voice 2016 Presented by Judith Wright Centre and WIV Presents The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts Fortitude Valley Brisbane Season: until Saturday, November 12 It’s amazing to think that music has been so ubiquitous across all cultures for such a long time. It begs questions about its evolution, purpose, and meaning. But it can’t be denied that music has a very powerful effect on humans, drawing countless emotional and physical responses during a single musical experience. So when you gather an audience into a room with five songstresses doing what they do best on stage, it’s nothing short of a miracle. Music is powerful tool and when wielded in the right way, something ma

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