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Review - Mark Vincent in concert: Magnificent Lanza tribute

Mark Vincent in concert A tribute to Mario Lanza Australian tour Lunchbox Theatrical Productions Concert Hall Queensland Performing Arts Centre South Bank Brisbane Remaining Australian tour dates: Sydney - Thursday 9 November at 8 pm. State Theatre. Bookings: ticketmaster.com.au Melbourne - Sunday 12 November at 5 pm. Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall. Bookings: artscentremelbourne.com.au Mark Vincent is 23 years old. He won Australia’s Got Talent when he was 15 and by the time he was 20 has sold more than half a million song units. Now he is touring the capital cities with his show A Tribute to Mario Lanza. He is indeed a charismatic singing star. This is billed as a tribute show but it is

Qld Ballet’s Mia Heathcote promoted to soloist at curtain call

Following a performance as Wendy in Queensland Ballet's Peter Pan season on October 28, dancer Mia Heathcote (pictured) was promoted from Company Artist to Soloist. Queensland Ballet Artistic Director, Li Cunxin, surprised Mia at the curtain call of the evening performance with the news and was brimming with praise for the young dancer and her ability. "Mia is blessed with natural ability but she also gives everything of herself to every performance and brings so much character to the roles she dances," he said. "Mia has consistently been cast in lead roles over the last year and has very much earned our respect and admiration in the performances she has delivered. "I feel this promotion rec

Review - Qld Ballet's Peter Pan: what a great night out

Peter Pan Choreographed by Trey McIntyre Music by Sir Edward Elgar and Neil DePonte Performed by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra Conducted by Nigel Gaynor Queensland Ballet Playhouse Theatre Queensland Performing Arts Centre South Bank Brisbane Season: October 25-November 5. Duration: two hours fifteen minutes including two intervals. Bookings: qpac.com.au or 136 246 Peter Pan and co really can fly and amazingly so! Rian Thompson was a terrific hero and managed to encompass all the facets of the irrepressible little boy who never grew up (actually he did grow up a little bit in this version) and he showed some amazing aerial skills as he took to the skies in the fabulous aerial ballet alo

World premiere of Nineteen bares all about Aussie blokes

Photo by Joel Devereux. The award-winning company that created Carrie the Musical brings a new work, Nineteen, to make its international debut in Queensland. In November 2017, Brisbane audiences will be introduced to four lovable larrikins as they shamelessly (and sometimes naked-ly!) burst onto the stage of Brisbane Powerhouse’s Visy Theatre, in a dark comedy about trying to be a bloke in a world where no one really knows what that means. Nineteen finds its roots in real-life stories collected from young Australians across the continent. The four young men you see onstage are strangely familiar – we all know someone like them. We’ve all rolled our eyes at them: right after we’ve dared them

Ruby Slipper Chronicles heads for Gold Coast

Aurélie Roque (pictured) is not in Kansas anymore, as she gets set to arrive at The Arts Centre Gold Coast this November 3 and 4, performing her new cabaret, Ruby Slipper Chronicles. A part of the centre’s SideShow series and co-presented by The Arts Centre Gold Coast, Kansas native, Aurélie has transformed her parallels with the Wizard of Oz’s Dorothy into a cabaret, featuring Lions, Tigers and Bears.... After a successful season in Brisbane in June, the one-woman cabaret, under the musical direction of Luke Volker will tell the story of the trials, turmoil and triumphs Aurélie faced when she hitched up her blue and white checks en route to Australia four years ago. “The sweet, yet sassy Do

Review - On The Rocks: Great music in the suburbs

On The Rocks Directed by Roslyn Johnson Footlights Theatrical Reload Espresso Bar 9 Chrome Street Salisbury Season: October 13, 14.15. Bookings: www.trybooking.com/311157 There’s a lot of talent out in the suburbs and some interesting places for them to perform in. Footlights Theatrical is a group of musical theatre performers, many associated with the Beenleigh Theatre Group and Phoenix Ensemble. I saw them perform at the Reload Espresso Bar, an interesting venue, which is a former munitions factory and now basically a warehouse with chairs, tables, a bar and kitchen, stuck right in the middle of an industrial estate in the Brisbane suburb of Salisbury. It is also a big space and it was ja

Review - One The Bear: captivating and stimulating

One The Bear By Candy Bowers and Busty Beatz Presented by La Boite, Campbelltown Arts Centre and Black Honey Company Roundhouse Theatre Kelvin Grove Brisbane Season runs to October 21. Running time one hour. Bookings: www.laboite.com.au What happens when you mix a room full of young adults and teens in an almost full house growling at the stage, yowling and screaming in shared delight? A “fairytale” story about the rise and fall of fame with bears. Yes, bears. But these are not your fluffy teddy bear kind. In La Boite’s current show, One the Bear, is something a little different from most shows I have seen. In fact it is a unique hybrid of hip hop and cabaret, and it works. This show is the

New Brisbane opera talent takes to the stage for the first time

T The singers of Brisbane City Opera are preparing or the production of their first fully staged opera, Bastien & Bastienne. Brisbane City Opera is made up of current and former voice students from the Queensland Conservatorium. They will perform the Mozart opera from October 12- 15, at the Metro Arts Theatre on Edward Street. Brisbane City Opera was founded in February 2014, when the group of classical voice students performed for the first time for residents at the Vela Nursing Home. Since then the not-for-profit organization has gone from strength to strength, performing at weddings, corporate events and functions cross Brisbane - but their new production marks the first-time the group ha

Listening to some top talent talking

The Talk of Newstead, will be an inspiring three-evening speaker series which will celebrate the lifestyle of Newstead. It will feature three Queensland personalities, who will share tales of their careers. They are former Lord Mayor of Brisbane Sallyanne Atkinson, author Hugh Lunn, and columnist Frances Whiting. Presented by Aveo Newstead, The Talk of Newstead is a free series. Sallyanne Atkinson: the Rooftop at Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm. Refreshments will be provided RSVP - call 13 28 36 or visit aveo.com.au/events Sallyanne Atkinson rose to national prominence as Brisbane’s Lord Mayor from 1985 to 1991. This was the time of Expo ’88, when the world looked to Brisbane and it was throug

Aladdin for Brisbane next February

The new production of Aladdin from the producers of The Lion King and Mary Poppins begins performances at Lyric Theatre, QPAC from 28 February 2018. The Australian production boasts a cast of 34 and 337 costumes that feature 1,225 different fabrics, 712 different styles of beads and more than 500,000 Swarovski crystals. Forty tonnes of flying scenery and 60 tonnes of automation and staging will be transferred to Brisbane in 26 48-foot trucks to recreate the fantasy city of Agrabah, including the marketplace, the palace of the Sultan and his daughter Princess Jasmine and the Cave of Wonders. The principal cast features Michael James Scott in the role of the Genie, Ainsley Melham as Aladdin,

Review - Uninvited Guest: So young with so much talent

Uninvited Guest Choreographer Deanna Castellana Merge Dance Theatre Judith Wright Centre Brunswick Street Fortitude valley Brisbane Season is ended. Running time: 120 minutes including two intervals. The Merge Dancer Theatre says it “aims to extend and engage young artists to be independent, creative, and confident in their contemporary dance abilities with the goal of developing their performance skills to that of a professional standard.” After watching the end of year production, Uninvited Guest, a piece with three acts of 30 minutes duration, I can honestly say that the goals were reached. It was an amazing production with 25 girls aged between 15 and 19 who danced with staggering maturi

Mark Vincent’s tribute to Mario Lanza on tour

Mark Vincent in concert, from Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, will pay tribute to Hollywood legend Mario Lanza. Mark Vincent will showcase the songs and arias that made Mario Lanza world famous. Eight years after he won Australia's Got Talent Mark went on to record seven chart-topping albums with worldwide sales exceeding half a million units by the age of 20,. He also created a ‘virtual duet’ with Mario Lanza that forms part of the tour. The shows will feature a set list performed with band and strings from the album, and Mark’s catalogue.Mark sings alongside Mario in Because You’re Mine, one of the legendary movie star’s biggest hits. Re-mastered and re-edited, the song, taken from the M

shake & stir’s American Idiot set for 2018 national tour

Phoebe Panaretos (centre) as Whatsername. Photo Dylan Evans Following critical and audience acclaim at its Australian premiere in Brisbane earlier this year, this multi-Helpmann Award nominated Australian production of Green Day’s American Idiot musical will perform a national tour in 2018. The tour begins at the Sydney Opera House from 11 January, Adelaide Festival Centre’s Her Majesty’s Theatre from 19 January, Crown Theatre Perth from 2 February, Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre from 23 February and returns to Queensland Performing Arts Centre in Brisbane from 13 April. shake & stir theatre co’s Executive Producer, Nick Skubij is thrilled the show is taking to the road: “Green Day’s blisteringl

Review - Monty Python’s Spamalot: superbly silly

Above: Song and dance in Camelot. Below right: Chris Kellett as King Arthur and Chris Cathcart, as Patsy. Photos: Kris Anderson Monty Python’s Spamalot Book and lyrics by Eric Idle Music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle Presented by Prima Redcliffe Cultural Centre Qld Season: September 29-October 8. Duration: 3 hours includes interval. Bookings: www.prima.org.au Spamalot is a musical based on the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail and follows the journey of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they traverse Briton, and bits of Gaul, in search of the Holy Grail. As any fan of Monty Python would know, this is a classic parody of huge proportions, over the top humour, naughtiness,

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