After opening in Sydney last year to a luke-warm reception, Strictly Ballroom received an injection with a glitter glue-gun before re-opening in Melbourne. And while it still may need a bit more of a twist before we can shout about it, Brisbane crowds didn’t seem to mind when it opened at QPAC’s Lyric Theatre. Another… Read more.
The life of Ned Kelly has rich dramatic material for a musical. The infamous bushranger divides Australia into those who admire him as someone who fought against inequality to the extent that his ‘larrikinism’ has become a part of our cultural identify, and those who scorn him as a thief and a murderer. There’s so… Read more.
In 1985, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre opened with a blockbuster production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, which starred Jon English, Marina Prior and Simon Gallaher. It returned to QPAC in 1994 (with Helen Donaldson replacing Marina Prior), with video and audio recordings ensuring its iconic status in Australian musical theatre. To celebrate… Read more.
With over ninety international awards, Wicked is the jewel in the crowning glory of composer Stephen Schwartz’ musical canon, which includes other commercial musical hits for the stage such as Godspell, Pippin, and movie musicals such as Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Prince of Egypt, and Enchanted amongst others. On a side note,… Read more.
Wicked, the multi award winning blockbuster musical has just opened in Brisbane at QPAC for the second time in 4 years. In celebration of this musical spectacular blowing into town, the Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, along with Simon Gallaher who is the show’s new Wizard Of Oz, transformed Brisbane into the Emerald City by lighting up the… Read more.
It’s official – Queensland loves The Lion King. Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) today announced that the Brisbane season of The Lion King has broken QPAC’s box office records, making it the highest grossing show since QPAC’s opening in 1985. Not only does The Lion King hold the highest box office earnings, it also had the second highest total… Read more.
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Producer John Frost has announced that Simon Gallaher will be the new Wizard for the Brisbane and Perth seasons of the blockbuster musical Wicked. It’s a rather serendipitous occasion as the Queensland Performing Arts Centre will celebrate its 30th Anniversary next year, as will Simon Gallaher who was in QPAC’s first production when it opened in 1984 with… Read more.
On January 12, 2015, the cast and crew of blockbuster musical The Lion King will take to the stage at Brisbane QUT Gardens Theatre for a special one night only charity concert – and it’s going to raise the roof! Preparations are now full swing for the festive season AND a special concert in support… Read more.
Entering the Brisbane Powerhouse theatre to watch Harvest Rain’s Footloose was a nostalgic experience. For me, it brought back great memories of performing it at CQCM (Central QLD Conservatorium of Music)… on roller skates! #GoodTimes. For many others the nostalgia will come from childhood when they first saw this iconic movie musical in 1984. Regardless, there… Read more.