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Sat, 12 November 2005

MelSamba @ Hispanic Fiesta 2005

Filed under: Dance, latin music, Festivals & Major Events, General — site admin @ 6:03 am

MelSamba will perform - once again - at this year’s HISPANIC FIESTA on SATURDAY, 19 NOVEMBER, 7:00 - 7:40 pm at their main stage (Corner of Nicholson & Johnston Sts., Fitzroy).
Come down and bring your friends for a real taste of BRAZIL

Thu, 10 November 2005

The Comedy Lair Gigs

Filed under: Comedy, General — site admin @ 7:16 pm

TONIGHT: Thu 10 Nov
The 4 Noels
Matt Hardy
Katrina Fleming
Dean Eizenberg
Matt Black

Thu 17 Nov
Tom Gleeson
Damian Callinan
Adam Vincent
Mel Sargeant
Dave ‘Hammertime’ Hamley

Thu 24 Nov
‘Wilson Dixon’
Matt Quartermaine
Mat Keneally
Troy King
+ more

Thu 1 Dec - final Terminus show for 2005 (HiFi Bar Christmas Show details to be announced shortly)
Adam Richard
Corinne Grant
Sarah Lamshed
+ more

The Comedy Lair: Thursdays
The Terminus Hotel, 492 Queen’s Parade, Clifton Hill.
Doors open 8pm, show starts 8.30pm.
Tix $13/$10 or $22 dinner and show deal.
Venue: 9481.3182

Major TV Production Seeks Twins

Filed under: Television, General — site admin @ 7:14 pm



Australia- “Body Doubles,” a major production which will be televised globally, is seeking Identical Beautiful female twins, ages 21-34 to compete in Sydney for a chance at being sent to Las Vegas (USA) where the pair will compete with other Twins for Huge contracts, Cash & Prizes.

“This is the opportunity of a lifetime,” says Debbie Ganz, a Twin Casting Director in New York City. “You can only make a first impression once, twins make it twice,” she says.

Ganz adds, “This is the Perfect Opportunity for Twins who never had the chance to participate in other castings, such as Doublemint.”

Ganz and her sister, Lisa, are the owners of Twins Talent Productions. Lisa calls the production a “significant” opportunity for twins worldwide. “To have a production exclusively cast Twins is Fantastic and it will definitely Double the TV Ratings”.

Casting directors will be visiting 10 countries around the world!


Travel, Per Diem and a chance to win 50,000 (US) in Cash and Prizes!

All those interested, should email their information and photos immediately to Debbie at:

Name of Twins,DOB,Email,Phone Number (home and cell),Sizes, Recent Photo

Debbie and Lisa Ganz
Email: Billywonka@aol.com
Fax: 413-294-2000
Tel: 212-289-1777

archy & mehitabel

Filed under: Theatre, General — site admin @ 8:12 am

Australian Premiere season of MEL BROOKS musical

Before it was ‘Keep it Gay’ in The Producers it was ‘Toujour Gai’ in archy & mehitabel, the first Broadway musical that comedy legend MEL BROOKS was a collaborator on. A rich jazz score, witty lyrics and dialogue with characters from Don Marquis’ famous New York news column make this Australian premiere season by the Magnormos Music Theatre Readings Program a must-see.

Limited Season - November 28th - 30th
Theatreworks, 14 Acland Street, St Kilda @ 8pm
Tickets: Full: $22 Concession* $18
* Magnormos Contributing Artist, valid concession card holders MEAA Members

BOOK: online at www.magnormos.com or on: 9534 3388

Starring Jane Badler (Diana in ‘V’, ‘All Het Up’, ‘Mission Impossible’) as Mehitabel, Matt Hetherington (‘The Full Monty’, ‘Hair’) as Big Bill, Robert Grubb (‘We Will Rock You’, ‘Flying Doctors’) as The Newspaperman, David Gauchi (‘A New Brain’, ‘High Society’) as Tyrone T Tattersall, and Michael Lindner (‘Oklahoma!’, ‘Annie Get Your Gun’) as archy.

In a deserted office, a cockroach dives headfirst onto the keys of a typewriter, pouring out the ruminations of his soul. It’s “archy” (he’s too small to hold down the shift key), poet, philosopher, moralist and futile worshipper of “mehitabel,” the alley cat. This bizarre, highly original musical takes us into the streets of the big city as archy tries hopelessly to bring the “toujours gai” mehitabel off the back fence and into a respect-able home as a housecat.

It all began in 1916, with Don Marquis’ whimsical stories for The New York Evening Sun. In 1954, a 45 minute album was recorded, with Carol Channing as Mehitabel and Eddie Bracken as Archy. Renamed as Shinbone Alley it opened on Broadway in 1957 at the Broadway Theatre, with Bracken and Eartha Kitt (understudied by Chita Rivera) in the leads. The book was co-written by lyricist Joe Darion and Mel Brooks, the future director of future Hollywood satires like Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs, The Producers and History of the World, Part One. Way ahead of its time (Cats didn’t open for another quarter-century) Shinbone Alley lasted only 49 performances. But it wasn’t over then. Popularity was such that the show was presented on television for a national audience, this time with Bracken and Tammy Grimes. Finally, Shinbone Alley was made into an animated film with the leads who began it all, Channing and Bracken. Today it is often singled out as one of the most daring and innovative musicals of the Golden Age of Broadway, and finds its Australian premiere as part of the Magnormos Music Theatre Readings Program.

What is a ‘Reading’?

Traditionally a reading is a ‘read through’ performance of a text, without settings, props, costumes or other theatricalities, just the actors and their scripts, and generally with very limited rehearsal process. The Magnormos Music Theatre Readings Program is a program of ‘rehearsed readings’, which involve a short rehearsal period, relevant but limited stage direction, choreography, costuming and musical preparation/arrangement, and comprehensive focus on
the actor and the text.

Previous Magnormos Readings

‘Saturday Night’ (Australian Premiere), ‘Nile Blue’ (Australian Premiere) ‘Dutch Courage’ (Victorian Premiere), ‘Water Into Wine’, ‘A Bunch of Ratbags’.

What’s been said about the MTRP

’all you could want from Sondheim on any night … a bullseye!’ (The Age)
“Fizzed with focused energy … one to watch …” (Herald Sun)
“… the most fun I’ve had in a musical all year … ” - (The Age)

The Butterfly Club Shows

Filed under: performance art, Theatre, General — site admin @ 8:10 am


Do you like the idea of relaxing on a Saturday afternoon, with a drink in your hand and have a wonderful new play read to you by some of Australia’s leading actors? After last year’s sell-out season, Fly-On-The-Wall and The Butterfly Club returns with the 2006 Midsumma Saturday Afternoon Playreadings – four international gay plays by four gay playwrights over four consecutive Saturday’s.

Saturday, 21 January @ 2.00pm

By Matthew Todd

An acclaimed drama about searing love, sex and gay pride… Nigel loves his hedonistic lifestyle - he has a long-term boyfriend, goes clubbing and has lots of sex in their open relationship. Jamie, his partner of ten years isn’t sure things are so great… The night before Pride, the couple discover Cumboy_17 on Gaydar.co.uk. They plan for a night of casual sex but their young guest has a very different agenda… Blowing Whistles is a blisteringly honest account of a modern gay lifestyle.

Saturday, 28 January @ 2.00pm

By Phil Willmott

The simmering obsessive lust of Strindberg’s Miss Julie for her serving man - Jean is translated by award-winning author Phil Willmott into a sultry gay master/servant encounter. For a few chaotic days in 1926 Britain’s working class went on strike and upper class youths took over the jobs they’d abandoned. A blistering sexual power struggle ensues amongst the filth and grease of a depot at midnight between a striker and the wealthy young man attempting to drive his bus. This play is both a fascinating period piece and an exploration of gay lust and love as a weapon of subjugation.

Saturday, 04 February @ 2.00pm

ecstasy + GRACE
By James Martin Charlton

Once upon a time, Davy had visions of a better world. Now he competes. Living in Amsterdam, managing Blackjack’s Porn Shop with his German skinhead lover, Kai, Davy reckons he is doing just fine. Then Rae appears from England to bring it all back home. But will that be enough to save Pullet, the 13 year-old boy on Davy’s payroll? Davy: “We traffic in narcotics and children.” ecstasy + GRACE is a mythic but starkly realistic work dealing with the extremes to which the human spirit can aspire to, or sink to.

Saturday, 11 February @ 2.00pm

Adapted from the stage by Russell Labey
>From the best-selling novel by William Sutcliffe

Mark is a 17-year old who is anxious to finally get his sex life jump-started. When “new boy” Barry, who has the face of an angel and the body of a god [and the name of a plasterer] begins classes at Mark’s all boys school, the two become fast friends. This new relationship allows Mark the opportunity to experience his hormonal aspirations vicariously through Barry’s exploits. Through it all, the two boys develop a very close bond that could ultimately change the course of their lives.

Produced by Robert Chuter & Alan Rance for Fly-On-The-Wall Theatre

The Butterfly Club, 204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, 3205

Saturday, 21 & 23 January
Saturday, 04 & 11 February

2.00pm sharp

All tickets $12.00
Note: Plays contains high-level sexual content and explicit language.

Bookings: 9690 2000 [Limited seating!]

Bar open [30 minutes prior and throughout]
Smoke Free
No wheelchair access (unfortunately!)

Quantis Soul Orchestra @ The Prince Bandroom

Filed under: jazz music, Gigs, General — site admin @ 8:06 am


Future Classic, Russ Dewbury and Triple J present

Jazz Bop 2005

The Bamboos (Aus)
Raw Fusion Sound System (Sweden)
Russ Dewbury (UK)
Kano & Ennio Styles (Aus)

on Friday 18th November at Prince Bandroom
Doors 8pm

Tickets $38 + booking fee from Missing Link, Polyester, Greville, Northside Records, Prince of Wales public bar or by phone on 03 9536 1168 or online now! www.princebandroom.com.au

Wed, 9 November 2005

Johnston Street Fiesta 2005

November 19 and 20


With all bands and live entertainment now confirmed for Johnston Street Fiesta 2005, this event is set to turn this relatively tame street into a street carnival of beating drums, captivating panflutes and dancing frenzies! The variety of entertainment on show, from traditional Andean folk music to funky Latin hip-hop and even rock adds to this annual celebration of the traditionally colourful communities of Spain and Latin America.

Inka Marka bring together the Andean music of Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador to a create a majestic sound. They combine the melodies of the panflute and quena with the rich string sounds of the guitar, charango and violin. Inka Marka has performed at events throughout Australia, Japan, the Pacific region, Africa and the Americas they are a favourite at Johnston Street Fiesta.

When its time for music to revolutionize itself and get funky no-one can be more attuned to that task than a passionate, sexy and fresh sounding singer called ‘G’. G has been perfoming solo as well as part of Latin band Vatos Locos for a number of years. He will be doing a special performance at Johnston Street Fiesta 2005, bringing to the main stage a ballad as well as some upbeat Latin sounds.

La Cura is a popular Latin band with a great, big sound. The dancing hats will surely come on for this spectacle of infectious salsa and merengue rhythms. Playing at a number of festivals and events throughout Melbourne, including St Kilda Festival and this year’s Johnston Street Gala dinner, the band already has a strong fan following. Super talented DJ Mick Williams, presenter of PBS program Sabor Latin and regular DJ at popular Latin music venues, will keep the dance floor alive during La Cura’s band breaks.

For energetic music and heart-pounding rhythms, think of MelSamba (formerly know as Melbourne Samba). The sounds of Carlos Ferreira’s Brazilian percussion will once again reign at Johnston Street Fiesta. All the samba dance fans are guaranteed to rejoice and the conga lines sure to get up!

Labjacd is a new 9-piece latin hip-hop outfit based in Melbourne. They draw their influences for their music from old school hip-hop and jazz, Cuban salsa and even Andean folk music. Labjacd have been doing great gigs throughout Melbourne’s live music scene, playing regularly at various venues in Brunswick and Fitzroy and also as part of this year’s Fringe Festival.

Professional dancers from Copacabana International will let you enjoy a demonstration of a variety of dance styles including salsa, lambada, tango, samba, timbalada, and capoeira like you’ve never seen before. Audiences will be lining up to take their own dance classes!

La Mezcla is a band seeking to offer more than just the traditional sounds of salsa and merengue, but also aiming to incorporate some fresh sounds of Latin rock and pop into their ensemble. Also drawing from tunes from Cuba’s world renowned Buena Vista Social Club, they will have the crowd on the dancefloor in no time!

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