Gerry Connolly, currently starring in Anything Goes at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), delighted Ekka patrons today as he took on the role of Queen Elizabeth II.

“The Queen” payed a surprise visit to The Ekka this afternoon, taking one of her prized Cardigan Corgi puppies to the Dog Pavilion.

The visit kicks off the closing week of the hilarious Helpmann Award winning musical Anything Goes which officially closes Sunday 16 August 2015.

Anything Goes sees Connolly’s return to leading Australian Producer John Frost’s fold, playing the Captain of the S.S. American. His last Frost appearance was with the comedic portrayal of Marcus Lycus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum in 2012/2013.

Connolly is an accomplished Australian comedian, actor, impressionist and pianist best known for his satirical caricatures of public figures. For half the reign of the present Queen, he has performed as Her Majesty in the Southern Hemisphere and occasionally north of the Equator. This turn began life at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in revue in 1981, and along with his rendition of Sir Joh Bjelke Petersen quickly became the basis of stage shows such as Men and Women of Australia, I CONnolly, Gerrymander Joh and the Last Crusade, Different Things and Pianomaniac.

The new John Frost/Opera Australia production of Anything Goes is led by Caroline O’Connor as evangelist turned nightclub singer Reno Sweeney; Todd McKenney plays Lord Evelyn Oakleigh; Alex Rathgeber is young Wall Street broker Billy Crocker; Claire Lyon is American debutante Hope Harcourt, and Carmen Duncan in her musical theatre debut plays Evangeline Harcourt; Wayne Scott Kermond is second-rate gangster Moonface Martin; Debora Krizak is Moonface’s girlfriend Erma; while Bartholomew John is Wall Street banker Elisha J. Whitney.

For decades, Anything Goes has captivated millions with its delightful story of madcap antics aboard the S.S. American. Winner of three 2015 Helpmann Awards, including Best Female Actor, Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role, and Best Choreography in a Musical during its Australian season, Anything Goes is a stunning nautical favourite. This is a first-class musical.

Don’t miss Anything Goes before it sets sail with the last performance in Brisbane on Sunday 16 August 2015. To book go to or phone 136 246.


Opera Australia and John Frost present:
Anything Goes

When: From 25 July 2015 to 16 August 2015
Where: Lyric Theatre, QPAC, Cultural Precinct, South Bank, Brisbane
Tickets: Refer to qpac website for current pricing
Bookings: or phone 136 246

Image from left RNA Councillor in charge of the Dog judging, Lionel Blumel, The Queen (Gerry Connolly), and Captain and Sailors from The SS American.

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