Paul opened the original Olde Tyme Music Hall at Ian Orton’s Restaurant in Surfers Paradise in June 1974 and it went on to be Australia’s longest running live show.

   
 

 

The show quickly became the entertainment Mecca for tens of thousands of Australians and many overseas visitors to the Gold Coast. It was also a popular night out for the “locals” and was televised nationally throughout Australia and six countries overseas for four years.

In June 1982 Paul moved his Music Hall show to the handsomely appointed Theatre Restaurant at the Iluka Quality Inn in the heart of Surfers Paradise. In June 1982 the show celebrated 3000 performances on the Gold Coast.

In 1984 Paul took his Music Hall on a Queensland Arts Council Tour to celebrate its 20th Birthday and the show played 32 nights in outback Australia to bring entertainment and fun to those suffering from one ofthe countries worst droughts.

When Paul decided, in 2001, to accept a long standing offer to produce television in Hollywood the final curtain fell for Music Hall Follies . With the farewell show the cast celebrated its 26th. Birthday at the Gold Coast Arts Centre. This performance followed a sold out national tour with packed audiences of 1300 people at many venues.
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The stars of Music Hall Follies appearing on THE GOLD COAST BULLETIN, Oct. 25, 2000. From left: Romano Dragoni, Paul Sharratt, Suzie Defara, Sheila Bradley, Peter Moselle and Kirri Adams.

 


The cast of this final show was a who’s who of Australian vaudeville and included:


PETER MOSELLE

One of the Gold Coasts veteran entertainers, Peter came out of retirement for just one show to join his friends on stage and to delight his many fans. Sadly Peter passed away in 2003 and will be missed by audiences around the country.

 

SHEILA BRADLEY

 

One of the great stars of the musical theatre both in Britain and Australia. Sheila’s wonderful career includes “Kismet” at the London Palladium. She was the original Nancy in the Austra;ian production of “Oliver” and also starred in “Charlie’s Aunt”,” The King and I”,” Mame”, “Hello Dolly”, and “Me and My Girl”.

 

ROMANO DRAGONI

 

The complete International cabaret entertainer, with a huge repertoire covering all manners of music. He has performed classic opera, was trained at the Sydney Conservatorium but is equally at home with popular classics. His contribution to the success of the Music Hall over many years has been enormous. He has been a close personal friend of Paul for more than 30 years and his fabulous voice just gets better and better.

 

KIRRI ADAMS

 

One of Australia’s most popular singing stars. She has starred on all of the top TV shows and has played with success every club in the country. Kirri spent many years working overseas and returned to the land of her birth to continue her successful career. She is at equally at home with popular music, the evergreens or a Music Hall favourite.

 

Suzie DEFARA
(SHARRATT)

 

Suzie has been with the show since 1976 delighting audiences with her songs and dance. She is what we call in show business “ the soubrette” which means she takes many parts in the traditional show playing in comedy bits, sing-a-long and dancing with the music hall Ballet. Suzie’s numbers with Sheila Bradley especially their hilarious “ Grass is always Greener” were always show stoppers for the music hall audience.

Paul and Suzie have just celebrated their 21st Wedding Anniversary.

 

EDDIE TRUEMAN
at the piano

 

The words “Eddie Trueman at the piano” were a part of the show for many years. Eddie was a great friend to all the music hall casts and always ready to help with arrangements and a little bit of patter with Paul. His own solo spots were very popular and he was a fine entertainer in his own right. He joined host Paul nightly to render the popular favourite “Suzie, Suzie, Sitting in the Shoe Shine Shop” and it usually ended with the expected laughs and chaos.


 

Enjoy the following pictures which recall some favourite music hall moments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 



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