Morrie to hit stage
A newcomer to the theatre industry will stage a worldwide bestselling book for the first time in New Zealand.
Newmarket Stage Company’s Adey Ramsel and Sharu Delilkan have been given the tick of approval from United States author Mitch Albom to perform the widely-acclaimed Tuesdays with Morrie.
It’s a coup for the company, co-producer Delilkan says, because it will be just its second production.
However, there was a bit of a nervous wait – Albom had gone fishing and producers had to await his return for a decision, Delilkan says.
She’s stoked to have the writer’s approval as he has creative input into how the show is staged around the world.
Tuesdays with Morrie was a New York Times’ bestseller and is based on Albom’s relationship with his university mentor Morrie Schwartz.
Mt Eden’s Jason Te Mete plays sports journalist Albom and shares the spotlight with George Henare as the ailing lecturer.
Te Mete, 33, trained as a musician in Wellington and worked his way into the musical theatre scene.
He says the story deals with death and how to be a better person but is a message many can relate to.
Tuesdays with Morrie runs June 5 to 21 at The Factory Theatre, 7 Eden St, Newmarket.