The Bri­tish are com­ing to Palmy

The Tribune (NZ) - - ENTERTAINMENT THAT’S - Bri­tish In­va­sion will run from Novem­ber 19 to De­cem­ber 5. Visit AMT’s web­site for more in­for­ma­tion and to pur­chase ad­vance tick­ets.

The great Bri­tish pop songs are about to in­vade Palmer­ston North.

Fresh from a suc­cess­ful sea­son of Mamma Mia! Abbey Mu­si­cal Theatre (AMT) has au­di­tioned a strong cast for Bri­tish In­va­sion.

The New Zealand show, fur­ther de­vel­oped by di­rec­tor Ian Har­man, is a trib­ute to the great Bri­tish chart num­bers of the last 50 years. The ‘Hits from the Brits’ is a fast mov­ing mon­tage of mu­sic from The Bea­tles to Adele and Amy Wine­house.

Pro­duc­tion man­ager Michelle Luke says Bri­tish pop mu­sic has played an im­por­tant part in the lives of gen­er­a­tions of Ki­wis.

‘‘Names such as Mick Jag­ger, Pe­tula Clark, the Spice Girls and Cliff Richard have left a last­ing im­pres­sion on us and this show is ded­i­cated to their mu­sic,’’ she says.

Di­rec­tor Ian Har­man and mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Erna Ferry have au­di­tioned and en­gaged about 20 singers who’ll be chore­ographed to per­form the mon­tage of songs.

‘‘All will have so­los, duets and will sing the ensem­ble num­bers,"Michelle says.

‘‘Ian and Erna will work with the tal­ent to find those singers who can im­per­son­ate such leg­endary artists as Billy Idol, Lulu, Tom Jones and Dusty Spring­field.’’

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