Ex­cit­ing night out at the Re­gent

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It’s been a busy two years for Re­gent on Broad­way Pro­mo­tions.

The en­tre­pre­neur­ial arm of the Re­gent The­atre Trust Board part­nered four pro­duc­tions in 2015 and is about to present the award-win­ning CATS in as­so­ci­a­tion with Abbey Mu­si­cal The­atre (AMT) next month.

CATS will be its fourth part­ner­ship this year with a fifth in the planning stages in Oc­to­ber.

Re­gent on Broad­way Pro­mo­tions would have it no other way.

It was es­tab­lished 16 years ago to sup­port lo­cal per­form­ing groups and tour­ing artists and com­pa­nies to help them stage their pro­duc­tions at the Re­gent on Broad­way.

Their first part­ner­ship was with the late Rob Guest, the star of Phan­tom of the Opera, when he toured his Rob Guest Un­masked through New Zealand.

Since then Re­gent on Broad­way Pro­mo­tions has been ac­tive in en­cour­ag­ing many per­form­ers to show­case their tal­ent on the Re­gent stage.

Man­ager Charles Forbes ex­plains that the Re­gent is a com­mu­nity the­atre. A pri­or­ity is to work with lo­cal groups so they can suc­cess­fully present their pro­duc­tions and events at the the­atre.

‘‘We’re more than just a venue for hire. We have a com­mit­ment to sup­port­ing pro­duc­tions that may not other­wise come here or present their shows at our the­atre,’’ he says.

Last year the Re­gent’s pro­mo­tional arm gen­er­ated its own events and re­sponded to sev­eral ap­proaches from the com­mu­nity.

This year it has part­nered The Book of Ev­ery­thing, Si­na­tra Lives and A Doris Day Spe­cial ear­lier this month. In Au­gust, in as­so­ci­a­tion with AMT, the Re­gent will recre­ate the glit­ter­ing An­drew Lloyd Web­ber mu­si­cal, CATS.

‘‘We vividly remember how suc­cess­ful the pre­vi­ous sea­son of CATS was at our venue in 2007 so we wanted to be part of this spec­tac­u­lar re­vival,’’ Charles says. ‘‘We have also part­nered Manawatu The­atre So­ci­ety in pre­sent­ing sev­eral mu­si­cals.’’

The Re­gent The­atre Trust Board meets monthly and, at most meet­ings, it will con­sider its own events and those from lo­cal artists or com­pa­nies tour­ing New Zealand in the months ahead.

Once the sea­son for the hit mu­si­cal CATS is over, Re­gent on Broad­way Pro­mo­tions will turn its at­ten­tion to Trash Test Dum­mies, three world-class cir­cus per­form­ers who de­light young­sters with their funky phys­i­cal the­atre and jaw-drop­ping cir­cus skills, the ul­ti­mate in fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment.

But the Re­gent also has a date with des­tiny in 2018. That’s the 20th an­niver­sary of the re­open­ing of their re­fur­bished the­atre and al­ready Charles is putting some thought as to how the mile­stone will be cel­e­brated.

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