Exciting night out at the Regent
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.