Two city favourites star in touring rock opera
The highly-acclaimed rock opera, State Highway 48, will be staged at the Regent on Broadway for one show on October 6.
Two of Palmerston North’s favourite performers, Shane Cortese and Delia Hannah, will star in the show which is receiving rave reviews since its launch in Hamilton. State Highway 48 is a New Zealand original work, tracking the life and times of an everyday family and their friends as they navigate the treacherous road of middle age.
Changes in the family, workplace and friendship are set against the backdrop of changing economic times and brought to life by 26 original songs.
Shane, who has starred in Nothing Trivial, Outrageous Fortune and The Almighty Johnsons, plays Dave the dad, a character who takes everyone on a journey through his good and bad days, having been bitten by the black dog of depression.
New Zealand’s first lady of musical theatre, Delia, will play Dave’s wife Sharon – a suburban housewife: fragile, lost, loving, disenfranchised, beautiful.
‘‘Both Delia and Shane are world-class performers,’’ says writer and producer Chris Williams.
‘‘Shane, as well as all his TV credits, has performed on London’s West End in a variety of shows. And Delia, our first lady of music theatre, has been cast by Andrew Lloyd Webber in the UK tour of Aspects of Love and has toured Australia and Asia extensively starring in all the big shows, including Mamma Mia!, CATS, Blood Brothers and Mary Poppins.
Chris is really excited about bringing the show to Palmerston North, as is the whole cast.
State Highway 48 runs for one show only at Regent Theatre, October 6. Tickets are on sale now at TicketDirect.