Two city favourites star in tour­ing rock opera

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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.

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