Why not let your year end on an entertaining note
When you wake up tomorrow, December has arrived. It’s a busy time. There are gifts to buy, family to organise, end-ofyear concerts, Christmas parties and carols to sing.
There’s also a host of entertainment to take your mind off everything you have to do before Santa comes down the chimney. Musicals Beauty and the
Beast and Dusty are enjoying end-of-year seasons, Ben Elton’s comedy Silly Cow is at the Globe and Kane Parsons’ unique tribute to comedian/ pianist Victor Borge, opens at The Globe on December 15.
Operatunity, the touring company that brought their tribute to flamboyant Hollywood tenor Mario Lanza to Manawatu audiences this month, returns with their 15th Anniversary Gala, on December 14. The concert promises ‘‘the best of the best’’, showcasing all the different styles of music they’ve presented over the years.
Both Abbey Musical Theatre (AMT) and Regent on Broadway Promotions are looking ahead to 2017. AMT will present Willi Russell’s Blood
Brothers from March 2-19 in The Auditorium, Centennial Drive. Blood Brothers is a gripping story of twins, Mickey and Eddie, who were separated at birth. One was raised in a wealthy family and the other by parents who were financially poor. The twins connect as adults through their love of the same girl which causes huge emotion, conflict and tragedy.
The Regent on Broadway has cast a 50-strong company to stage A Chorus Line from April 19-24. Marvin Hamlisch’s show is rarely performed in New Zealand because of the demands placed on performers. It’s a musical about an audition and focuses on the lives of dancers who want to succeed and be in the lineup for the show. After the mass audition number, the musical tells their individual stories, their heartbreaks and triumphs. A
Chorus Line bears an uncanny resemblance to America’s Got Talent and could have been musical theatre’s answer to reality TV. However, before Blood
Brothers and Chorus Line next year, the Regent has confirmed one of Britain’s legendary rock groups will perform here in February. The Hollies have included Palmerston North in their North Island tour.
Performing their Highway of Hits New Zealand Tour, the band includes two originals, Bobby Elliott and vocalist, Tony Hicks.
While Christmas is the reason for the season, the Awapuni Racing Centre offers something completely different on Boxing Day.
Yes, it’s the very popular Manawatu Standard Boxing Day races which, in the past, has attracted up to 8000 people. It’s a great family day out after a busy December, and organisers ensure there’s something for everyone, including children.
The major race is the Manawatu Standard Summer Cup and, between events, people have a chance to wander, chat and enjoy the food, refreshment and entertainment.
In addition to the eight races, there’s the Undie One-Hundy where competitors strip to their grunds and sprint 100 metres to win prizes for both men and women.
So if you’re looking for a Christmas gift and going to the Boxing Day races, then underwear is the perfect choice.
Photo: SUEWILSON A Chorus Line principals and dancers under the lights on stage.