Regent set for busy time
The Regent on Broadway seats will hardly be cool before they’re warmed by audiences from mid-January onwards.
The Regent reports a busy first few months for 2017 from solo performers with a major show to our twin icons, The Royal New Zealand Ballet and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
‘‘We have an eclectic range of artists confirmed for the first six months, leading to the 50th anniversary of the Manawatu International Jazz Festival over Queen’s Birthday,’’ general manager Charles Forbes says.
Old and new favourites rub shoulders with national events such as the Young Farmer of the Year competition.
First to stride the stage is Australian comedian Jim Jefferies. As part of a New Zealand tour, Jim will deliver his satire, laced with observational and black and blue comedy on January 19. Jim has performed at numerous events such as the Just for Laugh Festival, Edinburgh Fringe and Reading, Leeds and Glastonbury Festivals. He’s also appeared on British comedy panel shows such as Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Have I Got News For You, The Heaven and
Earth Show and 8 Out of 10 Cats. In February the legendary British rock group The Hollies, perform their Highway of Hits New Zealand Tour at five North Island venues. Their Regent on Broadway concert
is on Wednesday, February 22. The enduring group is best known for their soaring distinctive harmonies, brilliantly crafted songs and sublime musicianship along with a back catalogue of hugely popular songs which have ensured their longevity for over 50 years.
Their classics include He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother, CarrieAnne, Jennifer Eccles, Bus Stop, Too Young To Be Married, The Air
That I Breathe and Stop, Stop, Stop. March proves extremely popular for the concert-goer who can choose from Daniel O’Donnell, the NZSO and the ever popular ventriloquist, David Strassman, with his new show entitled iTedE.
Strassman returns with sharptongued Chuck Wood and loveable Ted E. Bare and, to showcase his talent, he’ll operate five characters in an hilarious six way conversation. Also in March is the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s Carmen with L’Arlesienne and the brilliantly amusing comedy, Grumpy Old Women.
A highlight of April will be Regent on Broadway Promotion’s A Chorus Line, musical theatre’s answer to reality TV. The musical is about the audition process and unmasks the lives of dancers who audition for a show and what motives them.
The Pink Floyd Experience on May 4 leads to the 50th anniversary of the Manawatu Jazz Festival during Queen’s Birthday and the days leading up to it.
The line-up for the year is in the Regent’s 2017 brochure which will be available next month.
Ventriloquist David Strassman will be touringNew Zealand in March next year.