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.

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