Big year for Regent
Australian comedian Jim Jefferies has come and gone and now the Regent on Broadway settles into one of its busiest years ever.
Its brochure, listing many of the highlights of its year, is about to be delivered. It’s so full of exciting artists that the Regent’s general manager Charles Forbes recommends it should be kept in a safe but visible place.
Palmerston North loves ballet and both the Royal New Zealand Ballet and Moscow Ballet enjoy coming here. This year the RNZB comes early with two landmark works of 20th century dance, never before performed in New Zealand. Carmen and L’Artesienne come to the Regent on Broadway stage on March 17-18. Later in September, the Royal New Zealand Ballet returns with their passionate version of the world’s greatest love story, Romeo and Juliet.
Following close behind RNZB is the Moscow Ballet. The touring company presents the spellbinding Tchaikovsky classical romance Swan Lake. Their New Zealand tour includes Palmerston North on May 5.
Before then the legendary British rock group, The Hollies, perform their Highway of Hits on February 22 as part of a five venue New Zealand tour.
Other popular artists in the first half of the year include Daniel O’Donnell (March 8), the wonderfully amusing comedy, Grumpy Old Women: Game of Crones (March 23) Strassman iTedE (March 10) and The Pink Floyd Experience (May 4). Looking further afield Rhys Darby provides a comedic treat on July 15, the impressive tribute to Queen performs on June 9 and Gilbert and Sullivan classic, Iolanthe, is scheduled for July 15. Two events of great significance will be the 50th anniversary of the Manawatu Jazz Festival over Queen’s Birthday which includes four of America’s top jazz performers brought here by creative director, Rodger Fox and the Regent on Broadway’s own production, A Chorus Line.