Big year for Re­gent

The Tribune (NZ) - - MONTHLY EVENTS CALENDAR INSIDE -

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.

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