We have great ta­lent here

The Tribune (NZ) - - ENJOY - Mal­colm Hop­wood

I never cease to be amazed at the in­cred­i­ble ta­lent that re­sides here or who re­ceived their ground­ing and in­spi­ra­tion in the Manawatu.

Let’s start with The 3 Phan­toms. Con­ceived by Pat Snox­ell and Bruce War­wick, three stand-out singers will per­form at the Re­gent on Broad­way on Au­gust 6 as part of the Re­gent Alive Au­gust Fes­ti­val. Manawatu’s Karl Perigo, who sang the Phan­tom in the Hawke’s Bay, will be joined by an­other im­pres­sive lo­cal artist, Chris Crowe, now res­i­dent in Welling­ton.

Chris has been a stand­out Phan­tom in New Zealand and he’s com­ple­mented by Tim Bev­eridge, who part­nered Rob Guest as The Phan­tom in Aus­tralia. They’ll sing mu­sic from pop­u­lar Broad­way shows such as Les Miserables, Carousel, West Side Story, Chess, Jekyll and Hyde and many more. The Re­gent Alive Au­gust Fes­ti­val

kicks off with the sin­ga­long movie The Rocky Hor­ror Pic­ture Show on Fri­day Au­gust 4, in­cludes Let The Good Times Roll, with New Zealand rock stars Larry Morris and Andy An­der­son, and ends on Au­gust 31 with One Night of Queen, a trib­ute to Fred­die Mer­cury. In be­tween we have The Topp Twins who in­vented the word unique and

Hen’s Teeth, where nine Welling­ton women cel­e­brate a com­edy about the is­sues that dom­i­nate their lives such as age­ing, cook­ing, sex, am­bi­tion, house­work, child­care, sex, love, money, con­tra­cep­tion and sex. Did I men­tion sex?

1984, which ends this week­end, is prov­ing to be an im­pres­sive Manawatu The­atre pro­duc­tion at The Globe while Steve Jenk­ins has gath­ered around him a tal­ented cast to present the out­ra­geous mu­si­cal The Full Monty at Abbey Mu­si­cal The­atre’s Au­di­to­rium in Au­gust.

If The Full Monty means The Full Monty this will be an hi­lar­i­ous sea­son not to be missed.

It’s dif­fi­cult to sing a re­quiem out­doors so the Cho­ral So­ci­ety has wisely cho­sen St Peter’s Church for Mozart and Faure’s Re­quiems this week­end. I’ve sung a few in my time, es­pe­cially Ber­lioz’s Re­quiem in the Royal Al­bert Hall, Lon­don, and en­joy the profoundly mov­ing mu­sic.

I’ve found it’s al­ways good to sing a re­quiem to the dead while you’re still alive and so this Satur­day will be a treat for the so­ci­ety, its soloists, or­gan­ist and the au­di­ence who’ll want to keep liv­ing and be around for a few more re­quiems.

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