We have great talent here
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.