Broad­way goes to church

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When you an­a­lyse Broad­way and the West End, there’s of­ten a strong spir­i­tual el­e­ment to many shows.

Some are based on Bi­ble sto­ries, oth­ers have char­ac­ters with a strong faith that di­rects their path and de­ter­mines their jour­ney.

What­ever the show, whether it’s Je­sus Christ Su­per­star or Les

Miserables, the themes are box of­fice and have in­spired many suc­cess­ful mu­si­cal the­atre pro­duc­tions and the peo­ple who at­tended. Just think of You’ll Never Walk

Alone from Carousel or Some­where from West Side Story.

Palmer­ston North singer and teacher Kathi Craig has gath­ered sev­eral of them to­gether to cre­ate Broad­way Goes to Church.

The show, with nar­ra­tion and in cos­tume, will be pre­sented at the Cathe­dral of the Holy Spirit on Satur­day July 29 at 8pm.

Al­though Kathi is best known as an opera singer she’s starred in a num­ber of mu­si­cals in­clud­ing the Sally lass in Guys and Dolls and Mother Abbess in The Sound of Mu­sic.

Kathi’s brought to­gether her stu­dents and tal­ented mu­si­cal friends to cre­ate the pre­miere of this unique show. Her en­sem­ble, The Phoenix Singers, are also soloists and will present se­quences from very pop­u­lar and less well known shows.

In all of th­ese, there are songs and cho­rus num­bers that warm the heart, inspire the mind and re­in­force per­sonal be­liefs and val­ues. Kathi has sought them out and in­cluded them in Broad­way

Goes to Church. The pro­gramme in­cludes

ex­cerpts from God­spell, An­drew

Lloyd Web­ber’s Je­sus Christ Su­per­star and Whis­tle Down the Wind, Alan Menken’s The Hunch­back of Notre Dame, The

Prince of Egypt and Foot­loose. Two favourites from lesser known shows are The Holy Fight from Martin Guerre, writ­ten by the Les Miserables team of Schon­berg and Bou­blil, and Fill

the World With Love, made fa­mous by Petula Clark from the movie and stage show, Good­bye Mr Chips.

Broad­way Goes to Church will be pre­sented by Kathi Craig and the Phoenix Singers at the Cathe­dral of the Holy Spirit, 197 Broad­way Av­enue on Satur­day, July 29.

Ticket sales at the door.

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