Broadway goes to church
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.