Top shows chase away winter blues
Winter is a great time to take you out of yourself.
The performing arts know that all too well and have provided a line-up to lift the spirits, gladden the hearts and bring a smile to the face.
The Regent on Broadway launches its August Festival from next week with two enduring movie favourites where the audience can raid their wardrobe, dress to kill and singalong with chart topping hits. They are The Rocky Horror Picture Show
(August 4) and Grease (August 18).
A unique feature of the festival is the Regent’s own production of The 3
Phantoms. Palmerston North is indeed a cradle of champions and this region provides two out of three Phantoms who’ve played the major New Zealand venues.
Chris Crowe and Karl Perigo return together with radio personality, Tim Beveridge - who played the role in Sydney - to pay homage to the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic musical and present an exciting programme of songs from great productions of the last six decades.
The 3 Phantoms are joined by New Zealand’s finest Christine, Barbara Graham, who sang opposite Chris Crowe in both Auckland and Wellington. The impressive quartet of singers comes to the Regent stage on Sunday August 6.
The Regent has also persuaded Hen’s Teeth to rise from the ashes. This evergreen women’s comedy company, first established nearly 30 years ago, returns with a line-up of old guard and new blood. Think of Pinky Agnew, Dame Kate Harcourt, Helen Moulder, Prue Langbein and local performers Carrie Green and Sarah Harpur.
Three jazz/rock legends come together on August 20 in a memorable fundraising event for the Rodger Fox Big Band. The band has been invited to the prestigious 60th Monterey Jazz Festival and, to help fund their trip, Rodger has invited rockers, Larry Morris, Andy Anderson and Peddlers’ vocalist Roy Phillips to join the line-up.
Phillips alone has sold 45 million records and to attract them all on the same bill is a testament to Rodger’s international reputation. They perform at the Regent on
August 20 at 4pm. A total contrast is Kathi Craig’s
Broadway Goes to Church. Some of the greatest, record-breaking Broadway shows have a strong faith element and Kathi has chosen music from such popular musicals as Godspell, Jesus Christ Superstar, Whistle Down the Wind, Porgy and Bess and The Prince of Egypt.
The costumed, directed production is a New Zealand premiere and is performed at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit on Saturday August 19 at 7pm.
On the same night Ali Harper opens at Centrepoint with a delightful one-woman revue called Songs for Nobodies, a musical journey that sees five working women whose lives are changed by a chance encounter with a star. In doing so Ali triumphs with songs from five different divas.
You would think those attractions are the ‘‘full monty’’ for August but The Full
Monty is still to come. Abbey Musical Theatre’s outrageous and hugely entertaining musical, a story about how six unemployed men embrace striptease as a means of making a living, opens at Wallace Development Company Theatre (The Auditorium) on August 10 and runs through until August 26.
Yes, August provides a musical and theatrical feast.
BarbaraGraham will be on stage in The3Phantoms.