Broadwaygoes to church
The sacred and the secular are coming together in a unique theatre production in Palmerston North next month.
Normally Broadway in New York and London’s West End are known for their spectacular shows which have little to do with sentiment, values or belief. But every so often productions turn musical theatre upside down with a story-line and score that’s grounded on Biblical stories or strong religious convictions. Those shows such as Les
Miserables and The Sound of Music break box office records and are revived time and time again. Out of the secular comes the sacred.
Palmerston North operatic soprano 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 August 19 at 7pm.
The production was originally planned for later this month but, due to illness, has been rescheduled for August 19.
Kathi has brought together her students plus rising stars to create the premiere of this distinctive show. The Phoenix Singers are also soloists and will present sequences from very popular and less well known shows.
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 and
The Prince of Egypt and Tom Snow’s 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.
Kathi has chosen the beautiful Cathedral of the Holy Spirit to provide a stunning backdrop for
Broadway Goes to Church. The walls are adorned with stained glass windows depicting the parables and these are effectively expressed in Godspell and The Prodigal Son.
‘‘The cathedral with its sanctuary in different levels and its fine acoustics is a beautiful and reverent building in which to present Broadway Goes to
Church,’’ Kathi says. ‘‘The audience will enjoy this montage from shows that warm the heart, inspire the mind and reinforce personal beliefs and values.’’
Tickets from TicketDirect (adults $26, seniors/students $22.50) or the Cathedral Parish Office. Door sales available.
Soprano and teacher Kathi Craig.