Broad­way­goes to church

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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.

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