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Hairspray Review: Gloriously uplifting, crispy paced and bright musical

By Showbiz | 06/09/2016

  This gloriously uplifting, crisply paced and bright musical is a triumph that bounces with vim and energy. Christchurch theatre company Showbiz’s production of hit Broadway musical Hairspray is sweet without being sickly and righteous without being worthy. The show, adapted from the 1988 John Waters film, is set in early 1960s Baltimore and tells the story of Tracy Turnblad, a young woman…

Message from the President

By Showbiz | 08/25/2018

Ladies and gentlemen, it is indeed my great pleasure to welcome you to the show of tonight, Les Misérables Victor Hugo’s literary masterpiece was set against the backdrop of the June Revolution of 1832 (not the big one of the 1790s where everyone got their heads chopped off). Although there is no direct translation of…

Sister Act ‘near close to perfect’

By Showbiz | 09/10/2017

by Tearaway Reviewer Aaron Dahmen Sassy, stunning and beautiful – the final production of the 2017 Showbiz Christchurch season was near close to perfect. Opening to an energetic crowd at the Isaac Theatre Royal, Sister Act – A Divine Musical Comedy had the audience in stitches from the off. The story follows exploits of a…

Conquering fears all in a day’s work

By Showbiz | 03/19/2017

By Kineta Knight Booker If you think belting out pop tunes, while wearing big wigs, big costumes and big makeup and flying was challenging enough, try adding in a fear of heights to the mix. That’s exactly what one of the Divas in Showbiz Christchurch’s Priscilla, Queen of the Desert will be working to overcome this month…

Show closed by 2011 Earthquakes opens 4 years later to great success

By General Manager | 11/22/2015

A comedy musical lost to the Canterbury earthquakes will finally have its Christchurch premiere on Friday night. Monty Python musical Spamalot was just weeks from opening when the February 2011 earthquakes struck. Costumes, cast and sets were ready to go, but the Isaac Theatre Royal was badly damaged and stranded in the red zone. Members of theatre company…

The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber: a nice way to finish the week

By Showbiz | 06/15/2019

Review by Patrick Shepherd, This was a nice and easy way to finish the week with a well put together show that was just the right length and did a good job of covering the work of one of musical theatre’s most prolific and successful composers. I have to say I’m not the biggest…

Christchurch run of We Will Rock You a highly entertaining show

By Showbiz | 03/31/2019

Patrick Shepherd, Stuff, Mar 31 2019 As a reviewer I often get asked by friends or colleagues, “Was it really that good?” or, even better, “Is it worth me buying a ticket?”. My pre-emptive strike on this one is a resounding, “oh, yes!”. If you’ve seen the show already, you know what’s coming; if you…

Evita: Engaging, Accessible, Dazzling

By Showbiz | 09/16/2016

Halfway through the first act it strikes me that New Zealand musical theatre is in triumphant form, for this production of Evita is a triumph, a tour de force, and I am deeply impressed.

Les Misérables: a musical that defines all others of its generation

By Showbiz | 09/16/2018

Review by Patrick Shepherd, Sep 16 2018 Les Misérables stands apart from its contemporaries as the musical that defines all others of its generation and this production would rank as the best of the three I have seen. The audience knew it intimately, applauding pretty much every major song, rising to its feet for a…

Les Misérables Cast Announced

By Showbiz | 07/30/2018

Great drama never gets old The 2018 Showbiz season comes to an epic conclusion in September with Les Misérables. Winner of over 100 international awards and seen by over 65 million people worldwide, Les Misérables is a grand and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit. This modern classic is based on Victor Hugo’s…

Important Information for 2020 Season Ticket Holders

By Showbiz | 04/30/2020

As Showbiz continues to investigate all possible options to confirm and put on sale the new season dates for My Fair Lady and Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story below are your options for securing a refund, exchange or donating the cost of your ticket. Due to the uncertainties of Covid-19 and the multi-layered ticketing…

Quiz: Name that Musical

By Showbiz | 04/01/2020

Can you name the Showbiz show from its photo? 20 multi-choice questions. The answers will be shown at the end of the quiz.

2019 President’s Report

By Showbiz | 03/19/2020

Another great year has almost flown by and what an interesting one it has been. Three spectacular productions that brought over 25,000 patrons into the theatre at a time when Christchurch most needed some fabulous entertainment and escapism. In the final quarter of the year, both Michael Bayly and Markham Lee resigned from their roles…

Covid-19 and Showbiz Christchurch

By Showbiz | 03/17/2020

Updated 20 March 2020 After much consultation and deliberation, Showbiz Christchurch has made the difficult decision to postpone our 2020 Season. During these unprecedented times and in accordance with the ongoing updates from the Ministry of Health and from the Prime Minister, our primary consideration is the health and wellbeing of all those associated with…

Q&A with Kira Josephson (Eliza Doolitte)

By Showbiz | 03/02/2020

What is the relevance of My Fair Lady to a modern audience? My Fair Lady deals with a lot of universal themes – education, class structure, inequality of sexes. I think those are all very important issues that unfortunately are still relevant. The play is set in 1912, but even now in society women are…

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Big Shoes to Fill

By Showbiz | 12/01/2019

That is how Sarah Buchanan describes taking on the role of Showbiz Christchurch president following the resignation of Markham Lee about three weeks ago. Having a strong association with the company since 1989, Mrs Buchanan said taking on the role is an exciting new change. Mr Lee has served as president of Showbiz on and…

Miss Saigon Musical Blazes in Christchurch

By Showbiz | 10/15/2019

By Violi Calvert, Australian Filipina Magazine. October 01, 2019.  The Miss Saigon musical staged by Showbiz Christchurch at the Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch opened last Friday (September 27) to a captivated audience. Judging by the number of people up on their feet in [a] standing ovation at the end of the show, it was a huge success.  Even during…

Miss Saigon – the refugee story that still needs to be heard

By Showbiz | 10/02/2019

By Emma Dyer Miss Saigon starts in 1975 at the very end of American involvement in the Vietnam conflict, the Fall of Saigon. If, like me, you go to see Miss Saigon with a preconceived idea of the show, prepare to have your expectations delightfully challenged. I had read and heard a lot about both the show itself…

‘Realistic and gritty’ Miss Saigon musical doesn’t disappoint

By Showbiz | 09/28/2019

Review: Patrick Shepherd, Stuff Entertainment, Sep 28 2019 Miss Saigon is one of the iconic shows of its generation and this production goes right to the heart of it. Those who love the musical will not be disappointed and those who don’t know it, well, this is a great opportunity to do so. This realistic and…

Flipping Fried Eggs

By Showbiz | 08/16/2019

An Eventful Trip Around South Vietnam From an interview with Aircraft Engineer, Corporal Colin Creighton, No. 41 Squadron, RNZAF The New Zealand Government was a reluctant participant in the Vietnam War, and it chose not to commit its air combat squadrons to the conflict. Instead, individual RNZAF pilots were seconded to other air forces. Sixteen…