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

By Showbiz | 06/15/2019

Review by Patrick Shepherd, stuff.co.nz 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…

Bụi đời – the dust of life

By Showbiz | 08/16/2019

They’re called Bui-Doi The dust of life Conceived in Hell And born in strife They are the living reminder Of all the good we failed to do We can’t forget Must not forget That they are all our children, too Miss Saigon [1] Mỹ lai ‘Amerasians’ The children of American GIs and Vietnamese women “Wisps…

Lead Roles Announced for NZ Theatre Company Premiere of Wicked

By Showbiz | 10/31/2017

There is no more exciting way for one of Christchurch’s oldest musical theatre societies to commence its 80th year than by staging one of the most popular Broadway shows of all time. Showbiz Christchurch commences The Saunders & Co 2018 season at the Isaac Theatre Royal on 6 April with the New Zealand theatre company premiere…

‘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…

The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber is a night full of favourites

By Showbiz | 06/15/2019

By Emma Dyer Showbiz Christchurch’s mid-year concert, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, is as delightful as a box full of chocolates. It is a perfectly sized taster, a wide range of pieces from one of the most renowned composers of musical theatre. If you aren’t familiar with his work, if you are familiar with…

Saigon Tea, Bar Girls and ‘Boom Boom’

By Showbiz | 08/16/2019

The jarring reality of life as a bar girl during the Vietnam war The French had designed Saigon to accommodate 300,000 people. By 1972 there were over three million people in the twenty-one square miles of Saigon proper, and another million on the outskirts. It had become the most densely populated city in the world.…

First Christchurch Hui for Women in Theatre works towards fostering a vibrant arts sector

By Showbiz | 07/04/2017

This hui was an opportunity for Christchurch women in theatreto talk about how to address the gender imbalance in the industry and discuss what sustainable actions could be taken to improve the situation.

Performance Schedule for Young Cosette, Eponine and Gavroche

By Showbiz | 08/31/2018

We know you have been wanting to know so here it is… the performance schedule for the actors playing young Cosette, Eponine and Gavroche in the 2018 Showbiz Christchurch Saunders & Co Season of Les Misèrables Please note: Showbiz Christchurch reserves the right to amend this performance schedule should circumstances dictate a change.

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.

Setting the Scene for Sister Act

By Showbiz | 08/26/2017

Man Found Dead in South Philly Alleyway Linked to Mob Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a man whose body was found in a dumpster in a South Philly alleyway on Christmas Eve after an autopsy revealed that he had been shot, police reported. Police have identified the man as Ernie Williams of South…

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…

Bụi đời – the dust of life

By Showbiz | 08/16/2019

They’re called Bui-Doi The dust of life Conceived in Hell And born in strife They are the living reminder Of all the good we failed to do We can’t forget Must not forget That they are all our children, too Miss Saigon [1] Mỹ lai ‘Amerasians’ The children of American GIs and Vietnamese women “Wisps…