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Eternal Themes Get Under Your Skin

By Showbiz | 09/15/2018

Reviewed by Fiona S Giles, Theatreview 15 Sep 2018 If you already have your tickets for Showbiz Christchurch’s production of Les Misérables, then you are fortunate. If not, what are you thinking? Hurry while they are available. Les Mis, as it’s affectionately called, has run continuously in London since 1985 and toured globally. It is more than a…

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…

Review: Mamma Mia! an ‘infectiously goofy, endearing’ ABBA legacy

By ellecim | 04/06/2016

ABBA songs are indestructible. You could fire them into the sun and they would come up smiling. Mamma Mia! is a cheerful jukebox musical built around the Swedish pop group’s most enduring and catchy songs. Since it launched in London’s West End in 1999 it has become a global juggernaut, selling million of tickets on worldwide tours…

First Concert in 79 Years set to open at the Isaac Theatre Royal

By Showbiz | 05/14/2017

Showbiz Christchurch is staging their first traditional concert in a major theatre in 79 years. Since its establishment in 1938 (under the name Christchurch Operatic Inc), Showbiz has entertained over two million audience members with major musicals. From 26-28 May Showbiz will present a grand concert ‘An Evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein Classics’ at the…

Wicked Leads’ Performance Schedule

By Showbiz | 01/15/2018

We know you have been wanting to know so here it is… the Wicked Leads’ performance schedule. Heather Lee Wilcock (Elphaba) & Rebekah Head (Galinda) Friday, 6 April, 7.30pm Sunday, 8 April, 4.00pm Wednesday, 11 April, 7.30pm Friday, 13 April, 7.30pm Saturday, 14 April, 7.30pm Tuesday, 17 April, 7.30pm Thursday, 19 April, 7.30pm Saturday, 21…

Sister Act ‘Sparkles With Infectious Energy’

By Showbiz | 09/09/2017

Theatreview reviewer Grant Hindin Miller Deloris Van Cartier, a black Philadelphian night-club singer, auditions for Curtis, her gangster boyfriend – she wants to sing in his club. After the audition she happens upon Curtis shooting and killing a ‘squealer’. Terrified, she runs to the Police (an old high-school friend) to report the murder. Agreeing to…

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…

Reviews: An Evening of Rodgers & Hammerstein Classics

By Showbiz | 05/27/2017

Audience wowed by an Evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein Classics By What’s Up Reviewer Jenny Sew Hoy Agnew One of the advantages a local production has over an international touring show is the partisan audience of family and friends of the performers. Showbiz’s audience for An Evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein Classics was no different. Richard Rodgers’ familiar music,…

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…

Ticket Refund information

By Paul Christ | 09/23/2020

REFUND OPTIONS: All Showbiz Christchurch tickets which have been purchased through Ticketek New Zealand (excluding ‘comps’ or tickets which have not been paid for) have the option of a refund. You can contact Ticketek by sending an email to online@ticketek.co.nz My Fair Lady: Tickets purchased online by credit or debit card for My Fair Lady…

Press release – My Fair Lady Cancelled

By Showbiz | 09/24/2020

Cancellation of My Fair Lady After much consultation and deliberation, the trustees of Showbiz Christchurch and Christchurch Music Theatre Education Trust have made the extremely difficult decision to cancel our production of My Fair Lady due to ongoing uncertainty around COVID-19 and the financial risks associated with delivering a musical of this scale. This is…

Showbiz Vocal Studio Returns 2 Feb. Book your place now!

By Paul Christ | 09/24/2020

Have you ever wanted to learn how to sing? Showbiz Vocal Studio provides expert vocal tuition in a small group environment, with a focus on repertoire and performance technique specific to the musical theatre stage. All ability levels are welcome. Click here for more info and to book your place for term 1

Ticket Refund information

By Paul Christ | 09/23/2020

REFUND OPTIONS: All Showbiz Christchurch tickets which have been purchased through Ticketek New Zealand (excluding ‘comps’ or tickets which have not been paid for) have the option of a refund. You can contact Ticketek by sending an email to online@ticketek.co.nz My Fair Lady: Tickets purchased online by credit or debit card for My Fair Lady…

4 October 2020 – Book NOW!

By Showbiz | 04/01/2020

If you enjoy new experiences then Way Off Broadway is the perfect evening of entertainment. For more info and to book tickets click here

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…

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…

Sarah Greenwood Buchanan

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…