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Evita Review: The Press

By Showbiz | 09/16/2016

In the musical’s latest reincarnation presented by Showbiz Christchurch it is all good – in fact, it’s very good indeed. “Any musical which begins with a funeral can’t be all bad,” the producer, Hal Prince, reportedly commented after reading the first draft of Evita. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical voyage through of the…

Muffin Break Riccarton unveils the official Priscilla Cupcake

By Showbiz | 03/09/2017

The team at Muffin Break Westfield Riccarton are all on board for Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – The Musical. Showbiz Christchurch is the first New Zealand theatre company to stage Priscilla which opens at the Isaac Theatre Royal from 24 March – 8 April 2017. Based on the 1994 Oscar-winning hit movie, Priscilla, Queen…

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…

New Appointment Announced at Showbiz Christchurch

By Showbiz | 10/17/2016

On the back of a hugely successful 2016 season, Showbiz Christchurch has appointed a full time Communications Manager to a new role with the company. This position will grow Showbiz Christchurch to a company of four permanent staff backed by the Christchurch Operatic Inc. (COI) Board and a huge team of performers, production personnel, volunteers…

New Showbiz Board Member Appointed

By Showbiz | 08/19/2018

Showbiz Christchurch President Markham Lee is pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Scandrett to the Board of Christchurch Operatic Inc. Tim fills one of the two external directors’ positions on the Board of Showbiz. Those positons were created a number of years ago so that the Board of Showbiz could appoint from outside the…

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…

“We Will Rock You” keeps its promise, you will be rocked

By Showbiz | 04/02/2019

We Will Rock You is the latest musical show to grace the stage of The Isaac Theatre Royal, and it keeps its promise, you will be rocked. By Emma Dyer We Will Rock You is a story about rebellion, set to the music of Queen, with outrageous futuristic or punk costumes, and an endless supply…

Showbiz Christchurch Announces 2018 Season

By Showbiz | 10/16/2017

Showbiz Christchurch celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2018 with one of the most popular line-ups of major musical entertainment it has ever staged and the announcement of its first annual season sponsor. Christchurch law firm Saunders & Co are partnering with Showbiz Christchurch and have put their name to the 2018 season. Saunders and Co…

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…

Wicked Wardrobe in a sea of green

By Showbiz | 03/23/2018

Published in Metropol, 15 March 2018 If you’ve ever been to a Showbiz Christchurch performance and been blown away by the on-stage performance, you’re seeing just a small fraction of the local talent that culminates in an end product of this calibre. The 80-year-old community theatrical society stages three productions each year. The Saunders &…

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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…

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…

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.…

Amanda Atlas. Photo by Wendy Riley

Cold nights and warm theatres go together like the costumes and music of an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical

By Showbiz | 06/15/2019

Review by Kate Divett, Backstage Christchurch Cold nights and warm theatres go together like the costumes and music of an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical – you know it’s something very special (possibly technicolor) and you know you’re going to be entertained. Showbiz Christchurch is bringing Broadway sizzle to Christchurch on a cold weekend. The mid-season…

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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…

Photo by Wendy Riley

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…

The lMusic of Andrew lloyd Webber in concert. Photo by John Foster

“We have costumes; we have staging; and we have special effects”

By Showbiz | 06/01/2019

When Showbiz Christchurch wrapped up the 2018 season of Broadway Hitmen they knew from audience feedback there was a great desire to hear more music from composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. The success of Broadway Hitmen has helped shape the format of the up and coming concert The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Even though the…