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Showbiz Christchurch delivers another excellent show with Les Misérables

By Showbiz | 09/17/2018

By Emma Dyer The opening night of Showbiz Christchurch’s current production, Les Misérables, as per their usual practice was a treat for the senses. Stunning scenery combined with gorgeous costumes and excellent hair and make-up within the beautiful surrounds of the Isaac Theatre Royal. The singing and live orchestral accompaniment really makes you feel immersed…

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…

500 costumes, 3 flying divas, 1 spectacular bus – Priscilla arrives in Christchurch

By Showbiz | 02/14/2017

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert rolls into town on 24 March for what will be the first production in Showbiz Christchurch’s 2017 season. Utilising over 700 costumes, wigs and headdresses from the UK touring show, Showbiz’s production will be the first New Zealand theatre company staging of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – The Musical. The…

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…

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…

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…

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…

“Wicked a show not to be missed” says Reviewer

By Showbiz | 04/10/2018

Reviewed by Matt Markham Editor, Ashburton Guardian As someone who has never cared much for the Wizard of Oz, the prospect of a stage show based entirely on the untold story of the witches of the same imaginary land left me feeling a little apprehensive. The process of munchkins, men made from both tin and…

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…

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…

Showbiz Vocal Studio Returns!

By Paul Christ | 06/24/2020

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 3 or 4

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…

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…

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…