Showbiz News

Hit Queen musical to have its NZ theatre company premiere in Christchurch

By Showbiz | 03/12/2019

It’s been 27 years since legendary Queen front-man Freddie Mercury passed away from an AIDS related illness yet his music remains as popular as ever. Anyone who grew up in the ‘70s and ‘80s will remember Mercury for his flamboyance and enormous popularity, and thanks to the recent success of the multi award winning biopic…

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…

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…

Another Spectacular Three Production Year for Showbiz Christchurch

By Showbiz | 11/22/2016

Showbiz Christchurch announces three hugh new shows for 2017.

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,…

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.

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…

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…

Showbiz Can’t Stop the Beat

By Showbiz | 06/09/2016

Driving music, spectacularly bright and beautiful costumes, high physical and vocal energy, and the nicest smelling theatre in town – Hairspray certainly made its mark last night.

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…

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 20 Oct. 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 4

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…