Showbiz News

WWRY: “an exceptional, high energy, full noise and lights opening night”

By Showbiz | 03/30/2019

Reviewed by Kate Divett, Backstage Christchurch. Friday 29 March It is a deeply reflective time to be living in Christchurch currently, as we try to make sense of the events of Friday 15th March. We are a city in mourning and in shock. In the fortnight that has followed, we have gathered together in many…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Break out the bell bottoms!

By Showbiz | 08/31/2017

The late seventies were a time of iconic energy that refused to be contained – John Travolta brought a new level of style to the white flared disco suit while Diana Ross’ retro wardrobe choices set the tone for the era. The seventies represented a vibrant era of psychedelic colours, bellbottoms, Donna Summer hairstyles, liberation…

A Short History of Drag in Theatre

By Showbiz | 04/03/2017

For as long as there’s been theatre, there’s been drag. Transvestism on stage, which began as a form of sublimation (casting men in female roles to exclude women from the arts), eventually became a way for men and women to explore nuances of understanding of gender as society has evolved. Following on from Shakespearean times…

Three big new shows, new seating categories and more affordable seats to feature in 2019 season

By Showbiz | 11/29/2018

The launch of the Showbiz Christchurch 2019 season brings together three exciting new productions; a new ticketing structure which significantly increases the availability of entry level Showbiz tickets; and the continuation of the successful partnership with Christchurch law firm Saunders & Co. The 2019 Saunders and Co Season begins with the New Zealand theatre company…

Audition applications for Rodgers and Hammerstein concert available now

By General Manager | 03/07/2017

Showbiz Christchurch is proud to be staging a full concert offering of the greatest music of Rodgers and Hammerstein. This is a concert staging, with a full Broadway style orchestra on stage, a chorus of more than 100 singers, and featuring Christchurch’s finest vocal soloists. For audition information and an application form visit: https://www.showbiz.org.nz/rodgers-and-hammerstein-audition

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…

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…

Photo by John Foster

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…

God Save the Queen: Ruth Agnew from What’s Up Christchurch reviews WWRY

By Showbiz | 04/03/2019

We Will Rock You: The MusicalBy Queen and Ben EltonDirected by Stephen RobertsonMusical direction by Richard… Posted by What's Up Christchurch on Wednesday, 3 April 2019

“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…

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…

WWRY: “an exceptional, high energy, full noise and lights opening night”

By Showbiz | 03/30/2019

Reviewed by Kate Divett, Backstage Christchurch. Friday 29 March It is a deeply reflective time to be living in Christchurch currently, as we try to make sense of the events of Friday 15th March. We are a city in mourning and in shock. In the fortnight that has followed, we have gathered together in many…