Showbiz News

Way Off Broadway: Duets – Book tickets for 17 October

By Nic Baddeley | 08/19/2021

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…

Hairspray Review: Gloriously uplifting, crispy paced and bright musical

By Showbiz | 06/09/2016

  This gloriously uplifting, crisply paced and bright musical is a triumph that bounces with vim and energy. Christchurch theatre company Showbiz’s production of hit Broadway musical Hairspray is sweet without being sickly and righteous without being worthy. The show, adapted from the 1988 John Waters film, is set in early 1960s Baltimore and tells the story of Tracy Turnblad, a young woman…

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…

Auditions for the first Showbiz Christchurch 2017 Show!

By Showbiz | 10/08/2016

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert 24 March – 8th April 2017 The Showbiz Christchurch season will be the NZ Theatre company premiere of this mega musical. A brand new bus is being built in Christchurch, and a spectacular array of 500 costumes, and 200 headdresses has been sourced from an international production to make this…

Christchurch mother and daughter cast in hit musical (The Press)

By ellecim | 04/06/2016

Stage veteran Anne-Marie Gilmore has a dream to share her love for theatre with her daughter Sophie, and this week the dream will become reality. It will come together in the jukebox musical Mamma Mia! with the central theme focused on the relationship between a mother and daughter. Super trouper Anne-Marie Gilmore, 47, will provide backing vocals…

Meet Sister Act’s ‘Lady Fabulous’, Deloris Van Cartier

By Showbiz | 06/16/2017

Following an exhaustive search, we are thrilled to announce that Monique Clementson will be following in the footsteps of Broadway and Hollywood actor Whoopi Goldberg to perform the lead role of Deloris Van Cartier in Sister Act. Cheeky, vivacious and with loads of charm, Monique will take to the Isaac Theatre Royal stage as ‘Lady Fabulous’…

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…

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…

Showbiz Piano Bar with Trevor Jones

By Paul Christ | 04/04/2021

Showbiz Piano Bar with Trevor Jones – Friday, 28 May 2021 ITR Showbiz is hosting a music theatre night where the audience requests its favourite showtunes for the whole crowd to sing, or individuals bring along the sheet music to favourite musicals and jump up on the mic. Songs could range from West Side Story…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…