Grease is still the word


REVIEW: That Grease is still the word, even after 40 years, is testament to the durability of this all-time favourite musical.

The one that she wants

Grease the show

Lyndee-Jane Rutherford got chills that were multiplyin' when she was asked to direct Grease in Wellington.

Brilliant night for opera

An outstanding La Traviata

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REVIEW: NZ Opera co-production of Verdi's masterpiece an outstanding success.

Conducting a new direction

Gemma New

Young conductor Gemma New talks about what to be charge of a key-up orchestra in Carnegie Hall.

The road to take is one that delights

The Road That Wasn't There

The Road That Wasn't There is a fine example of rich and splendid storytelling to enchant young and old.

Red-carpet glamour

La Traviata

To stage an opulent La Traviata, New Zealand Opera has pulled out all stops.

A rascally pirate and prissy prince

The Frog Prince

School holidays are back - and the first two shows off the block are slightly different from usual holiday fare.

A whisper to be heard


Passenger, aka Mike Rosenberg, talks about making the move from busking to touring with Ed Sheeran and topping charts around the world.

NZSO solid, but not memorable

Rafael Payare

It was a "bread and butter" concert for NZSO - unmemorable, but a continuation of the orchestra's fine form.

Of masks and Freddie Mercury

Kiss the Fish

New play Kiss the Fish had many inspirations - and they included one particularly famous singer.

Richly rewarding performance

Bianca Andrew

Such an assured and dynamic voice should have been no surprise - but the heart of the concert was gifted mezzo-soprano Bianca Andrew.

Concert impressive and rewarding

nikki Chooi Stephen De Pledge

A dazzling show left the impression that violinist Nikki Chooi was happier with musical substance than brilliant display.

Muddled approach to the golden world

as you like it

Unrealities and inconsistencies bedevil Toi Whakaari's adaptation of a Shakespeare favourite.

Unstoppable Satriani

Joe Satriani

American guitarist Joe Satriani returns to Wellington in November, but this time he has the whole show.

Threat to Te Reo sparks written journey

Nancy Brunning

JIM CHIPP - Upper Hutt Leader

A tale of growing up Maori in the 1970s and 80s percolated in its creator's mind for 16 years before the heat went on.

An impressive end to a journey

NZSO Beethoven

Beethoven's final two symphonies couldn't be more contrasted - but together they made for a monumental finish.

Who's playing in the capital

The Arctic Monkeys.

Here's your guide to the big international music names playing in Wellington in coming months.

Katene's sounds of creation

Tamihana Katene

Tamihana Katene, who performs in Wellington this week, works with Maori instruments he made himself.

Beethoven triple treat

Pietari Inkinen

To hear Beethoven's symphonies back-to-back is to experience the radical nature of the composer's journey.

All over Beethoven

Bridget Douglas

Playing all nine Beethoven symphonies in a four day marathon is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

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