Theatre reviews

Review: Hairspray


A bit of Broadway New York hit the stage in Broadway Palmerston North last night.

Lavish score key to Gypsy's success

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REVIEW: The Gypsy Baron.
Wellington G&S Light Opera.
The Regent on Broadway.
Saturday, July 20.
Reviewed by Stephen Fisher.

Audience embraces journey up K'Rd

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REVIEW: K' Rd Strip: A Place to Stand,
Okareka Dance Company,
Director Simon Coleman,
Centennial Drive Auditorium, Saturday.
Reviewed by Tina White.

Five centuries in one grand evening

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REVIEW: Five Centuries of Sacred Music.
Renaissance Singers.
Conducted by Guy Donaldson and Tim Robson.
St Peter's Church. Saturday.
Reviewed by Stephen Fisher.

Performances fluent in awkward production

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Written and directed by Div Collins
Black Sheep Theatre, Massey University
May 21 – 25
Reviewed by Richard Mays.

Plenty of heart in young cast

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By Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
Directed and choreographed by Leanne Melbye With Tricia Gray
Musical director Danielle Philipsen May 24 – June 8
Reviewed by Richard Mays.

Fresh take on favourite a delight

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REVIEW: Madame Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini.
NZ Opera, St James Theatre, Wellington.
Also tomorrow at 6pm, Thursday and Saturday at 7.30pm.
Reviewer: Stephen Fisher.

Valli tribute is great entertainment

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REVIEW: Oh What A Night
Regent on Broadway
Thursday, August 30
Reviewed by Stephen Fisher.

Impressive ballet artistry

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REVIEW: Cinderella.
The Royal New Zealand Ballet
Regent on Broadway Theatre,
Palmerston North.
Reviewed by Talia Shadwell.

Tale of missing son magnificently played

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REVIEW: Enlightenment.
By Shelagh Stephenson.
Directed by Paul McLaughlin.
New Zealand premiere at Centrepoint Theatre.
Reviewed by Lee Matthews.

Comedy moves at cracking pace

REVIEW: A Month of Sundays,
May 11-26
Feilding Little Theatre Company
Director: Dan Mateer
Reviewed by Tina White

Review: Terry Pratchett's Lords and Ladies

REVIEW: If there are two words designed to get a lover of fantasy's juices running there's a good chance they would be "Terry Pratchett".

Complex tale told well

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REVIEW: The History Boys
By Alan Bennett.
Directed by Damian Thorne and Gael Haining Ede.
Globe Theatre.
Reviewed by Lee Matthews.

Students hit spot with Annie

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Annie, performed by Freyberg High School.
Directed by Tamzin Darragh.
Reviewed by Lee Matthews.

Review: The Buddy Holly Story

REVIEW: On preview night, for the first time, the cast of Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story got to tell the story of the man that made such an impact on the music world in such a short period of time.

Review: Sweet Charity

REVIEW: Sweet Charity opened on Thursday night to a near-capacity house.

Review: You Can Always Hand Them Back

REVIEW: Expect to cry at this comedy - I hadn't expected to be so moved.

Actors give fresh life to classic

REVIEW: South Pacific
Speirs Centre,
Palmerston North Boys' High School
March 22-31
Reviewed by TINA WHITE.

Review: The Sleeping Beauty

REVIEW: Like being let in on a wonderful secret everyone has been talking about, Palmerston North audiences were finally treated last night to the Royal New Zealand Ballet's season of The Sleeping Beauty.

Dramatic, passionate perfection

REVIEW: As they both explore the inevitable tumultuous passion caused by the eternal triangle, one-act operas Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci have frequently been presented together.