Event: The Shows Must Go On

New Zealand’s greatest musical theatre performers have returned home from Broadway, West End and other international stages for lockdown, and not content to sit idle any longer, today announce they’re sharing their amazing talents with us all in THE SHOWS MUST GO ON.

In one amazing production in 23 locations nationwide, seven world-class artists will perform showstoppers from your favourite musicals including The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Hairspray, Dreamgirls, The Greatest Showman, We Will Rock You and Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

With stunning backdrops and theatrical staging, THE SHOWS MUST GO ON is a night set to delight. Tickets are on sale now. Check details below for performances nearest you.

Producer Dave Spark says THE SHOWS MUST GO ON is a rare chance to see and hear some of New Zealand’s greatest proponents of musical theatre.

“The idea sprang from having the artists at home plus having a lot of experienced technical teams out of work because border closure meant international acts could not get here. If there’s a silver lining to Covid, this is it. Such a rare opportunity for New Zealanders to enjoy the magic that Broadway and West End audiences do every day. Right here on their doorstep. You could say it’s the perfect storm for musical theatre aficionados!”

Hayden Tee  who has made a name for himself globally with his stunning portrayal of Javert in Les Misérables on Broadway, London’s West End, Australia, Dubai and New Zealand. His extensive musical theatre work has also seen him play Marius in Les Misérables, and Miss Trunchbull in Matilda on London’s West End and around the globe.

After beginning her career as a jazz musician, Verity Burgess’ love of music and dance drew her to the world of musical theatre. Beginning her journey with a role in The Royal Shakespeare Company/North Music Trust’s UK production of West Side Story, Verity has performed in Cats, Children of Eden and the UK tour, West End production and international tour of Evita.

Akina Edmonds has gained recognition across the ditch with her powerful voice, joining the cast of major Australian tours of Buddy Holly the Musical, Avenue Q, Hairspray, An Officer and a Gentleman, Children of Eden, The Lion King, Beautiful; The Carole King Musical and Sister Act the Musical where she played the starring role of Deloris van Cartier. In 2019, Akina took to The Voice Australia stage where she worked with Guy Sebastian and Boy George and progressed through to the Battle rounds.

With a career spanning three decades, Paul Ross has performed extensively throughout New Zealand, Australia and internationally. He performed in the international tour of Les Misérables, the original Australia, New Zealand and Asia touring production and the 10th anniversary Australian tour of Mamma Mia!, as well as Cats, My Fair Lady, The Pajama Game and SHOUT!He has recently been a headliner solo artist at various festivals, concerts and events on the international stage.

Having performed in musicals since she was 8 years old, Emily Burns tackled some spectacular roles within New Zealand before taking her talents overseas. She has been seen as Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins, Eva Peron in Evita, Little Red in Into The Woods and Sophie in Mamma Mia! She has toured alongside the late Rob Guest in his Heartland Tour and currently performs on luxury cruise ships around the world.

Jack Fraser has a string of impressive musical theatre credits on his resume both here and overseas. He has performed as Che in Evita, Dr Dillamond in Wicked, Enjolras in Les Misérables and Khashoggi in We Will Rock You. Jack has also performed in The Sound of Music, Jesus Christ Superstar, Grease, Mary Poppins, Aladdin and Our House.

At the helm of this spectacular cast is New Zealand’s leading musical theatre director, Stephen Robertson who has amassed an impressive resume of directing credits throughout the years including Chess, A Chorus Line, Grease, The Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, Avenue Q, Evita, Les Misérables, The Mikado, Chicago, Jesus Christ Superstar, Legally Blonde the Musical, Mary Poppins, Cats, Wicked, Beauty and the Beast, Mamma Mia, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Miss Saigon. With Stephen’s theatrical eye, and these six incredible talents on one stage, musical theatre lovers are in for a treat.

Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to hear these voices unite on home soil before they head back overseas to continue delighting international audiences.

NOTE – Copy for this article supplied by Sandra Roberts Entertainment

Day Day Monday City Venue Tickets
Thursday 24 September Christchurch Theatre Royal Ticketek
Friday 25 September Christchurch Theatre Royal Ticketek
Saturday 26 September Christchurch Theatre Royal Ticketek
Tuesday 29 September Ashburton Ashburton Events Centre Ticket Rocket
Wednesday 30 September Oamaru Oamaru Opera House Ticket Rocket
Friday 2 October Dunedin Regent Theatre Eventfinda
Saturday 3 October Invercargill Civic Theatre Ticketek
Sunday 4 October Gore St James Theatre I Ticket
Monday 5 October Queenstown Memorial Hall Eventfinda
Wednesday 7 October Nelson Opera House Eventfinda
Thursday 8 October Blenheim ASB Theatre Ticketek
Saturday 10 October Wellington Opera House Ticketmaster
Monday 12 October Paraparaumu Performing arts Centre Eventfinda
Tuesday 13 October Palmerston North Regent on Broadway Ticketek
Wednesday 14 October Whanganui Royal Opera house Ticketek
Friday 16 October New Plymouth TSB Showplace Ticketek
Saturday 17 October New Plymouth TSB Showplace Ticketek
Tuesday 20 October Tauranga Bay Court Theatre Ticketek
Wednesday 21 October Tauranga Bay Court Theatre Ticketek
Thursday 22 October Auckland Skycity Theatre I Ticket
Friday 23 October Auckland Skycity Theatre I Ticket
Saturday 24 October Rotorua The Bay Trust Forum Ticketmaster
Sunday 25 October Gisborne War Memorial Theatre Ticketek
Wednesday 28 October Hastings Opera House Ticketek
Friday 30 October Hamilton Clarance St Theatre Ticketek
Saturday 31 October Hamilton Clarance St Theatre Ticketek
Wednesday 4 November Kerikeri Turner Centre I Ticket
Thursday 5 November Whangarei Forum North Ticketek
Saturday 7 November Auckland Bruce Mason Centre Ticketmaster

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