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Backstage - 20-01-2021( 0:56:43)       
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Are children really maggots...? Maybe our #MusicaloftheWeek Matilda will answer that question. And we welcome Geoff Turkington and Nick Walsh fromn the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival into the studio to spill the beans on how they do the magic they do each year.
Published: 1/20/2021 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 13-01-2021( 0:47:8)       
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Throw the bouquet! Yep, we just can't help ourselves — it's all wedding bells this week on Backstage with Mel and Mike. Notably, our #MusicaloftheWeek is The Wedding Singer, based on the Adam Sandler movie of the same name.
Published: 1/13/2021 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 30-12-2020( 0:56:24)       
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Ahhhh... crazy good times... We look back on 2020 and the stuff we did (and didn't) do, punctuated by show tunes where appropriate. And we provide a sniff of what we'll up to in 2021. Episode 45, done.
Published: 12/30/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 23-12-2020( 0:52:9)       
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Our first Christmas episode! We cover Christmassy stuff, including shows that may or may not be Christmas themed... and our #MusicaloftheWeek is Elf! Bring it on!
Published: 12/23/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 16-12-2020( 0:57:26)       
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Talk about a talk-fest! Mike was busy, so Mel invited her bestie, Jacinta Parsons, to co-host this week. They've done a lot together and there's more to come! And by the way... the #MusicaloftheWeek is the one and only Les Miserables!
Published: 12/16/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 09-12-2020( 0:59:36)       
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Come on up to the lab... and see what's on the slab... We celebrate The Rocky Horror Show as our #MusicaloftheWeek in this week's episode. Special guest Kristian Lavercombe joins us to talk about his life as Riff Raff, and the show's creator Richard O'Brien is in the #WritersRoom. Songs are from the original 1973 London cast recording.
Published: 12/9/2020 4:00:00 PM
Backstage - 02-12-2020( 0:51:23)       
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Everyone's favourite red-haired orphan features for our #MusicaloftheWeek... Annie! We also talk about the ongoing impact of Broadway being dark, plus our playwright in the Writers Room is Arthur Meek.
Published: 12/2/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 25-11-2020( 0:50:24)       
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B-A-C-K-S-T-A-G-E has The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee as our #MusicaloftheWeek, and we look at the pros and cons of staging a Harry Potter stiry set 25 years after the last adventure. In the Writers Room is the remarkable Michelanne Forster.
Published: 11/25/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 18-11-2020( 0:53:17)       
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Defining the Jukebox Musical... you'll be amazed how many there are around too! Benny Marama joins us in The Writers Room, and our #MusicaloftheWeek is the challenging drama Next To Normal.
Published: 11/18/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 11-11-2020( 0:58:3)       
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Published: 11/11/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 04-11-2020( 0:52:13)       
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Find out why we owe a lot to Commedia dell'arte, 400 years later. Our featured playwright in the Writers Room is Eli Kent and our #MusicaloftheWeek is the often overlooked Godspell – more of a hit than you may realise!
Published: 11/4/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 28-10-2020( 0:57:18)       
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Mike faces a 50-question quiz to see if he really is qualified to be a theatre nerd... (Mel got 88%)... our playwright in the Writers Room is Jess Sayer... and our #MusicaloftheWeek is Wicked!
Published: 10/28/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 21-10-2020( 0:50:44)       
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A disaster of a musical, and Broadway flops. Our #MusicaloftheWeek is Titanic! and in the Writers Room this week, Miria George.
Published: 10/21/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 14-10-2020( 0:53:46)       
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Yeeee—Haaaa! The time has come and Oklahoma! is our #MusicaloftheWeek; our featured playwright in the Writers Room is Jean Betts; and we discuss the complex history and present of gender representation on stage.
Published: 10/14/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 07-10-2020( 0:57:35)       
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It's a show... within a show... sometimes within another show! We're exploring that concept with our #MusicaloftheWeek (chosen by special guest co-host Jono Freebairn), plus Matamata's Short & Sweet Festival, and Thomas Sainsbury is in the Backstage Writers Room!
Published: 10/7/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 30-09-2020( 0:52:19)       
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Pros-arch or thrust? Stage left or stage right? Terminology unravelled in this week's episode, we have Sir Roger Hall in the Writers Room, and our #MusicaloftheWeek is Something Rotten!
Published: 9/30/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 23-09-2020( 0:49:26)       
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Chookas Baby! It's all about Opening Nights and the things we do around that special time in a production's cycle. Plus a heap of wholesome humanity with our #MusicaloftheWeek 'Come From Away', and our playwright featured in the Writers Room is Elisabeth Easther.
Published: 9/23/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 16-09-2020( 0:52:53)       
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It's pies on stage with our #MusicaloftheWeek 'Waitress' and we shine a virtual spotlight on the work of the multi-talented Oscar Kightley in our Writers Room segment... That's right — you're Backstage, theatre nerds!
Published: 9/16/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 09-09-2020( 0:56:58)       
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Hear about Heathers, our #musicaloftheweek, and we welcome our first playwright to the Writers Room – the incomparable April Phillips.
Published: 9/9/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 02-09-2020( 0:58:13)       
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On a mission from POTUS! Gordy Gray-Lockhart tells Mel and Mike what it's been like creating the world's first Blues Brothers musical!
Published: 9/2/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 26-08-2020( 0:56:44)       
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Oh the horror... the dread... Strap in for a trip down freak street where Mel and Mike head Backstage with the history of horror theatre and #MusicaloftheWeek 'Sweeney Todd'.
Published: 8/26/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 19-08-2020( 0:51:19)       
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Oi! Wotcher mate! The accent is on accents in theatre this week, and our #MusicaloftheWeek... 'Gypsy'!
Published: 8/19/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 12-08-2020( 0:55:44)       
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Covid-19... deja vu! The madness that is Production Week (we secretly love everything about it)... and we spotlight Once, our #musicaloftheweek
Published: 8/12/2020 3:33:58 PM
Backstage - 05-08-2020( 0:55:48)       
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In an exciting episode of Backstage, Mel and Mike catch up with one Mr Michael Hurst in the lead up to his Waikato performances of 'The Daylight Atheist'... And #MusicaloftheWeek is 'Hair'!
Published: 8/5/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 29-07-2020( 0:51:51)       
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Mel and Mike this week go Backstage with ye olde stage adaptation, its history, and its many many forms! And the #musicaloftheweek is — drum roll please.... cymbal crash — Cabaret!
Published: 7/29/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 22-07-2020( 0:54:17)       
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This week: Mel and Mike go Backstage with very young thespians and friends River, Meadow, and Emily to talk about why they think theatre is so important. And appropriately, the #musicaloftheweek is School of Rock!
Published: 7/22/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 15-07-2020( 0:49:46)       
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Backstage this week is a big old deep dive into recommended/world-famous plays and playwrights; and #MusicaloftheWeek is 'Bonnie and Clyde'.
Published: 7/15/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 08-07-2020( 0:51:1)       
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Mel and Mike are Backstage this week with the Tony Awards and its extensive history in the New York theatre community; plus #MusicaloftheWeek is 'Oliver!'
Published: 7/8/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 01-07-2020( 0:50:19)       
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This week we're Backstage with the one and only Jeremy Mayall, wearer of many arts-related hats in the Waikato and around NZ. Plus #MusicaloftheWeek is 'Cats'!
Published: 7/1/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 24-06-2020( 0:50:13)       
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Mel and Mike stroll through an extensive (if not quite exhaustive) list of what's happening on stages around the greater Waikato (and beyond)... and their #musicaloftheweek is the always dependable Little Shop of Horrors!
Published: 6/24/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 17-06-2020( 0:50:44)       
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Wanna be a director? We have a list of essential tips you really need to hear! And our #musicaloftheweek takes us back to good ol' Rydell High... that's right – Grease!
Published: 6/17/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 10-06-2020( 0:50:26)       
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Mel and Mike delve into the rules that apply backstage (see what we did there?) for performers... what's appropriate and what's not. Plus our #musicaloftheweek is Shrek!
Published: 6/10/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 03-06-2020( 0:58:11)       
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This week we catch up with the beautiful Jennifer Ward-Lealand Te Atamira; we also talk with David Taylor our friend from Musikmakers; and we're paying some respect to just some of the turmoil in the world right now. And the #musicaloftheweek is... Rent.
Published: 6/3/2020 5:00:00 PM

What's happening on the theatre scene in Hamilton and the Waikato region... And discussions about new shows, old shows and everything in between. Plays, musicals... if it's live performance, we're on it.

Host: Mel Martin and Mike Williams
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Category: Arts and Culture
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