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Backstage - 21-07-2021( 0:53:40)       
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We take you from the tortured, fractuous relationship of Martha and George in Edward Albee's 'Who's Afraid of Virginnia Woolf?' (our Play of the Day) to the exotic world of ancient Egypt in 'Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida' (our Musical of the Week)... Backstage this week is a jam-packed journey from start to finish!
Published: 7/21/2021 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 14-07-2021( 0:55:46)       
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How big is too big... and how small is too small? We discuss fitting the production to the venue, and at last have chosen one of Mike's least favourite shows as our Musical of the Week — Kismet! (Yuck)
Published: 7/14/2021 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 07-07-2021( 0:56:10)       
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Reviewing the reviewers... what is the role of a critic these days? Should we even have them? And we celebrate the circle of life with our Musical of the Week — The Lion King.
Published: 7/7/2021 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 30-06-2021( 0:54:58)       
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We're packed to the rafters! We cover the 2021 Boil Up event at The Meteor in Hamilton; discuss Lin-Manuel Miranda's movie of In the Heights (a bomb or DA BOMB?); go deep into The Color Purple (our Musical of the Week); plus our usual round-up of what's on around our patch!
Published: 6/30/2021 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 23-06-2021( 0:57:23)       
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Casting issues... We explore and discuss the need for integrity when it comes to equal opportunities for actors with disabilities, different ethnicities, gender identity, sexuality and so on. And our Musical of the Week is A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder.
Published: 6/23/2021 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 16-06-2021( 0:56:45)       
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Grab your sleeping bag, we're covering an eight-hour epic play 'Angels in America' (let's be fair, it's two four-hour parts) and delving behind the music with our #MusicaloftheWeek, Dreamgirls.
Published: 6/16/2021 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 09-06-2021( 0:57:25)       
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Not only do we welcome Jono Freebairn for the third time, to talk about growing whiskers (among other things), we also rip the mask of the monster! Our #MusicaloftheWeek is the international record-breaking box office smash The Phantom of the Opera. Let the overture commence!
Published: 6/9/2021 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 02-06-2021( 0:52:39)       
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Industrial Musicals... America's forgotten art form; figuring out the wait for Godot; and our #MusicaloftheWeek is the incomparable Avenue Q!
Published: 6/2/2021 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 26-05-2021( 0:57:39)       
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Musical theatre podcasts are a thing! Musicals made just for podcasting... Who knew? Mel and Mike tell you everything you need to know about them. Plus, kinky highjinks down at the Chicken Ranch — our #MusicaloftheWeek is The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Yee-Ha)...
Published: 5/26/2021 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 19-05-2021( 0:51:1)       
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Gettin' physical — what is physical theatre anyway? And how does it relate to other disciplines? Let's find out shall we...? Oh, and our #MusicaloftheWeek is Bye Bye Birdie (Mel's very first musical theatre experience).
Published: 5/19/2021 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 05-05-2021( 0:46:31)       
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Horses on stage, suspending disbelief, and our #MusicaloftheWeek is In The Heights.
Published: 5/5/2021 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 28-04-2021( 0:54:49)       
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This book could change your life! The Book of Mormon is our #MusicaloftheWeek and we wax lyrical on the benefits of solidarity, as it relates to Equity NZ.
Published: 4/28/2021 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 21-04-2021( 0:56:43)       
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True stories are the order of the day fam! Our #MusicaloftheWeek is Evita! and our play of the week is The Diary of Anne Frank.
Published: 4/21/2021 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 14-04-2021( 0:55:27)       
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We went there so you don't have to... Gilbert & Sullivan -– your definitive guide to their history, an examination of their works, and some random samples of their music. You can thank us later.
Published: 4/14/2021 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 07-04-2021( 0:55:51)       
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How freaky do you wanna get? Bat Boy is our #MusicaloftheWeek and they don't come much weirder than that! And we present our first Play of the Day.
Published: 4/7/2021 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 24-03-2021( 0:57:58)       
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Ivan Muir (from Nivara Lounge) joins us to have a yarn about smaller performance spaces, Mike talks about the MTNZ annual conference, and our #MusicaloftheWeek is The Last Five Years...
Published: 3/24/2021 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 10-03-2021( 0:56:48)       
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'Next!' Auditions... love them or hate them, they're a necessary part of theatrical life, for both performers and directors. Mel and Mike discuss rejection and how to cope when you don't land that role you walways wanted. Plus our #MusicaloftheWeek is Miss Saigon.
Published: 3/10/2021 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 03-03-2021( 0:58:10)       
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What's in a name? We cover the many ways playwrights choose their titles, and why some work, and some don't! Plus our #MusicaloftheWeek is 'Nine'.
Published: 3/3/2021 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 24-02-2021( 0:55:3)       
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"Ladies and gents, this is the moment you've waited for..." In the centre ring for this week's show, we shine the spotlight on the life of the consummate master of the big show, PT Barnum. So, naturally, our #MusicaloftheWeek is The Greatest Showman!
Published: 2/24/2021 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 17-02-2021( 0:49:48)       
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Enter, the Narrator. Mel and Mike explore productions which feature an omnipresent and other-worldly character that bridges the gap between audience and cast, usually. And our #MusicaloftheWeek is Fun Home!
Published: 2/17/2021 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 10-02-2021( 0:54:30)       
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This week looking at queer theatre that has helped shape the genre, and put LGBTQ stories in the mainstream. Our #Musicalof theWeek? Hedwig and the Angry Inch!
Published: 2/10/2021 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 03-02-2021( 0:55:15)       
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That deaf, dumb and blind kid sure plays a mean pinball! Yep — our #MusicaloftheWeek is The Who's Tommy. And we talk to Hamilton's resident Energiser Bunny, Courteney Mayall about her pet projects and how the hell she manages to do so much!
Published: 2/3/2021 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 27-01-2021( 0:51:13)       
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Film adaptations of stage musicals that may (or may not) see the light of day this year; catching 2021's first local productions; and The Prom - our #MusicaloftheWeek.
Published: 1/27/2021 5:00:00 PM
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

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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