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Backstage - 29-12-2021( 0:59:48)       
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Our final shwo for 2021, so we went LIVE ON AIR for the first time, just for kicks. An hour of us yarning about the year that's passed (almost) and the year to come... plus a carefully chosen selection of some of our favourite songs from our favourite musicals to boot!
Published: 30/12/2021 11:00:00 a.m.
Backstage - 22-12-2021( 0:56:53)       
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Ho Ho Ho — we're full of good cheer in our penultimate show for the year, with only three sleeps to go till Christmas! What a year it's been... We riff on the subject of Christmas and theatre, and our Musical of the Week is Scrooge! Just one of several takes on the theme of the Dickens story 'A Christmas Carol'.
Published: 22/12/2021 5:00:00 p.m.
Backstage - 15-12-2021( 0:57:29)       
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Banned! Restricted! We explore a few plays that have tested our attitudes towards all manner of shocking stuff over the centuries... like, sexuality, women being decisive and stuff like that. And we go into shades of pink with Legally Blonde, our Musical of the Week!
Published: 15/12/2021 5:00:00 p.m.
Backstage - 01-12-2021( 0:57:5)       
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Being in the Orange Zone means we can at last physically catch up with old friends, and they don't come much... friendlier than Ray Powell – co-founder (with Charlotte Isaac) of Bold Theatre! He talks about being a producer, dealing with uncertainty and future plans... well, some of them anyway. AND our Musical of the Week is the current Netflix must-see show, Tick, Tick... Boom!
Published: 1/12/2021 5:00:00 p.m.
Backstage - 24-11-2021( 0:56:23)       
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Stomp-stomp-clap, stomp-stomp-clap... Immediately recognisable and a perfect way for us to say that this week We Will, We Will, Rocky You! Our Musical of the Week is the hugely popular jukebox musical based on the music of Queen. Plus we step back into the Writer's Room, profiling the incredible Emily Duncan.
Published: 24/11/2021 5:00:00 p.m.
Backstage - 17-11-2021( 1:15:26)       
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Introducing our extended mix podcast this week! Actor, Director, Tutor, all-round renaissance man Kyle Chuen dishes the goods on Assassins, working with performing arts students at Wintec, and looking ahead to Bold Theatre's 2022 production, when he'll be co-directing (with the uber-talented Courteney Mayall) That Bloody Woman! And funnily enough... that's our Musical of the Week too!
Published: 17/11/2021 5:00:00 p.m.
Backstage - 10-11-2021( 0:55:0)       
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This week's musical explores the story of Anastasia Romanov... based on the Disney movie, how does the stage show stack up? And Geoff Turkington checks in on the success of the crowd funding appeal for the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival AND he lets us in on one of the hot drawcards for the '22 festival!
Published: 10/11/2021 5:00:00 p.m.
Backstage - 03-11-2021( 0:54:47)       
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What went wrong for My Fair Lady, after so many years as a crowd pleaser? And what's the first rule of the Backstage Actor's Studio? We can reveal all in this week's episode!
Published: 3/11/2021 5:00:00 p.m.
Backstage - 27-10-2021( 0:57:13)       
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It's Covid Catch-Up Time! The multi-talented and indespensible Deb Nudds, from The Meteor Theatre joins us to talk about locking down 2021-style... and we take a close look at our Musical of the Week — I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change.
Published: 27/10/2021 5:00:00 p.m.
Backstage - 20-10-2021( 0:50:33)       
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Clothes maketh... the show! Great costume designers are worth their weight in gold, to any production. Unsung heroes a lot of the time, today we shine our little spotlight on their work. And we leap, tumble and spin our way into the Musical of the Week — Bring it On: The Musical.
Published: 20/10/2021 5:00:00 p.m.
Backstage - 13-10-2021( 0:57:20)       
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Challenging times for the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival — Festival Director Geoff Turkington talks about pulling it together for 2022, and because it's Halloween this month (not really because of that) our Musical of the Week is Ghost – The Musical.
Published: 13/10/2021 5:00:00 p.m.
Backstage - 29-09-2021( 0:58:14)       
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Still stunning, gripping, relevant and thought-provoking, even after 64 years... our Musical of the Week is the brilliant West Side Story! And we look at the intricate characters that make up the drama in our (occasional) Play of the Week – August: Osage County.
Published: 29/09/2021 5:00:00 p.m.
Backstage - Young Frankenstein - 22-09-2021( 0:55:48)       
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Whatever you do, don't mention Frau Blücher... Our Musical of the Week is Young Frankenstein (The Musical) and we go into the critical importance or props — why they're such an incredibly important part of the theatrical experience and why it's so vital they're done right!
Published: 22/09/2021 5:00:00 p.m.
Backstage - 15-09-2021( 0:50:5)       
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The rich and almost ignored history of Māori theatre and how it was given new life... and Into The Woods is our Musical of the Week.
Published: 15/09/2021 5:00:00 p.m.
Backstage - 08-09-2021( 0:52:59)       
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What the Fu— ? This week we get into the subject of cussing on stage, so buckle in... The goalposts are always effing-well changing! And our Musical of the Week is the 1972 classic, Pippin!
Published: 8/09/2021 5:00:00 p.m.
Backstage - 01-09-2021( 0:57:53)       
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Girl From The North Country is our Musical of the Week (Dylan's music and the Great Depression) plus we have a play about a hat and our good friend Jono Freebairn virtually drops in for a korero.
Published: 1/09/2021 5:00:00 p.m.
Backstage - 18-08-2021( 0:55:23)       
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Not for the faint of heart, we explore the darkness of the play 'The Pillowman' — plus we feature a sampling of Tolstoy with our Musical of the Week, 'Natasha Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812'... We're not afraid of the big stuff! Stay safe and wear a mask!
Published: 18/08/2021 5:00:00 p.m.
Backstage - 11-08-2021( 0:57:22)       
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Bootlegging... hands up who's seen at least a little bit of a bootleg recording of a major show! It's illegal, of course, so why do people keep doing it? Our Musical of the Week this time is the heart-warming story of a boy who wanted to dance — Billy Elliot. (You might have to search YouTube for a bootleg copy if you want to see the actual show though!)
Published: 11/08/2021 5:00:00 p.m.
Backstage - 28-07-2021( 0:57:23)       
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You can't do everything and be in everything — sometimes you REALLY need to take a break. We discuss when it's a good thing to say 'No'... And our Musical of the Week is Pretty Woman: The Musical. Yeah, we hadn't heard of it either!
Published: 28/07/2021 5:00:00 p.m.
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: 21/07/2021 5:00:00 p.m.
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: 14/07/2021 5:00:00 p.m.
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: 7/07/2021 5:00:00 p.m.
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: 30/06/2021 5:00:00 p.m.
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: 23/06/2021 5:00:00 p.m.
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: 16/06/2021 5:00:00 p.m.
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: 9/06/2021 5:00:00 p.m.
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: 2/06/2021 5:00:00 p.m.