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Backstage - 31-08-2022( 0:59:33)       
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In our final (for now) episode we have a yarn with Dave Moore — director of 'The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society Production of Macbeth' for Te Awamutu Light Operatic Society (TALOS). And we finally get to the one musical that's on Mel's liist of faves (but nobody else's)... Love Never Dies. And as the lights dim and the curtain begins to fall... we pause for applause, bow and say adieu. And thanks for joining us Backstage. See you next year.
Published: 1/09/2022 12:30:00 p.m.
Backstage - 24-08-2022( 0:58:10)       
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Theatrical superstitions abound and we give a bit of background on four of the most common ones this week. And our Musical of the Week is Singin' in the Rain – based on the evergreen and much-loved movie of the same name.
Published: 25/08/2022 12:00:00 p.m.
Backstage - Starlight Express - 10-08-2022( 0:57:6)       
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Some called it 'hell on wheels' but others really love Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1984 train story 'Starlight Express'... so we decided to see for ourselves by making it our Musical of the Week. We also revisit the question of who should get to play trans-gender or other diverse characters. It's a conversation that will never end.
Published: 11/08/2022 4:15:00 p.m.
Backstage - Unchback of Notre Dame - 03-08-2022( 0:53:54)       
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The bells... The bells... Our Musical of the Week is the timeless story of Quasimodo – The Hunchback of Notre Dame – developed from the Disney animated film into a very successful musical production. It's also a favourite of one of our studio guests this week. Kate Martin-Booker (Mel's wife) loves the show and tells us why, then she and Nick Hall tell us all about the play they're in at Cambridge's Gaslight Theatre, 'The Things I Know to be True' by Andrew Bovell.
Published: 3/08/2022 5:00:00 p.m.
Backstage - Jagged Little Pill - 20-07-2022( 0:49:3)       
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We talk this week about challenging content... whether there's an audience (we say absolutely yes), and even whether there's a place for challenging content on stage (again, absolutely, yes from us!)... It's an on-going discussion and it also leads into our Musical of the Week — Jagged Little Pill.
Published: 20/07/2022 5:00:00 p.m.
Backstage - 13-07-2022( 0:58:52)       
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It's the Greatest Show on Earth! Backstage, of course! Coincidentally, our Musical of the Week is 'Barnum' — all about the man who used that cachphrase for his own entertainment empire, PT Barnum. And we have a yarn about those who aren't necessarily theatre-doers but who still like to particpate as theatre-goers... and a bit about Agatha Christie's ageless mystery thriller, The Mousetrap.
Published: 15/07/2022 9:45:00 a.m.
Backstage - 06-07-2022( 0:54:59)       
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Our Musical of the Week tells the story of the show that beat the odds when it came to the pandemic — 'Six' relates the stories of the six wives of Henry VIII (with a few twists) and has been wowing audiences since its debut. Relevant, clever and the must-see show in the UK right now. And we talk about the issue of how you handle unpalatable dialogue on stage. Cut it? Leave it in? Paraphrase...? What about the playwright's intentions?
Published: 6/07/2022 5:00:00 p.m.
Backstage - 29-06-2022( 0:55:54)       
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The Riff Raff statue's champion, and erudite man-about-town, Mark Servian lets down his guard and tells us what keeps him excited about the Waikato theatre scene after nearly 30 years, and we explore the world of Mean Girls in our Musical of the Week.
Published: 29/06/2022 5:00:00 p.m.
Backstage - 16-06-2022( 0:56:50)       
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We started a discussion this week about the Waikato Regional Theatre – the pros, the cons – and hope to keep it going over the weeks ahead. We also talked about 'Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars', and 'An Oak Tree'... plus our Musical of the Week is the little-known 'Tuck Everlasting'. Curious? Check it out.
Published: 16/06/2022 2:30:00 p.m.
Backstage - 08-06-2022( 0:56:35)       
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One of the Waikato region's most recognised theatre practitioners, Nick Wilkinson is our special guest, discussing acting, directing, Shrek, ballroom dancing and hating auditions. He also chose our Musical of the Week (a personal favourite of his) The Full Monty.
Published: 8/06/2022 5:00:00 p.m.
Backstage - Groundhog Day - 01-06-2022( 0:57:10)       
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It's deja vu all over again! Groundhog Day is our Musical of the Week (music and lyrics by the amazing Tim Minchin!) and we hear some no-nonsense talk about the craft of acting from one of the very best in the business, either on stage or on screen, Dame Judi Dench.
Published: 1/06/2022 5:00:00 p.m.
Backstage - 25-05-2022( 0:56:57)       
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Another new-ish face to the region, in the form of Lily Berry, joins us for a yarn and we explore her choice of Musical of the Week... the perennial favourite of many, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Well, it had to be done sooner or later...
Published: 25/05/2022 5:00:00 p.m.
Backstage - 18-05-2022( 0:57:32)       
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Who lives in a pineapple under the sea...? Thanks to our guest last week (Jonty Climo) our Musical of the Week this time is Spongebob Squarepants — is it any good? You have to listen to find out. We also tap in to the wisdom of celebrated English actor Bill Nighy, and give a comprehensive round up of what's hitting the stages in our patch over the coming couple of months... there's a LOT!
Published: 18/05/2022 5:00:00 p.m.
Backstage - 11-05-2022( 0:50:49)       
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When there's a new kid on the block, you want to know everything about them, right? We put musician, actor, and all-round theatre junkie Jonty Climo under the 'scope to find out why he chose to start calling Hamilton home recently, and what he's into at the moment. And American Idiot is our Musical of the Week – proving you can take a band's concept album and turnit into pretty bloody good theatre!
Published: 11/05/2022 5:00:00 p.m.
Backstage - Cruel Intentions - 04-05-2022( 0:55:43)       
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Matamata Dramatic Society's President Julie Taylor joins us for a yarn about the theatre's activities and how they're keeping themselves active these days... turns out they're going full steam ahead! This week we go all nostalgic for a time 30 years ago with our Musical of the Week (Mel's choice) — 'Cruel Intentions – The 90s Musical' ...an adaptation of an adaptation of an adaptation of an original story from the 18th century.
Published: 4/05/2022 5:00:00 p.m.
Backstage - Blood Brothers - 27-04-2022( 0:57:46)       
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Did you ever hear the story of the Johnstone twins...? This week's Musical of the Week is the extraordinary Liverpool drama Blood Brothers. Our Scouse pal Jacinta Parsons joins us to talk about what it is that makes this show so compelling, and we hear from the director of the Hamilton Musical Theatre production, Angela Walker – who's so obsessed with the show, she's seen it 25 times!
Published: 27/04/2022 5:00:00 p.m.
Backstage - You're A Good Man Charlie Brown - 20-04-2022( 0:56:1)       
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The dynamic duo are back together again — Mel is all refreshed after her honeymoon... We have a feel-good Musical of the Week this time, in the form of You're A Good Man Charlie Brown. We also feature more of Thames MAD's Diane Connors, talking about how they operate as a smaller theatre society. And our list of What's On Around the Place Soon-ish is absolutely HUGE!
Published: 20/04/2022 5:00:00 p.m.
Backstage - Kinky Boots - 13-04-2022( 0:57:56)       
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Guest co-host this week, while Mel is on her honeymoon, is Jono Freebairn, who chose Kinky Boots as the Musical of the Week. We also meet Diane Connors, President of Thames Music and Drama (Thames MAD) and director of their upcoming production of Mamma Mia! Plus we cover the ins and outs of how to perform dying on stage.
Published: 13/04/2022 5:00:00 p.m.
Backstage - Priscilla, Queen of the Desert - 06-04-2022( 0:52:41)       
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After a couple of weeks being MIA, it's back to more of what you love about being Backstage... All glitz and glamour with our Musical of the Week, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert... and we looked for a play about a wedding, just for fun, and came up with a beauty – Blood Wedding! Oh the drama of it all!
Published: 6/04/2022 5:00:00 p.m.
Backstage - 16-03-2022( 0:56:37)       
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Heard of the huge budget NZ musical 'City of 100 Lovers'...? Nah, we hadn't either, but it was a thing. And was supposed to be running forever at Sky City Theatre, but it turned out to be a total dog and got cancelled, leaving a very bad taste in a lot of people's mouths. We tell all in this week's episode — our 100th! And oh yes... Mel gives us all you needed to know about Moulin Rouge — our Musical of the Week.
Published: 16/03/2022 9:45:00 p.m.
Backstage - 09-03-2022( 0:53:47)       
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We went somewhere so you don't have to. After dissecting how to write a musical last week, it was only fair that we examine how to write a play... and we delved into advice from the website writerscookbook.com ... take it from us, it doesn't deliver what you might think it should. Balancing that, our Musical of the Week is the largely unknown but delightful 'Violet' starring Sutton Foster.
Published: 9/03/2022 5:00:00 p.m.
Backstage - 02-03-2022( 0:53:40)       
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What does it take to write a musical? And where the hell do you go if you wnat to learn how? We don't have all the answers, but we discuss some people's experiences in the hope that you may be inspired. And for light relief... our Musical of the Week is the one and only Hairspray!
Published: 2/03/2022 5:00:00 p.m.