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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
Backstage - 27-05-2020( 0:52:47)       
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This week Mel and Mike are in the studio together once again, with Laura Hill of the Cambridge Repertory Society. Plus #MusicaloftheWeek is Barry Manilow's 'Copacabana'... calm yourself now...
Published: 5/27/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 20-05-2020( 0:56:20)       
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This week Mel and Mike are Backstage with some natterings on "theater etiquette" with some supposed do's and don'ts of the theatre; plus #MusicaloftheWeek is 'Bugsy Malone'.
Published: 5/20/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 13-05-2020( 0:57:6)       
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This week Mel and Mike are Backstage with renowned Maori playwright and filmmaker Briar Grace-Smith, getting some advice for emerging writers. #MusicaloftheWeek is 'Jekyll and Hyde' and we may or may not convince Briar to choose between theatre and film...
Published: 5/13/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 06-05-2020( 0:55:57)       
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This week we're back with more guests, namely one Kyle Chuen and the only Nick Braae to talk about their current projects. #MusicaloftheWeek is 'Finding Neverland', yip based on the movie...
Published: 5/6/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 29-04-2020( 0:58:30)       
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This week: This week on Backstage with Mel and Mike we're talking a whole lot about auditions. Good ones, bad ones, a bit of technique, and a couple of top tips. All this plus #MusicaloftheWeek ... Join us!
Published: 4/29/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 22-04-2020( 0:57:9)       
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This week: This week Mel and Mike go Backstage with Hamilton and The Meteor's Deborah Nudds for a COVID catch-up, and a little stroll into a zone we're calling 'Memorable Moments at The Meteor'. Join us!
Published: 4/22/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 15-04-2020( 0:47:49)       
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This week on Backstage with Mel and Mike, at your request we get opinionated about the shows and theatre experiences we really don't enjoy, plus #MusicaloftheWeek is Chess!
Published: 4/15/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 08-04-2020( 0:54:44)       
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This week Mel and Mike go Backstage with Emma Bishop to talk theatre and teaching from the perspective of her many important hats, and #MusicaloftheWeek is Dear Evan Hansen. On air and available online every Wednesday!
Published: 4/8/2020 5:00:00 PM