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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: 10/13/2021 5:00:00 PM
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: 9/29/2021 5:00:00 PM
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: 9/22/2021 5:00:00 PM
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: 9/15/2021 5:00:00 PM
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: 9/8/2021 5:00:00 PM
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: 9/1/2021 5:00:00 PM
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: 8/18/2021 5:00:00 PM
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: 8/11/2021 5:00:00 PM
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: 7/28/2021 5:00:00 PM
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