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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
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