FLASHDANCE The Musical. Civic Theatre Auckland. Now Playing!
Read this Review by Jenny Stevenson.
The pop culture phenomenon of FLASHDANCE is now live on stage, with the all-American cast. With electrifying dance at its core, FLASHDANCE-THE MUSICAL tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day, and a club dancer by night with dreams of one day becoming a professional performer. When romance with her steel mill boss threatens to complicate her ambitions, Alex learns the meaning of love and its power to fuel the pursuit of her dream. A 1 x minute video sneak preview:-
FLASHDANCE-THE MUSICAL features a score that includes the biggest hit songs from the movie, including the Academy Award-winning title song “Flashdance – What a Feeling,” “Maniac,” “Gloria,” “Manhunt,” and “I Love Rock & Roll.”
The Atlanta Journal Constitution hailed it “an astonishing musical spectacle,” while Michigan Live dubbed FLASHDANCE “A super-sexy blockbuster!”
THE BEACHBOYS – Celebrating 50 years of Fun Fun Fun
From Left to Right:
Scott Totten, Tim Bonhomme,
Jon Cowsill, Mike Love,
Jeffrey Foskett, Bruce Johnston & Brian Eichenberger.
THE BEACH BOYS are coming to NZ with one exclusive concert this year in one of the country’s greatest beach locations – Mt. Maunganui, Tauranga. Captained by Mike Love, and helmed by long-time Beach Boy Bruce Johnston, the current line-up continue the legacy of this iconic American band.
Love’s role as the band’s front man sometimes overshadows his stature as one of rock’s foremost songwriters. “Surfin’,” The Beach Boys’ first hit came from his pen. With his cousin, Brian Wilson, Love wrote the classics “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “California Girls” and the Grammy nominated “Good Vibrations.” Years later, he showed he still had the lyrical chops by co-writing the irresistible and chart-topping “Kokomo.”
Even more than the Beatles, The Beach Boys found through their music the key to unfading youth—and they made copies for everyone. To these guys, the beach isn’t just a place where the surf comes to play—it’s where life is renewed and made whole again.
10cc In Concert. November 2015
10cc, comprising of Graham Gouldman, Rick Fenn, Mick Wilson, Mike Stevens and Paul Burgess, were hot favourites when they performed in NZ to over 50,000 people at Summer Concert Tour last year.
Fans will now have the chance to hear hits such as Kiwi favourite Dreadlock Holiday, The Things We Do For Love, I’m Not In Love (featured in films such as Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and more recently the Disney blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy), Art For Art’s Sake, Rubber Bullets, I’m Mandy Fly Me and Donna, up close in personal in theatres.
And in a rare double-bill, 10cc co-founder Graham Gouldman will open the show with his Heart Full of Songs acoustic set, performing hits he wrote for other artistes, such as Bus Stop and Look Through Any Window (for The Hollies), No Milk Today (Herman’s Hermits) and Heart Full of Soul and For Your Love (The Yardbirds)
10cc have sold over 30 million albums worldwide and are gave us some of the most lyrically dexterous and musically varied songs of the ‘70s and ‘80s. Don’t miss….
SPANDAU BALLET – Soul Boys Of The Western World
Stewart & Tricia Macpherson and Paul Dainty have announced that Spandau Ballet, one of the most successful and influential British bands of the 1980s, will bring their ‘Soul Boys Of The Western World’ Tour to Vector Arena on Sunday May 10, 2015. Ensuring there is something for every fan of 80’s music. Stewart Macpherson is pleased to announce the special guest is PHIL MADSEN.
All five original band members of Spandau Ballet, Tony Hadley, John Keeble, Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp and Steve Norman will come together to perform their smash-hit anthems for Australasian audiences for the first time since their 2010 Reformation World Tour which saw the band reunited. Ahead of their 2015 concert tour Spandau Ballet were in New Zealand, having attending a special screening in Auckland of their new film ‘Soul Boys Of The Western World’ which was the 2nd highest grossing film in the UK when it was released there earlier this month.
The band’s visit also promoted their brand new best-of album The Story – The Very Best of Spandau Ballet which also features 3 brand new tracks, in stores now and online via Warner Music New Zealand.
SPANDAU BALLET are excited to be coming back to NZ – they will be performing on MOTHER’S DAY. Go on – take your Mum with you. She’ll love it.
See this review from a very recent gig in Belfast, Ireland.
What about this ad made for THE BREEZE. Fabulous.
SPECIAL GUEST: PHIL MADSEN.
Stetson Group regret to advise that they have had to cancel Nik Kershaw’s scheduled appearance at the ‘Soul Boys Of The Western World’ concert by SPANDAU BALLET at VectorArena on Mother’s Day, Sunday 10 May. Any of Nik’s fans that now wish for a refund may contact www.ticketmaster.co.nz. The original line-up of SPANDAU BALLET will be in full force, and will now be preceded by renowned New Zealand singer-songwriter Phil Madsen.
Auckland born singer-songwriter Phil Madsen, is no stranger to the stage, Phil has been performing with his family since the age of four.
He will be well known to many New Zealanders, with two top-20 hits under his belt, regular performances at Coca Cola Christmas in the Park and with key New Zealand orchestras. The power of Phil’s performance of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody at last years SkyCity Starlight Symphony was recognised by the Sunday Star Times “Even Freddy Mercury refused to sing Bohemian Rhapsody live because the notes were too difficult but Phil Madsen sang it all the way through, perfectly, and the crowd went wild.”
Dancing On The Moon off 2010 album Mr Yellow Tree, has already received significant local and international airplay and earned Phil a top-five nomination in this year’s APRA Silver Scroll Awards. Phil also performed this single at the 2009 Coca Cola Christmas in the Park.
LET IT BE – A Musical Journey not to be missed.
This limited season of LET IT BE is in Auckland only, at the beautiful Civic Theatre. March/April 2015.
If you ever saw The Beatles “live” then this concert musical is what it sounded like; If you never got to see The Beatles “live” then this is what you missed!
An international cast of performers who genuinely sound like the Fab Four, in a magical stage setting, take us on a journey from Liverpool’s Cavern Club to the last studio sessions. This is not a tribute band, this is a full stage presentation as seen on Broadway, and coming to Auckland direct from London’s West End. Over 40 of The Beatles Greatest Hits are performed “live” in a full 2 hour show.
Need convincing? See this audience reaction from the Garrick Theatre in London’s West End.
SLASH- World On Fire Tour 2015
The Stetson Group are pleased that one of the world’s hottest guitarists will perform for us in two full-throttle, smokin’ hot concerts in NZ next February. He’s sold over 100 million albums, has a Grammy award and countless other accolades. This concert will feature hits from his time with Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver and and his previous two solo albums – Slash (2010) and Apocalyptic Love (2012) as well as his new album World On Fire.
SLASH, featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators plays Claudelands Arena, Hamilton on 17 February, and Wellington’s TSB Arena on 18 February.
Watch this live video from Roxy LA. “Bent To Fly”
Auckland’s Special Guests: New Zealand’s very own – DEVILSKIN.
The Best Of JETHRO TULL with IAN ANDERSON.Please note that this wonderful night out is a theatrical show – not a typical rock performance. Ian Anderson requests that all ticket buyers be seated 5 minutes prior to the 8pm performance time. As a courtesy to both the performers and other patrons, late comers will not be permitted entry until a suitable program pause.
Stewart & Tricia, in the UK in July, took the time to meet IAN ANDERSON at his country home. A great catch up – and Stewart was delighted to hear that the December dates in NZ will include THICK AS A BRICK parts 1 and 2 in the first hour, and after interval, another hour of the best of JETHRO TULL. A theatrical experience indeed.
Seats are only available in Auckland’s 2nd performance on 21 December.
After two magic years on the road with the Thick As A Brick shows, legendary Prog Rock icon Ian Anderson is finalising details of the set for his 2014 tour to New Zealand, following the release of a new concept album Homo Erraticus earlier this year.
Songs from Homo Erraticus – an ‘epic voyage into the Progressive Rock pantheon of strangeness’ according to Anderson – will be played along with a collection of his favourite Tull classics, including Thick as Brick 1&2, Living in the Past, Bouree, Teacher, Too Old to Rock ‘N’ Roll, Too Young to Die, My God, Aqualung and Locomotive Breath. The performance will be illustrated and complemented by videos and astounding theatrical settings ‘to bring a tear to the eye’, an enthusiastic Anderson declared.
Ian will bring his band of musicians featuring John O’Hara on keyboards, David Goodier on bass guitar, Florian Opahle on electric guitar, Scott Hammond on drums and Ryan O’Donnell on guest vocals.
JETHRO TULL Official web site:
Review: The Greek Theatre.
Interview with Radio Newstalk ZB and Ian Anderson. 15th June 2014.
Ian Anderson advises you of his coming trip to NZ. Take a 2 minute look. 17 June 2014
The IRISH ROVERS. Farewell to Rovin’ Tour
On sale now.
20 City tour from 25 September to 20 October 2014.
The Irish Rovers cross New Zealand, the US and Canada for their Farewell To Rovin’ Tour which kicks off in New Zealand at the Regent Theatre, Palmerston North Thurs. Sept. 25th.
These last few years, the Rovers have sold out concert tours, returned to the radio airwaves, garnered rave reviews for their recent Gracehill Fair, Home In Ireland and Drunken Sailor albums, attracted the attention of a new younger audience, and were touted in the press as “internet sensations!” The excitement around the Rovers these days confirms that their music continues to hit a chord with fans of all ages.
If you’ve been waiting to see this iconic band, wait no longer as this is the last tine The Irish Rovers will tour New Zealand. “This makes it fifty years of the long tours”, says Rovers founder George Millar, “after this we’ll still be recording, performing at special events and the tours will be short and sweet. I think it’s wiser to leave those big tours to the younger bands.” Learn more at The Irish Rovers website: www.theirishroversmusic.com
PAUL POTTS ‘One Chance’
Paul Potts, first ever winner of Britain’s Got Talent, has found global success with his albums, live shows and tours, impressing audiences worldwide with his powerful yet emotive operatic performances.
Six years later, and his feet are yet to touch the ground. Paul has already performed more live shows than any other contestant from a talent search programme, whilst in recognition of Paul’s meteoric ‘rags to riches’ rise to fame, his amazing life story was turned into the recently released film, ‘One Chance’, starring award-winning comedian James Corden as Paul, which has been very popular here.
Now embarking on an international tour that includes New Zealand this April, Paul Potts is set to once again remind audiences of his inspiring charm and rich, mellifluous classical prowess.
In New Zealand Paul will be accompanied by a 10-piece orchestra.
PAUL POTTS performs the entire 2 hour show – he will be supported by New Zealand’s special soprano Anna Hawkins.
From Tauranga, Anna will perform a couple of songs on her own and a couple of duets with Paul. Anna has just returned from Japan playing “Christine” in Ken Hill’s PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, where she received rave reviews.
Check out this TV ad for Paul’s NZ Tour ….
BILL HALEY Jr & The Comets
Check out the definitive web site for this fabulous tour of NZ.
Reviving the look and sound made famous by his father — Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Bill Haley — Bill Haley Jr & The Comets recapture the heyday and carry on the tradition Bill’s father started in the 1950s.
Bill Haley Jr & The Comets will perform favorites such as Rock Around The Clock, See Ya Later Alligator, Shake, Rattle & Roll, Rock This Joint, Don’t Knock The Rock and Rockit 88.
Bill Jr says don’t expect so much a tribute band, but rather a rock ‘n’ roll history show. Along with the behind-the-scenes stories, Bill Jr emphasises that he and his band mates perform the hits just as they sounded in the 1950s. “We play as authentically as possible,” Bill Jr says.
The ORIGINAL Phantom Of The Opera by Ken Hill in Tokyo 2013
December will soon be upon us – we will then be in Auckland in rehearsal for our 16 performances in Tokyo: 19-29 December 2013 at Tokyo International Forum Hall C.
Michael McLean (UK) as FAUST
|Stewart Macpherson & Toni Palmer – widow of the writer and director Ken Hill. Toni played Madam Giry in the original UK production. Stewart caught up with her in August 2013 for coffee at BROWNS in George Street, Edinburgh, during The Festival.|
RICHARD CLAYDERMAN – The Romantique Concerts
World’s most successful pianist announces three NZ concerts
Accompanied on stage by:-
Violin Vanessa Leighs
Cello Margaret Guldborg
Viola Alexa Thomson
- WELLINGTON 21 June 2013 Michael Fowler Centre
- NAPIER 22 June 2013 The Municipal Theatre
- AUCKLAND 23 June 2013 The Civic Theatre
He never intended to be a performer – let alone become a superstar – but Richard Clayderman has outsold Bob Dylan, Coldplay, Adele, Jay Z and Lady Gaga. Today, his distinctive piano reinterpretations of familiar tunes from every era and genre are still heard in every corner of the world. Whether we know it or not, his music has become the soundtrack of our lives.
Stewart and Tricia Macpherson proudly announce that Richard Clayderman – just weeks after the release of his latest album Romantique – will perform in three very special New Zealand concerts of the same title.
Featuring hits from his latest album Romantique, concertgoers can expect favourites including Spartacus Adagio, medleys from Les Miserables and West Side Story, his mega hit Ballade Pour Adeline, The Flower Duet, Adele’s Someone Like You, Hallelujah, You Raise Me Up and Puccini’s Nessun Dorma. He will be accompanied by a dazzling strings section.
Fans are urged to be quick as Richard’s concert sell out worldwide.
Described as doing more than anyone else to popularise piano since Beethoven, the shy Frenchman is arguably the world’s most successful pianist, having sold over 85 million albums. With his trademark style of smooth, lavishly orchestrated reinterpretations of popular hits, show tunes and well-known pieces from the classical repertoire, Clayderman has collected 267 gold and 70 platinum discs in almost every country in the world. Not bad for a session musician who became a star by accident.
As a small boy, he could read music better than his native French. At 12 he won a place at the Paris Conservatoire and graduated with first prize. But instead of embarking on a career as a classical pianist, he became a studio musician to support his sick father and young family.
Until one day in 1977 when he received a call from French music producer Olivier Toussaint, who was looking for a pianist to play a brand new tune composed to celebrate his musical partner Paul de Senneville’s newly-born daughter Adeline.
Extraordinarily, and unlike any pop song before it, the popularity of ‘Ballade Pour Adeline’ spread slowly around the globe over the next five or six years, conquering one country after another until there was almost no corner of the world immune to its melodic charms.
THE SEVEN IRISH TENORS
THE SEVEN IRISH TENORS originated in Dublin more than a decade ago with the sole intent of showcasing to the world the finest young exponents of Irish singing.
As time has evolved personnel in the troupe have changed, with many international performers of Irish descent joining the company to continue the tradition of Irish tenor singing that focuses on purity of voice. Under the tutelage of the Producer of the world-famous Irish dance company, Spirit Of The Dance, the company now boasts a pool of Irish tenors who, when playing large arenas are expanded to twelve performers. See http://www.spiritartists.com/the-twelve-tenors.html
In this 2-hour concert performed entirely by THE SEVEN IRISH TENORS, you’ll be thrilled to hear Irish favourites such as “Danny Boy”, “The Rose Of Tralee”, “MacNamara’s Band”,”Phil The Fluter’s Ball”, “Galway Bay” and “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling”, as well as more contemporary songs like “You Raise Me Up”, “We Are The Champions”, and favourites such as “You’ll Never Walk Alone” “The Rhythm Of Life” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. There’s even some fabulous Beatles songs including “Hey Jude”– all performed by young, handsome, sparkling performers much acclaimed in Europe. And of course there wouldn’t be a show without “O Sole Mio”, “Funiculi, Funicula” and the spine-tingling “Nessun Dorma”! As the International Post wrote after experiencing THE SEVEN IRISH TENORS – “they are simply breathtaking”
THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER
They’re back, for two shows only in which they perform the entire concert. Its the hit line-up of Tim Hauser, Cheryl Bentyne, Janis Siegel and Alan Paul, so from their extensive repertoire you can expect to hear songs such as Route 66, A-tisket A-tasket, Java Jive, Operator, Birdland and The Boy From New York City. As Janis said “People see in us something that they wish there was more of in the world, which is harmony,” said Siegel. And no matter how technologically advanced the music business becomes, I think people will always still want to hear the sound of the human voice, especially raised in harmony.” Book for this thrilling concert today.
Check out our dedicated web site: THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER
An Intimate Evening with RICK WAKEMAN
Stewart Macpherson is so very proud to announce that 37 years after his last visit to New Zealand, legendary keyboard maestro, composer and songwriter RICK WAKEMAN will be giving three very special and unique one-man shows in New Zealand this October.
English born Wakeman, best known for his role as the former keyboardist in the progressive rock band YES, was last in New Zealand in 1975 when he performed Journey To The Centre of the Earth with the Auckland Symphonia at Western Springs, Auckland.
Fast forward to 2012 and Wakeman returns in what will be a rare and intimate trio of concerts in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch from October 6-8 known as “An Intimate Evening With Rick Wakeman”. The one-man show is described as “an entertaining evening with Rick performing on a grand piano interspersed by ludicrously ridiculous, albeit true, funny anecdotes”.
Simon Sweetman’s interview with Rick is not to be missed … enjoy a great read ….
Wakeman boasts a long catalogue of impressive musical plaudits; 50,000,000 record sales around the world, which have included more than 150 record and CD releases, soundtracks for more than 25 films, and more than 4,000 world-wide concert performances.
His name has appeared on the credits of albums as a session musician with Al Stewart, Elton John, Lou Reed, John Williams, Cat Stevens (including the classic piano on Morning Has Broken), Marc Bolan, Marsha Hunt, Mary Hopkin, Black Sabbath, and David Bowie. With all of this success it’s understandable how he has endeared himself to all genres and all ages, a rare accomplishment in this day and age!
Rick is looking forward to bringing his one-man show to New Zealand: “ I have been really rather fortunate to have reached an age where people stop trying to tell you what you should be doing. I think they have now come to the conclusion that I’m not going away, so they might as well let me get on with what I want to do! This means that I have been able to dip my toes into the world of comedy, stand-up, television, acting and writing which means full days and a full life. I’ve also been able to diversify as regards concerts and these vary from shows with my band to full blown concerts with band, symphony orchestra and choir.
“Over the last couple of decades, the one man show, ”An Intimate Evening with Rick Wakeman” has surprised even me as to its popularity and has been performed in the UK, America, South America and Eastern Europe and I am really thrilled to be coming back to New Zealand, (which is also my wife’s favourite country), to perform the shows there.”
Keep your eyes open for the new NISSAN JUKE.
OH WHAT A NIGHT! 2013 Tour
In 2012 they came from Las Vegas and played 10 NZ Cities – to rave reviews. Now OH WHAT A NIGHT! returns to play 7 additional Cities in 2013. Oh What A Night! is a show that celebrates the hits of Franki Valli & The Four Seasons in an entertaining format that internationally has had the audiences singing along, clapping and cheering for more. The fourseasoned performers – George Solomon, Brandon Albright, Paul Holmquist and Rick Morgan – not only sing the hits and hit the high notes for which Franki Valli is famous; they also dance expertly and entertain with humorous banter in the great Vegas tradition. This award-winning 2 hour tribute show covers the gamut from earlier hits such as Sherry, Rag Doll and Walk Like a Man, through to 1970s favourites Who Loves You, and Grease, as well as the more melodic love songs, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You and My Eyes Adored You.
Listen to this interview with GEORGE SOLOMON on Hawkes Bay MORE FM, prior to the 2012 tour.
George Solomon’s Radio interview.
The greatest Hits of THE NEW SEEKERS and PAPERLACE …..
SMASH HITS 70’s: The Greatest Hits of the New Seekers and Paper Lace
Get ready to sing along. Some of the most iconic 70’s songs of all time will be performed “live” across New Zealand this April and May by the singers who made them famous so many years ago: The New Seekers’ Eve Graham and Paper Lace’s Philip Wright.
Eve Graham’s remarkable vocal talents have been adored by fans for more than four decades, and the Scottish-born star’s musical journey has seen her perform around the world and on a variety of stages: from American Bandstand and the Sonny and Cher Show, to The Two Ronnies and Morecambe and Wise.
In a career that produced a string of memorable hits, such as Look What They’ve Done To My Song, Ma; Nickel Song; Circles; Never Ending Song Of Love and Beg, Steal or Borrow, Eve is probably best remembered for her performance of I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing, the famous soundtrack to Coca-Cola’s ‘Hilltop’ commercial – the company’s most successful campaign in its history.
“The Nickel Song” – Eve Graham at The Royal Albert Hall, 1972
“Look What They’ve Done To My Song” – Eve at The Royal Albert Hall, 1972
“The Night Chicago Died” – Paperlace live in 1974
“Billy Don’t Be A Hero” – Paperlace live on BBC’s Top Of The Pops 1974
Click on our YouTube link to view the television commercials of smash hits 70’s
Joining Eve on the New Zealand tour will be Philip Wright and Paper Lace, whose memorable compositions such as Billy Don’t Be A Hero; Hitchin’ A Ride and The Black Eyed Boys led them to 70’s superstardom and sold millions of copies around the world.
The classic The Night Chicago Died reached number one in the American Charts, achieving platinum sales and winning the title of largest selling single worldwide in 1974.
After re-releasing two magical albums in 2010, vocalist Philip Wright and original bassist Cliff Fish have joined forces with Phil Hendricks and Paul Robinson to recreate the authentic live sound of Paper Lace for the Smash Hit’s 70’s New Zealand tour.
YES – First time in NZ. One Show Only. 1 APRIL
The world’s most quintessential prog-rock band YES will perform in New Zealand for the first time on 1 April, 2012. YES – The Legendary, Grammy® Award winning prog-rock band that has defined many a generation features a lineup of guitarist Steve Howe, bassist Chris Squire, drummer Alan White, singer Jon Davison and keyboard player Geoff Downes.. FLY FROM HERE is the first album YES has recorded for close to a decade and The return of Horn along with the Maestro’s that make up YES has brought back the fluid freedom that their music’s ingenuity is best known for. (See reviews below of their recent UK performances)
YES holds a shrewd insight and creative vision that challenges audiences as they stretch the boundaries of music, and their new album FLY FROM HERE was produced by the legendary Trevor Horn in the spirit that YES was founded.
YES’ performance will feature the title track from that new album as well as the hugely successful and indelible catalogue of music from hit albums such as DRAMA, FRAGILE, CLOSE TO THE EDGE and 90125. YES’ remarkable career has served to re-define the boundaries of rock for more than four decades. YES has played the role as a dominant driving music force selling over 30 million albums, reaching platinum status multiple times worldwide. Their symphonic use of sound and innovative musical styles have made each of the group’s player’s a virtuoso in his own right.
This will be YES’ first visit to New Zealand, and they will perform the entire concert at the Vector Arena on Sunday, 1 April 2012.
See a review of 2 of their very recent performances – Hammersmith Apollo gig on 11 November 2011 and their Manchester Apollo performance on 13th November 2011.