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.
THAT’S COUNTRY – 12 City March 2012 tour:
It’s time for New Zealand country music fans to celebrate! We’re on the road – now!
At long last, and in celebration of the 2 DVD/CD combo’s of this much loved and iconic 80′s television show, you get to see some of the original stars “live on stage” for the first time that the show has ever been taken out of its Christchurch Town Hall environment.
As was the case on TV, Ray Columbus hosts the show in his inimitable cheeky style, and welcomes some of the biggest names to ever appear on “That’s Country” – the irrepressible Suzanne Prentice, the wild man from Australia – Jade Hurley, and our own Toni Williams who was the star of the recent Country Music Awards. These Artists are supported by backing vocalists, Echo’N Harmony. In addition excitement has peaked at the announcement that Legends Award Winner, and current chart-topper, Dennis Marsh is to appear as Special Guest on this tour.
This is a truly “live” concert tour, and the singers will be accompanied by members of the original band that appeared on the television show. Gary Sammons, Doug Petrie, Brian Ringrose, Paddy Long and the MD will be Mike McCarthy.
Re-live some of the greatest country music ever written, songs like “Country Cookin’ “, “It’s A Heartache”, “Try A Little Kindness”, “You Don’t Know Me” and much, much more when the genuine and OFFICIAL “That’s Country” tour comes to town!
All performances are at 7.30pm. The above performers perform the entire show. You can also purchase A “COMBO” CONSISTING OF A DVD AND CD at the the theatre.
Ray Columbus in rehearsal at The Civic Theatre, Invercargill, 1 March 2012.
On the road – and being St.Patrick’s day – the
Band celebrated after the New Plymouth performance.
Gary Sammons, Doug Petrie and Paddy Long.
THE COMBO DEAL – DVD/CD SET:-
Following up the double platinum success of last year’s “That’s Country” DVD release comes “That’s Country Encore” a 23 track DVD featuring more outstanding performances from the original high rating and much loved television show. The content was selected from the many episodes now held at the TVNZ Avalon archives and includes exceptional live performances from the legends of New Zealand country music along with international guest stars from Nashville and Australia. Like the previous release the DVD package will also include a CD version of the show’s music for the fans to enjoy. This product will be on sale at all concerts.
The fastest show on earth!
Ch-Ch-Ch Boogie is one of the pre-show songs about trains that sets the mood in the arenas for a fabulous night of spectacle and fun in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s amazing roller-skating musical STARLIGHT EXPRESS. People left the arenas buzzing with excitement about what they’d seen. The reviews were uniformly appreciative, with superlatives such as “magical”, “high-energy”, “spectacular”, “awesome” etc., which is always very satisfying for us as Producers to hear and experience. Here is what one reviewer wrote. “If you’re looking for deep and meaningful you’ve come to the wrong place, but the show never pretends to be anything other than what it is – a spectacular, feel-good entertainment with catchy tunes, bubblegum romance, outrageous costumes and rollerskates. The musical score – delivered ‘live’ by an impressive though unseen band – always strikes the right emotional chord and there is an appealing musical playfulness in many of the songs. The large cast are all highly accomplished singers and dancers with standout performances coming from some of the veterans of the show’s extensive world tour. Alongside these seasoned professionals the large Kiwi contingent more than holds its own.”
The 7 Irish Tenors
The 7 Irish Tenors toured NZ during November 2009.
Sensational. At every performance, a standing ovation for the wonderful Seven Irish Tenors!
There was a lot of blarney, but also every song was instantly recognised from, ‘Irish Eyes Are Smiling’ and ‘Danny Boy’ thru to Queen’s ‘We Are The Champions’, The Beatles ‘Twist & Shout’ and, of course. a superb rendition of ‘Nessun Dorma’. And at every performance the tenors came out front of house to meet their patrons, and autograph the CD of the show – now available from our SHOP under CD’s for sale.
Burn The Floor
The international dance sensation Burn The Floor visits New Zealand direct from its record-breaking run on Broadway! You’ve seen Ballroom dance on shows like “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance.”
Now, with Burn The Floor, you will feel, live on stage, all the passion, the drama and the sizzling excitement of 20 gorgeous champion dancers, in a true theatrical experience, a performance with a grace and athleticism that The New York Times calls, “Dazzling!”
From Harlem’s hot nights at The Savoy, where dances such as the Lindy, Foxtrot and Charleston were born, to the Latin Quarter where the Cha-Cha, Rumba and Salsa steamed up the stage, Burn The Floor takes audiences on a journey through the passionate drama of dance. The elegance of the Viennese Waltz, the exuberance of the Jive, the intensity of the Paso Doblé – audiences will experience them all, as well as the Tango, Samba, Mambo, Quickstep and Swing.
Burn the Floor-it’s Ballroom. Reinvented for 2010
Following their New Zealand tour, the Company fly to London – to open at the Shaftesbury Theatre, West End.
Spandau Ballet and Tears for Fears
The ultimate 80s double bill spectacular. Two of the UK’s hottest 80′s band, played together in the same concert, for the first time in NZ on 29 April, 2010.
Fresh from sell-out shows in London’s 02 Arena, both bands were visiting Australia, and we managed to convince them to play one date in Auckland’s Vector Arena.
The original members of both bands played all their hits, so it was effectively 2 shows for the price of one.
All five original members of Spandau Ballet, Tony Hadley, John Keeble, Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp and Steve Norman of Spandau Ballet performed Gold, True, Lifeline, I Don’t Need This Pressure On, To Cut A Long Story Short, and Only When You Leave, amongst others, in a 2-hour set. Opening the night were Tears For Fears whose hits include Shout, Mad World, Mother’s Talk, I Believe, Head Over Heels, Woman In Chains, Sowing The Seeds Of Love, and Everybody Wants To Rule The World.
Emerging from Soho’s ultra hip Blitz Club in 1979, Spandau formed at school in North London before becoming the hottest unsigned band on the planet. From underground, fashion and music obsessed working class Londoners, to global superstars, the band set the pace, the styles and the sound of the 1980s. Not only did their albums sell by the millions, but their look and style impacted on the fashion world and beyond. They created their own style, combining creativity with entrepreneurship and the spirit of the youth of the early 80s.
Tears for Fears, made up of duo Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, enjoyed similar success in the 80s when British bands were setting the commercial and cultural bar in regards to pop music. They have sold in excess of 22 million albums worldwide spawning massive the hits Everybody Wants To Rule The World, Shout and Head Over Heels. Roland and Curt split in 1990 after their meteoric rise through the pop charts only to reunite and release a new album in 2004. Since then Tears for Fears have continued to sell out shows throughout the world and maintain their status as one of pop music’s more productive musical collaborations.
Young @ Heart Chorus
SHsssssssh …. did you see the movie YOUNG@HEART???? Here they are – coming to NZ in December. Some you’ll recognise from the movie. Tickets not on sale till mid September, but we were so excited, we just wanted you to know ….. The current performers in Young@Heart range in age from 73 to 89. There are some with prior professional theater or music experience, others who have performed extensively on the amateur level, and some who never stepped onto a stage before turning seventy five. The Chorus have kept alive the spirit of the early pioneers and continue to push the group into glorious new directions. Tickets on sale 20th September.
When Bob Cilman and Judith Sharpe organized the Young@Heart (Y@H) in 1982 all of the members lived in an elderly housing project in Northampton, MA called the Walter Salvo House. The first group included elders who lived through both World Wars. One of their members had fought in the Battle of the Somme as a 16 year old and another, Anna Main, lost her husband in the First World War. Anna was a stand-up comic who at 88 told jokes that only she could get away with.
Now Bob Cilman is bringing this amazing group of over 75 year olds to New Zealand. In July Tricia and Stewart went to Rochester, NY to meet the group and see them perform to a sell out 2500 crowd. An amazing performance …..
Playing Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Palmerston North: 6-14 December 2010
Tickets will be on public sale 20th September
Check out: www.youngatheartchorus.com
TODD RUNDGREN – September 2010
For the first time ever, New Zealand fans will get a taste of Todd Rundgren ‘live’ in September. Tickets now on sale – Auckland through Ticketmaster and Wellington through Ticketek.
For the first time ever, New Zealand fans will get a taste of Todd Rundgren ‘live’ in September. The new CD, not yet released anywhere else in the world, can be purchased only from Stetson Group’s web site.
A musical pioneer, a software innovator, a renowned composer and producer, a conceptual and interactive artist and maybe even a wizard (if the name if of his 1973 solo album is anything to go by), Todd Rundgren has been shifting and shaping the musical and multimedia membrane for almost forty years, and now he brings the live experience of his brand new album Todd Rundgren’s Johnson to Auckland and Wellington in September, for two must-see shows.
Check this link to get a taste of Todd thru the years -
Rundgren may not be a household name in this country but his list of album productions will be familiar to any self-respecting music fan: Patti Smith, Meatloaf, Cheap Trick, Hall and Oates, Grand Funk Railroad and Psychedelic Furs, to name but a few. And you will surely recognize some of his own classic hits including Hello It’s Me, I Saw The Light, Can We Still Be Friends, and Bang The Drum.
His latest project is a collection of classic bluesman Robert Johnson numbers, each performed with the Rundgren twist. Reviewers of his American shows have described the experience as reminiscent of late sixties Cream or early Led Zeppelin. Rundgren simply describes the show as “kick ass rock n’ roll”.
Fans can expect about half the show set to be dedicated to Johnson’s material with the remainder of the concert featuring a full noise guided tour through the Rundgren catalogue. Guitar heroes: take note!
Robin Gibb – November 2010
His is a voice that set alight a million romances and as many dance floors and now Robin Gibb returns to New Zealand for three unforgettable evenings of BEE GEES Greatest Hits (with Special Guests The Pointer Sisters*) in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch this November 8, 10, and 12.
Stewart Macpherson and a TVNZ crew went to Robin’s Estate in Oxfordshire where this item was filmed. Robin was delightful and very giving of information – and expressed his enthusiasm for coming to NZ with his band and back up singers to perform the 3 NZ concerts. Check out the CLOSE UP item.
Expect all your favourites and so much more as Robin Gibb with an international band and singers performs his hit-laden shows…with Special Guests The Pointer Sisters at
AUCKLAND – Vector Arena – Monday 8 November.
WELLINGTON – TSB Bank Arena – Wednesday 10 November.
CHRISTCHURCH – CBS Canterbury Arena – Friday 12 November.
Robin Gibbs’ An Evening of BEE GEES Greatest Hits brings the hit list back to life and there is no need for cover versions here! Fans can expect to hear all the biggest songs – Massachusetts, How Deep is Your Love, Stayin’ Alive, Night Fever, You Win Again, Nights on Broadway, Jive Talking, I Started A Joke, Words, To Love Somebody, New York Mining Disaster and many more!
Robin last performed here in 1999 when the BEE GEES One Night Only show attracted more than 60,000 to Auckland’s Western Springs – still one of the biggest concert attendances in New Zealand history.
Says Gibb, “It’s been a long time, but I’m really, really pleased to be coming back one more time to play for the New Zealand fans”.
(Look for information on the support act – THE POINTER SISTERS)
The Pointer Sisters
The Pointer Sisters’ career has successes spanning over three decades, the repertoire of these multi Grammy award-winning Artists has included such diverse genres as pop, disco, jazz, bebop, blues, soul, funk, dance, country and rock. Their debut album produced a massive hit for the funk cover of Yes We Can Can and they scored another home run with their sultry cover of Bruce Springsteen’s Fire.
The Pointer Sisters enjoyed a steady succession of vibrant and stirring hits throughout the 80s: He’s So Shy, Slow Hand, I’m So Excited, Automatic, Jump (for My Love), Neutron Dance, and Dare Me. In 1985 both Jump (for My Love) and Automatic won Grammies.
The Pointer Sisters are: sisters Anita and Ruth with Ruth’s granddaughter, Sadako.
The Pointer Sisters’ career has successes spanning over three decades.
Their debut album produced a massive hit for the funk cover of Yes We Can Can and they scored another home run with their sultry cover of Bruce Springsteen’s Fire.