About the tour
Pioneers of the New Zealand entertainment industry, Stewart and Tricia Macpherson, will celebrate 50 golden years in 2023 and to mark this amazing milestone, they will present a showstopping journey through their greatest musical triumphs.
The tour will feature special guest, global phenomenon Paul Potts and an outstanding NZ cast, performing songs from the greatest musicals of the past five decades including Blood Brothers, The Rocky Horror Show, Evita, Starlight Express, Flashdance, Million Dollar Quartet, American Idiot, Pirates of Penzance, Chicago, Jekyll & Hyde and Phantom of the Opera.
Their very first musical was THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, repeated in 1978 with the infamous Gary Glitter as Frank-N-Furter. In 1992 was, CHESS, when Stewart confidently proclaimed to New Zealand’s one and only TV channel that “failure wasn’t an option”, as the couple has blazed their way from one box office success to another, and in so doing, earned legions of fans and friends and a reputation for being two of the best in the biz.
50 GOLDEN YEARS OF MUSICALS will allow audiences to relive the Macphersons’ musical journey, through songs from productions including Blood Brothers, The Rocky Horror Show, Evita, Starlight Express, Flashdance, Million Dollar Quartet, American Idiot, Pirates of Penzance, Chicago, Jekyll & Hyde and Phantom of the Opera.
SHOW DETAILS (APRIL 2023):
11th & 12th – Southwards Theatre, PARAPARAUMU
13th – Municipal Theatre, NAPIER
14th – Sir Howard Morrison Centre, ROTORUA
15th – Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, AUCKLAND
17th – Clarence Street Theatre, HAMILTON
18th – Baycourt Theatre, TAURANGA
19th – Regent Theatre, PALMERSTON NORTH
20th – Opera House, WELLINGTON
21st – ASB Theatre Marlborough, BLENHEIM
22nd & 23rd – James Hay Theatre, CHRISTCHURCH
Featuring a setlist from their catalogue of personal favourites, songs such as Time Warp from Rocky Horror, Don’t Cry For Me Argentina from Evita, the classic Memory from Cats, All That Jazz from Chicago and the high-energy What A Feeling and Maniac from Flashdance … and many more will have audiences singing and re-living many memories.
Universally loved for the joy they’ve brought to theatres throughout the country, and abroad, the production will also feature some wonderful tributes from some of the world’s most influential players in the entertainment sector.
Without the Macphersons, New Zealand’s entertainment sector would have looked a whole lot different.
Having had a successful career in radio, Stewart, and Tricia – who broke the glass ceiling for women in the 60s by becoming a sound engineer for the British rock band The Moody Blues (Nights in White Satin, Your Wildest Dreams) — joined forces to create The Stetson Group, a company that’s held in the highest regard among promoters, performers and audiences five decades on.
In their first year, 1973, they toured global phenomenon Kenny Rogers, and news soon spread among artists that they were great to work with. Some of the biggest names in world would follow including Jethro Tull, The Beach Boys, Def Leppard, Glen Campbell, Donny Osmond, Michael Crawford, Michael Buble, Dudley Moore, Midnight Oil, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Elvis Costello, Rowan Atkinson, Joni Mitchell, George Thorogood, The Clash, Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Talking Heads, Alice Cooper, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Yehudi Meuhin, Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge, Lou Reed and many more…
Aside from musicals, they’ve also brought some wonderful art exhibitions to New Zealand, including The Art of Banksy, Michelangelo: A Different View and Renaissance: The Age of Genius.
Outside of the theatre, Tricia and Stewart have worked hard to support emerging promoters as senior members of the New Zealand Promoters Association, as well as helping young artists shine brightly.
And when they’re not hard at work, they hit the road in their campervan looking for new adventures!
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