Just the ticket, Marty


Queenstown’s Marty Newell gets the cast going as the villainous but comic innkeeper Thenardier during a Les Miserables dress rehearsal.

Judging by ticket sales for the event, which opened last night, Newell and the rest of the cast will be firing up audiences at the Memorial Hall over the next 10 days.

Earlier this week, pre-sales at TicketDirect amounted to $67,000 – more is still to come from preferential bookings and door sales, Showbiz Queenstown secretary Hilary Finnie says. “By opening night we expect to have covered all our costs.”

Showbiz even had to convince TicketDirect to change their booking system because seating plans were changed to fit around the stage.