Showbiz Queenstown

Familial links

By PHILIP CHANDLER Maybe it proves we’re still a small place, but there are some interesting links amongst actors playing leads in Showbiz Queenstown’s Legally Blonde The Musical, premiering on Thursday. The lead role of Elle Woods — made famous by Reese...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstowner's made a great impression on reality dating TV show, The Bachelor New Zealand. Before her elimination on Tuesday, Lana Ennis was among the final three bachelorettes vying for the affections of Sol3 Mio singer Moses Mackay. This...

Going to the dogs

By PHILIP CHANDLER Let the bonding begin. Two dogs have been selected to play Bruiser Woods in Showbiz Queenstown’s production of Legally Blonde The Musical, hitting the boards in May. They’re chihuahua, Chico, with his new ‘master’, Pearly McGrath, who plays lead character...

Stage dog’s call

By PHILIP CHANDLER Release the hounds. Showbiz Queenstown’s holding dog auditions this Sunday for a major canine role in its production of Legally Blonde The Musical, hitting the stage in late May. The dog, Bruiser Woods, will belong on stage to lead character...
By PHILIP CHANDLER An Arrowtowner has exited stage left after an incredible 31 years’ involvement with Queenstown’s musical society. Life member Hilary Finnie, who stepped down from Showbiz Queenstown’s committee at its recent AGM, was not only presented with flowers, but...

Showbiz’s one-night stand

By PHILIP CHANDLER Despite having to postpone its 2020 musical, Showbiz Queenstown’s still hitting the stage this year, just, with a one-off show this Friday. Showtunes at the Sherwood will feature songs and medleys from the musical theatre society’s annual shows...

The Shows Must Go On

By GUY WILLIAMS Its title couldn’t be more apt. The Touring Company’s production of The Shows Must Go On, which hits the Queenstown Memorial Centre stage this coming Monday, was born of a determination to revive musical theatre after March’s lockdown...
Knock Australia, if you like, but it's been the making of Arrowtown-raised Isla and Finley Brentwood, aka Brentwood Duo, who call themselves "Australasia's only strictly ginger, brother-sister duo". Philip Chandler broke from watching cricket in Melbourne last month to catch up with two Kiwi success...
It's a little disconcerting hearing puppets singing about porn, but then Avenue Q isn't your standard musical. The cast of the upcoming Showbiz Queenstown production presented a sneak peek of the show on Sunday, ahead of opening night next Thursday. Andy...

Sharing the spotlight

After years of watching each other take to the stage, a musical Queenstown couple are joining forces. Andy Bell and husband Pol Nicholson will both be treading the boards in Showbiz Queenstown's Avenue Q The Broadway smash hit, which won three...

Hands up for show

It's funny, quirky, and just a little bit cheeky – and that's before you even get to the puppets. Showbiz Queenstown's preparing to stage something a bit different to its past shows with the forthcoming Avenue Q The Broadway smash hit,...
The director of this week's Showbiz Queenstown musical is in awe of how the set and cast are shaping up. Dunedin-based former local Doug Kamo (left) says Mamma Mia!, based on Swedish super-group ABBA's famous hits, "is in my opinion the...
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