REVIEW: Jersey Boys (Civic Theatre)

April 16, 2012
The good kind of Jersey [by James Wenley] As I take my seat in the Civic, the Jersey Boy stage looks surprisingly non-descript. It’s a grey and drab industrial looking set, complete with walkways and chain mesh. A pretty ordinary set for an international musical, but then, the origins of the real Jersey blue collar Four Season members were rather […]

PREVIEW: Jersey Boys at The Civic

March 1, 2012
Perfectly pitched performance predicted [by Sharu Delilkan] Having grown up when Grease the movie hit the big screen I was keen to speak to Dion Bilios, when I heard that he was cast to play Frankie Valli in Dodger Theatrical’s production of Jersey Boys – The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. The 24-year-old Sydney-sider’s first comment to […]

REVIEW: Bathing with Elephants and other Exotic Reveries

January 27, 2012
An astounding Journey into the unknown [by James Wenley] The Civic Main stage is dark, waiting for its first performance of the year. But the building is alive. The show is Bathing with Elephants and other exotic reveries, with much for the inteprid audience member to encounter. Bathing with Elephants is a collaboration between Vitamin S, Co-Lab and STAMP at […]

NEWS: Len Brown announces ‘Jersey Boys’ coming to The Civic

July 27, 2011
Oh what a night… Tommy, Bobby, Nick and Frankie on their way [by James Wenley] Len Brown announced at a press conference this morning at the Civic Theatre’s Wintergarden that the smash hit international musical Jersey Boys, the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, will be coming to Auckland in April 2012. Jersey Boys is a key part of […]

INTERVIEW: Jesse Peach

July 18, 2011
From the Moor of Venice, to the road of yellow brick… [by James Wenley] If you’ve noticed journalist Jesse Peach’s absence from the TV news recently he has a very good reason. He’s taken five months leave to pursue his passion. Theater director Jesse Peach is now at work. His first play, Othello, is one of Shakespeare’s great tragedies about […]

REVIEW: Miss Saigon

May 27, 2011
 Spectacle and Saigon [by James Wenley, Musical Geek] An interesting development over the past few years has been the welcome take-over of the mighty Civic Theatre by ‘amateur’ theatre societies (Harlequin Theatre – Cats, Auckland Music Theatre – Rent, 42nd Street), whilst the big budget overseas touring musical spectaculars have all but dried up… blame the economic times. Indeed, excepting […]
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