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Cityscape caught up with Kiwi opera legend Teddy Tahu Rhodes ahead of his picking up the straight razor as the Demon Barber in New Zealand Opera’s Sweeney Todd. Images: Jeff Busby. Tell us about the relationship between Sweeney and Mrs Lovett. It’s kind of a relationship where they need each other really. I think they are two people in this world that have different needs and they just cross each other’s paths; I think in time they get to become very fond of each other. I think throughout there is a genuine affection between to the two of them. What have you learnt about your character that you didn’t know before taking on the role? When you think of Sweeney you think of the Demon Barber, but he’s actually quite a tragic and sad man. He’s had a tragic life, so the story of his murderous side is just an...
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Fate, superstition and Faustian pacts come home to roost in The Court Theatre’s gripping and heartfelt production of Willy Russell’s acclaimed musical Blood Brothers. Perpetually house-dressed and repressed, the once Marilyn Monroe-esque looker with a penchant for dancing (and super-fertility) Mrs Johnstone (a brilliant Ali Harper) has her young life turned upside down when her husband leaves her with a set of twins in her belly and five more children at home. As luck(?) would have it, Johnstone’s barren and desperate employer Mrs Lyons (an edgy Juliet Reynolds-Midgley) convinces the poorer woman to give up a child in order to give it a better life, and Fortuna’s wheel is spun. The cast is excellent across the impressive boards (the set is exceptional), with Harper and Matt Pike’s Narrator – the ever-present, black-clad harbinger stalking the cast from the shadows – scorching the stage with blistering performances. Props too go to...
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The Court Theatre is set to put their own spin on one of musical theatre’s biggest success stories with their upcoming production of the international success story Blood Brothers, a compelling and heart wrenching musical opening at The Shed this weekend. Originally written as a school play by Willy Russell in 1982, Blood Brother’s East End debut in 1983 was the start of over 10,000 professional performances of the show in London, and the show has also toured all over the UK and run on Broadway as well as in Australia (a 1988 production starred everyone’s favourite phone-hurler, Russell Crowe) and in South Africa. A loose adaptation of a story by Alexandre Dumas, it tells the story of two twin sons, born to a woman (Mrs Johnstone) deserted by her husband and with a houseful of existing kids to feed. The affluent but childless Mrs Lyons, whose house she cleans,...
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Cityscape heads along to the opening night of The Court Theatre's first new production for 2014, the Judy Garland biopic End of the Rainbow. End of the Rainbow doesn’t so much open The Court Theatre’s first production of 2014 with a bang, but rather a supernova in the form of a blistering performance by Eilish Moran as the legendary potty-mouthed, drug-addled booze hound and fag-hag extraordinaire, Judy Garland.Desperate for her umpteenth comeback after being chewed up and spat out (ad nauseam) by the Hollywood machine, we find the busted showgirl at the end of a roller coaster career, holed up in a London hotel room with fifth husband to be/manager Mickey Deans (Kevin Keys), battling both stage fright and crippling addictions.She opts for a doomed and desperate venture/grab for cash to be held at ‘The Talk of the Town’ nightclub – fitting for the waning star, whose life was played out in...
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The Court Theatre is following up last year’s sell-out hit summer musical Grease with their biggest production yet: The Mikado. Running now, through the holiday period, and on until mid-January, the production features the theatre’s largest-ever cast (25), and a lively treatment of and approach to the Gilbert and Sullivan classic that’s set to bring William and Arthur’s 1885 opus into 21st century.The Mikado is one of the most popular musicals of all time. It tells the story of Nanki‐Poo (played by Matt McFarlane, star of last year’s Grease), a wandering minstrel who falls in love with Yum Yum (Rachael Adams). She cannot marry him however, as she is arranged to marry the Lord High Executioner (Damien Avery). The Executioner, desperately needing to find someone to execute before the imminent arrival of the Mikado (Lynda Milligan), agrees to let Nanki‐Poo marry his bride-to-be – but only if he can execute...