Broadway Hour a chance for locals to ‘have a laugh’

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SET to be performed at Invercargill’s Repertory House for one night only, Introducing: The Broadway Hour, has already proved popular with tickets selling “really well”.

Since high school, multi-talented actor, singer and dancer Libby Fraser had taken to the stage in many roles and was a regular performer in many local productions.

Due to the recent lockdown, there had been a lack of arts culture, so Fraser decided to “try something new to fill the gap”.

The arts community and patrons have “had a few months off… now it was time to have fun”, she said.

With the support of the local performing community, including singers and two pianists, Introducing: The Broadway Hourwould be performed next Friday at 7.30pm.

Southland performer Libby Fraser.

“It would be a good night for the audience to come and have a laugh.”

Described as a relaxed and intimate show, The Broadway Hour was about bringing together “our performing community in Invercargill”, Fraser said.

As well as some up-and-coming performers, there will also be some seasoned artists.

Among them would be Dave McMeeking, Ruth McSoriley, Daniel Monteath, Tapani Maka, Anna Dymond, Aimee Marshall, Lauren Payne, Ava Thornley, Holly Muirhead, Rachael Scott, Amelia McQuarrie, Amy Lee, Jacqueline Careswell, Elisapeta Matua-Kuresa and Michael Kuresa.

The show would last “roughly” an hour and would have a themed programme of songs, including ones from shows which the audience might never have heard before, and certainly some show tunes people would be familiar with, she said.

Each singer would perform a song which fitted the show’s theme of Broadway, accompanied by a live pianist, one of whom would be Michael Buick, who had won Best Musical Direction for Invercargill Musical Theatre’s production of Wicked at the annual Otago Southland Theatre Awards earlier this year.

Well-known entertainer Barry Macdonald would be the emcee.

The inaugural show would be a way of gauging interest to see if the arts community would like to support this kind of entertainment and, if well supported, there could be more of this type of entertainment in the future, Fraser said.

Tickets, which could be bought from Eventfinder, were selling “really well”, she said.

Because it was only on for one night, and Repertory House had limited seating, it was recommended to pre-buy tickets. If there were any left on the night, there would be door sales, but that could not be guaranteed, Fraser said.

  • Introducing: The Broadway Hour, Repertory House, 167 Esk St, Invercargill, Friday, July 24, 7.30pm. Tickets from Eventfinder or door sales if available.
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