News- A Feast of Musicals

Auckland is fortunate enough to be providing a feast for music lovers over the next few months. NZ Opera, Auckland Theatre Company and a musical cast direct from the UK will be pulling out all the stops to entertain.

Sweeney Todd, the demon barber of Fleet Street

Deliciously scary, Sondheim's Sweeney Todd is seen in most of the opera houses around the world. Now it is our turn to be able to experience this most powerful of theatrical horror tales ever set to music at the wonderfully atmospheric Civic Theatre. Underneath its dark humour, there is a human tale with themes of revenge, obsession and lust as well as pain, yearning and love.
This is presented by NZ Opera in collaboration with the Victorian Opera and boasts a star studded cast featuring non other than our own Teddy Tahu Rhodes opposite Antoinette Halloran and the  Freemason Chorus.



 Billy Elliot

In October there will be some firsts! This is the first production of the spectacular and uplifting musical Billy Elliot in NZ and it is the inaugural production at the Auckland Theatre Company's new home  - the ASB Waterfront Theatre. Based on the smash hit movie the inspirational story of this musical tugs at the heart strings as a young boy of 10 struggles against the odds to see his dream to be a dancer come to fruition. The story and lyrics are written by Lee Hall and the music is written by the legendary Elton John in an inspired partnership.




Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Also showing at the Civic in October is this must-see Tony Award winning spectacular direct from the UK.. Based on the Oscar-winning hit movie, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert is the heart-warming, uplifting story of three drag artists who jump  on board a battered old bus named Priscilla, and in their quest for love and friendship they end up on a journey of self-discovery and the road trip of a lifetime through the Australian outback.
This wildly fresh and funny musical features a hit parade of dance-floor favourites including: Don’t Leave Me This Way, I Will Survive, Finally, I Love The Nightlife, Go West, Hot Stuff, Colour My World and Shake Your Groove Thing. 




Don't forget you can also borrow the music scores, sound recordings and DVDs from Auckland Libraries


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