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Backstage - 21-10-2020( 0:50:44)       
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A disaster of a musical, and Broadway flops. Our #MusicaloftheWeek is Titanic! and in the Writers Room this week, Miria George.
Published: 10/21/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 14-10-2020( 0:53:46)       
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Yeeee—Haaaa! The time has come and Oklahoma! is our #MusicaloftheWeek; our featured playwright in the Writers Room is Jean Betts; and we discuss the complex history and present of gender representation on stage.
Published: 10/14/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 07-10-2020( 0:57:35)       
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It's a show... within a show... sometimes within another show! We're exploring that concept with our #MusicaloftheWeek (chosen by special guest co-host Jono Freebairn), plus Matamata's Short & Sweet Festival, and Thomas Sainsbury is in the Backstage Writers Room!
Published: 10/7/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 30-09-2020( 0:52:19)       
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Pros-arch or thrust? Stage left or stage right? Terminology unravelled in this week's episode, we have Sir Roger Hall in the Writers Room, and our #MusicaloftheWeek is Something Rotten!
Published: 9/30/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 23-09-2020( 0:49:26)       
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Chookas Baby! It's all about Opening Nights and the things we do around that special time in a production's cycle. Plus a heap of wholesome humanity with our #MusicaloftheWeek 'Come From Away', and our playwright featured in the Writers Room is Elisabeth Easther.
Published: 9/23/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 16-09-2020( 0:52:53)       
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It's pies on stage with our #MusicaloftheWeek 'Waitress' and we shine a virtual spotlight on the work of the multi-talented Oscar Kightley in our Writers Room segment... That's right — you're Backstage, theatre nerds!
Published: 9/16/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 09-09-2020( 0:56:58)       
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Hear about Heathers, our #musicaloftheweek, and we welcome our first playwright to the Writers Room – the incomparable April Phillips.
Published: 9/9/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 02-09-2020( 0:58:13)       
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On a mission from POTUS! Gordy Gray-Lockhart tells Mel and Mike what it's been like creating the world's first Blues Brothers musical!
Published: 9/2/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 26-08-2020( 0:56:44)       
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Oh the horror... the dread... Strap in for a trip down freak street where Mel and Mike head Backstage with the history of horror theatre and #MusicaloftheWeek 'Sweeney Todd'.
Published: 8/26/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 19-08-2020( 0:51:19)       
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Oi! Wotcher mate! The accent is on accents in theatre this week, and our #MusicaloftheWeek... 'Gypsy'!
Published: 8/19/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 12-08-2020( 0:55:44)       
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Covid-19... deja vu! The madness that is Production Week (we secretly love everything about it)... and we spotlight Once, our #musicaloftheweek
Published: 8/12/2020 3:33:58 PM
Backstage - 05-08-2020( 0:55:48)       
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In an exciting episode of Backstage, Mel and Mike catch up with one Mr Michael Hurst in the lead up to his Waikato performances of 'The Daylight Atheist'... And #MusicaloftheWeek is 'Hair'!
Published: 8/5/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 29-07-2020( 0:51:51)       
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Mel and Mike this week go Backstage with ye olde stage adaptation, its history, and its many many forms! And the #musicaloftheweek is — drum roll please.... cymbal crash — Cabaret!
Published: 7/29/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 22-07-2020( 0:54:17)       
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This week: Mel and Mike go Backstage with very young thespians and friends River, Meadow, and Emily to talk about why they think theatre is so important. And appropriately, the #musicaloftheweek is School of Rock!
Published: 7/22/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 15-07-2020( 0:49:46)       
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Backstage this week is a big old deep dive into recommended/world-famous plays and playwrights; and #MusicaloftheWeek is 'Bonnie and Clyde'.
Published: 7/15/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 08-07-2020( 0:51:1)       
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Mel and Mike are Backstage this week with the Tony Awards and its extensive history in the New York theatre community; plus #MusicaloftheWeek is 'Oliver!'
Published: 7/8/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 01-07-2020( 0:50:19)       
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This week we're Backstage with the one and only Jeremy Mayall, wearer of many arts-related hats in the Waikato and around NZ. Plus #MusicaloftheWeek is 'Cats'!
Published: 7/1/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 24-06-2020( 0:50:13)       
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Mel and Mike stroll through an extensive (if not quite exhaustive) list of what's happening on stages around the greater Waikato (and beyond)... and their #musicaloftheweek is the always dependable Little Shop of Horrors!
Published: 6/24/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 17-06-2020( 0:50:44)       
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Wanna be a director? We have a list of essential tips you really need to hear! And our #musicaloftheweek takes us back to good ol' Rydell High... that's right – Grease!
Published: 6/17/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 10-06-2020( 0:50:26)       
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Mel and Mike delve into the rules that apply backstage (see what we did there?) for performers... what's appropriate and what's not. Plus our #musicaloftheweek is Shrek!
Published: 6/10/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 03-06-2020( 0:58:11)       
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This week we catch up with the beautiful Jennifer Ward-Lealand Te Atamira; we also talk with David Taylor our friend from Musikmakers; and we're paying some respect to just some of the turmoil in the world right now. And the #musicaloftheweek is... Rent.
Published: 6/3/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 27-05-2020( 0:52:47)       
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This week Mel and Mike are in the studio together once again, with Laura Hill of the Cambridge Repertory Society. Plus #MusicaloftheWeek is Barry Manilow's 'Copacabana'... calm yourself now...
Published: 5/27/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 20-05-2020( 0:56:20)       
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This week Mel and Mike are Backstage with some natterings on "theater etiquette" with some supposed do's and don'ts of the theatre; plus #MusicaloftheWeek is 'Bugsy Malone'.
Published: 5/20/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 13-05-2020( 0:57:6)       
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This week Mel and Mike are Backstage with renowned Maori playwright and filmmaker Briar Grace-Smith, getting some advice for emerging writers. #MusicaloftheWeek is 'Jekyll and Hyde' and we may or may not convince Briar to choose between theatre and film...
Published: 5/13/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 06-05-2020( 0:55:57)       
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This week we're back with more guests, namely one Kyle Chuen and the only Nick Braae to talk about their current projects. #MusicaloftheWeek is 'Finding Neverland', yip based on the movie...
Published: 5/6/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 29-04-2020( 0:58:30)       
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This week: This week on Backstage with Mel and Mike we're talking a whole lot about auditions. Good ones, bad ones, a bit of technique, and a couple of top tips. All this plus #MusicaloftheWeek ... Join us!
Published: 4/29/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 22-04-2020( 0:57:9)       
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This week: This week Mel and Mike go Backstage with Hamilton and The Meteor's Deborah Nudds for a COVID catch-up, and a little stroll into a zone we're calling 'Memorable Moments at The Meteor'. Join us!
Published: 4/22/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 15-04-2020( 0:47:49)       
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This week on Backstage with Mel and Mike, at your request we get opinionated about the shows and theatre experiences we really don't enjoy, plus #MusicaloftheWeek is Chess!
Published: 4/15/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 08-04-2020( 0:54:44)       
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This week Mel and Mike go Backstage with Emma Bishop to talk theatre and teaching from the perspective of her many important hats, and #MusicaloftheWeek is Dear Evan Hansen. On air and available online every Wednesday!
Published: 4/8/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 01-04-2020( 0:54:57)       
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In our first week podcasting remotely, we figure it out by diving into our favourite plays and musicals. We're also catching up with the one and only Nick Wilkinson, and bringing you 'Chicago' for #MusicaloftheWeek.
Published: 4/1/2020 5:15:00 PM
Backstage - 25-03-2020( 0:40:47)       
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This week Mel and Mike go Backstage with Hamilton-faves Gwen and Ruby Lyon from their living room in London, and we dive deep into #MusicaloftheWeek Newsies!
Published: 3/25/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 18-03-2020( 0:56:28)       
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This week, more on the rapidly evolving situation surrounding live theatre amid the coronavirus pandemic... we talk to Musical Theatre NZ President Dan Papperell... plus our musical of the week, Hadestown!
Published: 3/18/2020 5:00:00 PM
Backstage - 11-03-2020( 0:54:4)       
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This week... Our musical of the week is Beetlejuice, AND we're bringing you the latest from that bloody Luke Di Somma and his life in Melbourne, plus how he feels about getting his Kiwi musical on the books of Music Theatre International - Australasia.
Published: 3/11/2020 6:00:00 PM
Backstage - 04-03-2020( 0:51:30)       
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We talk with Kirsty Skomski, General Manager for Musical Theatre NZ, and we feature a taste of Assassins!
Published: 3/4/2020 6:00:00 PM

What's happening on the theatre scene in Hamilton and the Waikato region... And discussions about new shows, old shows and everything in between. Plays, musicals... if it's live performance, we're on it.


Host: Mel Martin and Mike Williams
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