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Beyond the Barricade

Beyond the Barricade

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When:

  • Thu 22 Sep ’16, 7:30pm – 10:00pm

Where:

Rotorua Civic Theatre, c/- Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre,1170 Fenton St, Rotorua

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • From: $74.90

Website:

Official site

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Beyond the Barricade

Featuring past and principal performers from the West End's Les Miserables
Songs from the world's greatest musicals in concert

The UK’s critically-acclaimed show Beyond the Barricade – a glittering concert of musical showstoppers - will make its New Zealand debut on a 21-city tour from September, performing for one night only in each city.
The blockbusting two-hour show features hit songs from the world’s greatest West End and Broadway musicals including The Phantom of the Opera, Jersey Boys, Evita, Wicked, Miss Saigon, West Side Story, Mamma Mia, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King and many others, climaxing with a spectacular finale from Les Misérables.
Starring past principal performers from Les Misérables in the West End and on UK tour, Beyond the Barricade has been delighting audiences throughout the UK and Europe for 17 years, from the Royal Albert Hall to the Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria Cunard cruise liners, and last year toured Asia for the first time with performances in Manila, Singapore and Hong Kong.
The former cast members of London’s longest-running musical, Les Misérables, include Andy Reiss, who has played numerous male roles including Jean Valjean; David Fawcett, who played Valjean; Katie Leeming who played the role of Eponine; and Rebecca Vere, who played Cosette. They also featured in the Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concert staged at the O2 Arena in London, while Katie and Rebecca were ensemble vocalists in the Les Misérables movie.
The four performers are joined by an ensemble of talented musicians to create an authentic live experience, capturing all the passions and orchestrations of the original shows.
Andy Reiss and David Fawcett met while performing in Les Misérables in Manchester, and in 1996 devised a charity concert comprised of musical hits. Over the next few years the show began to take on a life of its own and in 1999 was renamed Beyond the Barricade with the move to only cast Les Misérables principals. A major UK tour followed culminating in a Gala Performance at the Royal Albert Hall accompanied by a 100-voice choir of people who had worked with Andy on the numerous Les Misérables Masterclasses he had directed. Ten years later Beyond the Barricade celebrated its first decade of touring with a Gala Concert at the Birmingham Symphony Hall.
“Our aim was, and continues to be, to deliver these much-loved songs from the top musicals in a way that captures the feel of the original orchestrations, so the audience feels they are listening to the original performance,” explains co-founder Andy Reiss. “We don’t use backing tracks, so every musical note is played and sung live, giving a dynamic feel to the show.”
Producer and CEO of Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, James Cundall, said “I was fortunate enough to see Beyond the Barricade perform last year in the UK and was bowled over by the quality of their performances, and the intimate ambience of the show. Having brought many of the top musicals to New Zealand over the last two decades, I instantly thought they would be warmly received by the many musical theatre-lovers here.”

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