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Tue 6 May 2008–Sat 10 May 2008, 7:30pm

Where: Circa Theatre, 1 Taranaki St, Wellington

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $18.00
  • Concession: $15.00
  • Group (10+): $13.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Elephant Publicity

For those about to rock (almost) - we salute you.

In 2007 The Improvisors tried one of their most demanding productions – a full length totally improvised musical “Improv - The Musical”. It performed to sell-out houses for a week at Circa Theatre and was one of the biggest success stories in The Improvisors’ 18 year history. “We had a blast doing the show,” says Artistic Director Greg Ellis. “For lots of people in the company improvised music was a bit scary at first. But it really gave the show a fantastic energy and everyone was real proud of the final result.” So proud, that the cast of The Improvisors was keen to try another musical show in 2008.

But this time they wanted something with a bit of bite. So the genteel stylings of Rodgers and Hammerstein and Rice and Lloyd-Webber were thrown aside for a bit of rock. For “Improv - The Rock Opera” The Improvisors are letting their hair down and pulling out the power chords. “We have such a fantastic group of musicians who perform with the company,” says Ellis, “That we wanted to give them a chance to go hard and play loud.” And so the company has turned to “Hair”, “Tommy”, “Quadrophenia” and “We Will Rock You” for inspiration.

As with “Improv - The Musical” the audience will provide the backbone of the story by giving the performers suggestions before each show. Last year suggestions saw a musical set in the circus, the Mumbai film industry and an ice-cream factory taken over by aliens. So the challenge is on for the audience to push this year’s show to even greater heights.

Show duration: 1 hour 30 minutes.

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