KEVIN: THE MUSICAL
score by Mark Dennison
proudly presented by notorious
at Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, The Edge, Auckland
From 10 May 2011 to 14 May 2011
From 17 May 2011 to 21 May 2011
Meteor Theatre, Hamilton
From 22 Jun 2012 to 23 Jun 2012
Reviewed by: Stephen Austin; Jacqueline Smith (New Zealand Herald); John Smythe;
SOMETHING IS AFOOT IN THE TOWN OF KEVIN
The small New Zealand town of Kevin is all a flutter with the prospect of getting it's first traffic light. But what sort of scandal and intrigue lie behind the placid exterior of this sleepy town? This is a quintessentially New Zealand story which plays on our nostalgic view of small towns throughout the country.
Steve Wrigley stars in this one-man all-singing all-dancing all-mania musical spectacular. And we don't use the word spectacular lightly. With a full set and score written by the incomparable Mark Dennison, this will be the definition of a Kiwi battler rising up against the odds to make this masterpiece.
The show has been assisted by the NZ Comedy Trust's Creative Comedy Initiative, a programme intended to assist works which break the mold and push the boundaries. This has taken the form of financial assistance and mentoring.
Steve himself has been planning Kevin: The Musical in his manic head for a long time now and he is so excited to see this dream come to fruition. This show is a new direction after his series of three Comedy Festival shows which focused on stories from his life and his development through the years. The first of these, First Time, won Steve the Billy T Award and the second and third and fourth saw him nominated for the prestigious Fred Award for comedic excellence.
Friends, colleagues and those who have seen Steve perform either live or on his many TV appearances for Comedy Galas to 7Days, will attest to his absolute enthusiasm and energy he brings to his critically acclaimed performances:
“Wrigley is such a superb story teller that you assume he must have spent weeks meticulously planning every sentence of his routine.” – Satellite
Kevin: The Musical will without doubt go down as one of his most impressive and funniest to date
Dates: 10 – 14 May 2011, 8.30pm
Venue: Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, THE EDGE
Tickets: Adults $28, Conc. $25
Bookings: 0800 BUY TICKETS or www.buytickets.co.nz
Dates: 17 – 21 May 2011, 6.30pm
Venue: BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Tce
Tickets: Adults $20, Conc. $14
Bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org | 04 802 4175
STEVE WRIGLEY & CYAN CORWINE in KEVIN: THE MUSICAL
THE HILARIOUS, quintessential NZ MUSICAL
After blowing away audiences at the 2011 & 2012 Comedy Festivals, the critically acclaimed KEVIN: The Musical makes it's way to Hamilton.
“Laugh with child like abandon” – NZ Herald
With an elaborate set and musical score written by Mark Dennison, KEVIN: The Musical takes us to the small New Zealand town of Kevin, where something is afoot. With the town in a flutter about it's first traffic light there is a scandal brewing. Who's behind the terrible plot, and who will save the day? Scandal and intrigue abound in what is surely one of New Zealand's greatest musicals;
“The best Kiwi musical you've never seen” – theatreview.org.nz
Steve Wrigley and Cyan Corwine star in this all singing, all dancing, all mania musical spectacular while the set comes a close third on the bill. The creation of the show was assisted by the NZ Comedy Trust's Creative Comedy Initiative in 2011, the show has been re-mastered and re-imagined for 2012.
Well know to audiences from his appearances on 7Days, Comedy Galas, AotearoHAs and as head writer for The Jono Project, Steve has established himself as one of New Zealand's premier comedians. Always full of energy, Steve is a captivating performer whether it's on our screens, at the comedy club or singing his lungs out in KEVIN: The Musical.
Cyan Corwine is a New York native who worked with Steve on the Jono Project and this year debuted her first Solo performance, “Dialogue With A Mannequin”. She has also been the subject of Steve's three previous stand up shows, these shows all saw their own debut at the NZ International Comedy festival and chronicled Steve's and Cyan's long distance relationship, and eventual marriage.
“Kevin (The Musical) really is a stand out production within this years' Comedy Festival” – theatreview.org.nz
FUEL FESTIVAL 2012, Hamilton
Fri 22 & Sat 23 June, 7.30pm
Set & props created by Cyan Corwine and Steve Wrigley
Lights & sound operated by Stewart (Last Name Unkown) - Herald; Nell Williams - Bats