IMPOSTAR – Who Does He Think He is?

Q Theatre, The Vault, Auckland

11/02/2017 - 18/02/2017

Auckland Pride Festival 2017

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Award winning, triple threat, kiwi entertainer, Jason Chasland is set to glitter up Auckland in his hit solo musical cabaret show IMPOSTAR – Who Does He Think He is?.

Following successful seasons at Theatre Royal (Nelson), BATS Theatre, Circa Theatre (Wellington)  and most recently the Stella Adler Theatre in Los Angeles, Chasland is bringing his hit solo show to Auckland as part of the 2017 Auckland Pride Festival.

“A Voice To Die For” – Express Magazine     

“SHOWSTOPPING”– The Listener   

 IMPOSTAR is a supercharged 70minute trip down memory lane, telling the heartfelt story of a young farming boy growing up fabulous in Wairarapa and learning what it is to just be yourself.

With impeccable accuracy in his ability to do impersonations, Jason intricately weaves all of your favourite show-stopping hits through his heart-warming story to deliver over thirty impressions of Broadway divas, contemporary icons and rock legends, chopping and changing so fast it’ll leave you gasping for air and squealing with delight as you recognize your favourite stars.

An exhilarating evening of Judy Garland, Julie Andrews, Liza Minnelli, Barbra Streisand, Aaron Neville, Chubby Checker, Elvis Presley plus many more, IMPOSTAR provides a moment for everyone making this one man tour de force a must see!

“Hilarious and Heartbreaking” – Los Angeles Review

11th-18th February 2017 @ 7:30pm – 6 Shows Only!
Q Theatre – Vault, 305 Queen Street, Auckland City

Tickets: $25.00 Adult , $22.50 Concession(Student, Senior, Equity)

Book now: – 09 309 9771

Show duration: 70 Minutes

All media enquiries contact: Brendan Talbot (Producer) – 0211250714 –


Jason Chasland – Jason is a graduate of the Wellington Performing Arts Centre; awarded the scholarship for excellence. Career highlights include: performing for David Beckham, Lead Singer onboard 'Tahitian Princess' and the winner of Sealord’s Opera in the Park. A vocalist for various Television shows, recorded numerous radio jingles and was a member of the Young Shakespeare company, performing at the Globe theatre in London. He recently returned from Hollywood, performing his solo show; in which he portrays 25 famous singers. Jason currently appears as the loveable 'Andy' on the hit TVNZ on demand series 'Auckward Love' .  Jason is a regular with Both Blue Baths and DKCM entertainment throughout New Zealand Internationally he has performed in the U.K, U.S.A, U.A.E, Asia and Australia. He is represented by Kathryn Rawlings management.

Theatre , Comedy ,

70 minutes

Over the Rainbow and Around the Bend

Review by Tim George 16th Feb 2017

A show for anyone who grew up watching Wizard of Oz and Sound of Music till the VHS tapes wore out, Impostar: Who does he think he is? is a funny, heart-warming showcase for the extremely talented singer-impressionist Jason Chasland.

A mix of cabaret and autobiographical monologue, Impostar is a blast from start to finish. Charting our hero’s life from child to man through the discovery of his musical inspirations, Impostar is far more than just another tribute act.

The first thing to note is just how fast it moves. The pace never lets up — the show is a whirlwind of costume changes and songs. We get Judy Garland, Cher, Elvis, John Rowles, Macy Gray, Elmo and a cast of other familiar voices. It is never boring, and the autobiographical moments are never maudlin — there’s just no time. [More


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Impressive showcase meets moving memoir

Review by Nik Smythe 12th Feb 2017

Jason Chasland has a story or twenty to tell, and a song or sixty to sing, for our entertainment and his own self-acknowledgement and vindication.  He does so from the comfort of an intriguingly busy, bohemian set based on the upstairs room in the Carterton farmhouse where he grew up. 

Co-written and directed by Lyndee-Jane Rutherford, her and Chasland’s efforts are roundly appreciated by all and sundry both for his consummate vocal prowess and the forthright candour of his personal anecdotes, all shared with natural comic flair and a cheeky twinkle in his eye.

The abundant and eclectic performance setlist comprises numerous Broadway showstoppers from Julie Andrews to Barbra Streisand, with tributary sections of Kiwi classics from John Rowles to Goldenhorse, and pop diva sensations from Cher to Des’ree.  Unsurprisingly it all began at an early age with his discovery of the godmother of them all, Judy Garland.  So whenever Jason finds himself at an impasse, he finds his way forward by answering the crucial question, “What would Judy do?”

Himself a proud and confirmed ‘Friend of Dorothy’, Chasland’s personal journey, while inevitably peppered with defining moments of adversity and self-doubt, is not the all-too-common desperate battle against the persecution of his family and/or society.  Rather he is a shining example of how a gifted gay performance artist can flourish in a loving, supportive family environment.

As much as anything else, Impostar is a heartfelt tribute to his favourite Nana ‘Missy’, who shared his obsessive passion for certain pop idols and Broadway icons.  The title is a reference to his personal struggle with ‘impostor syndrome’, the underlying false belief that one is not worthy of success, and the misguided guilt felt when one achieves it. 

The impressions are largely more caricature than impersonation; exaggerated and audacious lampoons, at the same time clearly conveying deep admiration and respect for his subjects.  Despite the hammy burlesque conceit of his musical numbers, Jason’s openhearted sharing of his personal journey through life, through these idolised mentors, is remarkably unpretentious and ultimately quite affecting. Meanwhile the proficiency, strength and versatility of Chasland’s vocal skills cannot be denied or understated.  


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