ROXY: A New Hollywood Cabaret

Te Auaha, Tapere Nui, 65 Dixon Street, Te Aro, Wellington

08/12/2021 - 18/12/2021

Production Details


From the producers of Sweeney Todd and The Purple People Eater Pop Concert (CubaDupa), WITCH Music Theatre presents their dazzling new cabaret, coming to Te Auaha: NZ Institute of Creativity this December. 

“Hollywood isn’t a place … it’s an idea” 

ROXY: A New Hollywood Cabaret invites audiences to step inside the movie studio this summer to experience an immersive, contemporary, and theatrical new take on some of Hollywood’s most memorable musical moments, prolific people, and the unforgettable tales of Tinseltown. A rip-roaring revue, fuelled by an exhilarating fusion of musical theatre, drag, dance and circus!

Heartfelt and hilarious, ROXY is scored with a sensational setlist of classic movie-musical hits, cinematic showstoppers and sumptuous songs that spotlight the fantasy of filmmaking. A technicolour whirl of electrifying entertainment, showcasing some of Wellington’s brightest stars.

From the transformative allure of the cabaret club stage to the effervescent costumes and choreography. You won’t want to miss ROXY, the bombshell musical experience of the holiday season.

Te Auaha, Tapere Nui, 65 Dixon Street Wellington
8 — 18 December 2021
Tue-Sat, 7.30pm
Sun 12 Dec, 2pm
$35 – $50

Jason Chasland
Emily Rose Burns
Bailea Twomey
Aine Gallagher
Jade Merematira
Thomas Laybourn
Karli Holdren
Nick Erasmuson
Björn Aslund
Willam Duignan
Fynn Bodley-Davies
Rebecca Ansell
Lane Corby
Zane Berghuis
Patrick Jennings
Jared Pallesen
Emily McDermott
Pippa Drakeford
Jackson Cordery
Katy Pakinga
Allegra Canton
Glenn Horsfall
Rachel Te Tau 

Hayden Taylor, Bec Watson, Steve 'Shack' Morrison, Rachael Hinds, Emma Salzano, Sue Windsor 

Creator & Director Ben Emerson
Music Director Hayden Taylor
Co-Director & Choreographer Greta Casey-Solly
Choreographer Leigh Evans
Technical Director  Joshua Tucker
Company Manager Briar Franks
Stage Manager Charlette Potts
Sound Designer Patrick Barnes
Lighting Designer Shanel Bielawa
Costume Designer Emma Stevens
Lighting Operator Logan Lockyer
Assistant Music Director Emma Salzano
Assistant Stage Manager Ethan Jeffries
Costume Assistant Charlotte Lee
Sound Assistant Olivia Cowley
Supervising Producer Patrick Jennings
Production Crew Jasmine-Anne Day, Nicholas Batey
Additional costumes by Natasha McAllister.

Images  © Roc+ Photography
Images & Video © Bentley Stevenson
Hair by Ruby Retro 

Te Auaha Venues Team
Will Harris, James Kearney, Claire McGoff, Olivia Kirikiri, Lauren Fergusson, Nell Williams 

Theatre , Musical , Dance-theatre , Circus , Cabaret ,

Slick and cheeky, Roxy is a fantastic night out

Review by Sarah Catherall 11th Dec 2021

Musicals are divisive: you either love them or you don’t. When I ask my partner if he’d like to accompany me to review Roxy: A New Hollywood Cabaret, he quickly makes up an excuse about how he has something on. My daughters are also “busy” so I take a girlfriend, who lived in New York for years, where she regularly frequented Broadway.

And from the moment we sit down in the theatre after our vaccine passports are scanned, we’re swept up and transported to the dazzling set reminiscent a 1930s Hollywood movie studio. [More


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A stellar, shining, world-class delight

Review by Anna Pearson 11th Dec 2021

Eagerly rounding the corner, we find ourselves transported from the fluorescent foyer of Te Auaha on a Wednesday evening and into the magical, glamorous world of old Hollywood – complete with a 9 piece band and dancers in elaborate costumes, stretching on stage. Having recently transitioned into the Orange Light framework, this is the first time many of us have been in a packed house for months, performers included. This excitement and eagerness shows in both the energetic, spirited performances that the cast of ROXY delivers and the reception from the vibrant audience.  

WITCH Music Theatre present, over the course of 2 hours (with intermission) a truly captivating, engaging, and downright delightful piece of musical theatre – one that manages to hit every note and then some, delivered with a professionalism and polish so bright it sparkles.   

We are introduced to an array of eccentric characters – all old-school Hollywood stereotypes, tropes and cliches – all delivered with believability, commitment and zest. We meet a bumbling and lovable usher, the committed camera crew, the overworked director and producer, an array of talented and sparkling dancers, the leading Hollywood hunks, the femme fatale, and the girls-next-door who’ve just moved to the big city to follow their dreams.

And of course, the show’s namesake and our delightful MC – Roxy, played by Nick Erasmuson, who manages to perfectly channel the rambunctious energy of Liza Minnelli, carrying us through the show with sincere humour and tenderness. With such a large cast, the show manages to ensure each character has their moment in the spotlight – ideal for a jam-packed cast full of immensely talented singers, dancers, and a few surprise performers!

Once the show starts and the band kicks into gear for our first two numbers – ‘In the Mood’ (sung by Emily Burns) and ‘Another Day of Sun’ (sung by Bailea Twomey Jared Pallesen, Aine Gallagher and Fynn Bodley-Davies) – we are truly along for the ride, already dazzled and drawn in by the toe-tapping, hip-swinging and downright impressive musical numbers that are delivered. 

Full ensemble numbers are a highlight with choreographers Greta Casey-Solly, Leigh Evans and Briar Franks creating vibrant, energetic, nuanced movement that Karli Holdren, Björn Aslund, Thomas Laybourn and Emily McDermott consistently deliver with passion and fervour. These ensemble scenes are entertaining, captivating and a true testament to the commitment, energy and talent of each member of the cast who embodies their characters perfectly.

Filled with classics ranging from ‘Big Spender’and ‘Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend’to ‘Science Fiction/Double Feature’and ‘Lady Marmalade’, ROXY delivers a musical smörgåsbord. The vocal talent amongst the cast is noteworthy, with Jason Chasland as Honey Bee showcasing a truly spine-tingling vocal range – whilst also being a committed comedy performer. One stand-out scene oozies with tongue-in-cheek campiness, aided by Patrick Jennings who delivers a hilarious and suggestive hotdog vendor. 

ROXY delivers idiosyncratic jokes that appeal to both cult and mainstream audiences with niche homages ranging from obscure Liza Minnelli jokes to Marilyn Monroe references. ROXY is delightfully charming, gloriously camp and palpably glamorous throughout, achieving an immersive theatrical experience wherein the audience is so captivated by the world created that they’re transported to the magic of Tinseltown itself.

The incredible performances from the talented cast of singers, dancers, and performers is equally matched by the impeccable costuming, lighting, and musical stylings of the big band themselves. The entire performance is a sumptuous technicolour treat, with the live element of the band adding a particularly delicious element.

ROXY is heartfelt, sensational and one hell of a night out that finds audiences laughing, singing, and grooving along. Directors Ben Emerson and Greta Casey-Solly, and Musical Director Hayden Taylor along with the entire cast and crew have delivered an absolutely stellar, shining, must-see cabaret that is nothing short of a world-class delight – worth every penny!  


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