ASB BANK Starry Nights Promises All Singing, All Dancing, All
3 February 2003
SummerTimes ASB BANK Starry Nights, Saturday February
8th North Hagley Park, 8pm. FREE .
Raindate Sunday February 9th.
For the third year running ABS BANK Starry Nights will perform
musical hits from Broadway and the West end in an evening of international
On Saturday February 8th, North Hagley Park will come alive with
over 200 performers on stage during the evening. In full extravagant
costume they will perform a stunning range of numbers, from 1920s
Zeigfeld Follies, through to a tribute to Abba.
ASB BANK has supported the event since its inception in 2001.
" We have a number of South Island regional sponsorships,
including sporting and cultural events. " Says Ross Munn, Regional
Manager South Island. " But we were looking for one big hit,
and ASB BANK Starry Nights has enabled us to reach a huge audience
in one evening of incredible entertainment, provided by the talented
CSO, along with Showbiz Christchurch."
"We are thoroughly enjoying our association with the event,
and assuming the weather smiles on us, we anticipate an even bigger
and better evening this year, with an audience numbers exceeding
the 35,000 people who attended in 2002,"
One lucky person in the crowd will win a $2,000 ASB BANK Investment
Fund when their free programme number is called out at half time.
Stephen Robertson is directing the Showbiz Canterbury cast, who
are joined by an adult choir.
" Variety is the key to success with ASB BANK Starry Nights."
He says, " The show needs to be constantly changing both visually
and musically, and we invest an enormous amount of energy in getting
the programme right".
This years show includes what Stephen calls a Pot Pourri
of numbers, beginning with a 1920s black-and-white tribute
to the Zeigfeild Follies and a gospel duet. Children feature in
the segment entitled Circus which focuses around the
hit song "Join the Circus from the musical Barnham.
Around 40 cast members are involved in the numbers Tradition
and Matchmaker from the hit musical Fiddler on the Roof
- the Showbiz Christchurch performance of this show won the Christchurch
Star Best Musical of The Year award in 2002.
Other highlights include Juliette Midgely singing the inspirational
and stirring At the Same Time - a show stopping Barbra
Streisand number from her musical performance Timeless.
Local theatre diva Linda Milligan brings her unique comedy talents
and singing skills to the song Broadway Baby from Follies.
The event takes place at 8pm in North Hagley Park, with $3 car
parking from 6pm to 11pm and secure bike parking also available.
Audience members are invited to bring picnics and low chairs, and
some food vendors will be onsite.
Recycling facilities are provided. In case of bad weather, the
rain date is the next day (Sun Feb 9)
ASB BANK Starry Nights is a feature event of the SummerTimes
festival, celebrating its 20th year this year. It is proudly
sponsored by ASB BANK and is produced by Christchurch City Council
Leisure. Additional support is provided by LiteFM and The Community
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