Music Theatre Unleashed – Radio NZ

Music Theatre Unleashed Creative Director Ryan Jacobs and New Zealand composer Luke Di Somma spoke with RNZ about our upcoming show at the Civic Theatre as part of the Auckland Live Cabaret Season and also speak to some really important points about the growing wave of professional MT here in New Zealand.

Kiwi music theatre composers!

Music Theatre Unleashed not only showcases our country’s professional music theatre performers but also provides a stage for Kiwi composers to showcase their work.

We have taken submissions from all across New Zealand and have curated our June #MTunleashed event with some of our country’s top and most promising music theatre writers including Luke Di Somma, William Eric Green, Josh Clark, Cally Castell, Brayden Jeffrey + Adam Spedding, Jessie Leov Music + Marley Richards Music and Erin Fagan.

Wintergarden – The Civic
Sunday 16th June, 6pm.
(Auckland Live Cabaret Season)composers

Ali Harper in Legendary Divas



Ali-Cat Productions & New Zealand Music Theatre Company proudly present…

LEGENDARY DIVAS at The PumpHouse Theatre, Takapuna, AUCKLAND ‚Äď 1 NIGHT ONLY!

#LegendaryDivas is a show starring award-winning actress and singer Ali Harper and honours the legendary women that inspired us with their music… talented, hardworking, original and courageous women who gave so much of themselves, no matter the price.

‚ÄėLegendary Divas is quite extraordinary!‚Äô¬†The Dominion Post

Expect nostalgia, comedy, audience participation, a rip-roaring 80‚Äôs medley with a splash of Madonna as well as many stories enlightening the audience; French Chanteuse Edith Piaf‚Äôs connection with the Resistance, a Julie Andrew‚Äôs ‚ÄėMy Fair Lady‚Äô spoof to Dolly Parton and her love for the ‚Äėnip and tuck‚Äô.

Glamorous and captivating, Legendary Divas is a feast for anyone who wants to reminisce and celebrate those extraordinary women who will always remain in our hearts through their music.

Ali will be joined by David Sidwell on the piano so grab your friends and see what everyone is raving about!


‚ÄėAli Harper is a National Treasure!‚Äô¬†Hamilton News

‚ÄėLoud applause for this generously gifted actress, with an all-enveloping voice that can take us with her no matter what she sings, is a further extension of the celebration of song that she offers.‚Äô ‚Äď Theatreview Christchurch

Music Theatre UNLEASHED



Set in Auckland‚Äôs newest most intimate music lounge, New Zealand Music Theatre Company¬†brings you ‘Music Theatre Unleashed’.

Join the cast, comprising a selection of New Zealand’s leading, professional music theatre artists as they deliver 90-minutes (2 Sets) of contemporary music theatre songs as solo’s, duo’s and ensemble numbers, all accompanied by the incomparable Josh Clark on the piano + band.

CAST –¬†Emma Morgana Carr,¬†Sally Brady,¬†Verity Craft,¬†Rebekah Head,¬†Greg Jarema.
MUSIC DIRECTOR/ PIANO –¬†Josh Clark¬†(City of 100 Lovers)
DIRECTOR –¬†Ryan Jacobs

#MTunleashed #nzmusictheatreco

Hidden beneath the buzzing vibe of Auckland’s Karangahape Road lies one of Auckland’s newest most intimate live music lounges. A sophisticated cabaret setting comprising state of the art sound gear, white baby grand piano, table & chair and booth seating.¬†Anthology K Road¬†is one-of-a-kind in Auckland, with sophisticated styling and the vibe of a New York cabaret performance venue, right here in the heart of Auckland City.

Gather your friends, family, and workmates together and join us for what will be a stellar night of entertainment.

‘Music Theatre Unleashed’ has been established as a way to provide consistent, paid opportunities for our professional Music Theatre artists here in New Zealand.

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Theatre producer bringing new stories to New Zealand stages

Brendan Talbot founded New Zealand Music Theatre company to give professional trained artists a platform for their shows.

Brendan Talbot founded New Zealand Music Theatre company to give professional trained artists a platform for their shows.

There’s more to musical theatre than¬†Cats¬†or¬†Mamma Mia, an Auckland producer says.

Brendan Talbot wants to see more shows that tell gritty stories, and there’s enough of them out there waiting to be performed.

It’s why he co-founded the New Zealand Music Theatre Company¬†to help fill a gap in the country’s professional musical theatre market.

One year since it launched, he’s produced four solo artist shows at Auckland’s Basement and Q theatres, including the cabaret¬†PUSS¬†on April 27 and 28.

The aim is to provide regular professional gigs for trained artists, Talbot says.

“A lot of people are creating their own shows to stay active and get their reputation out there,” Talbot says.

A regular on stage at his local community theatre in Papatoetoe for years, Talbot knows what it’s like to be a performer itching to put something on.

He already had a business degree under his belt when he starred in a production of¬†Cats¬†at The Civic and decided he’d give musical theatre school in Melbourne a shot.

More than five years, and plenty of cabaret shows, later, he returned to Auckland, put his business hat back on, and created his company.

“A lot of performers don’t like the business side of things like budgeting and negotiating venues.

“I have a big understanding of what it’s like and how hard it can be . . . For me this is a way of giving back and creating pathways that weren’t available to me.”

It’s a big risk, he says, but he’s realistic about it and is starting with diverse small-scale shows that run for only a few nights.

“The focus is on the work on stage and the performance rather than the production value.

“I’m slowly building the company based on the need from performers.”

Talbot’s busy lining up shows for the next few years, with the ultimate goal to be producing three-week musicals around New Zealand.

He wants to prove to audiences that musical theatre isn’t about the blockbusters or breaking into song and dance every few minutes.

“I think there’s a stigma, if anything, that a locally created show isn’t as good as a touring company but I truly believe we have the talent with these smaller shows.”

Written by EMILY FORD (

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PUSS – A Musical Comedy Cabaret – NZ Comedy Festival

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We are very excited to have aligned with Anne Batley Burton a.k.a The Champagne Lady (The Real Housewives of Auckland) and her Foundation, The NZ Cat Foundation, and we will be donating $2 from every $30 GLAMOUR PUSS VIP ticket sold to help #savethepussies!

(VIP GLAMOUR PUSS LANYARD & $2/ticket donation will be made to The NZ Cat Foundation)

*Service fee’s may apply

Directly from starring as ROXY in CHICAGO (The Court Theatre, Christchurch) New Zealand Music Theatre artist Nomi Cohen brings her musical comedy cabaret show PUSS to The Basement Theatre as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival for 2 nights ONLY!

‚ÄúThis marvellous piece was funny, captivating and vocally stunning‚ÄĚ – @keepingupwithnz

PUSS is a 1-hour musical comedy cabaret featuring a range of recognisable hit musical and pop songs.

Join Puss for an evening of musical comedy as she recounts her rise to fame and her fall from grace. A Remuera feline once at the top of her game, Puss finds herself clawing her way back to the top after her tragic downward spiral of drugs and heartbreak. Will she ever be in the spotlight again?

Written by Nomi Cohen (Chicago – The Court Theatre, Lysistrata – Auckland Theatre Company), accompanied by Andy Manning (Billy Elliot – Auckland Theatre Company, That Bloody Woman- Auckland Theatre Company) and directed by Torum Heng.

PUSS cabaret won the Judges Choice & People’s Choice Awards, with Nomi Cohen winning Best Performer and show pianist Andy Manning winning Best Musical Director at the 2015 Short+Sweet Festival New Zealand РCabaret.

Running Time: 60 minutes
NOMI COHEN – Show Creator/ Performer
Since graduating the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art (NASDA at Ara) in 2012 and The Actors’ Program in 2013, Nomi has worked on numerous projects both on and off the stage and screen. She has appeared in several shows at Basement Theatre in Auckland, including Ghastly Dash Grim directed by Ben Henson, the sold-out season of Twisted and in 2016 co-wrote and starred in Hungover, a musical comedy with director Hamish McGregor. Nomi is also a regular cabaret performer. Some of her other highlights include working with director Michael Hurst for Auckland Theatre Company‚Äôs season of Lysistrata, traveling to Palmerston North for a season of Wings by Jess Sayer and directed by Darlene Mohekey, and being involved in various sketches with Jono and Ben on Three. Nomi Cohen has just finished playing Roxie Hart in The Court Theatre’s summer season of ‘Chicago’.
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New Zealand Music Theatre Company becomes Associate Member of MTNZ


New Zealand Music Theatre Company is now a proud Associate Member of Musical Theatre NZ.

With a commitment to enhance and nurture a more focused Music Theatre and Cabaret industry, New Zealand Music Theatre Company delivers consistent professional Music Theatre product and practice.

New Zealand Music Theatre Company is dedicated to producing local born Cabaret and Music Theatre projects, engaging New Zealand’s leading practitioners, enabling them to tell relevant and engaging stories to be appreciated and enjoyed by local audiences.

Since its foundation in early 2017, NZMTC has produced and staged ‚ÄėIMPOSTAR ‚Äď Who Does He Think He Is?‚Äô by Jason Chasland Dir. Lyndee-Jane Rutherford (Q Theatre), ‚ÄėSuper HUGH-Man ‚Äď The Legend Lives On‚Äô by Rutene Spooner, Dir. Jennifer Ward-Lealand (Basement Theatre ‚Äď Auckland Live International Cabaret Season) and ‚ÄėTwo Hearts‚Äô Laura Daniel & Joseph Moore (Q Theatre ‚Äď Loft).

The release of our first 2018 project is coming very soon!

Two Hearts: Auckland World Tour – Laura Daniel X Joseph Moore

Check out the TWO HEARTS trailer!



The arena-sized smash pop-music hit of the NZ International Comedy Festival, TWO HEARTS, returns to Q Theatre for a limited, festive, return season!

2018 Billy T Award nominee‚Äôs¬†Laura Daniel¬†(Funny Girls,¬†Jono and Ben, and¬†7 Days¬†on¬†Three,¬†Snort) and¬†Joseph Moore¬†(also those shows) return with their arena-sized pop-comedy spectacle in a non-arena-sized venue. This is not your usual comedy show. Imagine a Selena Gomez concert, but all of Selena Gomez’s songs have jokes in them, and there are two Selena Gomezes‚Äô and one of them is a boy. And Selena Gomez is even better at singing. With non-stop catchy AF bangers, confetti, HOT dancers, original songs, video, merchandise, costume changes – this is one piping hot collab!

“‘The next big thing in comedy. Hell, even better than that, I felt like I was watching the next big thing in New Zealand”-¬†The Spinoff

‚ÄúA spectacular and surprising, top-notch performance from beginning to end.‚ÄĚ –¬†nzgirl

“I had mascara running down my face because I laughed so hard that I cried… One truly slick production” –¬†

Two Hearts is a pitch-perfect send-up of all the hottest trends in modern pop music, performed by the country’s hottest comedy talent (hottest in terms of ability and also in looks).

Grab your friends/squad/colleagues/estranged parents and book now a night for a night of sexed up, hilarious fun, and the catchiest songs you’ve never heard.

Cast: Laura Daniel, Joseph Moore plus their HOT dancers.