Michael is playing Salieri in Amadeus for Auckland Theatre Company, 2-20 May 2017 at ASB Waterfront Theatre, with Ross McCormack as Mozart, featuring Morgana O'Reilly, Byron Coll, Laughton Kora, Kura Forrester, and Madison Nonoa, plus a band consisting of Robin Kelly, Abe Kunin, Jonathan Burges, Tom Broome, Peau Halapua, Miyo Yoon, Joseph Harrop, Rachel Wells, Scott Thomas, and Finn Scholes. The play will be directed by Oliver Driver with musical direction by Leon Radojkovic.
Theatreview: "Michael Hurst, in the pitoval role of Salieri, is playwright Peter Shaffer's textual instrument, delivering with unfaltring energy and intelligence the existential questions posed in the brilliant invention that is Amadeus. … Hurst is magnificent, sometimes coiled as a spring of Machiavellian manipulation and evil wound up and ready to erupt in an intense soliloquy (something of which he is a master), other times oiling the audience as he addresses us, the 'ghosts of the future' seeking not forgiveness for his Salieri, but understanding. … it is a most entertaining night out. … with the virtuoso performance of Michael Hurst as Salieri offering a masterclass in energy, character distillation and conviction. It will be one of the most talked-about theatre pieces of the year".
Broadway World: "well deserved standing ovation … Michael Hurst (is) the 'master of the piece' as the self obsessed Salieri tormented by desire for personal fame and fortune … This truly is a must-see show".
NBR: "the brilliant Michael Hurst … is a force to be reckoned with. For his performance alone, Amadeus is worth the watch. He is compelling, dripping with resentment and shaking with passion that wages war not with Mozart but through him toward God".
GayExpress: "Must See Mozart … rests heavily on Hurst’s Salieri and his brooding rage. His performance feels weighty and dark and is balanced perfectly by McCormack’s dancing, pompous Mozart and Madison Nonoa’s elegant embodiment of both men’s muse, Katerina Cavalieri".
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"In Vienne, music is the currency of power and Court Composer Antonio Salieri is the toast of the town. That is until the arrival of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Confronted with true genius, Salieri is consumed with obsessive jealousy, declaring war on God for choosing to speak through this upstart and not him. His mediocrity becomes murderous as he sets out to destroy his potty-mouthed young rival and extinguish the spark of his divine talent.
"Winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Play, Peter Shaffer's psychologically thrilling musical is one of the most famous acclaimed plays of the late twentieth century. With sweeping operatic theatricality, it juxtaposes the petty world of human excess and envy with the transcendent achievements of human artistry and passion".
Michael, Morgana O'Reilly, and Oliver Driver were on The Cafe on 28 April 2017, talking about Amadeus:
Michael was also interviewed on Coast where he talked about Amadeus, the new ASB Waterfront Theatre, 800 Words – and his new e-bike! Listen online here.
Michael was featured in The Questionnaire interview in the Sunday Star-Times on 7 May 2017:
"What life lesson would you pass on to your children?"
"The only way out is through. What goes around comes around. Honesty is the best policy. Eyes open. Don't be a dick".
Read the whole interview here.
FIND ME A MAORI BRIDE RETURNS
Season 2 of Find Me a Maori Bride is now airing Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. (with a repeat Sunday at 1 p.m.) on Maori TV. Jennifer returns with her role as narrator. Click here for info and to watch episodes on demand.
800 WORDS RETURNS TO ACORN TV IN THE US
The second half of season 2 of 800 Words will begin streaming on Acorn TV on 29 May 2017, beginning wih episode 2.9. Michael directed episodes 2.9, 2.10, 2.13, and 2.14. Click here for Acorn TV.
Jennifer will teach her masterclass The Craft of Acting:
20 May 2017 for Trinity College at Samoa House, Auckland
27 May 2017 for Trinity College at The Piano, Christchurch
16 June 2017 for Equity New Zealand at St. Columba Centre, Ponsonby
She will also teach Flying Solo for The Actors' Program on 7-10 August 2017, and will be a tutor at Musical Theatre New Zealand Boot Camp in Cambridge on 18-20 August 2017.
Click here for info.
Jennifer has the following speaking engagements:
25 May 2017 – Women in Leadership at Unitec
14 June 2017 – Churchill Park Ladies Probus Club
19 June 2017 – Henderson
JENNIFER STARS IN VERMILION
Jennifer plays Darcy in feature film Vermilion, which completed filming on 10 April 2017. It also stars Theresa Healey, Goretti Chadwick, Peter Feeney, and Emily Campbell (and a cameo by Michael Hurst!) It is written and directed by Dorthe Scheffmann and produced by Michele Fantl.
Vermilion tells the story of a group of women who are close to each other – mothers, daughters, friends and neighbors. Some of their relationships are good and some are broken. The events of one summer month changes their lives forever.
Click here for the NZ Film Commission's press release on Vermilion.
MICHAEL DIRECTED WESTSIDE
Michael directed episodes 3, 4, 7, and 8 of the third season of Westside, from late October 2016 through early February 2017. It will air later in 2017.
Season 2 of Westside was released on dvd 18 August 2016. Michael directed 4 episodes.
MICHAEL DIRECTED 800 WORDS
Michael directed episodes 2.3, 2.4, 2.9, 2.10, 2.13 and 2.14 of 800 Words, which have aired in Australia and New Zealand. Season 2 is now available on dvd in Australia and New Zealand.
Michael also directed episodes 3 and 4 in season 3 from late February to mid-April 2017, and will direct additional episodes beginning mid-June 2017.
800 Words is produced by South Pacific Pictures/Seven Productions. It stars Erik Thomson, Melina Vidler, and Benson Jack Anthony. Click here for info.