MICHAEL DIRECTING PLEASUREDOME
28 September – 23 December 2017; click here to book.
Forget everything you know about musicals, this is an immersive experience set within a full realized Manhattan streetscape just off Rosebank Road, ten minutes from Auckland's CBD. Here your journey begins before being transported back in time to the heart-stopping, booty-shaking, mythical Pleasuredome nightclub. This is the night you never dreamt possible.
Lucy Lawless is Sappho, the show's sexy, hedonistic diva whose lavish performances have made Pleasuredome synonymous with glamour and excess. Also starring Moses Mackay (Sole Mio), Ashleigh Taylor (Wicked), Vince Harder (The Lion King), Stephen Lovatt (Neighbours), and a 20-strong cast of local and international performers all supported by a state of the art light and projection extravaganza.
This is a story of desire, addiction, greed, and the power of love, set on the dance floor to some of the biggest tunes of the era.
Directed by Michael Hurst (Chicago) and produced by Rob Tapert (Spartacus), Pleasuredome will be the most electrifying theatre experience ever staged in New Zealand.
Also featuring James Luck, Hannah Tasker-Poland, Byron Coll, Aeyla Samantha Duncan, James Gordon, Jaydn Burt, Todd Williamson, Shanelle Lenehan, Leighton Rangi, Olivia Tennet, Heidi Chen, Jane Strickland, Rebekkah Schoonbeek-Berridge, Blaise Clotworthy, and Kurt Stowers.
Choreography by Momentum Productions, musical direction by Jason Smith and Joe LoDuca, costume design by Barbara Darragh, production design by Nick Bassett, AV design by Jon Baxter, and lighting design by David Eversfield, from an original script by Mark Beesley. Rob Tapert is executive producer and Charlie McDermott is producer.
Newshub: "Pleasuredome is the best show of 2017 ... it's everything you hoped it would be ... director Michael Hurst and producer Rob Tapert should hold their heads high, because they've delivered something I don't think we've ever experienced in New Zealand".
NZ Herald: "It's fun, entertaining ... Pleasuredome delivers ... The dancers are engaging and superb ... Go early, dress 80s and party on".
Theatreview: "Pleasuredome is a courageous extravaganza of a show that is hugely enjoyable. It's a treat to see such risk taking putting on a show of this scale. So, dig out your leg warmers and arrive early for some trashy NYC 80s street life. You'll have a ball".
Keeping Up with New Zealand: "cheeky and sexy choreography ... Ashleigh Taylor excels as she blows the roof off with some of her high notes. Lawless delivers a sassy and emotionally charged performance ... I had an absolute ball at Pleasuredome".
RadioNZ: "it's a very immersive production ... there's some great performers ... the story is a classic musical story ... that whatever happens ... love and music will conquer all ... it's a really, really fun night and it's exciting to see New Zealand theatre move into this stage".
Check out the Pleasuredome website.
MICHAEL AND JENNIFER TO PERFORM IN CLUB MYSTIQUE FUNDRAISER FOR NZ DANCE
Michael is on the creative team, with Shona McCullagh and John Gibson, and he and Jennifer will perform in Club Mystique, the fundraiser for the New Zealand Dance Company, on Sunday 3 December at the Wintergarden. Click here to book.
JENNIFER TO SING WITH JUBILATION
Jennifer will be singing with Jubilation gospel choir at Uxbridge Arts & Culture on 18 Novmber 2017 (click here for info and to book).
JENNIFER AND MICHAEL TO NARRATE PETER AND THE WOLF
Jennifer and Michael will be guest narrators of Silo Theatre's Peter and the Wolf, Jennifer on Friday 24 November and Michael on Tuesday 5 December 2017. The show is at Herald Theatre 8 November - 9 December 2017, with a different narrator for each show. Click here for info and to book.
Peter's not supposed to leave his grandfather's house. There are wolves lurking in the forest, and it's not safe. But Peter can't stay inside forever and when he finally ventures out into the surrounding park, it's not long before the wolf appears.
In this electric re-imagining of Sergei Prokofiev's beloved musical fairy tale, director Sophie Roberts and composer Leon Radojkovic bring together a glinting musical adaptation with a six-piece band, puppetry and live videography.
Travel deep into the woods, vanquich your fear, and don't look behind you.
A magical experience for anyone aged seven and up.
JENNIFER TO PERFORM IN THE UPSIDE DOWN CABARET FUNDRAISER
Jennifer will be one of the performers in The Upside Down cabaret at the Wintergarden on 30 November 2017, presented as part of Puawai Festival. Also festuring Jackie Clarke, Caitlin Smith, Neil Thornton and more. All funds raised will support Kiwis livingwith HIV and fund HIV prevention programs. Click here to book.
A spectacular evening of storytelling cabaret style, spanning Broadway hits to home spun classics and comedy, an unforgettable night of music and connection in commemoration of World AIDS Day.
JENNIFER TO HOST WHITECLIFFE FASHION SHOW 2017
Jennifer will be compere for Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design's Fashion Show 2017, showcasing year 2, 3, and 4 of the BFA Fashion Design programme and MFA graduates who have specialized in fashion sustainability.
It will be held Sunday 19 November 2017 at 6 p.m. at Viaduct Events Centre.
Click here for info and to book.
JENNIFER AND MICHAEL IN THE ADVENTURES OF SUZY BOON
Jennifer will be playing Warden Touro in a recurring role in the second season of The Adventures of Suzy Boon, and Michael will have a cameo in one episode playing himself. It will be filmed in December 2017.
The series stars Kura Forrester as Suzy Boon. Click here to watch season 1.
Michael and Barry Duffield wrote this story as a screenplay, which is now being developed as a graphic novel. There is a Kickstarter campaign underway to support the project. Michael and Barry talk about the development of the story on the Kickstarter page; check it out here.
MICHAEL DIRECTED 800 WORDS
In season 3, Michael directed episodes 3, 4, 11, 11n3 12. The first half of the season has aired in Australia, with the second half of the season scheduled to air in 2018.
In New Zealand, it is currently airing Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. on TVOne.
Season 2 is now available on dvd. Michael directed episodes 2.3, 2.4, 2.9, 2.10, 2.13 and 2.14. In North America, the first 2 seasons are available on Acorn TV. Click here for Acorn TV.
800 Words is produced by South Pacific Pictures/Seven Productions. It stars Erik Thomson, Melina Vidler, and Benson Jack Anthony. Click here for info.
JENNIFER IN AUCKWARD LOVE
Jennifer revives her role as sex-shop worker Barbara in the first and second episodes of the third season of Auckward Love. She originated the character in the second season, in episodes 2.1 and 2.5.
Auckward Love is a funny, sexy, and almost romantic web series created by actress Holly Shervey, and co-written with actress/writer Jess Sayer and actor/director Emmett Skilton. It follows Alice (Holly Shervey) and her three unlikely best friends, Vicky (Luci Hare), Grace (Jess Holly Bates), and Zoe (Jess Sayer), as they force her back on the road to find love ... whether she wants them to or not.
Auckward Love shines a light on what it's like to be a single 20-something female in today's dating game, complete with the trials and tribulations, the fun times and hard, and of course, the highs, and the ridiculoualy ridiculous lows.
All three seasons are available to New Zealandviewers on TVNZ On Demand (click here), and to international viewers on You Tube (click here).
MICHAEL DIRECTING WESTSIDE
Michael will direct episodes 4.3 and 4.4, beginning late November 2017.
Westside season 3 is available on dvd. Michael directed episodes 3, 4, 7 and 8.
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.