Grease is the word, after the success of Abba tribute musical
Mamma Mia! in Dunedin earlier this year.
Mamma Mia! drew the largest local box office since
Les Miserables in 1994 to the Regent Theatre, with
more than 11,200 people attending the 10 performances in May.
The popularity of the show with Dunedin audiences has
encouraged co-producer Taieri Musical Society to plan another
big South Island premiere.
''In a market where the discretionary entertainment dollar is
difficult to get, it is a staggering result and one that
proves if the right show is selected it will be supported by
our public,'' Taieri Musical Society president Tania Graham
The society announced yesterday it will co-produce Grease
- The Arena Spectacular in July 2016, with Dunedin
promoter Doug Kamo, with whom it collaborated on Mamma
''We want to continue to push creative boundaries, in terms
of how we present musical theatre experiences, but also
ensure it is financially viable and offers variety and
opportunity for our local performers,'' Ms Graham said.