MICHAEL TO PERFORM NO HOLDS BARD
Michael will perform his solo show No Holds Bard in the Tiny Theatre at Garnet Station, 85 Garnet Road, Westmere, Auckland, on 10, 11 and 12 September 2015 at 8 p.m. Click here for info and to book.
JENNIFER TO SING IN FROM BROADWAY TO LA SCALA
Jennifer will sing with Teddy Tau Rhodes, David Hobson, and Greta Bradman in the New Zealand tour of From Broadway to La Scala, with a special guest appearance by Dame Malvina Major and direction by Tyran Parke. It will be performed in Auckland on 18 September 2015 (note change of date) in the Great Hall of Auckland Town Hall (click here to book) and in Christchurch on 20 September at the Isaac Theatre Royal (click here to book). See the show's Facebook page.
From the press release: "From Puccini to Rodgers and Hammerstein, Bizet to Gershwin, and Verdi to Cole Porter, this unique concert experience will feature many of the greatest songs, arias, and duets of the past two centuries, performed by these highly acclaimed contemporary singers and featuring the country's finest orchestras".
"Something's Coming"/"Tonight" from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim (Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Jennifer Ward-Lealand, David Hobson, Greta Bradman)
"Some Enchanted Evening" from South Pacific by Rodgers and Hammerstein (Teddy Tahu Rhodes)
"So in Love" from Kiss Me Kate by Cole Porter (Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Greta Bradman)
"Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" from Pal Joey by Rodgers and Hart (Jennifer Ward-Lealand)
"Una voce poco fa" from The Barber of Seville by Rossini (Greta Bradman)
"Una furtiva lagrima" from The Elixir of Love by Purrini (David Hobson)
"You're Just in Love" from Call Me Madam by Irving Berlin (Jennifer Ward-Lealand, David Hobson)
"Toreador's Song" from Carmen by Bizet (Teddy Tahu Rhodes)
"Lily's Eyes" from The Secret Garden by Lucy Simon (Teddy Tahu Rhodes, David Hobson)
"O Mio Babbino Caro" from Gianni Schicchi by Puccini (Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Jennifer Ward-Lealand, David Hobson, Greta Bradman)
"Libiamo" from La Traviata by Verdi (Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Jennifer Ward-Lealand, David Hobson, Greta Bradman, with special guest appearance by Dame Malvina Major)
"Largo al factotum" from The Barber of Seville by Rossini (Teddy Tahu Rhodes)
"Broadway Baby" from Follies by Stephen Sondheim (Jennifer Ward-Lealand)
"Falling Slowly" from Once by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova (Jennifer Ward-Lealand, David Hobson)
"Anything You Can Do" from Annie Get Your Gun by Irving Berlin (Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Jennifer Ward-Lealand, David Hobson, Greta Bradman)
Papageno/Papagena duet from The Magic Flute by Mozart (Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Greta Bradman)
"Reviewing the Situation" from Oliver! by Lionel Bart (David Hobson)
"O Soave Fanculla" from La Boheme by Puccini (David Hobson, Greta Bradman)
"I'm Not Getting Married" from Company by Stephen Sondheim (Jennifer Ward-Lealand, David Hobson, Greta Bradman)
"Casta Diva" from Norma by Bellini (Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Jennifer Ward-Lealand, David Hobson, Greta Bradman)
"Bess, You is My Woman Now" from Porgy and Bess (Teddy Tahu Rhodes, with special guest appearance by Dame Malvina Major)
"Au fond du temple saint" duet from The Pearl Fishers by Georges Bizet (Teddy Tahu Rhodes, David Hobson)
"You'll Never Walk Along" from Carousel by Rodgers and Hammerstein (Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Jennifer Ward-Lealand, David Hobson, Greta Bradman)
STEP DAVE TO PREMIERE 1 SEPTEMBER
The second season of Step Dave will premiere Tuesday 1 September 2015, 8:30 p.m. on TV2. Michael directed the final 2 episodes (12 and 13). The show stars Sia Trokenheim, Jono Kenyon, Rawiri Jobe, Tanya Nolan, Aidee Walker, William Wallace, Tainui Tukiwaho, Lisa Harrow, Maya Wyatt, Lily Powell, and George Beca. Click here for info.
JENNIFER TO DIRECT TE PUHI PLAYREADING
Jennifer will direct a workshop and playreading of Te Puhi by Cian Elyse White as part of the Koanga Festival, in partnership with Going West Books and Writers Festival. The cast includes Vicky Haughton, Ben Van Lier, Laura Hill, Milly Grant, Ngahula Tawera, Regan Taylor, and Tiare Tawera.
Te Puhi is inspired by the historical crowning of the first Maori Miss New Zealand and the challenging choices she is faced with in her pursuit of success.
"It is a homage to our Kuia and their history of achievements as mothers, nurturers, hard workers and leaders. Our Puhi." - Cian Elyse
The public reading will be 9 September 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at Te Pou, 44a Portage Road, New Lynn. Click here for info.
MICHAEL DIRECTED ASH VS. EVIL DEAD
Michael directed episodes 6 and 7 of new tv series Ash vs. Evil Dead in June 2015. It will premiere on STARZ! on Halloween.
The show is executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell, and showrunner Craig DiGregorio, and stars Bruce Campbell, Lucy Lawless, Mimi Rogers, Jill Marie Jones, Ray Santiago, and Dana DeLorenzo. Australian streaming service Stan has announced that it has exclusive rights to the show in Australia, and that it will air on the same day that it is shown on STARZ!; click here for info.
This 10-episode first season is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead. Bruce Campbell is reprising his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario, and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding reponsibility, maturity, and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons – personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its "Evil" grip. Click here for more.
There was an Ash vs. Evil Dead panel at San Diego Comic-Con on 10 July 2015; watch it below:
WATCH TATAU ONLINE
Michael directed episodes 6 and 7 of 8-episode fantasy/drama series Tatau, produced by Touchpaper TV and South Pacific Pictures for BBC Three (UK) and BBC America (USA).
The series has finished its run in the UK (where it is now available on dvd), and is available on demand in the US through many cable companies and digital platforms (such as Amazon and iTunes). Click here to find out where you can watch it. In New Zealand, it is available on Neon.
Tatau was written by Richard Zajdlic and stars Joe Layton and Theo Barklem-Biggs, with Barry Atsma, Shushila Takao, Cian Elyse White, Tai Berdinner-Blades, Temuera Morrison, Alex Tarrant, Rawiri Jobe, Kirk Torrance and Rangimoana Taylor. It was filmed September-December 2014, in The Cook Islands and New Zealand. See the show's Facebook page.
Tagata Pasifika did a behind-the-scenes story on the filming of Tatau on The Cook Islands, including scenes of Michael directing; watch it below.
JENNIFER AND MICHAEL GUEST STAR IN TERRY TEO
Jennifer plays Barbara Bertinelli in the third episode of Terry Teo, a revival of the classic Kiwi TV show, filmed early November 2014. Michael plays Cornelius Jones in one episode, filmed mid-December. The show will air on TV2.
Click here for info.
THE BROKENWOOD MYSTERIES AVAILABLE IN THE US ON ACORN TV
Michael directed the third (of four) episodes, 'Playing the Lie', which aired in New Zealand on Prime in October 2014. The show is now available in the US on AcornTV. Click here for info/access. It is also available on dvd/Blu-ray in NZ/AUS and USA/Canada, and is airing in France on France 3.
The show stars Neill Rea and Fern Sutherland, with Pana Hema Taylor, Nic Sampson, Christina Ionda, Colin Moy, Andi Crown, and Miriama McDowell. It won the Bronze World Medal in the Television Drama category at the New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards. A second season finished filming in July 2015; Michael did fight choreography for one episode.
Hi Def Standard: "Brokenwood is a rich and bizarre place to set a modern detective drama, and if this release is an indication of things to come, we're going to get more enthralling tales in the coming months. Bring it on".
Blog Critics: "Each episode is a well crafted and finally spun story ... it seduces you with its quiet nature and before you notice you’ll be caught up in an episode and find yourself wanting more".