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Touring Do or Di? - Whodunit Musical Game Show

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Touring Do or Di? 5 October – 4 November - a whodunit musical game show spoof

Remember those musical divas, Doris Day and Dinah Shore and their chart topping songs of the Billboard era? Linn Lorkin and Anna Rugis have great fun singing the songs in a non-stop presentation that spoofs the television game show format of the 50’s. With Herschel Herscher as game show host, Do or Di offers two hours of audience participation and prizes interspersed with outrageous musical and comedic talent - expect jazzy arrangements, three-part harmony, piano and accordion solos. Which diva was the hit maker? Attend the show and find out. Anna Rugis created the show.

About the artists

Anna Rugis

New Zealand born singer Anna Rugis began her career as a backup singer for Cat Stephens, Cliff Richard, The Kinks and Van Morrison, touring the US with these artists. She is also a composer and a poet, gaining a reputation for originality and power. She recently released the first of a series of environmentally friendly children’s music CDs that adults enjoy as well. Island Dreams has a sound track of songs about rare creatures found only in New Zealand that need to be saved from extinction.

“Anna Rugis is a brilliant composer as well as a fine lyricist and singer with an enchanting voice. Beautifully crafted, light hearted and at the same time, as deep as it gets.” Women in Music (USA)

Linn Lorkin

Singer songwriter and pianist extraordinaire Linn Lorkin has performed at the famed Ronnie Scott's jazz club in London and regularly tours in Europe, US and Australia as the lead singer in The Jews Brothers Band and French Toast. She sings in several languages and has recorded twelve albums for her own label, Rouge Records, including five CDs of original songs and two of French chansons. Her show, ‘Hey Piano Lady’, gained four stars at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2011 and an invitation to appear again this year (3 – 25 August).

“Lorkin is a national treasure.” William Dart, NZ Listener

Herschel Herscher

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Herschel Herscher was a pianist, accordionist, arranger and bandleader with various well known NYC Latin music groups before moving to New Zealand in 1985. On arrival in this country, he immediately set about creating a musical life for himself, including founding Nairobi Trio, The Jews Brothers Band, French Toast (with partner Linn Lorkin) and Charanga Amadeus, the latter dedicated to presenting authentic Cuban music from the 1950s. He is the recipient of the Tony Rodriguez Award for Excellence for services to Latin music.


Friday 5 October Upper Hutt

Expressions Arts & Entertainment Centre 7.30pm

Adult $30, Friends/Concession $25

Book: Expressions 04 527 2168

Saturday 6 October Nelson

Nelson School of Music 7.30pm

$10 (plus booking fees)

Book: Nelson School of Music, 03 548 9477

Sunday 7 October Takaka

The Playhouse, Park Ave 7.30pm

$18 pre-booked, $20 at the door

Book: Paradise Video and Laundrette

Tuesday 9 October Reefton

Working Mens Club 7.30pm

Adults $10, Students $5, Family $20

Door sales or Phone 03 732 8542

Wednesday 10 October Westport

NBS Theatre 7.30pm

Adults $20, Seniors $15, Students $10

Book: NBS Theatre or

Friday 12 October Geraldine

St Marys, Talbot St. 7.30pm

Adults $25, Students $20

Book: Tresjoli Giftware 03 693 9339

Saturday 13 October Waimate

Criterion Hotel, Queen St. 7.30pm

$25 Book: Westside Gifts, Information Centre

Tuesday 16 October Ranfurly

Town Hall 7.30pm

$20 Book: Maniototo i-Site

Wednesday 17 Alexandra TBC

Thursday 18 October Cromwell

Golden Gate 7.30pm

Adults $25, SuperGold $20, Student/Child $5

Book: Cromwell i-Site

Saturday 20 October Twizel

Events Centre 7.30pm

Adults $20, Students $10

Book: Twizel Information Centre

Tuesday 23 October Gore

James Cumming Wing 8pm

$25 Book: Eastern Southland Gallery

Wednesday 24 October Riverton

Community Arts Centre 7.30pm

$20 members, $25 non members

Book: Riverton Arts Centre

Friday 26 October Oamaru

The Inkbox, Oamaru Opera House 6.30pm

Adults $25, Seniors $20, Group bookings 8+ $18

Book: or 0800 4 TICKET

Tuesday 30 October Waverley

Waverley Community Centre, Chester St. 7.30pm

$25 Book: E.C. Dallisons (cash or cheque only)

Thursday 1 November Opotiki

Senior Citizens Hall, King St. 7pm

$20 Book: The Travel Shop

Friday 2 November Coromandel

Anglican Church Hall 7.30pm

$25, Concession $20

Book: Coromandel i-Site or door sales

Sunday 4 November Kerikeri

Turner Centre 7.30pm

Adults $35, Seniors/unwaged $30, Students 18 & under $5

Book: Turner Centre 0800 200 411

Arts On Tour New Zealand

Arts On Tour New Zealand (AOTNZ) organises tours of outstanding New Zealand performers to rural and smaller centres in New Zealand. The trust receives funding from Creative New Zealand and liaises with local arts councils, repertory theatres and community groups to bring the best of musical and other talent to country districts.


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