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Suddenly! A Musical

Suddenly! A Musical

PlayShop brings the spirit of Broadway and the West End to BATS Theatre with its new show, Suddenly! A Musical. Each night PlayShop will create a brand new Webber musical before your very eyes and ears, with everything you love about doomed romance, biblical epics, and weird stuff personified. Directed by Jennifer O'Sullivan, it will be filled with songs and dances, and undoubtedly a great deal of hilarity.

“Growing up, one of my favourite albums was my mother’s copy of Jesus Christ Superstar - the NZ recording of course,’ says director Jennifer O’Sullivan. “I saw Cats when I was eight and somehow a bunch of cats singing never struck me as odd, only magic. And I’m sure many of us have enjoyed the trauma and drama of Phantom of the Opera. There’s just something delightful about the things Mr Webber’s musicals are famous for that’s begging to be brought to the improv stage; we can’t wait to create the next big thing every night!”

Fans of musicals will be familiar with Webber's contributions to the musical genre, and audiences will remember PlayShop's previous forays into improvised retellings - Game of Things, Riddiford St and This Fair Verona to name but a few. PlayShop's newest production promises to celebrate everything we love about musicals, and everything musicals love about life.

Jennifer O'Sullivan is a Wellington based improvisor, comedian, publicist, producer, radio host, festival director and freelance writer. She has been working with PlayShop for over a year as an integral part of the team. She performed in PlayShop's Riddiford Street: Season Three, The Silent Treatement, and PlayShop LIVE. She has also taught improvisation as a part of our Outreach and Education Programme to local high school students, and at international festival Improvention (Canberra).

PlayShop is a Wellington-based performance company that aims to make spontaneous, thrilling theatre. We create opportunities for people to experience the joy of playful interaction, through theatre, storytelling, education, and improvisation. We are risk-takers, open to the potential of every moment, so that actor and audience share meaningful stories that arise from the present, and stay in memory for time to come.

Suddenly! A Musical is PlayShop’s first musical, and thirteenth production for Wellington audiences.

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Dates: 25 - 29 August, 7:30pm
Venue: The Dome, BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Terrace
Tickets: $16 Full Price / $14 Concession / $13 Group 6+
Bookings: Book online at or call 04 802 4175


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