Shortland Street - The Musical made an unofficial debut this week, with special guests treating to a 40-minute sample of the upcoming show, as part of the Auckland Arts Festival.
Performed at the Herald Theatre, the show was a chance to whet people’s appetite, as well attract investors and sponsors.
Written by writer and composer Guy Langford, the musical promises to make you party like it’s 1992 and Spy’s insiders assure us it delivers.
An assortment of young actors did their best at singing and dancing to tunes based on the 25-year life of the show, with numbers like You’re not in Guatemala Now, Cliff-hanger and Stuck in a Love Triangle, performed with gusto.
We can only hope when the final version debuts, the now infamous “Please tell me that’s not your penis” line will be sung by a baritone.
The musical stays true to the Street’s history of drama - killers on the loose, medical calamities, forbidden love, and a Christmas curse are all part of the show – and is directed by a former star, along with several rotating directors.
Katherine McRae used to play Brenda Holloway, an alcoholic nurse who fell vicitim to the infamous Ferndale Strangler serial killer 10 years ago. Katherine has another link to the Street – her mother Elizabeth played beloved receptionist Marj, one of the original cast members.
Watch this space for news on when the full musical is set to debut – we see bright lights and Broadway calling!