50 golden years of musicals | Pioneer promoters celebrate half a century on stage

Pioneers of the New Zealand entertainment industry, Stewart and Tricia Macpherson, will celebrate 50 golden years in 2023 and to mark this incredible milestone, they will present a breathtaking journey through their greatest musical triumphs.

With superb singers and musicians, 50 GOLDEN YEARS OF MUSIC will provide a rare glimpse into the life and loves of New Zealand’s, and perhaps the world’s, oldest promoter duo.

Their very first musical was The Rocky Horror Show, repeated in 1978 with the infamous Gary Glitter as Frank-N-Furter. In 1992 was,
Chess, when Stewart confidently proclaimed to a TV reporter that “failure was not an option”, as the couple worked their way from one box office success to another, and in doing so, has earned legions of fans and friends and a reputation for being two of the best in the biz.

50 GOLDEN YEARS OF MUSIC will allow the public to relive the musical journey of the Macphersons, through songs from productions such as Blood Brothers, The Rocky Horror Show, Evita, Starlight Express, Flashdance, Million Dollar Quartet, American Idiot, Pirates of Penzance, Chicago, Jekyll & Hyde and
The Phantom of the Opera.

With a setlist from their catalog of personal favorites, songs such as
Time warp of Rocky Horror, Don’t Cry For Me Argentina
Avoided, The classic
And all that
and high energy
What a sensation
lightning dance
…and many more will make the audience sing and relive many memories.

Universally acclaimed for the joy it brought to theaters across the country and abroad, the production will also feature wonderful tributes from some of the world’s most influential actors in the entertainment industry.

50 GOLDEN YEARS OF MUSIC will be a rare treat for the public of Paraparaumu, Napier, Rotorua, Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Palmerston North, Wellington, Blenheim and Christchurch.

Tickets will go on sale tomorrow via Ticketmaster and Ticketek. It is a visit not to be missed.

Without the Macphersons, the New Zealand entertainment industry would have been very different.

After a stellar career in radio, Stewart and Tricia – who broke the glass ceiling for women in the 1960s by becoming sound engineers for British rock band He Moody Blues (Nights in white satin, your wildest dreams) – joined forces to create The Stetson Group, a company that enjoys the highest regard among promoters, artists and audiences five decades later.

In their freshman year, 1973, they toured the global phenomenon Kenny Rogers, and word quickly spread among the artists that it was a pleasure to work with them. Some of the biggest names in the world would follow, including
Jethro Tull, The Beach Boys, Def Leppard, Glen Campbell, Donny Osmond, Michael Crawford, Michael Buble, Dudley Moore, Midnight Oil, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Elvis Costello, Rowan Atkinson, Joni Mitchell, George Thorogood, Le Clash, Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Talking Heads, Alice Cooper, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Yehudi Meuhin, Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge, Lou Reed and much more

Apart from the musicals, they have also presented some wonderful art exhibitions in New Zealand including Banksy’s art
and last year’s hit Michelangelo: another point of view. In January, they will bring
Renaissance: Age of Genius – an exhibition that will see some of the greatest artists of all time come to life at the Aotea Center in Auckland.

Outside of theatre, Tricia and Stewart have worked hard to support emerging promoters as senior members of the New Zealand Promoters Association, as well as helping young artists shine.

And when they’re not at work, they hit the road in their motorhome in search of new adventures!

Join them on their next big trip. Grab a ticket when they go on sale tomorrow.

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