Review: By Hanno Fairburn

What: Rotorua District Choir
Where: Casa Blanca Theatre
When: Friday, Saturday

Thanks to the enterprise and enthusiasm of their conductor Evelyn Falconer, and the choir's energy and style, their Show Stoppers was indeed a hit with the audience.

She had chosen with discernment some of the cream of songs from Broadway musicals, those which have lasted and would have been remembered well by many in the audience.

With the help of colourful costumes and the atmosphere in the home of Rotorua's musical theatre, the singers revelled at the chance to indulge in some showbiz.

The arrangements of the songs for four-part choirs had the stamp of quality and impact, and gave musical substance to the singers who had a discipline coming from standard choral works.

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The programme was studded with the names of worthy lyric writers and composers, like Bernstein, Sondheim, Gershwin, Lerner and Loewe, so that many of songs had musicality and depth.

The appeal of others came from being so tuneful or convivial, but all of them could be enjoyment with affection.

Evelyn sang too, joining three friends as the corporate entertainers Off Broadway, to adding pizzazz and vitality to the concerts.

The unflagging accompanying trio, led by pianist Kathryn Lauder, was a great boon to the singers.

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