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First Broadway Show Here Wows Audience At USP

First Broadway Show Here Wows Audience At USP
Oceania Dance theater and Pacifika Voices staged a Broadway in Fiji show at the ICT theater on April 13, 2017.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.
April 16
11:00 2017


The first Broadway in Fiji show left a very packed audience in awe and screaming for more after the one-hour show on Thursday night.

Charge d’Affaires of the United States Embassy, Douglas Sonnek said Broad­way in Fiji was quite a unique project as nothing like this has been done be­fore.

Mr Sonnek said Broadway is a street in Manhattan, New York, that had become synonymous with Ameri­can musical theatre.

“It’s a whole genre onto itself and overtime it has become one of the most in­fluential forms of Ameri­can popular culture. I’m glad we’re able to bring that performance to Fiji,” said MrSonnek.

University of the South Pacific head of Performing Arts, Igelese Ete, said the wonderful thing about the show was developing artists in Fiji and thanked all the supporters and organisers of the show.

“As you know the artists are so talented, all they need is support, infrastruc­ture, passion and vision,” said MrEte.

The performers have had to go through boot camp in the past two weeks of re­hearsals.

The Broadway Show in Fiji was directed by Ameri­can producers and direc­tors, Jeremy Lucas, Chris Cobb Olsen and Jesus David Morabito who were invited by the Embassy of the Unit­ed States.

About 35 local dancers and singers of the Oceania Dance Theatre and Pasifika voices staged an epic per­formance that included mu­sical numbers like Chicago, Dreamgirls, The Color Pur­ple, and Hamilton amongst others.

The show was presented by the US Embassy in Col­laboration with the USP’s Faculty of Arts, Law, and Education.

The show was held at the Japan-Pacific ICT Centre at the University of the South Pacific Laucala Campus.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa



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