Locally written and produced rock opera, State Highway 48 is to relaunch next month before embarking on a national tour. Writer and producer, Chris Williams, has been working on the final stages of development over the last 12 months and is now ready to take the next step.
We’ve assembled an amazing cast,” says Chris. “The lead male role will be played by none other than Shane Cortese who is one of our most recognised and loved performers.
“Not many people know that, along with his extensive acting credits, he has performed at the highest level of musical theatre including a variety of roles on London’s West End.”
Complementing Shane in the lead female role is Delia Hannah, New Zealand’s most highly acclaimed music theatre performer.
“ Delia is amazing,” says Chris. “She was cast by the one and only Andrew Lloyd Webber for the UK tour of Aspects of Love, and has toured Australia and Asia extensively, starring in all the big shows – Mamma Mia, Cats, Chess, Blood Brothers to name a few.”
State Highway 48 will be running nine performances from August 19; then in October will tour the central North Island.
“We want to start the tour in the provinces before taking on the big centres,” says Williams.
“In 2017 we will be in Auckland, Wellington and the South Island. The show is a 21st Century story that tracks the life and times of an everyday family and their friends as they navigate the treacherous road of middle age. Changes in the family, workplace, and friendship are set against the backdrop of the recession with the black dog of depression taking the driver’s seat in Dave, the lead male’s life, taking everyone on a journey. It’s funny, dramatic, emotional and entertaining. A reminder about the important things in life; the dangers of not facing up to depression and a celebration of the everyday.”