Touring Do or Di? - Whodunit Musical Game Show

Published: Tue 21 Aug 2012 12:17 PM
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Touring Do or Di? 5 October – 4 November - a whodunit musical game show spoof
Remember those musical divas, Doris Day and Dinah Shore and their chart topping songs of the Billboard era? Linn Lorkin and Anna Rugis have great fun singing the songs in a non-stop presentation that spoofs the television game show format of the 50’s. With Herschel Herscher as game show host, Do or Di offers two hours of audience participation and prizes interspersed with outrageous musical and comedic talent - expect jazzy arrangements, three-part harmony, piano and accordion solos. Which diva was the hit maker? Attend the show and find out. Anna Rugis created the show.
About the artists
Anna Rugis
New Zealand born singer Anna Rugis began her career as a backup singer for Cat Stephens, Cliff Richard, The Kinks and Van Morrison, touring the US with these artists. She is also a composer and a poet, gaining a reputation for originality and power. She recently released the first of a series of environmentally friendly children’s music CDs that adults enjoy as well. Island Dreams has a sound track of songs about rare creatures found only in New Zealand that need to be saved from extinction.
“Anna Rugis is a brilliant composer as well as a fine lyricist and singer with an enchanting voice. Beautifully crafted, light hearted and at the same time, as deep as it gets.” Women in Music (USA)
Linn Lorkin
Singer songwriter and pianist extraordinaire Linn Lorkin has performed at the famed Ronnie Scott's jazz club in London and regularly tours in Europe, US and Australia as the lead singer in The Jews Brothers Band and French Toast. She sings in several languages and has recorded twelve albums for her own label, Rouge Records, including five CDs of original songs and two of French chansons. Her show, ‘Hey Piano Lady’, gained four stars at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2011 and an invitation to appear again this year (3 – 25 August).
“Lorkin is a national treasure.” William Dart, NZ Listener
Herschel Herscher
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Herschel Herscher was a pianist, accordionist, arranger and bandleader with various well known NYC Latin music groups before moving to New Zealand in 1985. On arrival in this country, he immediately set about creating a musical life for himself, including founding Nairobi Trio, The Jews Brothers Band, French Toast (with partner Linn Lorkin) and Charanga Amadeus, the latter dedicated to presenting authentic Cuban music from the 1950s. He is the recipient of the Tony Rodriguez Award for Excellence for services to Latin music.
Friday 5 October Upper Hutt
Expressions Arts & Entertainment Centre 7.30pm
Adult $30, Friends/Concession $25
Book: Expressions 04 527 2168
Saturday 6 October Nelson
Nelson School of Music 7.30pm
$10 (plus booking fees)
Book: Nelson School of Music, 03 548 9477
Sunday 7 October Takaka
The Playhouse, Park Ave 7.30pm
$18 pre-booked, $20 at the door
Book: Paradise Video and Laundrette
Tuesday 9 October Reefton
Working Mens Club 7.30pm
Adults $10, Students $5, Family $20
Door sales or Phone 03 732 8542
Wednesday 10 October Westport
NBS Theatre 7.30pm
Adults $20, Seniors $15, Students $10
Book: NBS Theatre or
Friday 12 October Geraldine
St Marys, Talbot St. 7.30pm
Adults $25, Students $20
Book: Tresjoli Giftware 03 693 9339
Saturday 13 October Waimate
Criterion Hotel, Queen St. 7.30pm
$25 Book: Westside Gifts, Information Centre
Tuesday 16 October Ranfurly
Town Hall 7.30pm
$20 Book: Maniototo i-Site
Wednesday 17 Alexandra TBC
Thursday 18 October Cromwell
Golden Gate 7.30pm
Adults $25, SuperGold $20, Student/Child $5
Book: Cromwell i-Site
Saturday 20 October Twizel
Events Centre 7.30pm
Adults $20, Students $10
Book: Twizel Information Centre
Tuesday 23 October Gore
James Cumming Wing 8pm
$25 Book: Eastern Southland Gallery
Wednesday 24 October Riverton
Community Arts Centre 7.30pm
$20 members, $25 non members
Book: Riverton Arts Centre
Friday 26 October Oamaru
The Inkbox, Oamaru Opera House 6.30pm
Adults $25, Seniors $20, Group bookings 8+ $18
Book: or 0800 4 TICKET
Tuesday 30 October Waverley
Waverley Community Centre, Chester St. 7.30pm
$25 Book: E.C. Dallisons (cash or cheque only)
Thursday 1 November Opotiki
Senior Citizens Hall, King St. 7pm
$20 Book: The Travel Shop
Friday 2 November Coromandel
Anglican Church Hall 7.30pm
$25, Concession $20
Book: Coromandel i-Site or door sales
Sunday 4 November Kerikeri
Turner Centre 7.30pm
Adults $35, Seniors/unwaged $30, Students 18 & under $5
Book: Turner Centre 0800 200 411
Arts On Tour New Zealand
Arts On Tour New Zealand (AOTNZ) organises tours of outstanding New Zealand performers to rural and smaller centres in New Zealand. The trust receives funding from Creative New Zealand and liaises with local arts councils, repertory theatres and community groups to bring the best of musical and other talent to country districts.

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