Cast of Musical Theatre - A History in Song from left; Yitzin Ruiz Lopez, Molly Wilkin, Jade Skipage, Sam McIlroy, Mackenzie Gardner and Poppy Lingard. Photo: Supplied.

History of song coming to Theatre Royal


The Theatre Royal is delighted to host two wonderful evenings of musical theatre highlights with Musical Theatre – A History in Song, featuring numbers from the composing debut of Cole Porter to the latest Broadway sensations.

Nelson graduate and musical theatre artist Yitzin Ruiz Lopez has gathered a company of like-minded performers to take you on a journey through the history of musical theatre.

You will hear a mix of most iconic and well-known musical theatre songs and the director’s favourites.

Yitzin has been in as many musicals as possible ever since he arrived in Nelson eight years ago, and he hopes to turn his passion into his career.

This show is also his goodbye to Nelson before embarking on overseas adventures.

“Musicals are the most popular form of theatre around,” he says. “While straight plays struggle to survive, musicals still play to near capacity houses on Broadway and the West End, even in this day and age of TV and online entertainment. They are also favourites of school and community groups.

The 1940s are seen as the golden age of musical theatre. The most popular jazz hits of this era were originally musical theatre songs, Yitzin says.

During the 1950s, the music of Broadway was the popular music of the entire western world.

Every season brought a fresh crop of classic hit musicals that were eagerly awaited and celebrated by the general public.

“Things have changed since the golden age but for many musical theatre is still the preferred form of live theatre,” Yitzin says.

He hopes to present many different types of musicals that we have today.

These include book musicals, revue, concept, jukebox, and rock/pop musicals.

For those who are not familiar with musical theatre it will be an educational journey.

However, for those who have long been fans of the medium, Yitzin says it will be a wonderful trip down memory lane.

There will be a wide range of genres – from musicals by Gershwin, Bernstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Schönberg and Sondheim to Lin Manuel Miranda. So head down to the Theatre Royal to be transported.

Musical Theatre – A History in Song
Theatre Royal, 2 and 3 March 2018, 7pm.