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Half a century of music and still going strong

Stewart and Tricia MacPherson.

Stewart and Tricia Macpherson, stalwarts of New Zealand’s entertainment industry, will celebrate 50 golden years in the game with a breathtaking journey through their greatest musical triumphs.

The country’s oldest promoter duo will visit eight towns in Aotearoa in April 2023.

Featuring “superb” singers and musicians, 50 Golden Years of Musicals will allow audiences to relive the Macphersons’ musical journey and mark their milestones.

Stewart told the Herald: “We’re really excited to do this.

“We were pushed for a long time to tell our story…we finally thought it was time,” Steward added.

The show will feature songs from their past productions including Blood Brothers, The Rocky Horror Show and Phantom of the Opera.

There will also be video tributes from some of the most influential people in the entertainment industry, including English lyricist Sir Tim Rice, to celebrate the couple for the joy they have brought to New Zealand and overseas.

Tricia with English comedian and musician Dudley Moore.
Tricia with English comedian and musician Dudley Moore.

50 Golden Years of Musicals will be a rare treat for audiences in Paraparaumu, Napier, Rotorua, Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Palmerston North, Wellington, Blenheim and Christchurch.

It will include a setlist from a catalog of their own favorite songs such as Time Warp by Rocky Horror, Chicago, and the high energy What A Feeling as well as Memory by Cats.

Tricia said it was “exciting” considering all the cast members have been on shows with them before.

“It’s a bit of a family reunion,” she commented.

“The team we’ve put together for this tour will have a lot of fun.”

Stewart MacPherson.
Stewart MacPherson.

Without the Macphersons, the New Zealand entertainment industry would have been very different.

After having a successful career in radio, Stewart and Tricia joined forces to create The Stetson Group, a company that has been held in the highest regard among promoters, artists and audiences for 50 years.

Their very first musical was The Rocky Horror Show, which was repeated in 1978 with the infamous Gary Glitter as Frank-N-Furter.

In 1973 they toured world phenomenon Kenny Rogers, and word quickly spread among the artists they were great to work with. Some of the biggest names in the world would follow, including Def Leppard, Dolly Parton and Talking Heads.

In 1992, they put together the musical Chess, when Stewart confidently proclaimed to New Zealand’s one and only TV station that ‘failure was not an option’ as the pair battled it out. path from one box office hit to the next.

Tricia with American singer Donny Osmond.
Tricia with American singer Donny Osmond.

As the power couple reflect on the past five decades, they said it’s been diverse and a great adventure. The couple said, looking back, that they don’t have a favorite musical, commenting “it’s a bit like asking if you have a favorite child”. And when asked if this celebration of 2023 meant an end, they answered sternly: “No, absolutely not. After April 2023, it’s a big open canvas,” Stewart said.

Tricia added: “We’ve had a family, now we have grandchildren and they all live in the UK so we go there every year, hang out with them but also see lots of shows.

“We’ve seen some that we expect for 2024 and 2025.”

50 Golden Years of Musicals will open on April 11 at Paraparaumu and tickets will go on sale Thursday, November 10 on Ticketmaster & Ticketek.