Bringing entertainment to the Bay

The Merchants of Bollywood and Dionne Warwick. Photo: Supplied.

Baypark is delighted to announce the newly formed Baypark Concert Series. The series aims at bringing high-quality, high-calibre acts to the Bay of Plenty.

The proactive approach to researching, sourcing and signing international acts has been a long time coming. “It has involved many hours of planning and negotiations,” says Gillian Houser, business development manager at Baypark.

The series will cater to the family and mature market, and bring entertainers that have never been to Tauranga before.

Confidence in the success of the tour is further cemented by Farmer Auto Village supporting the series as a key sponsor.

“It is with great pleasure and huge excitement that the team at Farmer Auto Village are enthusiastically involved in this wonderful concert series,” says Michael Farmer, Group Managing Director from Farmer Auto Village

“It is fantastic to see Tauranga can host such a high calibre of artists in our great city.”

The first in what will be a four-concert series run by Baypark is The Merchants of Bollywood, on Tuesday October 23.

The Merchants of Bollywood features a cast of more than 40 performers direct from Film City Mumbai – the home of Bollywood Cinema. The show tells the story of the Merchant family, that holds the responsibility of upholding the ancient traditions of the Kathak dance, the dance of the Gods.

Shantilal Merchant is the last in the line of gurus, and this tradition is about to die out.

Featuring a cast of more than 40 performers, adorned in 1200 different eye-popping costumes and 5000 pieces of glistening jewellery, this uplifting show is a riot of colour and high-energy music by award-winning composers Salim and Sulaiman Merchant.

Sensational dance scenes are choreographed by Vaibhavi Merchant, granddaughter of Hiralalji Merchant, one the founders of classic Bollywood Cinema.

Merchant’s choreography incorporates many different styles of Indian dancing, including folkloric dance from Rajasthan and contemporary forms such as disco – showcasing the true variety of Bollywood musicals.

The next of these shows is the unmissable Dionne Warwick with her Greatest Hits Tour on Sunday, November 11. The five-time Grammy winner was last in New Zealand in the mid-90s.

Scintillating, soothing and sensual best describe the familiar and legendary voice of the music legend, who has become a cornerstone of American pop music and culture.

Warwick’s career, which currently spans more than 50 years, has established her as an international music icon and concert act. During that time, she has earned 75 charted hit songs and sold over 100 million records.

With timeless classics Don’t Make Me Over, Walk on By, Anyone Who Had a Heart, Message to Michael, Promises Promises, A House is Not a Home, Alfie, Say a Little Prayer, This Girl’s in Love With You, I’ll Never Fall in Love Again, Reach Out For Me and the theme from Valley of the Dolls, Warwick is sure to captivate and entertain.

Tickets are available from Ticketek for both shows, and start from $85.

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