Boobs! - The Musical, NZ Premiere

Riverlea Theatre’s 2017 Christmas Show is the entertaining off-Broadway hit “Boobs! – the musical. The World According to Ruth Wallis”. This “adults only” funny, risqué, dinner show / cabaret / musical revue, with lyrics and music by 1950s and 1960s star Ruth Wallis, tells the story of her international career and struggles in performing her naughty songs.

The show runs from 25 November to 16 December 2017 at Riverlea Theatre. Bookings are through i-ticket, or contact the Theatre Manager – phone: 856 5450.

The original show opened in New York City in 2003 to critical praise; and it had subsequent long runs in New Orleans (2004) and Wichita (2005). This New Zealand production is the first time it has been performed outside of America; and there is a London West End production planned for the new year. Lawrence Leritz, Broadway Producer & Choreographer of the original off-Broadway production ... lives in New York, and has been a wonderful help to Riverlea Theatre in establishing the New Zealand Premiere here.

In the 1960’s Ruth Wallis’ recordings were banned in Australia, but her live performances garnered the biggest cabaret following! In that decade, her fame also found its way to New Zealand where NZ artist Noel Mackay had a No 1 hit with “Johnny's Little Yoyo”. In the 1960s/70s New Zealand record collections were often found with her recordings, and played as part of the party culture of the time!

The New Zealand premiere production is a project close to the heart of its kiwi director, Dennis Ralph. “When I was a child, listening to my parents entertain, it was a highlight when the Ruth Wallis records were brought out. Such was their impact, they became the first songs I learned to sing as a child! Of course, on occasions, my performance would be followed by a terse note from teachers or parents, whose feigned shock, never quite dulled their fun". We have a company of talented players, and thrilled Janine Swainson will portray the one and only Ruth Wallis.

 Ruth Wallis
Ruth Wallis
Lawrence Leritz 
Lawrence Leritz
Janine Swainson
Janine Swainson