Postmodern Jukebox – The pop-jazz phenomenon, makes its long-awaited return to live performance with a celebration of the Roaring 20s travelling across the world, with The Grand Reopening Tour
Due to huge demand, TEG Dainty is thrilled to announce that Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox have just added another date to The Grand Reopening Tour. Now six theatre shows nationwide, the tour takes in Auckland, Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, and Tauranga.
6 MARCH KIRI TE KANAWA THEATRE – AUCKLAND
7 MARCH TOWN HALL – DUNEDIN
8 MARCH ISAAC THEATRE ROYAL – CHRISTCHURCH
10 MARCH MICHAEL FOWLER CENTRE – WELLINGTON
11 MARCH ADDISON THEATRE – TAURANGA sold out
12 MARCH ADDISON THEATRE – TAURANGA NEW SHOW
Tickets go on sale WEDNESDAY 18 AUGUST at 12noon from www.tegdainty.com
Early last year, pop-jazz phenomenon, Postmodern Jukebox, set out to celebrate a new-millennium Roaring 20s, promising audiences across New Zealand and the rest of the world “the most sensational ’20s party this side of The Great Gatsby.”
Well, we all know what happened next. Just seven dates into the Welcome to the Twenties 2.0 global tour, PMJ creator Scott Bradlee pulled the tour off the road and made the decision to postpone the remaining dates, many of them sold out, as a global pandemic took its toll, silencing live music for more than a year.
Now, the wait is finally over, and Postmodern Jukebox — the musical collective known for putting “pop music in a time machine” — is set to make the ’20s roar again! The Grand Reopening Tour will see PMJ thrill audiences once more with their unique renditions of modern music’s biggest hits in the classic styles of bygone eras.
After five wildly successful tours, New Zealand can’t get enough of Postmodern Jukebox, and the announcement of 2022 show dates will be very welcome news for their legion of diehard fans.
Scott Bradlee said today “Ever since our first trip Down Under in 2015, we’ve made New Zealand an annual stop on our tour itinerary and have gotten to meet some of the best audiences in the world, as a result. We have been so sad to miss a couple of years of this annual tradition due to the pandemic, but we’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be back better than ever in 2022 for our sixth tour. We have a lot of catching up to do! Bring your dancing shoes and let’s get together to ring in the New ‘Twenties, PMJ style.”
As always with PMJ’s dazzling live shows, The Grand Reopening Tour will feature an ensemble of multi-talented singers and musicians, bringing Bradlee’s generation-spanning arrangements alive night after night. Surprise guests often join the core ensemble to make each concert unique and unpredictable, making for one of the most thrilling live music experiences of this (and any other) time period. MusicInsight.com put it quite simply in the Before Times: “Go see Postmodern Jukebox. Stop whatever you’re doing, right now, and go see them!”
“I’m grateful to be able to create and collaborate with so many talented people and playing live to a theatre full of music fans is something that we’ve all really missed,” says Bradlee.
“We’re fortunate to have so many incredible fans worldwide that have enabled PMJ to become a global touring act, and we’re looking forward to bringing outstanding talent and classic sounds to every corner of the world once more. It’s a Grand Reopening, but it’s also a Grand Reunion — not just for our talented cast and crew, but also for PMJ and fans of classic, ‘Old School’ entertainment.”
Over the past decade, Postmodern Jukebox has grown from a viral phenomenon into a worldwide juggernaut, amassing more than 5 million subscribers and 1.6 billion views on their YouTube channel. PMJ’s growth has not been limited just to the digital world, with the outfit evolving from Bradlee’s tiny apartment in Astoria, Queens, to a Los Angeles studio befitting the bandleader’s increasingly ambitious vision.
Most recently, PMJ reimagined the beloved theme from Friends via the evolution of music styles throughout the 20th century — beginning in the Hot Jazz 1920s and climaxing in the 90s with a guest appearance by original I’ll Be There For You performers, The Rembrandts.
Meanwhile, Concord Records has released two Essentials compilations featuring PMJ classics from American Idol alum Haley Reinhart’s torch song rendition of Radiohead’s “Creep” to actor-comedian Wayne Brady’s Cab Calloway-inspired version of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. In 2018, Bradlee told his incredible story in his memoir, Outside the Jukebox: How I Turned My Vintage Music Obsession Into My Dream Gig.
POSTMODERN JUKEBOX: THE GRAND REOPENING TOUR
Sunday 6 March – Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Auckland
Monday 7 March – Dunedin Town Hall, Dunedin
Tuesday 8 March – Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch
Thursday 10 March – Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington
Friday 11 March – Addison Theatre, Tauranga
Tickets on sale
Friday 28 May, 11 am local time at www.tegdainty.com.