In the opening scene, where one of the cast member’s chairs fails to spin around during the first song due to sabotage, Larger Than Life puts all its cards on the table. It’s a comedy, it’s a musical, it’s proudly Maori, it’s camp, bitchy and has a lot of soul. If you don’t enjoy those first few minutes, you are in for a rough 70 minutes.

Yet at the show’s first Auckland performance on Friday night, the crowd was anything but disappointed. It is rare to witness such a continuous and infectious joy radiating from a theatre audience. At times, it felt more like watching a concert than a play, with the crowd joining in and signing along.


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