Derek Metzger

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Derek Metzger is a New Zealand singer and actor known for his performances in musical theatre in Australia.[1]

Metzger began his career in talent contests on New Zealand television. His 1982 single "Don't Say Goodbye" debuted at #35 on New Zealand's singles chart.[2]

In 1981, Metzger was cast in the leading role of Jonathan for the world première and cast album[3] of Eaton Magoon Jr and Sir Robert Helpmann's Hawaiian musical Aloha,[4][5][6] for Hamilton Operatic Society. It was followed in 1985 by a Michael Edgley revival production at His Majesty's Theatre, Auckland,[7][8] directed by Joe Layton, also starring Metzger in the same role.[9][10][11][12]

Metzger moved to Australia in the early 1990s, where he played leading roles in Me and My Girl, Chess and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. He received a Green Room Award for Male Artist in a Leading Role in music theatre for Me and My Girl.

In 2007 he played Patsy in the Australian production of Spamalot and was nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Derek Metzger". Radio New Zealand. 2017-09-10. Retrieved 2018-03-31.
  2. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, 25 April 1982". The Official NZ Music Charts.
  3. ^ ‘Aloha > New Zealand Cast’
  4. ^ Aloha. Hamilton Heritage Collections.
  5. ^ Cryer, Max. (25 October 1981). 'Hamilton produces ambitious musical' and 'Kitsch Aloha goes down a real treat'. Page 9. New Zealand Times
  6. ^ (27 October 1981). 'Author full of praise' (Sir Robert Helpmann). Waikato Times, New Zealand
  7. ^ His Majesty's Theatre
  8. ^ 'The Arts'. (12 June 1985). 'Teacher Continues Aloha Association'. Page 24. The Daily Post (Rotorua, New Zealand)
  9. ^ Kwok, E.D. (15 July 1985). 'NZ-US Talent Blends Well in Aloha.The New Zealand Herald
  10. ^ Edwards, Louis. (30 May 1981). 'City link with musical'. Page 3. The Daily Post (Rotorua, New Zealand)
  11. ^ (18 July 1981). 'Producing Aloha a world first'. The Daily Post (Rotorua, New Zealand)
  12. ^ Day, Paul. (19 October 1981). 'Hamilton Says Aloha To Musical'. The New Zealand Herald