Southland Times (NZ)
"After two standing ovations and a rollicking encore
the curtain went down at the St James theatre in Gore on Saturday night
on an opening night to remember. ....Pure 18 carat... There was a richness
which filled the soul while at times the rawness was as cold and spectacular
as a hoar frost."
The musical Rush!... loud, large and altogether
as feverish as its title implies, went gangbusters at the box office.
........ the night itself fizzed with energy and there were some stunning
songs,notably 'The Ballad of Millie
Lothian Courier (Livingston
travel at top speed for almost two hours, hitching an irresistible
ride on its energetic journey."
Wales Argus (UK)
"What a rush ... a show to rival the best.
My only regret is that not everyone could have seen this visual
and musical spectacle for themselves."
"David John, who wrote the book of Rush! offers
hope but no sugary sidestepping .... has not hesitated to portray the
grim side of life in the diggings. The staging of the prison sequences,
abetted by Lynch's score riveted the large audience.....it's true gold...""
"The audience fled through time, hope, joy, sadness,
anger and tears, and romance, and at the end of the show found itself
on its feet cheering the settlers, the miners, the murderers, the makers
and the musicians."
Evening Mail (UK)
"Sinister show is pure gold ... high, compelling
"Somebody threw my heart on to a horse when the
opening curtain came up for Rush! Before long it was off at a gallop.
It was a world class journey. One you ought to make before the season
Scene Queenstown (NZ)
"With a plot moving between high drama, heart-wrenching melodrama
and vaudeville-style song-and-dance routines, Rush! dishes up theatrical
flavours for everyone."
"Rich in frontier romance and brimming with exuberance,
Rush! delivered everything a keenly supportive audience at Dunedin's
Regent theatre had hoped for."
Bay Today (NZ)
"Members of Theatre Hawke’s Bay had
a great time at last night’s opening performance. The cast of
the vibrant musical... took the audience through a range of emotions...
struck gold with this one.""
"Full houses, standing ovations, clapping,
laughter and tears are just some of the things audiences can expect
when they see this show." "
"There will surely be a rush for tickets for this
musical once the opening night audience spread the word. A delighted
audience gave the cast a standing ovation."