Nicholas Productions was founded by Denver Anthony Nicholas, a popular name in the Dance & Theatre fraternity of Chennai. With over a decade of experience and limitless passion, Denver has been involved in and responsible for some of Chennai’s most popular musicals.

Friday, November 19, 2010

One Year Up!

The tone of this article is going to more or less stoic. Why? I think it is because we’ve had way too much fun over the last one year. :) There has been tremendous learning for each and everyone involved in this journey of one year. We’ve been privileged to work with not only the very vivacious and prominent artists in the theatre and music fraternity but also with the budding and amateur youngsters, both talented and essential in our journey to take performing arts to a completely new dimension!

So to list down what it is that we have learnt over the last one year –

1. High Spirits!
Crucial element of any production is the how high your spirits are  :))… unless you are kicked and passionately drunk about what you are doing … well then don’t do it!

2. Audience is God.. Almost!
It is common knowledge that money can never be the driving force in theatre. And at the end of the day, after all the madness and work that goes into putting up a show, its outcome is determined not by your father in law or mother patting your back! Yes, press reviews about the show are great, but that is only if you can coax them into watching your show in the first place!
However when someone whom you’ve never seen in your life before, walks up to you with complete sense of respect and awe in their eyes, and tells you what a good job you’ve done, you are happy that you’re work has managed to touch someone! Never take your audience for granted! … It is also a different subject altogether that no matter what the outcome we have a blast at the cast party!

3. Pamper your team ..
Your team is your strength – pamper them all you can. I mean they are working their backsides off for OUR production, where at the end of the day OUR team gets most, if not all the credit for pulling it off… you can be firm with your team, but at the end of the day, you have to learn to love them and let them be. (If any of our team members are reading this, go practice your lines!!!!!)

4. Love and let love!
Theatre in Chennai is extremely tight knit, but the kind of talent and performances that are being put up by theatre groups from our city are phenomenal! There is so much to learn from each other, and healthy competition is a great thing; but then let’s face it – none of us really make a lot of money and even if we do, it’s more or less put in for the next production instead of getting a Jacuzzi installed in our private beach houses! So why the green eyes.. love and let love!

5. Infectiously ambitious…
A lot of folks have asked us how on earth did we manage to pull off so many good-quality (as vouched by the audience and press reviews also, and not father in laws or spouses) productions in a span of one year – 3 musicals, 4 concerts, a total of 7 productions! We are an extremely self-critical team and honestly, looking back, we could’ve been so much better at each stage however the failures have helped us grow multifold. At the end of the day, we’ve been insanely ambitious and have successfully managed to infect everyone around us to believe that anything is possible. Like someone said, the bigger the better …. !

Now we do sound like a self-help management book, so its time to wrap up this post. Thank you for supporting us over the last one year, and come watch our shows or even better, be a part of Creating Magic, coz we’ve got so many crazy things lined up! See you all in the coming years….

Thursday, October 21, 2010

JUKEBOX - The Concert!!!

We've just about recovered from the exhiliration and excitement of a momentous achievement of being the first production group to stage two musicals back to back over one weekend - and our director Denver decides to have a full fledged two day music concert ONLY 2 months later!!! Well, we said, bring it on! Thus, with pure passion for music and theatre as our energy source, we present to you JUKEBOX! ...

Yes, all you Country song and Rock ballad lovers who are just tired of listening to them play on TV or on your Ipod, watch your favourite numbers being belted out live on stage! And not just that, you will get to see some of the finest musicians on Chennai come together for this unique concert! To be held on November 6th and 7th, @ Museum Theatre - the first day would feature numbers exclusively from New Age Country Music with artists like Alan Jackson,Brad Paisley, Faith Hill, Amy Mcdonald, Merle Haggard and more. and the second day (Nov 7th) would feature Rock Ballad with cult artists like Queen, Heart, Foreigner, Scorpions, Prince & the Revolution.. and no we are not going to give you the entire lot of artists 'coz you are just going to have to come and watch the shows!

So grab your tickets today @ 99401 95883 and rock yourselves to an awesome weekend in November!!

See ya all soon :)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Fairytales never end...!

To put up 4 shows, with 2 completely different musicals, a total of 40 songs, live band, a total cast of 40 people to be managed, over 30 different types of costumes for all the shows, different sets for each show, and less than 3 hours to change the entire stage sets and hall designs.... and on top of that with no electricity and everything run on generators throughout the day ... PHEW!!!

Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella opened full house to one of the most supportive audiences who despite the sultry climate and power cuts stayed on till the end of the shows ... and we are immensely grateful for that. The little ones who showed up for the show clearly loved every element of the fairytales with their adorable cheering and hoots and giggles to give us the sense of satisfaction and achievement. And all this was possible only because of the sheer support and cooperation from everyone in the cast and crew, despite having to fumble around backstage in the dark and have costumes and makeup done on stage in the nick of time! It was a beautiful harmony of effort, hard work and faith of each person who was part of this production.

Chennai loved the fairytale weekend and we had a blast performing... Nicholas Productions is coming to you soon with more entertainment.. a musical ... a concert.. maybe both... but for now RENT it is!!!!

(Pictures will be put up soon.. so do watch this space)

Friday, August 13, 2010

Teaser Poster - Fairytale Weekend

To a weekend of drama, pumpkins, fairy godmothers, a beast, soulful music, a glass shoe... above all... magic!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

REWIND - To the age of 60's and 80's music!!!

It is time for Chennai to sway to music they haven't heard in a really long time! When was the last time you watched songs of Engelbert, Bangles, Status Quo or 4 Non-blondes performed? .. Well think no more, coz Nicholas Productions wants to get quirky yet again and we've decided to put up a two day show for you die-hard 60s and 80s music fans. And which is precisely why we've called our show REWIND - to the Golden Age of 60's music and 80's Classic Rock!!!!

Sneak peak of artists we'd be performing - Cliff Richards (obviously!!), Engelbert Humperdinck, Willie Nelson, Dean Martin, Merle Haggard, Bangles, Pussycat, Lynrd Skynrd, Jethro Tull, Dire Straits, CCR, Electric Light Orchestra... phew!!!!! Both shows would be performed at Museum Theatre, Chennai on July 31st and August 1st. The first show July 31st would feature exclusive numbers from the 60's and August 1st would have Classic Rock numbers so audiences can pick their day!

We also have some really neat performers lined up - Freddy Koikaran, Cary Edwards, Anisha Verghese, Mridhula Sekar, Sandeep John, Yohan Chacko... and many more! The shows are produced by Denver Anthony Nicholas, with music arranged and directed by Shaun Roberts from Molotov Cocktail and vocals arranged and directed by Anisha Verghese from Subject to Change. We really have pumped in some awesome talent to this concert so pick up your tickets today!!

Tickets for each show are priced at 350, 250 and 150 so call 98840-93510 to get yours today!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Two Fairytales Over One Weekend!!!

The first question on everyone's mind when Nicholas Productions declared that it would be staging two musicals back to back over one weekend - Are you guys crazy? Well isn't that what they all say when you are attempting something for the first time ever! Yes, this is indeed the first time in the country that two fairytale musicals with an all-live performance with orchestra on stage would be performed over one weekend. "Beauty & the Beast" and "Cinderella" would be staged during the first weekend of September, in Museum Theatre in Chennai. Rehearsals have already begun full-swing for both productions and while "Beauty & the Beast" would be an adaptation of the Broadway musical, "Cinderella" is a brain-child of Denver, with popular music fused into a stage version of the fairytale.

The production team has set the ball rolling for sponsorship for both the shows; yes, this is definitely high ticket but the team is proud of roping in impressive talent from the fields of music and theatre in Chennai.

We will be posting pictures and videos of the rehearsals and how the musicals are coming along, so watch this space!

Monday, March 29, 2010

The show was indeed Spectacular Spectacular!!

Moulin Rouge has finally come to an end! And the journey to the end has been quite eventful to say the least. Since November'09, the production team had quite a task on their hands in putting together a huge cast with actors, dancers, choir, and the band ensuring that the various elements would blend perfectly to produce 'magic' on stage! The team as a whole had faced numerous difficulties in terms of last minute drop outs, falling short of dancers, rehearsal schedules going haywire and the shocking and sudden death of the show's producer.

As cliched as this may sound - come what may, the show must go on! Denver and his team did a marvelous job in keeping the morale up and kudos to the fact that the whole show was managed by just 2 people! The first run of the show obviously did have its share of technical faults but the performances were brilliant nevertheless. The Sunday show performances pretty much sealed it for Denver, with almost no technical glitches, perfectly balanced singing, choir & band, and powerful performances that kept the audiences hooked on till the end. And the smiles and cheering from the audience was proof enough that Moulin Rouge was a 'gargantuan bedazzlement and a sensual rrravvishment!' For a first time director, Denver has indeed made heads turn and piqued the interest of many-a-critic!

So has Chennai seen the last of Moulin Rouge? We don't think so!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Nicholas Productions Arrives!

Nicholas Productions embarks on its maiden musical production - the MOULIN ROUGE! A bold venture attempted for the first time in Chennai, the show promises to be a visual treat and a high energy all-live musical experience, bringing together a fine confluence of live music, great vocals, energetic dance moves and vibrant theatrics!

In addition to an enthralling love story with cult classic songs, the show also boasts of some of the top-notch performers in the city and has roped in the best talent from the field of acting, singing, music and even production!

The show will be directed and choreographed by Denver - the founder of Nicholas Productions. The cast includes Cary - Chennai's own stand-up comedian and ex-Channel V VJ, Renu from Chicago, Gibran Osman - upcoming actor and Denver himself, to mention a few. The show would have its own choir, under the direction of Anisha Varghese and a 7-member band on stage directed by Shaun Roberts ( from Molotov Cocktail ).
Moulin Rouge will premiere at Chinmaya Heritage Center, 13th Avenue, Harrington Road on March 6th and 7th, with a total of 3 shows. Rehearsals for the show began in the month of December'09 and have been going on in full swing. We will be uploading some videos and pictures soon! Until then...

Moulin Rouge is a tribute to the late Roshni Menon - producer of Moulin Rouge. An extremely versatile and beautiful person, Roshni was not only the producer of the show, but also the reason Nicholas Productions was born and Moulin Rouge was Denver and Roshni's dream project. She was a dear friend, and she will always live in our hearts.

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