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.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Previews, Reviews, a Concert and more....

We have been quite occupied with winding up a massive musical such as 'I Wanna be MJ' and at the same time handling production and promotion work for the music concert SWING IT, staged in October 2011 at a welcome change of a venue - St.Michael's Academy!

The ambience was a refreshing welcome by all who came for our shows, and we must say that it was a well-received and quiet music concert - a tribute to the legends of Swing era featuring numbers by Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka and more. Our cast as usual was at their rocking best!! And the review below speaks for itself.. in the Indian Express!


There were several preview and reviews for the earlier musical staged and keeping track of them has been quite a task! But we have managed to link some for your pleasure! Read on...

Below is a link to the preview for our musical 'I Wanna be MJ' staged in September 2011.

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Review for the musical on SCORE magazine -


The team is now busy chalking out plans for early 2012 that would include a month long production featuring plays, musicals, short plays and .. yeah thats about it! So keep checking this page to get a sneak into what's up at Nicholas Productions!

Monday, June 27, 2011

8 Funnies on the 8th of July!

Welcome to an Evening of Funny Ones... As the more perceptive of you would have noticed ... this is Hell!!!

And you could expect something on those lines for the opening of our first non-musical production! And this is to add to the gamut of productions that we have staged so far - musicals, music concerts and now voila as promised a play!! Keeping up with the times, we settled in for a series of comedy sketches spread over 90 minutes. Yes, we decided to keep it Short and Stupid!

The evening would feature sketches by Rowan Atkinson - Yes, Mr.Bean!! Which is why our poster also has his caricature to answer all those eyebrows that have been raised once they laid eyes on it! We would also perform 3 vignettes namely, Dogs in the Park, Orient Experience and What Happens Behind the Bar and the sketches would be directed by Denver Anthony Nicholas and Yohan Chacko (MDS).

We would also be belting out some numbers from our upcoming production - "I Wanna be MJ" instead of having awkward silences during scene changes. And the sketches would be staged in the warm and cozy Sivagami Pethachi, Mylapore with the passes being priced at a modest Rs.100 and Rs.200!

We really can't divulge anymore of the evening and considering we were generous enough to reveal the opening lines for the play we hope you do feel kind enough to give us 90 minutes of your time! Oh and we did a bit of experimentation with our poster design so do let us know ur musings...

To block ur passes, call 90941 34945 or 98840 93510.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

What's a-Happenin!

It is a colossal sin to not update our blog for the last 3 months ever since our previous production RENT. To all those who made it to the show, thank you so very much for your time and we sincerely hope that you enjoyed the shows! It was a herculean task staging a production of that proportion in namma Chennai’s Museum Theatre and we’re glad that people took notice of the effort that went into the shows!

Reviewed by Sonali Shenoy, thank you!!http://epaper.expressbuzz.com/NE/NE/2011/02/22/ArticleHtmls/22_02_2011_355_010.shtml?Mode=1

Having said that, the team has been on a much-deserved break after having staged 7 productions in the span of over a year! The team has also been busy planning and prepping up for the next year in terms of budgets (if any!) and future productions. So now that we’ve staged concerts and musicals, we’ve decided to venture into staging plays. In terms of the scale of production, they are way easier than musicals which as you all know, involve tremendous amounts of rehearsals both vocal and acting, and also are quite a dent on the monies! And it is common knowledge how ‘plenty’ we humble theatre groups have of that!! So yes, coming up next from the house of Nicholas Productions is a series of short plays! Not only do short plays allow us to accommodate variety of genres within the limited time frame but also keep the audiences gripped with shorter crisper performances. Watch out this space for more dope on the plays which would be staged towards the end of June at Sivagami Petachi Auditorium!

Concurrently the team has also been quite fascinated with the sudden inspiration of our creative director who has been quite literally caught up in a writing frenzy! Later during the year, we would also be staging a musical inspired by the Legend and Experience – Michael Jackson! The final draft of the script, post several iterations has finally emerged from the far-from-sober wits of our director and would feature some of MJ’s most memorable numbers! And yet again, this would involved live singing and orchestra and the works!! Considering the scale of the musical, we are in the inexhaustible process of hunting sponsors for both the short plays and musical called “I Wanna Be MJ”!! Brace yourself Chennai, for there is some fantabulous theatre coming your way!

Peace & Love!

To Commemorate the King of Pop, a tribute to his musical genius!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

RENT! Tickets are Out!

The gates are open to RENT! the musical... And we've officially sold our first ticket in less than 2 hours!!!! You can alternatively call us at 98840 93510 or 90941 34945 or visit www.indianstage.in directly.
Donor Passes are priced at 150, 300 and 500 for all days of the show - Feb 19th, 7pm and Feb 20th, 2.30pm and 7pm!

So buy away and we'll see you all soon!!!!

Click here to get your passes to RENT!

Friday, January 28, 2011

RENT! Cast at Prathyasha

So what is RENT! ...

For the uninitiated, RENT is a Tony and Pulitzer award winning Rock Opera, based on the lives of 8 artists affected by HIV and their struggle in coping with death, drugs, stigma from the society and a normal life. It is one of the longest running Broadway musicals which opened in the year 1996 and anyone who has watched the musical can reason why!

So we decided to bring it to Chennai. Why? Because everyone around us told us - 'Dont, it wont work in Chennai', 'Its too bold for our city', 'Its very tough to get such good talent'!. Now, we have roped in some really fresh talent, with a majority of the cast being first timers on stage. The shows would be staged on February 19th and 20th at Museum Theatre, Egmore at 2.30 pm and 7.00pm. We'll be putting up info soon on where you can buy the tickets! 

For our choir direction, Nadisha Thomas has very graciously agreed to don the role and as usual, music direction is under the purview of Shaun Roberts. The musical would be an adaptation, with both movie and play version merged to form Nicholas Productions' RENT! The rehearsals have been on full swing since the month of October and since the message is "Act Up. Fight AIDS", we decided to go a step further, and actually make a difference not just on-stage but otherwise as well.

And then came in Prathyasha - which is a home run by the Mellow Circle of Chennai. They house children affected and infected by HIV and it was an honor when they invited us to spend sometime with their kids. And we decided to do it the patriotic way - On the 62nd Republic Day!

Located around 25kms from Chennai, the home is really spic and span, colorfully decorated for the children with its own playground, dormitory, a cozy dinner hall and a toy room! The youngest tot was just 2 years old and the kids were so full of life despite being looked upon as 'different'! We had a whale of a time, sharing snacks, gifts, playing games, and being part of their joy and laughter for atleast that moment. We winded up the day singing the National Anthem and waved our goodbyes to those very special children....

There's only us... There's only this
Forget Regret... Or life is yours to miss
No other way... No other road...
No Day but Today!!!