Showcase Entertainment Group Limited’s Layton Lillas has promoted and worked with entertainment that has ranged from small New Zealand country pubs to London’s Royal Albert Hall. With a University degree in Business in hand in 1996, Layton went against the grain of many of his peers who entered the corporate world and hit the road playing Bass Guitar in a working ‘cover band’ learning the business from the bottom up. Whilst working as an agent and later a Promoter with his newly formed company Showcase 2000, he promoted a variety of tribute shows from 1997-2001 including The Australian Bee Gees now resident in Las Vegas and one of his favourite entertainers Morgan Kent with his Rod Stewart show. Following a spell in the U.A.E. Layton relocated to the UK and in 2005 got the opportunity to work as a Promoter in the UK for The Flying Music Company where he took a step up from club-land into theatres and concert halls. During his time here he promoted the likes of Country Legend Glen Campbell R.I.P., Blues Master John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers, 60’s stars Gerry and The Pacemakers and The Searchers, and three production shows which have enjoyed runs in London’s West End, ‘The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas’, ‘Dancing in the Streets’ and ‘Thriller Live’. In his final week working for the company Layton fulfilled a personal dream of promoting a sold out event at London’s Royal Albert Hall which he did with ‘Abba The Show’.
Since returning to New Zealand in 2007 when Layton reopened the doors of his company as Showcase Entertainment Group Ltd, and has built the company into one which promotes in over 100 Theatre and Concert Hall venues in Australia and New Zealand. Artiste tours Showcase Entertainment Group has promoted include US group TOTO in 2008, Gerry Marsden from Gerry & The Pacemakers for three sold out Concert Hall tours of New Zealand in 2009, 2011 and 2013 and one tour of Australia with the band in 2013, sold out theatres and arenas with Air Supply in 2013 and The Seekers in 2014, Dr Hook for Australian tours in 2014, 2015 and 2017 and New Zealand tours in 2015 and 2017, the UK’s five sell out tours of Wineries, Concert Halls and Arena’s with 60’s Supergroup The Hollies in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2019, New Zealand entertainment legend John Rowles for five New Zealand tours, and two Australian concert tours, Village People, The Searchers, Herman’s Hermits, Bonnie Tyler and many more.
showcase Entertainment Group opened a new arm of the company in 2018 when the rights to Dr Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat were secured for Australia and New Zealand. Following a 40 show tour of New Zealand in 2018, the production will be performing 2 tours of Australia in 2019.
The best is yet to come.