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been | Pleasuredome The Musical

Let’s get this mother*cker started….welcome to the Pleasuredome!

And what a welcome it was…

Tucked away in the West Auckland suburb of Avondale, the Pleasuredome sits amongst an industrial estate.  And as you walk through the doors of a former factory office, you’re greeted by member of Angel’s security who usher you into the ‘subway.’

For the next three hours, you’re transported back to a time when Prince topped the charts with Purple Rain, hooped earrings were all the rage, and Tom Selleck’s moustache was the epitome of male facial hair.  Welcome to 1980’s New York City.

The set is meticulously detailed with all the trappings of the big apple; there’s the diner serving typical American food, the newsstand, the street vendor selling I <3 NYC t.shirts and the casually parked yellow taxi.  You’ll even find members of the NYPD patrolling the neighbourhood.

The musical centre’s around Sappho, a coke snorting club owner, who is trying to stop the Pleasuredome, a club that not only is the life of the party, but also represents pride, acceptance and freedom, from being demolished. Throw in a cocaine dealer, a topless DJ, a homophobic father, a self-repressive gay and a newly-discovered lesbian and you’ve got yourself a feet-tapping musical.

The cast are brilliantly cast and their performances are worthy of a West End/Broadway show.  Lucy Lawless, who plays Sappho, has come a long way from playing Xena the Warrior Princess.  Her voice is delectable and her performance of Sweet Dreams puts her back in the limelight as one of NZ’s best performers.  Vince Harder, the former X-Factor contestant gives a strong performance, with every RnB number paying homage to the classics that they were.

This is truly an immersive experience; one which I did not want to leave. IF there is only one musical you see this year, make it the Pleasuredome!

Buy your tickets here.