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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.

1DP | Day 100 of 100 Days, 100 Individuals

Held in February and September of every year, New York Fashion Week has long established itself as one of the four major fashion weeks held around the world (along with those in Paris, London and Milan). 

Meet Fern Mallis.  Widely credited as the creator of New York Fashion Week, it is only fitting her story round up our 100 Days Project.  As a fashion maven with over two decades of experience in the industry, Fern Mallis is someone whose opinions matter.  With numerous industry awards and accolades, she’s received The Fashion Maverick Award, Woman of the Year Leadership Award, Fashion Legacy Award as well as a Fashion Industry Lifetime Achievement Award, just to name a few. We talk to her on Day 100 of our 100 Day Project.

What’s your biggest fear? 


What’s your purpose in life? 

Still trying to figure that out.

What are you passionate about? 

Doing as best I can in whatever I am working on at the moment; my garden; my cat; India; my family and my circle of friends.

What gets you out of bed in the morning? 

My iPhone alarm, and sometimes my hungry cat named Dimples.

Everyone has a dirty little secret, what’s yours? 

It wouldn’t be a secret if I shared it.

If today was your last day on earth, what would you do? 

Spend it with my sisters and nieces and a few close friends…have some baked clams, maybe a great steamed lobster, a perfect margarita…some great music, and hopefully lots of laughing.

What is your happy place?  

My home in Southampton.

What will you be doing for the rest of 2013? 

More of everything I am doing now, working hard and enjoying time at my lake; my interview series Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis; more interviews for my radio show Fashion Insiders with Fern Mallis on SiriusXM; creating more FERN FINDS: products for HSN and HSN.com; continue consulting and attending Board Meetings; TRAVEL to Mumbai, Seoul, Dubai, maybe Haiti; meeting lots more interesting people and working on whatever sounds like fun…

1DP | Day 12 of 100 Days, 100 Individuals

 Ambitious and resourceful, Anna Duckworth is one of those rare creatives to be blessed with organisational skills.  She loves cats, korgs, cups of tea, random adventures and helping people tell their stories.  We talk to the award-winning filmmaker on Day 12 of our 100 Day project.

What’s your biggest fear?
Sucking at life.

What’s your purpose in life?
Hooning on unsuspecting nips.

What are you passionate about?
Telling stories that affect an audience – mostly through the medium of film.  Being a producer is crazy stressful but also pretty rad. Most people don’t know what you do but you can still watch a busy film set and think ‘I did this’.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?
My fellow Candlelit Pictures producer Alix Whittaker comes into the office (where I sleep behind the piano) and calls out “Annie! I’m making coffee!”

Everyone has a dirty little secret, what’s yours?
I have a phobia of apples.

If today was your last day on earth, what would you do?
Scream through a shopping mall, run through a corn field, eat as much candy as I could handle, steal a motorbike, give all my stuff to strangers, shave my head – all while naked… or, y’know… hug my mum.

What is your happy place?
DiWine in Queens, New York: Drunk brunches.

What will you be doing for the rest of 2013?
Writing, directing, developing and producing various kinds of visual content with Candlelit Pictures.  Right now we’re preparing to fly down to Queenstown to travel around the South Island in convoy shooting a short film called ‘Hold Your Breath’.  We’re using all the left over 35mm film from production companies around New Zealand since the last film processing lab in Australasia is closing down at the end of June!

This is a seriously ambitious project – and we are asking anyone and everyone to help us  https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/1142


seen | The Great Gatsby

I’m not a huge fan of Baz Luhrmann. I’ve never outright hated any of his films, but neither have any been particularly memorable for me. His films are colourful and fantastical, big production value and budgets that make third world countries weep. Hollywood has gotten into the habit of thinking that if they blind the audience with special effects and enough smoke and mirrors we’ll forget that they don’t have a half decent storyline. You’ve got to give it to Luhrmann though, the man knows his aesthetic and knows that it matters. Whenever I see a photo of him, he doesn’t look like a director. He’s always in a tuxedo with his hair slicked back, like one of those nebulous film executives whose actual job content is unknown but they swim in money.

The cinematography was stunning, as was to be expected. I especially loved the scene transitions. I felt the overwhelming, dizzying opulence and excess as if I were Nick Carraway. Those who dress the film down as one big party forget that that was the entire point of the era, and The Great Gatsby. Anything to impress Daisy Buchanan. Anything to draw the attention of the one he loves. Anything to be good enough.

I enjoyed the synchronicity of the background action, for example, the actions of the waitstaff. However, the extent of the staging did at times make me feel like Luhrmann still thought he was choreographing a theatre scene for Moulin Rouge.

One thing critics can all agree on is the amazing soundtrack. My opinion was certain from the moment I heard Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”, one of my favourite pieces of classical music that contains the very essence of New York.

The casting was perfect. I can’t think of anyone better to play the mysterious, troubled Gatsby than Leonardo DiCaprio. And, for once, Carey Mulligan played a character that suited what she’s like every time I see her (and don’t mistake her for Michelle Williams)–perpetually on the verge of tears, simpering and kind of vapid. Elizabeth Debicki’s nonchalantly elegant performance as Jordan Baker was a highlight for me. Joel Edgerton’s rendition of Tom Buchanan was suitably debauched, egotistical and controlling. Tobey Maguire as the earnest, somewhat out of place narrator Nick Carraway put on as strong a performance as a plot device character would allow.

Unlike Daisy Buchanan, this modern version of The Great Gatsby was not shallow, as many assured me it was. Anyone whose heartstrings were not tugged and frustrated by the struggle of the nouveau riche to measure up to old money and pedigree must have left their heart at home. I think the film succeeded in capturing the all-consuming, misplaced love of Gatsby. Always tortuously in sight, but forever out of reach.

All glitter and no Gatsby, you say? I disagree.

FOTC: It just got BIGGER

Yes, you’re heard it right.  Flight of the Conchords (and Arj Barker) announce their THIRD & FINAL Vector Arena show on Saturday 30th June (that’s next week!).

Talk about ‘Inner City Pressure’!  It’s officially the biggest ever tour by a New Zealand artist and it’s about to get bigger!  Pressure for seats around the country when the tour first announced forced promoters to announce a Vector Arena show, which sold out… then another Vector Arena show… which sold out

The tour started to rave reviews.  The band are being stopped in the street everywhere they go and being asked to add more dates, so they have bowed to inner city pressure and added a third and final show at Vector Arena!

Squeezing in this new Vector Arena show between sold out shows on Friday and Sunday gives out-of-town fans the chance to make a weekend of it, with local hotels already coming to the party with great special rates for visitors to the city.  Traveling from the North or the Naki, this show offers a great chance for unlucky fans that missed out on the initial ticket frenzy.

The home-town Wellington’s TSB Bank Arena was put in to ease the Wellington pressure after three Michael Fowler shows sold out in a week and last week’s ticket release was snapped up.  So, in response to nationwide demand, this Vector Arena show will be the final announcement of the tour – there are simply no dates left to play!


13th June         Hawkes Bay Opera House      SOLD OUT

14th June         Hamilton Founders Theatre    SOLD OUT

16th June         Auckland Town Hall                SOLD OUT

17th June         New Plymouth                         SOLD OUT

19th June         Michael Fowler Centre           SOLD OUT

20th June         Michael Fowler Centre           SOLD OUT

21st June         Michael Fowler Centre           SOLD OUT

23rd June        Dunedin Regent Theatre         SOLD OUT

24th June         Queenstown Events Centre    SOLD OUT

26th June         Christchurch CBS Arena          SOLD OUT

27th June         Nelson Trafalgar Centre         SOLD OUT

29th June         Vector Arena                           SOLD OUT

30th June        Vector Arena                         ON SALE / 9AM THURSDAY 21

1st July            Vector Arena                           SOLD OUT

2nd July           Wellington TSB Bank Arena    SOLD OUT


Fans and critics alike are clapping and cheering and saying things like…

“Seeing them live proves their comedic and musical genius doesn’t come from successful television editing. Their unique and refreshing low-key, deadpan humour is pitch-perfect. They bounce off each other like Lennon and McCartney and their musical ability isn’t a far cry from them either.” Robyn McLean / www.stuff.co.nz

“For almost two hours of stop-start, awkwardly funny, chaotic entertainment, FOTC ensured there was never really a dull moment.” Michelle Robinson / www.aucklandnow.co.nz

“….a performance that lived up to every expectation.” Russell Baillie / NZ Herald

“Catch this unmissable tour if you can, but don’t let your enthusiasm get the better of you. Those goldfish are terribly difficult to remove.”   Guy Somerset / the Listener

“I thought the show was bloody brilliant! Loved the new songs and of course all the ones we know and love ….an absolutely wonderful night, definitely was worth postponing my wedding for!”  Tiffany Elouise McKee / A fan from Mt Albert, Auckland


This is now (unofficially) the most successfully attended tour by any New Zealand born folk duo this decade and will see Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement back performing with their American buddy Arj Barker as support. 

“What are you waiting for?  An extra show in your living room?” says Arj.  “Don’t be a dick! Get your ticket today.”

If you live outside of Auckland and missed seeing Flight of the Conchords live in your home town, now’s your chance to book a fantastic weekend away –


Saturday 30 June

Vector Arena – AUCKLAND

On Sale TOMORROW 9am Thursday 21 June

Ticketmaster.co.nz / 0800-111-999

www.flightoftheconchords.co.nz / www.arjbarker.com