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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.

heard | Only 5 Days to go until Auckland Cuts its Fringe

In five days Auckland Fringe 2013 takes over the City of Sails with a myriad of incredible performances from a diverse pool of local and international performers and artists.  Already,  Auckland Fringe 2013 has a sell out season– Swan Song by the Wet Hot Beauties!

The festivities officially begin on Friday 15th February from as early as 12pm, as we see Aotea Square shake with Fringe fever. With performance from Relevancy With Kemari, The Wailing Chamber and Sal Valentine and The Babyshakes vs. Fringe, audiences will get the chance to win tickets to some of this year’s most hotly anticipated Fringe shows.

If that wasn’t enough – you’ll also have the chance to relive the days of having a Nokia monophonic mobile phone as Snake The Planet starts it’s trilogy evening performances on the 15th. Fringe fans, retro-gaming enthusiasts and even the slightly curious are given opportunity to play the legendary video game “Snake” projected onto large constructions in and around the CBD.

(For those wondering what “Snake” is – watch this)

Fringe In The Park, kicking off midday on Saturday 16th February, is a entirely free family day out set in Myers Park. Audiences can travel through the “Gateway to The Fringe” at St. Kevins Arcade and into the park as the Fringe offer a taste of what’s to come from this year’s programme until 4pm.  Brimming with activities for kids and over 40 Fringe acts sharing their spoils, this village-fete like event is a live Instagram of the Fringe to come.

Fringe In The Park also conveniently finishes in time for many to make the pilgrimage up to Ponsonby Road for the highly anticipated Auckland Pride Parade – demonstrating the welcome relationship between Pride and Fringe, which includes acts that crossover both programmes.

For locations for Snake The Planet and the full programme visit http://www.aucklandfringe.org.nz

KEY DATES:
Auckland Fringe: 15 February – 10 March 2013
Fringe In The Park: 16 February – 12pm – 4pm

Auckland Fringe runs concurrently with NZ Fringe in Wellington and is closely followed by the Dunedin and Hamilton Fringes, creating a nationwide touring network.