Kinky Boots heading to Australia

BROADWAY'S BIG-HEARTED, HIGH-HEELED HIT STRUTS INTO AUSTRALIA FROM OCTOBER 2016

BY HARVEY FIERSTEIN & CYNDI LAUPER, DIRECTED & CHOREOGRAPHED BY JERRY MITCHELL

The feel-good, multi award-winning musical Kinky Boots will make its Australian premiere at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne from October 2016.

Kinky Boots features a book by four-time Tony Award-winner, music and lyrics by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, and direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell.

The ticket waitlist is now open at www.kinkybootsthemusical.com.au  c5Bp8EZYrz

Sign up to be first in line for tickets.

“Delightful, high-energy fun!”

The New York Post

“A sizzling, high-spirited new musical that’s bound to put cheer in your heart!”

USA Today

In statements today, Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews said: “I'm thrilled to announce that the Australian premiere season of Kinky Boots will be hosted in Melbourne, the theatre and arts capital of the country. It tells a powerful story and speaks to equality, to fairness, to dignity and to all of those things that Victorians hold dear.”

Producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig said: “We are very proud of the show, and we cannot wait for Australian audiences of all ages to experience the joyful and heartwarming production that has been embraced around the world.”

Australian Producer, Michael Cassel said: “I am very excited to partner with Daryl, Hal and Cameron Mackintosh to bring this phenomenal, Tony Award-winning production to Australia. I am looking forward to our auditions commencing later this year as we begin the search for our Australian cast.”

Composer and Lyricist, Cyndi Lauper said: “People’s reactions to Kinky Boots have been amazing from the very beginning. By the end of the show, the audiences are on their feet clapping and dancing and cheering – what more could you possibly ask for? And the show has a tonne of heart. It feels like such an honour to be part of something that makes people so happy.”

The blockbuster Broadway hit scooped six Tony Awards in 2013, including Best Musical and Best Original Score Written for the Theatre – the first time a solo female composer has ever won the award. The production also took home the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album.

Inspired by a true story and based on the Miramax film by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth starring Joel Edgerton, Kinky Boots tells the story of Charlie Price who has reluctantly inherited his father's Northampton shoe factory. Trying to live up to his father's legacy and save the family business from bankruptcy, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. Lola turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie become the man he's meant to be. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible – and that when you change your mind, you can change the world.

Kinky Boots officially opened on Broadway in April 2013, with a production also currently on tour in the US. It has since opened in Seoul (November 2014) and Toronto (June 2015), with the production opening at London’s Adelphi Theatre on 15 September 2015.

Kinky Boots Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne 219 Exhibition Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 From October 2016

Ticket waitlist now open at: www.kinkybootsthemusical.com.au

Follow Kinky Boots on social media: Facebook: @KinkyBootsOz Hashtag: #kinkybootsoz

 


Victoria Beckham does Vogue Australia

Nothing better than taking a couple of hours ‘out’ just to breathe and peruse the latest issues of some fave mags.
Seriously, how good does Victoria Beckham look? Umm, it’s a long time since The Spice Girls – but what an elegant, strong and chic woman she has become. Settling in for a good read 🙂 The new issue is out on Monday, by the way. . .


The worlds most expensive egg

‘The £20m Fabergé egg that was almost sold for scrap’ (The Telegraph UK) ‘Scrap metal find turns out to be $33 million Faberge golden egg’ (CNN)

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This captivating new event tells the fascinating story behind the most prestigious name in luxury: Fabergé. Enjoying unprecedented access to the most esteemed private collections, insights from world experts and interviews with the descendants of the Fabergé family, this is a rare opportunity to discover the genius of the family behind the finest objects ever created.

The event features the extraordinary unveiling of two historic new pieces – the first new Fabergé egg in almost 100 years, and a lost treasure, recently discovered in America’s Midwest by a scrap metal dealer – and presents them exclusively to international cinema audiences, before they return to the secrecy of their very private collections.

Experience the wonder of seeing Fabergé’s exquisite objects in stunning detail on the big screen for the first time.

 


On The Couch: Larry Emdur talks TV pressures, social media and failing ‘very publicly’

EVER feel embarrassed because you’ve failed at something? Imagine doing it in front of millions of people, on live television.

Well, that’s what it’s like for celebs and TV heads when someone calls ‘time’ on a particular show.

But according to Larry Emdur — a true survivor of the Aussie television industry — when it has happened he takes a (very) deep breath and just lets it go.

“I don’t go out to get noticed or anything which leaves me with Celebrity Splash or Family Doubling Daring in ‘celebrity dogsville’,’’ he laughs.

“But I have enjoyed everything I have done and taken on every challenge with that — the good, the bad and the very, very ugly.”

Larry points out that in the media world, “when you fail, you fail very publicly”.

“I remember when one of the shows got axed many years ago,” he says.

“It was the front page of myself and the dog when I took the dog for a walk on the beach. It was the front page with a big word ‘AXED’ and it said ‘it was the worst show since television was invented’ and it was this whole thing.

“And my grandmother rang me up and said, ‘That’s a lovely photo on the front page of the paper’. And I thought, it doesn’t matter — if your family loves you and your friends are still your mates then that is actually it.”

871100-54857eda-261f-11e5-b856-d650f72d3e25Seven’s The Morning Show co-host joined Studio 10’s Sarah Harris and the madly fitDancing with the Stars contestant Tim Robards for the “On the Couch” series — a new, no-holds-barred news.com.au video series featuring conversations around just about anything.

Larry says that with the extremely close focus on what high profile and ‘public’ people do, there’s no time for fakery — especially on his relatively new favourite time waster, social media.

“I don’t think you can fake it across so many platforms. I just don’t think you can,’’ he says.868438-c017dc38-261f-11e5-b856-d650f72d3e25

“There was a time when you could go out and host a recorded show and be done with it after an hour and go home and put on the razzle dazzle and all that stuff, but I just think now with live TV every day, you can just see straight through that. People know.

“We hear from them on the internet straight away — if you are looking tired or sad or grumpy, and getting totally exposed. There’s not much left.”

Emdur has managed to stay down to earth, even though he has been through good and not so good televisual times.

“I still have my three best mates from when I was 10 years old,’’ he says.

“And to a large degree, they have kept me well and truly on the ground. They were the first guys to go out and tell me exactly what they think of my show. Or my hair. Or what I wore. And I do appreciate that in a relationship.

“Family as well. To keep you well and truly on the ground. And keep in mind I have hosted a lot of shows, and a large percentage of those haven’t been good shows, and I have had my fair share of being kicked around in the media and fighting critics.

871386-1649dd24-261e-11e5-b856-d650f72d3e25“So at times like this when I’m in a show that is successful I love it and I enjoy that time.” (The Morning Show currently leads the ratings charts in its timeslot.)

As for his current social media love affair, it wasn’t something Emdur warmed to straight away.

“I didn’t understand it and I think I understand it a little bit better now. It’s content, engagement and it’s what we do now all the time,” he says.

“But I do actually enjoy the engagement and think it is a good opportunity for us to connect — whether it’s the good, bad or ugly.”

Emdur says he remembers when he first started out, particularly as a game show host, people would write letters in and if they were a certain ‘tone’, he wouldn’t even get them.

“I enjoy Instagram for the same reason I enjoy my career as it’s just taking the piss and having fun and not taking life too seriously. The opportunities (it gives) to say things that you can’t really say on TV.”

Emdur was recently a magazine cover boy — okay, cover man — on Men’s Health magazine after he went on a mega get-fit program. I asked him whether being healthy was now par for the celebrity course.

“I can tell you from experience that six or seven months ago I wasn’t thinking about that way,’’ says Emdur.868466-0ea57844-261e-11e5-b856-d650f72d3e25

“I was an unhealthy, 49-year-old coming up to 50, on my cholesterol tablets, on my bad diet and I thought, ‘I don’t want to be like this,’ and fortunately I had the opportunity to flick the switch and turn it around.

“In the business where I am, if you put on a few extra kilos then wardrobe have to go and buy you a new jacket and new shirt but, having said that, this is the best thing I have ever done.

“I feel better on TV and off TV and the response has been great as well. The audience sees you’re doing well and it absolutely motivates you. But before that, before I was 50 I could eat as many bacon and egg rolls as I wanted.”

Larry says it was an interesting life experiment: “That’s the most exposed I’ve felt, in fact I was just like, ‘What have I done?’ But the response sent another message to me that people thought it was good to see the non-glossy glamour side which was kind of okay as well.”

Larry tries to avoid taking to heart too much negativity he sees on any social media platforms.

“I always try and think about the other person and what is funny about it is the shot you put up probably has thousands of ‘likes’ and you get drawn to that one negative comment and that’s the problem these days,’’ he adds.

“And I heard from a psychologist on the show talking about cyberspace and about how it’s changing all of our lives. And with school kids particularly, they will get 150 likes on a photo but it’s like, ‘Oh, but SHE didn’t like it’.

“So it’s not even about how many likes you get, people are bummed out by someone not liking it. Or you get drawn in by one or two people who make the bad comments!”

Interestingly, Larry says he does respond to some of the negative communication he receives.

“Some of the nasty emails that have come through to Channel Seven I have responded (to) because I just want to say, ‘I’m sorry you feel that way, thanks for writing in’. I just want to hear all of the views. And some will automatically come back and say, ‘Oh sorry’.”

Larry knows he won’t be on television forever — and you can tell he would like to take his current love for social media even further — realising that deliverable content-driven platforms are a huge and important part of the new and future media cycle.

“I’ve never predicted the future of TV terms but, having said that, I really enjoy calling bingo at Rooty Hill RSL, so I think that if I can work for a schnitzel I am and will be fine.”

And with that, Lazza’s off to the gym to work off any added schnitzel.

This article was originally posted on news.com.au

 


In a land of egos, gloss & glamour, Sarah Harris is one genuine Aussie TV face who tells it like it is

IT IS something that many women in the media perennially discuss: longevity, equality ... and all that damn maintenance.

“It’s awful and it’s constantly holding up a mirror and looking at yourself. It’s so narcissistic and can make you feel really insecure,’’ says Sarah Harris, co-host of Ten’s Studio 10.848888-4e706f7a-251e-11e5-8e62-599d05d26d65

“I know at home if I start using derogatory language about myself, whether I’m having a fat day or feel disgusting, Tom will pick me up on it and say don’t use that sort of language because we don’t want to use that language around our kids when we have them.”

Sarah announced her pregnancy just last week, after marrying her ‘IT nerd’ husband Tim Ward in July 2014.

 

Sarah joined The Morning Show’s Larry Emdur and the original Bachelor-turned-fitness-guru-turned-Dancing With the Stars contestant Tim Robards in a new ‘On the Couch’ video series with news.com.au, talking fame, celebrity and ‘real’ life in between.

“When I’m in the make-up room or wardrobe department and we have young female stylists there, they don’t need to hear me say those sorts of things.

“It’s one of those things, you have to start with change but you want to impress people with what comes out of your mouth and what is in your head, rather than the size of your bum.”

Last year, a number of TV faces chose to go make-up free on national TV, but did that exercise actually prove anything?

“There’s nothing wrong with wanting to wear make-up,’’ smiles Sarah. Hear, hear!

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“What I think it did show is that all of this is fake,” Sarah says.

“I had a girl who follows me on Twitter and is 16 and she sent me a message and said ‘you always look so happy on TV’ and ‘happy in your Instagram posts’. ‘You look like you have got your life together, what is your advice?’

“And I was like NONE of that is true,” laughs Sarah.

“I am like everyone else, I am trying to keep all the balls in the air. I’m not putting up me sitting on the couch watching Law & Order, eating grated cheese out of the bag because that is pretty much what I am doing most days.

“Every day is a struggle for me to get up and do some exercise so I can feel better about myself. “Lena Dunham is using this new phrase: ‘It’s not about the ass it’s about the brain.’”

“It’s so true — you should exercise for your mental health. We present these polished, picture perfect lives to people and it’s not true and I think what taking the make up off showed was ‘hey we are just normal people’.”

Sarah admits that social media platforms like Instagram often promote a filtered, fake and often unrealistic lifestyle.

“It all comes from a deep insecurity — we want people to like us. And you hope you can get ‘likes’.”

Fortunately Sarah has a gang of friends that have been with her forever and keep her well and truly grounded. Always upfront and genuine, Sarah also admitted that it was an ill-fitting bra that made her think she may have been pregnant.

“I have a really solid group that I have had for many years,” she says.

“They are the ones who will tell you when you are getting too big for your boots or being a wanker and will pull you back down to earth.

“My husband is the same. He is completely out of the media which is great. He is an IT nerd and he kind of keeps things in perspective.

“I think sometimes it is pretty easy to get caught up in the finer details of this crazy media game and he is there to just go you know “you’re not a nurse who just pulled a 15 hour shift at a hospital, come on, you are working in television, pull yourself together.”

“And that is what you need. You need to hear that sometimes. It is good to surround yourself with those sorts of people, otherwise you can’t keep your head in place.”

This article was originally posted on news.com.au