Posts Tagged ‘ The Sound of Musicals ’

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Top five musical moments

On Saturday 31st March at KOKO and on April 14th at the Ruby Lounge, we’re celebrating the world of stage and song and back flipping policemen at The Sound of Musicals. Tickets over here!

We’ve picked our (current) top five (it changes daily to be fair), but we find it horrendously difficult to decide on which is our favourite that these, like failing acts on a reality show, are in NO PARTICULAR ORDER.

Let’s start the non-countdown!

Iconically be-decked, although she didn’t know it at the time, Liza as Sally Bowles in the heart-shaped bob, big eyes and whacking lung capacity gives pretty much the best performance of her career in Cabaret. Apart from in Arthur. Oh and when she divorced that wally David Guest. Oh and when she wakes up every day generally being amazing. But aside from those, this is definitely her best performance. She’s one of very few who have won a Tony, an Emmy, and Oscar and a Grammy. That spells OGET, or TOGE or EGOT. None of those are words though. Let’s just watch the clip shall we and desist in this inane spiel of nonsense? Ok!

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He may be a wacky scientologist, denying his wife drugs when she gave birth (nice!) but he can move and sing like no other even when sporting a fat suit, wig and spangly frock as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray. Yes, we’re talking Travolta. There’s many musical moments from his career that we could have picked – Grease and er, one of his underrated LPs – but this song is such ridiculously good fun that it had the edge. And it’s John Travolta IN A FROCK!

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For anyone who’s ever harboured dreams about making it in this difficult world of entertainment, thoughts will have turned to schools of Performing Arts at some point where you can hone your craft amongst a myriad of needy, loud-mouthed, show offs who find it necessary to make a colossal din at every given opportunity because they are PERFORMERS and are EXPRESSING THEMSELVES so EVERYONE CAN LOOK AT THEM AND TELL THEM HOW WONDERFUL THEY ARE AS THEY HAVE TERRIBLY LOW SELF ESTEEM. Take Fame for example, even when you’re trying to get your chips and beans in the canteen and have a quiet sit down they’ll tip up all legs akimbo dancing on your lunch tray whooping a great deal. You have been warned.

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Liza’s mom and a heroine to many, Judy Garland was a mere slip of thing when she donned the gingham dress and hooked up with a Scarecrow, a cowardly Lion, a Tin Man and her soft rock dog Toto and galavanted round Oz accidentally murdering witches and avoiding trees lobbing their apples at them, all whilst wearing some of the spangliest shoes one eyes hath ever seen. It is a masterpiece ’tis true. Better than Star Wars *sits back and waits for cacophony of abuse*

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Oh we have to round this off with the Muppets. Where would we be without the Muppets? How dull a childhood would we have had sans Fozzie’s rubbish gags and Gonzo’s disastrous endeavors? No Pigs in Space. No Swedish Chef. No Beaker. NO KERMIT. ‘Tis truly a life bereft, so let’s have that team of furry hilarity sing us out as we exit the stage in a blizzard of bouquets / confetti / bits of crap from people’s pockets that they’re lobbing at us…

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Win tickets to Latitude Festival Part Two: the Manchester Edition


WIN a weekend at Latitude Festival with Guilty Pleasures – AGAIN!

Last week, we gave away two tickets to Latitude Festival to one of our London subscribers. This week it’s Manchester’s turn as we’ve got two weekend camping tickets to Latitude up for grabs for a lucky Guilty Pleasures goer!

Latitude is SO much more than a music festival bringing theatre, cabaret, comedy, dance and multi coloured sheep for a weekend of stupendous brilliance 12th – 15th July in glorious Suffolk surroundings.

Here’s a few festival highlights to whet your appetite: Bon Iver, Elbow, Paul Weller, Jack Dee, Tim Minchin, Janelle Monae, Reginald D Hunter, Sadlers Wells, BAFTA, National Theatre, Darryl Hall (!!!!!!) AND Guilty Pleasures will be hosting the annual Saturday night party (hooray!) plus LOADS more – go here and see for yourself www.latitudefestival.co.uk.

The tickets include camping in the beautiful Latitude site in the lakeside woodland park.

HOW TO ENTER:

All you have to do is answer the following question:
Which Manchester band is one of the phenomenal Latitude headliners this year? Is it:
A – Cleopatra
B – Elbow
C – N-Trance

Send your (hopefully) winning answer to lee@guiltypleasures.co.uk with your name, mobile number and email address.
Competition closes midnight on Sunday 1st April
The winner will chosen at random on Monday 2nd April and notified

GOOD LUCK! We hope to see you there!

T&Cs
Over 18s only
Prize includes two weekend camping tickets for the festival 12th – 15th July 2012 inclusive.
Prizes are non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.
Travel, spending money, etc all responsibility of the prize winer.

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Bring on the razzle-dazzle discount dress up!

Escapade in Camden town are providing you chorus girls and boys 10% off their show stopping stage gear for The Sound of Musicals party at KOKO on Saturday 31st. Just like the stars of stage and screen, YOU get special treatment as well. Bask in it!

Claim your discount either online at the checkout quoting “BROADWAY” as the promotional code, or in person with a Guilty Pleasures flyer (one for this month, not one from three years ago mind…) at the shop at 45/46 Chalk Farm Road, NW1.

But who to be? What guise of the musical world to adopt for the evening? Let’s have a peruse of the virtual aisles and see just what’s on offer.



Grease is the word

Danny Zuko, the heartthrob blue-eyed, be-quiffed star of Grease was one of John Travolta’s iconic roles of his career (Battlefield Earth was the other obvs…) so who wouldn’t want to slip into his tight t shirt and wig for the night and make the girls swoon? Vernon Kay certainly would judging by the model above who bears a striking resemblance to him. Well, beats doing the Flora cuisine ads with your mam hey Vernon?

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I’m sexy and I know it. (No one else agrees.)

Fancy dress for girls always has to scream SEXY in a real classy way doesn’t it? There’s always bits of shiny pleather knocking about in certain regions and not a great deal of skirt. So why not ramp up the “I’m into doing it” vibe as a syphilis-riddled, absinthe-sozzled, legs-akimbo Moulin Rouge star. Now girls, who doesn’t want to be THAT?

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Punch me I won’t feel a thing. Seriously, try it.

A man made of tin, who doesn’t have a heart. Or was it a brain? Either way, he’s actually not made of tin here, which is good because it would be a bugger trying to dance with tin legs. Noticeably here, this Tin Man is sporting a pair of smart dress shoes. Good to see ye olde wood cutters took pride in their footwear. Long may the tradition continue, no matter how wrong it looks.

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Porky Princess

She’s not your average sty dweller. She can sing (sort of), she can dance (well, again, kind of) and will karate chop you into silence if you say any different. Ask Kermit. Admittedly the thought of dressing as a pig isn’t an attractive one but this is no ordinary pig. She can talk for a start and has a mean line in put downs. Who doesn’t want to be Miss Piggy?

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Get in the habit

Climb every mountain and solve a problem like Maria in one fail swoop as a nun. However we don’t recommend fishnet tights for hiking up hills. A more comfortable sock with blister protection might be best. And more appropriate in Jesus’s eyes anyway.