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27 December 2013

Chicago! What A Blast Part 4 of 4 (Final) Act II Review by MaryD

Chicago! What A Blast-Review Part 4 (Final) Act II

by MaryD

 

And now we come to the final Act to a magnificent show! If you have missed the other reviews here are the links

Act II


LIGHTS OUT! and a mic comes down from the ceiling and Tallulah again welcomes the audience with the line "Hello Suckers" and then tells us that Roxie is being examined by the doctors.

"Me and My Baby" - Roxie and Company
Amanda, Stephen, Mike and James


Roxie is now sporting a baby bump and proceeds to sing her away in the very fun song "Me and My Baby". While the audience is pre-occupied with Roxie and the wacky doctors (Stephen, Mike and James), they totally miss the very ugly babies coming out from the side.

I had a ball watching the audience member in the last seat in row A of Block B. That was where Rebekkah would come and surprise the hell out of the person in the audience. HYSTERICAL. The audience member is not expecting that to happen because they are watching Amanda and the boys during the song. Rebekkah comes out and stares down the audience member which is just so funny - she got such a varied response; mostly surprise and hysterical laughter! I loved that little side show. Ugly baby mask <g>

Joining Rebekkah with ugly baby masks are Katie, and Will with Lavinia sporting the biggest pacifier (dummy) I've seen <g>

 

"Mr. Cellophane" - Amos Hart
Andrew Grainger

Image635237713429570391Amos is proud to announce that he is the father but no one listens, no one cares. This leads to one of my favourite songs "Mr Cellophane"

Wow. In my first review after I saw the show for the second time I said:

"I have fallen in love with the character of Amos Hart played by Andrew Grainger, Roxie's long suffering husband. Of all the murderers, thieves, sleazy lawyers and vultures of the press, one character is an innocent. That is Amos. My heart went out to the man who is not like any other in the show. His performance of Mr. Cellophane is heartbreaking. The audience simply loves him."

The audience reaction to Andrew was amazing. I suspect this has more to do with how people could connect with the song and the singer. We have all felt like we were "Mr Cellophane" at some point and we haven't been seen for who we really are. Every performance I've been to (even with the more quieter audiences), this one song made an impact.

 

Velma and Billy
Lucy Lawless and Shane Cortese

1460239_10151977983074054_1059206859_n563563_10151977982909054_1513775426_nVelma has some brilliant ideas about how to go about convincing the jury she is innocent and approaches Billy. She shoes him her silver shoes with rhinestone buckles and then says it's all about the razzle dazzle. She then proceeds to tell Billy that she should give her a hankerchief when she breaks down and also a glass of water because she's feeling feint.

Nice strategy and she's excited until Billy tell her that her trial date has been pushed back. Now that gets her very angry and she pokes Billy in the chest. That doesn't go down very well. She storms off vowing being glad to be rid of Roxie for good.

 

 

Chicago2Roxie and Billy

Amanda and Shane

The now very pregnant Roxie confronts Billy claiming she has all the bright ideas and she doesn't need him.

 

 

[Roxie Hart]

Look at here, Mr. Mouthpiece. It seems to me that I'm the one who's coming up
with the good ideas. I'm sick of everybody telling me what to do. And you treat
me like dirt. You treat me like some dump, common criminal.

[Billy Flynn]
But you're some dump, common criminal.

[Roxie Hart]
Well, it's better than be a greasy-mite lawyer.

[Billy Flynn]
Who is up to be saving your ass.

[Roxie Hart]
Who is up for all that he can steal!

[Billy Flynn]
Maybe you'd like to appeal on court without me.

[Roxie Hart]
Maybe I could. Have you read the morning papers? They love me.

[Billy Flynn]
There maybe a lot more when you hang. You know why? 'Cause it's sold more
papers.

[Roxie Hart]
You're fired.

[Billy Flynn]
I quit.

[Roxie Hart]
Any lawyer in this town would die to have my case.

[Billy Flynn]
You're a phony celebrity. You're a flash. ln a couple of weeks, no one would
give a shit about you. That's Chicago.

 

The Hanging of the Hungarian

Colleen, Katie, Stephen, James, Amanda and Shane


The lights dim and we have Hunyak being brought out along with a table and chairs. The public defender (Stephen) is trying to get her to confess but all she keep repeating is "Not Guilty". I found this particular scene very confronting. You somehow overlook that these women are in prison with all the singing and dancing. It's this scene that brings it to the forefront. Mama Morton is trying to get her to change her plea but Hunyak doesn't change her plea. She's innocent and she won't plead guilty.

The case is lost and Hunyak is the first woman hanged in Cook County for 47 years.

Hunyak is found guilty and at the hanging, she is still protesting her innocence whilst the hood is placed over her head and the noose comes down from the ceiling. She is helped up on the chair and then the chair is pulled away and she hangs.

There is absolute silence in the theatre with just the spotlight on Hunyak. She hangs there for quite some time with Roxie in one corner, Billy in the other and Velma at the other corner. They all witness her death.

"This dress makes me look like a Woolworths lamp shade. I'm not wearing this dress." Roxie says and breaks the silence of the hanging of the Hungarian. VERY powerful moment. It seems so frivolous compared to the death.

 

 

"Razzle Dazzle" - Billy and Company

Chicago_1200Image635237778614869088Roxie has very quickly changed her mind and rehired Billy after Hunyak's hanging. When she confesses that she is scared, Billy reassures her. I'm not sure why but Hannah comes out wearing barely anything and dances around Roxie, firelighters in hand (or whatever it was I couldn't see it).

 

 

 

[Billy Flynn]
Thank you.
(to Roxie) You ready?

[Roxie Hart]
Yeah.
Billy...
I'm scared.

[Billy Flynn]
Don't be. I've been around a long time. Believe me, you've got nothing to worry
about. It's all a circus. A three-ring circus. The trial, the whole world...
is all a show business. Kid, you gonna be a star.
Give 'em the old razzle dazzle
Razzle dazzle 'em
Give 'em an act with lots of flash in it
And the reaction will be passionate
Give 'em the old hocus pocus
Bread and feather 'em
How can they see with sequins in their eyes?
What if your hinges all are rusting?
What if, in fact, you're just disgusting ?
Razzle dazzle 'em
And they'll never catch wise!
Give 'em the old razzle dazzle
Razzle dazzle 'em
Give 'em a show that's so splendiferous
Row after row will grow vociferous
Give 'em the old flim flam flummox
Fool and fracture 'em
How can they hear the truth above the roar?
Roar, roar, roar.
Throw 'em a fake and a finagle
They'll never know you're just a bagel,
Razzle dazzle 'em
And they'll beg you for more!


What follows is pure theatre as Billy, the lawyer, shows how to manipulate the jury. It's a spectacular scene with the majority of the cast on stage except for Lucy. It even includes Wonder Woman on skates coming out with signs which read "Truth" "Justice" and a photo of Jesus.

During the performance, Hannah ends up sitting at the edge of Block D, Will and Lavinia in front of Block C and Katie in front of Block B.


Hannah's lack of clothes is a bit of a problem if you are sitting directly in front of her. With my height it was difficult to see above her so I concentrated on her face. <g>


"Class" - Velma and Mama Morton

Lucy and Colleen

We're back to the prison where Mama is listening to the "radio" broadcast of Roxie's trial. Sitting with her is Velma. Both of them are sitting on the stand used in the previous number. To Velma's horror, her strategy to gain the jury's sympathy has been stolen by Roxie. Velma is indignant and rushes over to the radio fist's raised. Mama warns not to break her radio!

[Velma Kelly]
First she steals my publicity, then she steals my lawyer, my trial date,
now she stole shoes!

Mama tells her it her fault for leaving them and transition into the song "Class." Lucy and Colleen's voices blend so beautifully here.

(Velma)
Whatever happened to fair dealing
And pure ethics
And nice manners?
Why is it everyone now is a pain in the Ass?
Whatever happened to class?

(Mama)
Class.
Whatever happened to Please may I
And Yes thank you
And How charming?
Now every son of a bitch
Is a snake in the grass
Whatever happened to class?

(Velma)
Class.

(Both)
Oh, there ain't no gentelmen to open up the doors,
There ain't no ladies now there's only pigs and whores
And even kids'll knock you down so's they can pass
Nobody's got no class!!!

(Velma)
Whatever happened to old values

(Mama)
And fine morals

(Velma)
And good breeding?

(Mama)
Now no-one even says oops
When they're passing their gas

(Both)
Whatever happened to class?
Class.
Oh, There ain't no gentelmen that's fit for any use,
And any girl will touch your privates for a deuce
And even kids'll kick your shins and give ya sass
Nobody's got no class!

(Velma)
All you read about today is rape and theft

(Mama)
Jesus Christ, ain't there no decency left?

(Both)
Nobody's got no class!

(Mama)
Every guy is a snot

(Velma)
Every girl is a twat

(Mama)
Holy shit

(Velma)
Holy shit

(Mama)
What a shame

(Velma)
What a shame

(Both)
What became of class?

 

Image635237782020842418The Verdict

We're back to the court case and Billy is doing his level best to sway the jury. He finishes his summation and then the jury is asked for the verdict. Just as it's about to be announced, shots ring out and a reporter rushes into the courtroom with the salacious news that there has been a mass shooting in the next court room and it's a great story. That leads the reporters to rush out forgetting Roxie's court case.

She's found not guilty and much to her dismay the dreams she's had for fame and fortune have evaporated. She asks what happened and they didn't want to take her picture.

Billy tells her that it's over and she's found not guilty. He doesn't care, he was in it for the money. He asks for his exit music and the band start up the song he was first introduced with and exits to applause from the audience.

Amos is waiting for Roxie and he still loves her and wants her and the baby back with him. Roxie lifts her dress and takes out the fake baby bump and throws it at him saying there was no baby. Amos is trying to get her attention but Roxie keeps repeating that the reporters didn't want her picture.

Amos finally gets it and asks for his exit music (there is none) and with a resigned 'okay' (and a lot of awwws from the audience) he leaves to the wild applause from the audience.

This is where Roxie realises that she has no future in show business and hugs the very deflated blow up doll that has been left up on the stage.

 

Nowadays by Roxie and Velma
Lucy and Amanda

 

Roxie starts singing the final song of the show "Nowadays." She looks up and there is Velma is a gorgeous purple dress. Lucy sings and comes to the centre of the stage while Amanda rushes out to change into her pink outfit that matches Lucy's purple dress.

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Instead of writing about the song, here's the video courtesy of TV3 News - in this clip Lucy and Amanda are wearing the outfits they wore during the first half of the show (and Amanda's stomach tattoo is a cross rather than a flower).

 

Image635237779046306662They come together at the end of the song and Wonder Woman and Katie come out with flowers. Velma thanks Wonder Woman and turns to the audience and thanks them for their support. It's what America stands for (? getting murderers off with the help of sleazy lawyers? <g>).

The audience goes wild as the music builds to a crescendo and the lights go out!

 

The audience gives the cast some love as they come out in turn. Here's a pic from Hannah's official facebook page on the final night. The cast thank the audience and the band and they leave.

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and that is it!


Chicago is a total blast and the entire cast were just superb. What a great bunch of talented performers. I thoroughly enjoyed watching them.

That's it from me! I hope you have enjoyed reading this very extensive review of this extraordinary production of Chicago!

Final thank you to :

Lucy Lawless-- Velma Kelly
Amanda Billing-- Roxie Hart
Shane Cortese-- Billy Flynn
Andrew Grainger-- Amos Hart
Colleen Davis-- Mama Morton
Sandra Rasmussen-- Tallulah
Hannah Tasker-Poland-- Liz/Foreman/Squaw/Fire Girl/Veronica
Lavinia Uhila-- Annie/Kitty/Reporter
Rebekkah Schoonbeek-- June/Wonder Woman/Reporter
Katie Swift-- Hunyak/Reporter/Chorus
Will Barling-- Mona/Reporter/Chorus
Stephen Butterworth -- Fogarty/Harrison/Clerk
Mike Edward -- Fred Casely/Harry/Aaron/Reporter
James Luck -- Bailiff/Judge

 

BAND
Stephen Thomas--Drums |
Brett Adams-Guitar
Jeff Henderson--Sax and others |
Cameron McArthur--Bass

It takes a lot of creative people to bring this brilliant show together and from Michael Hurst down, THANK YOU!

C R E AT I V E
Michael Hurst--Director |
Shona McCullagh--Choreographer
John Gibson-- Musical Director |
John Harding--Set Designer
Lesley Burkes-Harding--Costume Designer |
Sean Lynch--Lighting Designer
James Luck-- Dance Captain

PRODUCTION
Paul Nicoll--Technical & Production Manager
Fern Christie--Company Manager |
Chelsea Adams--Stage Manager
Natalie Braid--Assistant Stage Manager
Rachel Marlow--Lighting Operator |
Rory Maguire--Sound Engineer
Natasha Pearl--Props Master |
Petra Verweij--Costume Assistant
Marion Olsen + Jo Hawke--Costume Cutters
Sally Bourner--Costume Assistant Intern |
Minera Mallete--Machinist
Thomas Press--Flyman |
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Set Construction
Katrina Turkilsen--Intern Observing Operations

 

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26 December 2013

Chicago! What A Blast - Part 3 of 4 Act 1 Review by MaryD

Chicago! What A Blast - Review Part 3 Act 1

by MaryD


ACT 1

There is an air of anticipation from the crowd who have assembled in the theatre (that I'm told is called "in-the-round" because the seating is surrounding the stage. It's VERY close and wherever you sit, you will have a great view (In my opinion the best place was Block C Row C - The advantage of seeing it so many times was that I moved around and could see it from every angle and I've tried the various seating arrangements. I didn't see the show from the Balcony or the Gods areas)

An announcement is made that photography and video are not allowed which pretty much everyone listens to (or you hope they do). A few minutes later (for those not expecting this) the lights go out with an almighty bang. This produces two reactions:

-  Giggling from people who have already seen the show and were aware of what was to happen.

-  Gasps and laughter (after) from people who were caught off guard and a few expletives. I've sat next to a few people who spilled drinks on themselves and on me after this has happened.


"Overture" - Orchestra and Intro
Sandra Rasmussen-- Tallulah

Tallulah, smoke in hand, walks out into the spotlight,  a mic comes down from the sealing. She proceeds to tell everyone:

Welcome. Ladies and Gentlemen, you are about to see a story of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery, and treachery - all those things we all hold near and dear to our hearts.

She then proceeds to dap dance whilst holding a gun. She points the gun in all directions before she stops and turns to...

 

"All That Jazz" - Velma Kelly and Company

Lucy Lawless, Lavinia Uhila, Rebekkah Schoonbeek, Hannah Katie Swift, Stephen Butterworth, Mike Edward, James Luck and Amanda Billing at the end


Image635236751991822677In the mid 1920s in Chicago, Illinois, Velma Kelly is a vaudevillian who murdered both her husband and her sister when she found them in bed together. She welcomes the audience to tonight's show ("All That Jazz"). Meanwhile, we hear of the chorus Roxie Hart's murder of her lover, nightclub regular Fred Casely.

 

The anticipation is this number - the music starts and the spotlight falls on a figure standing left hand side of Block A. She's wearing a snug fitting bodice, stockings and garter belt, a stole is around her neck and she's wearing sunglasses. There were various reactions to this from the crowd - depending if Lucy fans were in attendance and how vocal they were - they ranged from a giant roar to very subdued excitement to 'is that Lucy Lawless?"

Lucy begins to strut the stage wearing her sunglasses (why? I have no idea but it looks great) in what I can only describe as catlike and very sexy - when she stops midstage, holds her hand up towards the musicians and then...
 

Come on, Babe Why don't we paint the town? And All That Jazz, I'm gonna rouge my knees, And roll my stockings down

And All That Jazz.'

she faces Block C and proceeds to mimic doing that and also vomiting (that was introduced into the later shows after I came back for the last shows). She then turns to Block B and gyrates, goes down on the floor where she proceeds to pure like a cat (that's the only way I can describe this without writing an explicit sexual metaphor all the while singing: Start the car, I know a whoopee spot, Where the gin is cold, but the piano's hot (there is a roar from the crowd when Lucy spreads herself on the stage), It's just a noisy hall, Where there's a nightly brawl, And All

That Jazz!


She gets up and goes to Block D and points to Block A where the other dancers have arrived.

Hannah Tasker-Poland is sitting on Mike Edward's head (not kidding that is where she was and my first clue to how this show would pan out), They are joined by: Lavinia Uhila, Rebekkah Schoonbeek, Katie Swift, Mike Edward and James Luck

They then proceed to sing and dance to extraordinary choreography. Amanda Billing (Roxie) with Mike (Fred Casaly) are cavorting over around Block A, they get all hot and heavy. Velma assures them Roxie's husband is not at home and then the fun starts. Roxie shoots Fred and the entire stage vibrates with the dancers - I was in Block D and I could feel the vibrations (I was in the front row).

Roxie is squatting near the now dead Fred, Velma is looking on with a sneer and Roxie says "Shit...I gotta pee" and the lights go out.

If you are not sure that this is a different version of Chicago before, you are now fully convinced you are no longer in Kansas and this is VERY different and VERY adult in nature.

 

Image635236752646532896"Funny Honey" - Roxie Hart

Amanda Billing, Andrew Grainger, Mike Edward and Stephen Butterworth --

 

Roxie convinces her husband Amos that the victim was a burglar, and Amos cheerfully takes the blame. Roxie expresses her appreciation of her husband's thick skull ("Funny Honey"). However, when the police mention the deceased's name Amos belatedly puts two and two together. The truth comes out, and Roxie is arrested


Stephen (police detective) arrives (with smartphone in hand) to find the now very dead Fred and Roxie's husband Amos taking the blame for shooting the burglar. Amanda sings the very beautiful Funny Honey which is a love song to her dense husband Amos which turns into a fiery arguement.

 

Unfortunately for Roxie, Fred's known to them. What starts up is a totally fun (from the audience POV) argument between Mr and Mrs Hart and at the end Roxie owns up to killing Fred for walking out on her and ends with "Put that in your fucking report" and lights out!

 

"Cell Block Tango" - Velma and the Murderesses

Lucy Lawless, Hannah Lavinia Uhila, Rebekkah Schoonbeek, Katie Swift, Will Barling
 

Cook County Jail is inhabited by Velma and other murderesses ("Cell Block Tango").

This is one of my favourite songs and the entire cast for this is INCREDIBLE! Truly amazing choreography. The lighting is down and we hear the familiar:

Pop! Six! Squish! Uh uh, Cicero, Lipschitz!

Pop! Six! Squish! Uh uh, Cicero, Lipschitz!

Pop! Six! Squish! Uh uh, Cicero, Lipschitz!


For one of the performances I was sitting in Block D front row and just as Lucy came out, the lighting hits her as she says "Cicero" - not sure about anyone else but for me there was something quite snister in the lighting and the look on "Velma's" face. We were in for a fantastic time :)


Poor Mike Edward was going to be the guy prop for the number and he was going to be working hard for the entire number


While each of the murderers tells their story, the rest of the cast goes to the other side of the stage (it alternates between Block D and Block A) while Mike and whoever has the lead in the number go at it. At one point they pair up - Will with Lucy dancing some sort of funky tango in the corner,  Rebekkah with Hannah push out Katie who is pretty much ostracised and they engage in some cuddling.


image00Liz: and Bernie (Hannah and Mike)

The chewing gum/popping Bernie was never going to have a long life :) Courtesy of the Auckland Theatre Company, the following image can tell you more than anything I can write. Liz shoots Bernie for popping his gum too many times and it's depicted by Hannah who "kicks" an almost naked Mike (he's only wearing his underpants and a white shirt which is barely hanging on - the pic is more chaste). Mike does an amazing backflip! That takes care of Bernie :)

 

Hannah then jumps on top of Mike bringing him down on the other side of the stage and to quote Hannah here (from her Facebook page) it's her "'Flying Face Fuck' leap. AMAZING. JUST AMAZING.

 

 

Image635236753842607880Ezekial Young - Lavinia as Annie and Mike as Ezekial)

Poor Annie who finds the perfect guy and is in heaven until she finds out her perfect man is a Mormon and has six wives! Annie has a stranglehold around Ezekial's neck and down he goes!

 

Arsenic will do that to ya! Not that you would like to try it because it doesn't look all that healthy.

 

 

Wilbrin - Rebekkah as June and Mike as Wilbrin


Rebekkah's June is tougher than tough and she takes umbrage at her husband Wilbrin for accusing her of screwing the milkman. Unfortunately for Wilbrin he was very careless and ran into her knife ten times! The choreography here leaves you gasping - I'm not sure how much Rebekkah weighs but whatever it is, poor Mike will have her shoe prints on his chest. Sitting in Block D is an eye opener for this number.

Poor Wilbrin (who now has his shirt open and bare chested) is lying dead on the floor. June JUMPS onto his chest (one foot is on his chest and the other on his stomach) and screams "You been screwin' the milkman". At one point, she thrusts her foot against his throat while she's singing. You're not quite sure what to look at here - poor Mike, Rebekkah or the other dancers on the other side of the stage. It's just amazing to watch. I've watched it multiple times from Block D and it still amazes me. You lose some of the impact from Blocks A, B and C but in Block D you get it full on. Just incredible.


 

Hungarian (not sure of the poor boy's name)

Mike Edward, Katie Swift (Hunyak) and Rebekkah Schoonbeek

The poor Hungarian prisoner Hunyak, who speaks no English is next up. Her only English words are "Not Guilty"

Mit kersek, en itt? Azt mondjok, hogy a hires

Lakem lefogta a ferjemet en meg lecsaptam a fejet

De nem igaz, en artatlan vagyok

Nem tudom mert mondja Uncle Sam hogy en tettem

Probaltam a rendorsegen megmayarazni de nem ertettek meg

But yeah, did you do it?

Uh uh, not guilty

She says no guilty as she is cradling her dead unfortunate's head.

we then go to Velma Kelly

 

Veronica and Charlie in Cicero - Lucy and Hannah

This is where Lucy heads to Block D and on the way taps Mike as he is laying on the floor.

 

My sister, Veronica and I had this double act

And my husband, Charlie traveled around with us

With the last number in our act

We did 20 acrobatic tricks in a row

One two three four five, splits, spread eagles

Back flips, flip flops one right after the other

Hannah has started to do this amazing split and then proceeds to turn and stand on her head

Well, this one night before the show

We were down at the hotel in Cicero

The three of us, Boozin' and havin' a few laughs and we ran out of ice

So I went out to get some

I come back, open the door

There's Veronica and Charlie

Lucy turns to the audience in Block A (from Block D) and says...

Doing number seventeen, the spread eagle

Hannah is still doing standing on her head (truly incredible to watch) and on Lucy saying "the spread eagle" Hannah spreads her legs (while standing on her head). Just amazingly awesome.

Well, I was in such a state of shock, I completely blacked out

I can't remember a thing, it wasn't until later

When I was washing the blood off my hands

I even knew they were dead

Very slowly Hanna gets out of standing on her head and Lucy pushes her away

 

ALVIN LIPSCHITZ - Will and Mike


Will Barling is "Mona", Mike Edward is the poor unfortunate Alvin

I absolutely loved watching Will do this part. There's something about him that I was captivated by from the first performance.

I loved Alvin Lipschitz more than I could ever know, he was a real artistic guy, sensitive, a painter
But he was always trying to find himself
He go out every night looking for himself
And on the way, he found Ruth, Gladys, Rosemary and Irving
I guess you can say we broke up because of artistic differences
He saw himself as alive and I saw him dead

Mona ties Alvin's feet to a rope and then the cord is pulled up until poor now dead Alvin is hung upside down.

The dirty bum, bum, bum, bum, bum
The dirty bum, bum, bum, bum, bum

Lucy proceeds to swing Mike from one end of the stage (Block B) to the other end of the stage (Block C). Again I'm not sure how to describe this but the crisscrossing of the dancers in this number is so beautiful to watch.

They all continue the song and down come the lights and end of Cell Block Tango. The choreography of this number is incredible.


"When You're Good to Mama" - Matron "Mama" Morton

Colleen Davis (Mama) Hannah Tasker-Poland, Lavinia Uhila, Rebekkah Schoonbeek, Katie Swift, Will Barling and Lucy Lawless at the end

 

The block is presided over by the corrupt Matron "Mama" Morton, whose system of mutual aid ("When You're Good to Mama") perfectly suits her clientele. She has helped Velma become the media's top murder-of-the-week and is acting as a booking agent for Velma's big return to vaudeville.

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Photo: Lavinia, Colleen on table, Hannah under table, Rebekkah leaning against table
Will (just barely visible under the table) and Katie (just barely visible on the other side)


Yowza! You have not seen another Mama Morton like this!
Mama is dressed in a very tight, SHORT, dress with her back to Block D and a night stick.

Colleen is such an amazing singer and she struts that stage and exudes power with a little bit of comedic flare. She doesn't take Mama too seriously and I found her more than a little compassionate (and corrupt) warden.

I was utterly gobsmacked by the routine. Colleen and the dancers taken a rolling table and Colleen sits on it, legs spread wide, night stick firmly planted between her legs as they proceed to roll from Block A to Block D. There is a version where Colleen crosses her legs rather than legs apart. I found, to my utter amazement, that I prefered the more raunchier version (this surprised me a great deal). I was really stoked to see that version come back for the final three shows. It has more of an impact. There is just too much going on to describe it properly.

In the middle of song, Velma walks in with her great news about how her exploits are being reported. For sharp eyed fans, the magazine Lucy is holding is the Woman's Day with the feature about Lucy being in Chicago in her underwear! That just cracked me up.

Mama promises to make a phone call for Velma, who she considers family, for $100 and then we proceed to part 2 of the song.

It now gets VERY eye popping and Colleen half squats on the table to pepper her ragoo and it moves slowly towards Lucy. If you are watching Colleen (and marvelling how she stays upright on the moving table and what kind of strength it requires to stay in that position with high heels on) you miss what is going on under the table. This is the part that just has me shaking my head. Hannah is hanging off the underside of the bar that runs the table, while she's doing a pull up, she is crawling forward as the table moves (I hope I can describe this properly because the move is just so amazing). Again I'm wishing I was an artist so I could draw it. It's one of my favourite choreography moves in the show. It's slow and so powerful to watch.

So you are trying to watch Colleen up the top, the other dancers moving around the table AND Hannah doing the crawl. It is just PHENOMONENAL. When they reached the edge of the stage in Block A, Colleen turns and faces Block D, she still standing up and when she sings the following

Let's all stroke together

Like the Princeton crew -

When you're strokin' Mama

Mama's strokin' you!

That nightstick does alot of stroking to the left, between her legs and to the right. It's EYE POPPING. This mama does alot of strokin' <g>

Colleen gracefully gets off the table and stands and on finishing the last verse of the song, she takes great delight in giggling, stopping, looking out at the audience, spotlight and strobing lights on her and that powerful voice as she finishes!

WOW. It's just amazing. My synopsis just doesn't capture this performance at it's most powerful. Colleen's voice is amazing. This is one hell of a Mama Morton!


Image635236755729075211Jail Scene
Amanda Billing, Lucy Lawless,
Collen Davis (Mama) Hannah Tasker-Poland, Lavinia Uhila, Rebekkah Schoonbeek, Katie Swift, Will Barling

The scene opens in the jail, Roxie is sitting in Velma's favourite chair. Velma comes on stage and is none to happy with seeing the new girl in her chair. Velma is top dog in the prison so she's Mama's favourite. Velma sits in her chair, looking very imperious while the others are scattered around the end of the stage. There's a really interesting interplay between Will/Annie (sitting on the edge of Block C) against Hunyak - again they ostracise the Hungarian and she's left to sit on her own. Rebekkah (June) is on the Block B side. Mama is standing towards Block A and Velma is sitting in the corner of Block D. For sharp eyed audience members, Lucy is holding the Woman's Day again but now doing the crossword <g>

 

Some of the quotes I loved:

 

"Hey Snow White (or Fishy Fish or New Fish - depending on Lucy's choice for the evening) get out of my chair!" Velma to Roxie during the jail scene and intro to Roxie in jail

"Look, I don't give no advice and I don't take no advice. You're a perfect stranger to me and let's keep it that way." Velma to Roxie

"Well I guess... I'll just tell them the truth - Roxie.
"Tellin' the Jury the truth? That's really stupid." Velma to Roxie. Lucy's delivery made this line funny

"Jesus, Mary and Joseph, what I'm gonna do?" - Roxie
"You know everyone!" Velma to Roxie. Lucy's delivery made this line funny

"Well, as they say in the Hamptons you're shit out of luck, my dear," Velma to Roxie. Again Lucy's delivery made this line VERY funny

"What do I care. I've had enough of these religious fanatics. I'm going to retire to my cell and answer some fan mail, maybe have a bubble bath. You'll call me when dinner is ready, Mama?" Velma says before leaving the stage.
 

 

Roxie realises she is indeed in big trouble with no lawyer, no defence. At first she's very awestruck by Velma (since she has read all about the murders in the papers and Velma's is her favourite). After Velma leaves, Roxie is less than enthused and says

 

"She doesn't look like a fucking' Kelly to me..." and sits back down on the chair.

 

Mama then tells Roxie about Billy and his $5000 fee. Mama volunteers to introduce Roxie to Billy.

 

Now here is where there are different versions of the next scene. Depending on what Colleen does, Amanda will react differently.

 

Version 1: Mama puts her hand on Amanda's thigh and sexily suggest that she could do Roxie a favour and her hands moves further up the thigh. Roxie is surprised and leans back and says she will think about it. Mama leaves with a light tap on Roxie's shoulder

 

Version 2: Mama puts her hand on Amanda's thigh and also suggests that she could do Roxie a favour and her hand moves up the thigh. Roxie is a little surprised and leans INTO Mama. She smiles and says she will think about it. Mama leaves by tweaking Roxie's chin and leaves.

 

Image635236772817050620Amos arrives and Roxie tries to get her husband to find $5000. The poor sap leaves the stage determined to help his wife.

Rebekkah who is sitting near the end of Block B then starts to call for Billy....one night I found myself almost blurting it out before Rebekkah started. Almost :)

 

 

"All I Care About" - Billy Flynn and the Chorus

Image635236755988512875Shane Cortese, Rebekkah, Hannah, Will, James, Katie, Lavinia

I bet you would NEVER ever see this version of Billy Flynn in any other Chicago show. Billy is a drug taking, sleazy lawyer who is just so funny (Shane is amazing).

While everyone is calling for Billy, he struts on stage with his "aide" (James Luck) who is dressed in black rabbit ears, bare chest and I don't know how to describe it g-string and high shoes. It is just WOW. Billy is dressed in a leopard print SHORT robe.

 

We want Billy
Where is Billy?
Give us Billy
We want Billy
B-I-Double L-Y.
We're all his
He's our kind of a guy
And ooh what luck
'Cause here he is.

[Announcer:]
Ladies and Gentlemen, presenting the silver-tounged prince of the courtroom, the one, the only Billy Flynn!

Billy:
I don't care about expensive things
Cashmere coats, diamond rings
Don't mean a thing
All I care about is love
[Girls:]
That's what he's here for
[Billy:] That's what I'm here for
I don't care for wearin' silk cravats
Ruby studs, satin spats
Don't mean a thing
All I care about is love
[Girls:]
All he cares about is love
[Billy:]
Gimme two eyes of blue
Softly saying "I need you" [Girls:] (with Billy) I need you
Let me see her standin' there
And honest, Mister, I'm a millionaire

I don't care for any fine attire
Vanderbilt might admire
No, no, not me
All I care about is love...
[Girls:]
All he cares about is love.
[Billy:] (whistles)
(girls hum..)

[Billy:] (spoken:) Maybe you think i'm talking about physical love. well, I'm not. Not just physical love. There's other kinds of love. Like love of...justice. Love of... legal procedure. Love of lending a hand to someone who really needs you. (Hannah is bent over in front of Billy at this point and there is no doubt what she is simulating with her movements. NONE at all) Love of your fellow man (Shane takes Will's hand and smiles). Those kinds of love are what I'm talkin' about. And physical love ain't so bad either.
(sung:)
It may sound odd
But all I care about is love
[Girls:]
That's what he's here for
[Billy:]
(Female chorus too:)
Honest to god
All I care about is love
[Girls:]
All he cares about is love
[Billy:]
Show me long raven hair
Flowin' down, about to there
And when I see her runnin' free
Keep your money, that's enough for me
I don't care for drivin' packard cars
Or smoking long, buck cigars
No, no, not me
All I care about is
Doin' the guy in
Who's pickin' on you
Twistin' the wrist
That's turnin' the screw

[Billy and (Chorus):]
All I (he) care(s) about is love!
 

 

In the far left corner towards Block D - James and Katie are getting into a tangle with James being a little slap happy. Poor Katie is getting some really rough treatment here. It's pretty obvious she can't get Billy's attention and no one wants to help her.

 

James leaves Katie and picks up Annie who he holds her in a crucifix like way while Billy snorts drugs off her breast.

 

We then proceed to a drug induced crazy choreography that is just stunning to watch, sexually provocative and leaves nothing to the imagination. Words just don't do it justice and I really don't know how to describe it!

 

At the end of the performance, poor Amos turns up to give Billy the money. This is where Katie/Hunyuk crawls up behind Billy and tugs on his rope only to get Billy slap her away. This causes Hannah to call Hunyuk a bitch and take her away all the while apologising to Billy.

 

James exits after them, stops before he goes down the ramp and gives Billy a withering look! It's hysterical.

 

Billy turns his attention back to Amos who is patiently waiting. There's some funny one liners here that just don't translate well in written form. Billy is getting dressed while talking to Amos and it's funny.

 

We then transitions into a scene with Roxie. Sleazy Billy tells Roxie that he's going to change her story and change her defence to that of self defence. They have to convince the press of the change in Roxie's history <g>

 

Image635236768394363005"We Both Reached for the Gun" - Billy, Roxie, Mary and the Reporters

The reporters come out with their digital cameras and rubber blow up dolls. The first time I saw this I was so surprised that I started laughing (it still made me laugh every time I saw this). The reporters start to ask questions and Billy then becomes the puppeteer.

Those blow up dolls and the choreography is OUTSTANDING. What those dolls represent is female exploitation/corruption/degradation and they are put to good use. VERY powerful imagery. Also powerful is how a clever (and morally corrupt) lawyer convinces the press (who love him) of his client's motives.

The dolls become such a central part to the whole scene that you forget or don't see how Roxie is being manipulated at one end of the stage (Block A) POWERFUL.

I had great fun watching some of those dolls deflate or escaping into the audience (by accident). The deflated doll soon became part of the act. The early performances didn't have the deflated doll left on stage but the later ones did.

 

"Roxie" - Roxie and the Boys

Amanda, Stephen, Mike and James


Roxie ends up with one doll and she is telling the audience how she wanted to be somebody and that Amos was a nice guy but he wasn't what she was after. She then went screwing around but progressed to fooling around (it's screwing around by without dinner). That always got a great laugh. Roxie has this need for the limelight and being a star. She now sees that this the opportunity to achieve what she has always wanted. Fame

 

This leads into the song Roxie.

Amanda's voice here is stunning; she sounds strong and you want to believe she will be this star she wants to be.

When her "bunch of boys to frame her right" come on the stage, it's just a beautiful way of presenting Roxie's desperate needs. Mike, Stephen and James dance so beautifully that they compliment Roxie's moves to perfection. BEAUTIFUL choreography and one of my favourite scenes.

The end of the song sees Amanda and James having so much fun dancing with each other and the smile on both their faces just makes you grin. You can see them enjoying themselves.

 

"I Can't Do It Alone" - Velma

Lucy and Amanda

I just laughed so much here. Velma is now desperate because Mama Morton has told her that her gigs have dried up and she just isn't the star prisoner anymore. Roxie has taken over.

Velma, in her desperation, decides to get Roxie to participate in the act Velma had with her sister Veronica.

Lucy is shoeless and we know why in the next scene. Katie brings out her red boots, and cowboy hat. Katie hands Lucy the gun holster that has two guns and puts on her cowboy hat.

Velma now shows Roxie the sister double act. Lucy's take on Velma here is one of pure comedy. Velma is trying desperately to get Roxie to pay attention to her and to come on board.

At the end of one segment where Lucy struts about the stage, shooting imaginary arrows, thumps her legs like a very slim sumo wrestler (I don't know how else to describe this!) and then proceeds to ride an imaginary horse while whooping (and sometimes does the end of the Xena yell with chaiyya!), she prostrates herself on the floor in front of Roxie. In one performance she did a double roll but normally she just flops down and slaps the floor to ask Roxie what she thinks.

Roxie is not impressed and gives her the finger. Velma tells her it has to be done with two people so in comes Hannah as an Indian girl with very little on (bra, panties and boots). A whip is brought out and Velma proceeds to show Roxie how it's done. Velma whips one of the straps off Indian girl's top and we see boob (pasty in place)

The act doesn't go well when Velma is getting a little too vicious with the whip and she starts to take her frustrations out on Veronica with the whip.

 

 

Towards the end of Velma stripping Veronica's costume off with her whip she yells "You're fucking my husband!" and Veronica cops a whip in the eye and down she goes!

 

Velma stops, turns to Roxie and Lucy does her best John Wayne impersonation "What do you think Little Lady..." - that was a recent addition to the act. The previous versions Lucy just stood there waiting for the verdict. I really liked the John Wayne add-on.

The "act" ends and Roxie says it's a shitty floor show and wants nothing to do with it. It's nothing personal to a dejected Velma (I felt very sorry for Velma here - she's' gone from top dog of the prison to a shadow of her former self). Roxie sticks the knife in by telling Velma she isn't the star and there is only one who could be and it's her. She mocks Velma and leaves.

The scene ends with Velma singing I can't do it alone and crying at the end as the lights go out.

Superb performance by Lucy and Hannah in her skimpy Indian outfit.

 

Miss Kitty

It seems there is a new client who is stealing the limelight and it's Miss Kitty, a socialite who finds her husband in bed with two women. As he describes it, doing yoga <g>


Mike, Katie and Rebekkah are a threesome on the stage in Block A - some really interesting choreography here with Mike being upside down for most of the tangle, his feet up in the air and doing air cycling! I'm not even sure how he does that. Miss Kitty arrives and she is a little shocked, finds her machine gun and blasts her cheating husband! The lights go bezerk (and if you are an epileptic now is the time to shut your eyes).

 

The press are now interested in Miss Kitty and why she shot her husband. Billy is holding onto Miss Kitty who bites him. Billy says "agoraphobia!"

"Agoraphobia? Look that up on Google," Stephen (press guy) to the blow up doll and the audience after Billy is bitten by Miss Kitty

The press appear and are sycophantic towards Billy and his new client. Miss Kitty doesn't react very well to one reporters' question and kicks between his legs. Mama uses her night stick to knock the woman out while Billy is still sucking up to the press.

"You're so sexy, Billy," press pack say to Billy after Miss Kitty is knocked on the head by Mama Morton and taken away after she kicks Stephen between the legs.

"Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty," Mama Morton to Miss Kitty who is now off stage
 

Billy has a new client that takes the limelight off Roxie and Velma.

Roxie, Billy and Velma

Roxie wants Billy to find out about her trial date, Billy calls her Trixie with Velma snorting her disdain in the corner. Billy says he will get to her and Roxie leaves. Velma tries to get his attention and the same thing happens.

 

 

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"My Own Best Friend" - Roxie and Velma

Amanda and Lucy.

Velma and Roxie realise they need each other and come together to sing this song in the middle of the stage. They only have each other now and they both know they need someone. They slowly start to come together and are standing back to back while they are singing. That looks so spectacular when both women are singing - their voices compliment each other. BEAUTIFUL work.

 

Roxie:
One thing I know

Velma:
One thing I know

Roxie:
And I've always known

Velma:
And I've always known

Roxie:
I am my own

Velma:
I am my own

Roxie & Velma:
Best friend

Roxie:
Baby's alive

Velma:
Baby's alive

Roxie:
But baby's alone

Velma:
But baby's alone

Roxie:
And baby's her own

Velma:
And baby's her own

Roxie & Velma:
Best friend
Many's the guy
Who told me he cares
But they were scratchin' my back
'Cause I was scratchin' theirs

Roxie:
And trusting to luck

Velma:
And trusting to luck

Roxie:
That's only for fools

Velma:
Only for fools

Roxie:
I play in a game

Velma:
I play in a game

Roxie & Velma:
Where I make the rules
And rule number one
From here to the end
Is 'I am my own best friend'

Three musketees
Who never say die
Are standing here this minute

Velma:
Me

Roxie:
Me

Velma:
Myself

Roxie:
Myself

Velma:
And I!

Roxie:
And I!

Velma & Roxie:
If life is a school
I'll pass every test
If life is a game
I'll play it the best
'Cause I won't give in
and I'll never bend
and I am my own best friend!

 

Towards the end of song, Roxie falls to the ground and Velma asks what the hell just happened.

It's all right, Roxie says, she's going to be fine...she's pregnant.

 

Last line of the Act 1 belongs to Lucy when she says...SHIT!

Lights down and end of Act 1

Phew! That was one very exciting hour!! Intermission for 20 minutes and we are back for Act 2

 

To Be Continued - Part 4 (Act II)

Thanks to theatre-musical.com for the lyrics - images used are courtesy of the Auckland Theatre Company


 

 

26 December 2013

Lucy Videos Added to AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Video

Playing catchup of Lucy interviews whilst I’ve been away in New Zealand for Chicago. The following interviews were posted in the 2013 Interviews section

 

The Morning Show (Australia) Interviews Lucy About Chicago (NZ) 15 November 2013
Posted on: 26th December 2013

The Morning Show (Australia) Interviews Lucy About Chicago (NZ) 15 November 2013

Lucy was interviewed on the Australian tv show “The Morning Show” on 15 November. Xena Warrior Princess’ Lucy Lawless chats to Larry & Kylie about her famous TV roles and playing Velma in Chicago the Musical.  

 

 

Mornings Interview with Lucy Lawless 21 August 2013
Posted on: 26th December 2013

Mornings Interview with Lucy Lawless 21 August 2013

Lucy was interviewed this morning on the Australian show Mornings. Lucy was on the show to promote Chicago The Musical in Auckland during November.

 

 

Young Hollywood Interviews Lucy 31 July 2013 Chicago at Hollywood Bowl
Posted on: 26th December 2013

Young Hollywood Interviews Lucy 31 July 2013 Chicago at Hollywood Bowl

Lucy Lawless talks about ‘Mama’ Morton and performs ‘When You’re Good To Mama”‘ at the Hollywood Bowl. Interview by younghollywood.com


 

 

24 December 2013

Chicago! What a Blast! Part 2 of 4 Review by MaryD

sidebyside

Chicago The Musical Review is back looking at some of the highlights from this amazing show.

I suspect this review is going to be in four parts...there is far too much I want to say (what a surprise!). If you haven't read Part 1, click here to read.

 

Favourite Lines...In no particular order..

"Hey Snow White (or Fishy Fish or New Fish - depending on Lucy's choice for the evening) get out of my chair!" Velma to Roxie during the jail scene and intro to Roxie in jail

"Look, I don't give no advice and I don't take no advice. You're a perfect stranger to me and let's keep it that way." Velma to Roxie

"Well I guess... I'll just tell them the truth - Roxie.
"Tellin' the Jury the truth? That's really stupid." Velma to Roxie. Lucy's delivery made this line funny

"Jesus, Mary and Joseph, what I'm gonna do?" - Roxie
"You know everyone!" Velma to Roxie. Lucy's delivery made this line funny

"Well, as they say in the Hamptons you're shit out of luck, my dear," Velma to Roxie. Again Lucy's delivery made this line VERY funny

"What do I care. I've had enough of these religious fanatics. I'm going to retire to my cell and answer some fan mail, maybe have a bubble bath. You'll call me when dinner is ready, Mama?" Velma says before leaving the stage.

"He saw himself as alive and I saw him dead!" The delivery is the key here by Will. Woo <g>

"First she steals my publicity. Then she steals my lawyer, my trial date. And now she steals my shoes!" Velma to Mama Morton

"Look at that dress, hasn't she suffered enough..." member of the press about Roxie's less than revealing dress at the trial

"This dress makes me look like a Woolworths lamp shade. I'm not wearing this dress." Roxie says and breaks the silence of the hanging of the Hungarian. VERY powerful moment. It seems so frivolous compared to the death.

"Agoraphobia? Look that up on Google," Stephen (press guy)  to the blow up doll and the audience after Billy is bitten by Miss Kitty

"You're so sexy, Billy," press pack say to Billy after Miss Kitty is knocked on the head by Mama Morton and taken away

"Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty," Mama Morton to Miss Kitty who is now off stage

"You're been screwing the milk man!" Rebekkah SCREAMS while standing on Mike's chest.

"There was a time when you could get really good floorshow in prison..." Roxie to the very dejected Velma after Velma's sister act performance

"You're fucking my husband!" Velma screams out and lashes out with her whip to "Veronica" and down Veronica goes during "I Can't Do It Alone."

"He was leaving me!  Put that in your fucking report," Roxie confessing to killing Fred.

"Shit! Why didn't I think of that!" Velma on realising she could have come up with the idea of having a baby to get the sympathy of the jury.

"I started fooling around. And then I started screwing around. Which is fooling around without dinner." Roxie to the audience

"Thank you Wonder Woman," Roxie to Wonder Woman after being given flowers at the end of Nowadays

"My exit music please..." Amos to a very silent band. "Okay..." and walks off to huge audience applause

 


The least favourite Chicago Moment...

The End. Fini. End of Show <g>

Seriously. You didn't think I would say anything negative about this show? There wasn't a portion of this show I didn't like. From the moment the lights went out to start the show to the very end when we cheered like mad for the cast and musicians that ended the show. It was FABULOUS! Just FABULOUS!

I can't praise this show highly enough. If you made the trek to see it, you wouldn't have been disappointed.

 

The Most Surprising Revelation

I could sit through a lot of performances and LOVE EVERY SINGLE MINUTE. The show evolved and choreography changed and every night something was different. I was never bored and found myself looking forward to the next performance just after it ended. This has never happened before and it's very surprising to me.

 

Oh WOW did they REALLY do that!

The whole Billy Flynn intro was just...WHAT THE?!!! moment. Shane in his short robe,  James coming out in that g-string and bunny ears was just hysterical! The drug induced choreography was riveting and somewhat shocking. There was so many moments like that but let's go with James and his bunny ears <g>

 

Best Choreography

This one is hard because there are so many to choose from but, for me, the standout of the standouts has to be All That Jazz and the crisscross of the performers - a little hard to visualise writing it down but the sheer beauty of the moves captivated me. I wish I was an artist so I could draw it but alas I suck at drawing so you will just have to make do with my words. The bunny hop in All That Jazz and in other numbers made my feet tap and ALMOST made me want to hop myself. Hannah's split and then morphing into a head / handstand in Cell Block Tango! So much to choose from!

 

The Ugly Baby Award Goes To....

Rebekkah - that was one very ugly baby mask she wore during "Me and My Baby". I had a ball watching the audience member in the last seat in row A of Block B. That was where Rebekkah would come and surprise the hell out of the person in the audience. HYSTERICAL. The audience member is not expecting that to happen because they are watching Amanda and the boys during the song. Rebekkah comes out and stares down the audience member which is just so funny - she got such a varied response; mostly surprise and hysterical laughter! I loved that little side show. Ugly baby mask <g>

 

Let's Count The Tattoos...

All the cast had them (some fake, some real except Lucy, Shane and Andrew). Rebekkah's were impressive (and fake), Hannah's "skull on fire" was impressive (and fake). I loved Amanda's flower on her stomach (hard to miss and fake although it kinda grew a little bit and it got darker). Reading that back it seems I paid way too much attention to Amanda's stomach <g>

 

The Most AMAZING move

There were quite a few...Hannah and her backward crawl (see Part 1 for more on that), Hannah's split which turned into standing on her head and then back again so effortlessly, Mike's backward somersault in Cell Block Tango, Rebekkah standing on Mike's chest during Cell Block Tango, Lucy's intro to All That Jazz, Lucy and her whip, Lucy in the cowboy outfit and stomping around like a slim Sumo wrestler, Lucy's John Wayne impression...far far too many!

 

I REALLY Don't Want to Look At That Moment...

The Hungarian hanging. Sorry Katie but I just couldn't bring myself to see it the first few times. I did eventually and it's very powerful. The theatre is just so silent. The scene is extremely distressing - you know it's fake, of course, but the realisation that this did happen and the reason the Hungarian did not get off was because she was poor and couldn't afford Billy Flynn and his corrupt but effective defence. WOW.

"This dress makes me look like a Woolworths lamp shade. I'm not wearing this dress." Roxie says and breaks the silence of the hanging of the Hungarian. VERY powerful moment. It seems so frivolous compared to the death.

 

 

The What Magazine Is She Holding Moment...

Velma (Lucy) comes out in the middle of the Mama Morton song to regale Mama about having her name spread across the press and the possibility of her getting more gigs. For eagle eyed audience members (especially those in the front rows), you would have noticed Lucy holding a copy of the Womans Day - this copy "Dancing Diets and All That Jazz" October 2013 Issue - Nice little touch and made me smile.

 

Go Look At My Facebook Profile Moment...

This is just hysterical. Roxie is talking to the audience about how she thought life would be with blow up doll in hand. She then pulls out her "Roxie Rocks Chicago" clipping and hands it to an audience member. Amanda varied where she would hand it to - usually in Block B or Block C front row. It morphed into Amanda's facebook page and urging people to friend her. I just cracked up!

 

Billy Is Not A funny Lawyer Moment

Billy and his very flat joke about Chicago being so tough that they shoot the girls from right under you. That is just so funny by the non reaction it got and most of the audience in the front row remained stony faced on purpose. It was just too funny! (one of those moments you had to be there!).

 

You Need Strength To Do That Moment...

Colleen in a 3/4 squat, in high heels, on a moving table, singing, with Hannah under the table hanging off the side and doing the crawl backwards! WOW! You don't know who to look at. While you are watching that, the other cast are moving the table ever so slowly.

 

Let's Count The Blow Up Dolls Deflate Moment

Those blow up dolls. I was watching which ones would deflate first. They got a new lot in with "hair" that seemed to stand up to all the tossing about. A few escaped into the audience. One night the person sitting in Block B front row watched the doll sail his way and just ignored it. It went under the stage and forgotten <g> I have never seen so many blow up dolls in all my life. My horizons have been broadened <g> The dolls represented the manipulation and corruption of the press. It was also used as the degradation of women since Billy was the master puppeteer with Roxie. It's a very powerful way to portray this. Once you got over the giggles over seeing so many dolls, you watched the choreography and it all made sense. VERY creative.

 

How To Turn Down Someone's Request The Gentle Way

It's not with Roxie's style. After Velma shows Roxie the act she did with her, now deceased, sister Veronica, Roxie gives Velma the one fingered salute and blows a raspberry. Poor Velma. She used to be top dog in the jail to nobody because of the new girl and her publicity machine. Roxie just doesn't want to know. Awww. You have to feel for Velma.

 

Visual Gags

Wonder Woman (Rebekah) on roller skates with different signs - Truth, Justice and a photo of Jesus during the trial - that says it all! <g>

Velma about to punch out the "radio" after the announcer says that Roxie is wearing Velma's shoes with rhinestone buckles at the trial

 

Those are some of the highlights from this fantastic show. More will be incorporated in Act 1 of the next review which is Part 3.

Stay tuned!


 

 

24 December 2013

Lucy and the Girls From Chicago Party Photos + Cast Photos!

Hannah and Amanda Billing shared some photos from the Chicago Afterparty – all the girls looked FABULOUS! Plus some addition photos by other cast.

 


 

 

23 December 2013

Chicago! What a Blast! Part 1 of 4 Review by MaryD

Chicago! What a Blast! - Part 1
By MaryD

I have been writing a review/synopsis for some time and last night was the final night. It's been an extraordinary journey of seeing a show evolve. I have been very fortunate in seeing it quite a few times (the tyranny of distance is non existent from Sydney to Auckland). It has amazed me, it has made me laugh, it has made me be totally astounded by the talent on that stage. I went to see Lucy Lawless and I come away thinking her talent is extraordinary (well yes that's a given isn't it) but so were the other cast who blew me away.

EVERYONE was such incredible performers from the production side to the performers. This will stay with me for a very long time. I seldom see shows more than once or twice but this show just made me want to break that tradition. BOY DID I BREAK IT!

Thank you to Lucy Lawless once again for this opportunity to get on a plane and have bum on seat to see an extraordinary show. It was worth the time and money to travel across the ditch. One of the highlights of following her career.

Thank you to the cast whose performances blew me away, the creative genius that dreamt up the direction, the choreography, music composition and the other departments that brought this show to life.

I've broken up this novel length review / synopsis into three parts - here is the first part which is my impressions and other funny things.
If you have seen it, the music, the choreography, the laughs and the 'aw' moments will still be with you.

I'm not a big musicals fan; not because I don't enjoy them, I do, but I just don't find the time to go. This trip afforded me the very luxurious two weeks of shows PLUS the final 3 shows and I enjoyed every single one of them.

 

First up the credits including cast and my impressions and production


sidebysideLucy Lawless-- Velma Kelly

A vaudevillian and murderess who is on trial for killing her cheating husband and sister. She is represented by Billy Flynn and competes with Roxie Hart over him.

Lucy truly shined! I simply LOVE watching this woman perform and once again she didn't disappoint. I was expecting Lucy to be great (no pressure eh?) and she gave her usual stellar performance/s. She was a very sexy Velma, sad and lonely Velma, playful, comedic and joyous. Lucy moved freely on stage and she has said she's not a dancer but she held her own and was outstanding. The woman has presence and she stood out even among the very talented group of performers. Astounding. Her voice was strong throughout the show and there will not be another Velma like that again!

Lots more about that in Parts 2 and 3 of my review!


 

amandaAmanda Billing-- Roxie Hart
A wannabe vaudevillian and murderess who kills her lover after a spat and is sent to jail.

WOW. Just WOW. Amanda is gorgeous and supremely talented. Her Roxie was just incredible. There are a lot of standout moments that I will write in Part 2 and 3 that involve Amanda but one of my favourites is her singing Roxie (the entire number is fabulous). What a talent! Lucy and Amanda made quite a team.

More about her performance in Parts 2 and 3!



 

billyflynnShane Cortese-- Billy Flynn
Velma and Roxie's lawyer who has a perfect track record and makes celebrities of his clients to win sympathy and sway public opinion.
Oh my goodness Shane made Billy such a sleazy lawyer and would be most unlikeable but he had that cheeky grin happening. LOVED him. MUCH more about Billy in Part 2 and 3!


 


Image635233867560528000Andrew Grainger-- Amos Hart
Roxie's faithful and good-natured but simple husband whom nobody pays attention to. He spends most of the play trying to make Roxie take interest in him or even just acknowledge his existence.

Andrew totally surprised me. I had never seen Andrew sing before the first show and I came away from it as a HUGE fan. I recall seeing a photo of him in a sweaty shirt on the Auckland Theatre Company facebook page and it didn't connect who he was until I saw him on stage. His rendition of Mr Cellophane blew me away. We have all felt like that at some point and it resonated with the audience. He always got a very LOUD and enthusiastic response from the audience. You could connect with Amos and it was pretty evident the audience felt the same way I did. More about that in Part 2 and 3.

 


MamaColleen Davis-- Mama Morton
The matron of the Cook County Jail who believes that all favors she gives should be reciprocated

Colleen has such an incredible singer and she struts that stage and exudes power with a little bit of comedic flare. She doesn't take Mama too seriously and I found her more than a little compassionate (and corrupt) warden.

Her "When You're Good To Mama" blew my mind. Her duet with Lucy in Class is simply superb. Her compassion with the Hungarian was touching.

More about that in Part 2 and 3 of the review/synopsis.

 


qtwedv0iSandra Rasmussen-- Tallulah
The narrator and amazing tap dancer

Sandra opened the show and I don't know much about tap dancing but I totally loved watching her. One of my favourite parts is of her and Amanda tap dancing (or Amanda attempting to tap dance in time with Sandra). It was so much fun to watch!

More about Sandra in Part 2 and 3!

 

 

 


hannahHannah Tasker-Poland-- Liz/Foreman/Squaw/Fire Girl/Veronica

Oh my goodness gracious me. What an incredible performer. During "When You're Good to Mama" Hannah is hanging off the underside of the table that is moving with Colleen (Mama) on top, while she's doing a pull up, she is crawling forward as the table moves (I hope I can describe this properly because the move is just so amazing). It's one of my favourite choreography moves in the show. It's slow and so powerful to watch. Hannah just left me speechless.

All the cast (except Lucy) were sporting tattoos - some fake, some real. There is a moment during the trial that Hannah (with very little clothing on) sat in front of me (in Block D) and with my height...I couldn't see over her <g> I was watching her face and trying not to look at her chest which was a foot away from me.

A few nights later I was sitting four seats down from there and I wanted to see the reaction of the person sitting there to Hannah. I did a double take. Hannah was sporting this great bit hulking skull on fire tattoo on her chest. Now I'm either very blind or it was a fake tattoo - it took me a few moments to work out that it was a fake. I had a good chuckle to myself and went back to watching the show. More about Hannah's extraordinary performance in the show in Part 2 and 3.



LaviniaMikeLavinia Uhila-- Annie/Kitty/Reporter

Lavinia was so fantastic to watch. I was reminded of a graceful feline the way she moved. Not sure how to describe it but it really struck a cord with me. Her Miss Kitty is hysterical!

 

More about that in Part 2 of the review!

 

 

Image635233874211030000Rebekkah Schoonbeek-- June/Wonder Woman/Reporter

Aye curumba! Another performer I couldn't take my eyes off. There was something about Rebekkah that just stood out (and it wasn't the fake tattoos). Her June was HYSTERICAL. I'm not sure how much Rebekkah weighs but whatever it is, poor Mike will have her shoe prints on his chest and stomach. Sitting in Block D is an eye opener for Cell Block Tango.


More about that in Part 2 of the review!

 

 


Image635233875259238000Katie Swift-- Hunyak/Reporter/Chorus

Ah Katie, the quiet one of the group. I'm sorry to say that on the first night I couldn't watch her most powerful scene - the hanging of the Hungarian. I just couldn't bring myself to watch it. I did later on. Very powerful stuff. Katie had such a vulnerability about her in her role as the poor unfortunate Hunyak who got treated so badly by the rest of the inmates.

More about that in Part 3.

 



Image635233876786204000Will Barling-- Mona/Reporter/Chorus

I absolutely loved watching Will; especially during Cell Block Tango where he plays Mona. There's something about him that I was captivated. He had that special IT. What is that IT? I have no idea but he has it. He moves so beautifully.

More about this in Part 2.


 

Image635233887738438000Stephen Butterworth -- Fogarty/Harrison/Clerk

I simply adore Stephen. He comes out with some of the funniest one liners. From his detective to his dancing. Brilliant stuff. He has such a cheeky look that he made me smile every time I watched him.

 

More Part 2 and 3!

 



Image635233888401458000Mike Edward -- Fred Casely/Harry/Aaron/Reporter

Mike is built like a Greek God but once you get over those rippling abs, you will find one of the most exciting performers I've seen. He can sing, dance and his athleticism with backflips and such is astounding. I loved watching Mike work. Brilliant stuff.

 

More about that in Part 2 and 3.

 

 

 


Image635233866532450000James Luck -- Bailiff/Judge

What a cutie!! First time I saw James was in all that Jazz but it's not until "All I Care About" I saw more of James that I really needed to see..that G stringy thing was an eye opener <g> I love the bunny ears. His dancing during Razzle Dazzle just made me smile; I loved his exuberance!

 

More about that in Part 2 and 3.

 


The band was BRILLIANT - the musical score was just incredible.

BAND

Stephen Thomas--Drums |
Brett Adams-Guitar
Jeff Henderson--Sax and others |
Cameron McArthur--Bass

It takes a lot of creative people to bring this brilliant show together and from Michael Hurst down, THANK YOU!

C R E AT I V E

Michael Hurst--Director |
Shona McCullagh--Choreographer
John Gibson-- Musical Director |
John Harding--Set Designer
Lesley Burkes-Harding--Costume Designer |
Sean Lynch--Lighting Designer
James Luck-- Dance Captain

PRODUCTION
Paul Nicoll--Technical & Production Manager
Fern Christie--Company Manager |
Chelsea Adams--Stage Manager
Natalie Braid--Assistant Stage Manager
Rachel Marlow--Lighting Operator |
Rory Maguire--Sound Engineer
Natasha Pearl--Props Master |
Petra Verweij--Costume Assistant
Marion Olsen + Jo Hawke--Costume Cutters
Sally Bourner--Costume Assistant Intern |
Minera Mallete--Machinist
Thomas Press--Flyman |
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Set Construction
Katrina Turkilsen--Intern Observing Operations


Continued in Part 2


 

 

21 December 2013

Chicago Ends on Sunday! + Buy Just Released Tickets!

lucyvelma.jpgAfter 7 weeks the sell out Auckland Theatre Company production of Chicago is coming to an end! It's been a fantastic run and Lucy as Velma Kelly has been outstanding! It's been a sold out show for 7 weeks running.


Tonight's show (which was supposed to be the final show) is sold out. Sunday's show which is a replacement for the show that got cancelled last Sunday (due to a cast member being injured - Not Lucy) has now got 14 seats left!

So if you are in Auckland or Australia (hope on a plane quick!) go grab those tickets because this is the final time you will be seeing Lucy as Velma Kelly! 




Catch up with all the news, pics and video about Lucy's role on Chicago as Velma Kelly

 

 

16 December 2013

Lucy Holding a Single White Rose for Peace in 10,000 Hands

lucywhiterose.pngThere is a new Lucy photo of her holding a single white rose.

What is this about?

'Peace in 10,000 Hands' is a global art project for peace and charity.

On our global art project to photograph a single white rose, an ancient symbol of peace, in the hands of 10,000 people from every country on the planet we get to see some amazing places.

Click here to view their official site

Lucy's photo is located in their gallery. You can also view their official facebook page and view their New Zealand gallery where you will find Lucy's photo

Many thanks to Peggy Jane for the news


 

 

16 December 2013

Chicago Show Date Change - 22 December 2013

There was an accident with one the cast at last night's Chicago performance (it wasn't Lucy) and they had to cancel the show (the first time this has happened). The last time a cast member was injured, the show went on with a cast change (James Luck filled in for Will). That wasn't possible last night so they had to cancel the show.

Received the following email from the Auckland Theatre Company regarding the date change to replace last night's show.

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We are very sorry that we had to cancel last night's performance of CHICAGO due to unforeseen circumstances.  We regret any inconvenience that this has caused, particularly to those people who have traveled some distance to see this sold out production.

To avoid disappointment we are pleased to advise that an additional performance has been scheduled at 7pm on Sunday 22 December.  Patrons who had tickets to last nights performance have been automatically re-allocated into the same seats for next Sunday's performance, and can use existing tickets to get into the new performance.

Patrons who are not able to attend the new performance on Sunday 22 December asked to kindly return their original ticket to either Q Theatre Box Office or Auckland Theatre Company for a full refund.

ATC and Q box office staff are available to answer any questions you have and can be reached on ATC: 09 309 3395 or Q Theatre: 09 309 9771.

Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to being of assistance.
 
 


 

 

16 December 2013

Top of the Lake DVD Update

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The award winning Jane Campion "Top of the Lake" mini-series is available on DVD.

Lucy appeared in episode 1 (the back of her) and episode 5 in the role of Caroline Platt.

Australia: Click here to purchase (JB Hi-Fi)
UK - Click here to purchase (Amazon.co.uk)
NZ - Click here to purchase (Mighty Ape)
US - Click her to purchase (Amazon.com)

A 12 year old girl, walks chest deep into the freezing waters of a South Island lake in New Zealand. She is five months pregnant and won't say who the father is. Then she disappears. Robin Griffin is a gutsy but inexperienced detective called in to investigate. But as Robin becomes more and more obsessed with the search for Tui, she slowly begins to realise that finding Tui is tantamount to finding herself - a self she has kept well hidden. Set against one of the most amazing and untouched landscapes left on the planet, Top of the Lake is a powerful and haunting story about our search for happiness where the dream of paradise attracts it dark twin, the fall.

Starring: Elizabeth Moss, Holy Hunter and Peter Mullan

Written and Directed by Jane Campion

this 2-disc set includes this bonus material:

  • From the Bottom of the Lake
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Elizabeth Moss/Character Profile
  • Holly Hunter/Character Profile


Video and Screencaps

Episode 5 Top of the Lake - Caroline Platt
Posted on: 9th April 2013

Episode 5 Top of the Lake - Caroline Platt

Here's the much anticipated episode of the Jane Campion Mini-Series Top of the Lake Episode 5 that features Lucy as Caroline Platt. There is some editing at the start of this clip. It had full frontal nudity (not of Lucy) that I edited out that will be appearing in the airred version (and DVD). Video [...]

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14 December 2013

Lucy Related News Via AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Twitter

Here’s a roundup of various news items related to Lucy that was posted on AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Twitter

Follow us on twitter for all the latest Lucy news or our new Facebook page


 

 

11 December 2013

Flashback Video and Pics: Lucy and Rob at ITM Fishing Awards 2010

dHere's a flashback video of Lucy and Rob attending the ITM Fishing Awards in 2010 

In a night of glitz and glamour hosted by Leigh Hart, with special guests Lucy Lawless and her husband Rob Tapert, the ITM Fishing Media Awards focused on The ITM Fishing Show's best catches and greatest moments of the last seven years. Lucy and Rob went to the ITM Fishing Media Awards 2010 in NZ on 28 August 2010. The Awards were televised in New Zealand on TV3 on 6 November 2010 at 5 pm. The video features Lucy and Rob on the red carpet and Lucy's presentation of best reality fishing show.


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Inaugural Fishing Awards Shuns Glitz

Fishing isn't regarded as the most glamorous vocation in the world, but the stars came out to walk the red carpet for the inaugural ITM Fishing Media Awards at the Copthorne Hotel & Resort in the Bay of Islands recently.

The flashy evening was put together by Matt Watson and his ITM Fishing Show team to mark their 150th episode.

"We have been to many different award shows over the years. The ITM fishing show awards were without a doubt the funniest, most enjoyable evening's worth of award presentation entertainment we have ever attended. Matt and the team presented a top notch show that perfectly highlighted their fantastic series". "We are eagerly awaiting the second annual ITM Fishing Media Awards." LUCY LAWLESS & ROB TAPPERT (sic)

I've sat through some boring awards nights with wanky speeches and out of control egos over the years, but the ITM fishing media awards was a breath of fresh air, real awards, real people...what a night... I even got to meet Lucy Lawless... she is a hottie. ROGER FARRELLY - The Rock


 

 

11 December 2013

Chicago VIP Access Sold For $2010

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Here's an update to the Chicago VIP Access and Meeting Lucy and the Chicago cast.

The bidding has now closed and the amount raised was $2010

Auction was located here

A once in a life time opportunity to meet Lucy Lawless and the cast of the Vodafone Season of CHICAGO - The Musical at Q Theatre brought to you by Auckland Theatre Company.

Actress, activist and charity fundraiser, Lucy Lawless is an ambassador for Auckland's hot spot for performing arts, Q Theatre, and she is helping Q raise money for the 2014 season of 'Q Presents' - a venue partnership programme supporting emerging professional artists.

The winning bidder will receive VIP access to the Vodafone Season of CHICAGO. The luxury package includes-

2 x Producer seats to the show at 8pm, Saturday 14 December
A full pre-show dining experience at Q Theatre
Meet Lucy Lawless and the stars of CHICAGO!
A signed poster by the cast
Private venue and backstage tour
Access to sign Q Theatre's Wall of Fame
The Razzle Dazzle post-show delight
An overnight stay in an Executive Suite at Rendezvous Grand Hotel Auckland, breakfast in Straits Cafe and a late checkout at midday!

There is only one VIP package. There can only be one winning bid.
Best of luck.

NB: The Vodafone Season of CHICAGO is recommended for mature audiences. Contains: adult themes, violence, sexual references, drug use and content that may offend.

Terms and conditions: The Chicago VIP package is non-transferable and must be redeemed on Saturday 14 December 2013. Travel and parking are not included.

Supported by Auckland Theatre Company, Rendezvous Grand Hotel Auckland and Lucy Lawless.


 

 

8 December 2013

Auction Update: Chicago VIP Access and Meet Lucy Lawless for 14 Dec

lucyvelma.jpgHere's an update to the Chicago VIP Access and Meeting Lucy and the Chicago cast.


The bidding is now at $1600 and it ends tomorrow.

Here's an awesome auction to bid on (you have to be in Auckland on 14 December to bid / win this auction). You can win a VIP Access to Chicago and a meet and greet with Lucy! 

Auction is located here

A once in a life time opportunity to meet Lucy Lawless and the cast of the Vodafone Season of CHICAGO - The Musical at Q Theatre brought to you by Auckland Theatre Company.

Actress, activist and charity fundraiser, Lucy Lawless is an ambassador for Auckland's hot spot for performing arts, Q Theatre, and she is helping Q raise money for the 2014 season of 'Q Presents' - a venue partnership programme supporting emerging professional artists.

The winning bidder will receive VIP access to the Vodafone Season of CHICAGO. The luxury package includes-

2 x Producer seats to the show at 8pm, Saturday 14 December
A full pre-show dining experience at Q Theatre
Meet Lucy Lawless and the stars of CHICAGO!
A signed poster by the cast
Private venue and backstage tour
Access to sign Q Theatre's Wall of Fame
The Razzle Dazzle post-show delight
An overnight stay in an Executive Suite at Rendezvous Grand Hotel Auckland, breakfast in Straits Cafe and a late checkout at midday!

There is only one VIP package. There can only be one winning bid.
Best of luck.

NB: The Vodafone Season of CHICAGO is recommended for mature audiences. Contains: adult themes, violence, sexual references, drug use and content that may offend.

Terms and conditions: The Chicago VIP package is non-transferable and must be redeemed on Saturday 14 December 2013. Travel and parking are not included.

Supported by Auckland Theatre Company, Rendezvous Grand Hotel Auckland and Lucy Lawless.

Click here to bid on this auction

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8 December 2013

Lucy Photo Roundup from @LucyLawlessNet Twitter

I’ve posted several photos on AUSXIP Lucy Lawless twitter account @lucylawlessnet


 

 

8 December 2013

Vote for Spartacus As Best Period Piece for 2013

The news about this poll comes from Lucy herself since she tweeted the news:

 

For more about Lucy's role as Lucretia on Spartacus visit the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Spartacus subsite or the AUSXIP Spartacus News and Multimedia Site


 

 

5 December 2013

Lucy Photo: Buddy Day 2013 Raising Awareness Against Child Abuse

Image635218810107437864Mike Edward (Fred Casely and other roles in Chicago Musical in Auckland) took a photo of Lucy and posted it on his Facebook page with a life-size cardboard “child”. What is Buddy Day? See below for the info from the Official Buddy Day NZ Site

Click here to view larger version of the Lucy pic on Mike’s FB Page


What is Buddy Day?

Children can’t prevent child abuse – but adults can.

And what better way to start conversations about the wellbeing of kids, than to send thousands of life size cardboard 'children' into the community for a day with business people, politicians, Iwi and members of the public!

And that’s what we do on Buddy Day – New Zealand’s only community event aimed at raising awareness and starting conversations about the role every adult plays in preventing child abuse.

Everyone, everywhere can show they care and take part in Buddy Day 2013.

If you’re a school in Central Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga or Central Wellington, you can create one or more of our 1200 Buddies who will be adopted by an adult carer on Buddy Day.  

If you’re an adult or an organisation in these regions you can be a Buddy Carer and adopt one or more of our 1200 Buddies for a day.  It’s free to register and all you need to do is collect your decorated Buddy from one of our breakfast event centres.

If you’re not in one of these locations, you can order a 'Buddy pack' online and have your own Buddy Day fun, or simply show your support through a donation.

You can read more about exactly how Buddy Day works here


   For more on Lucy’s role as Velma Kelly in Chicago, go to AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Chicago The Musical (Auckland) subsite

 

 

5 December 2013

Lucy Tweets Archived for October and November 2013

Lucy’s archived tweets are a little late for October and November but here they are:

Image635086051505222183Lucy's tweets for October 2013 and November 2013 have been archived in the  AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Messages & Tweets Section. You will also find archived tweets from February - December 2012 and January to September 2013

Click here to read October 2013 Tweets  | Click here to read November 2013 Tweets

 

Catch up with Lucy's Messages and Special Tweets To Her Fans on  AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Messages & Tweets

Follow Lucy on twitter @RealLucyLawless


 

 

3 December 2013

Photo of Lucy from TVNZ Good Morning and Screencaps

Here’s a photo and some screencaps from the Good Morning Interview with Lucy.

 

Official Site Photo – click on the image for the full size

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Screencaps

 

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Video

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Posted on: 3rd December 2013

Fans are flocking from far and wide to see her in the smoking hot musical Chicago. Kiwi superstar Lucy Lawless is on the couch to tell us all about it.


 

 

3 December 2013

Lucy Interview on NZ TV Show Good Morning - Video Now Available

Image635216508890204104The TVNZ TV Show Good Morning will feature an interview with Lucy this morning about Chicago – check out the blurb below:

Fans are flocking from far and wide to see her in the smoking hot musical Chicago. Kiwi superstar Lucy Lawless is on the couch to tell us all about it.

 

WATCH VIDEO NOW

TVNZ Good Morning Show Lucy Talks About ChicagoTVNZ Good Morning Show Lucy Talks About Chicago
Posted on: 3rd December 2013

Fans are flocking from far and wide to see her in the smoking hot musical Chicago. Kiwi superstar Lucy Lawless is on the couch to tell us all about it.


 


 

If you haven’t bought your ticket yet...you’re going to miss out if you don’t hurry. Tickets are selling like hotcakes! Go here and order your tickets


For more on Lucy’s role as Velma Kelly in Chicago, go to AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Chicago The Musical (Auckland) subsite


 

 

2 December 2013

Upcoming Lucy Web Series with Jason Smith

Image635216077621444975Here's something very interesting and majorly cool! Jason Smith, the very funny guy who produces those hysterical video clips of stalking Lucy in Europe and elsewhere has an official site. This is showcasing Jason's work on Spartacus, Legend of the Seeker, Super City and many more. You can find the site here

On the References page Lucy has added her reference for Jason (there is also references from Michael Hurst, Joe LoDuca and Phil Thompson.

 

About the Web Series:

Jason is writing and developing the web series with Lucy. In part Lucy says

"I have asked Jason to develop a web series that we intend to produce next year..."

You can read all of Lucy's reference here