Lucy Lawless as a 'sexy, hedonistic diva' from Pleasuredome
A Hollywood producer, Kiwi director and actor Lucy Lawless have teamed up to create a fantasy. It's called Pleasuredome.
The musical, set in a Manhattan (Auckland) streetscape is all about reliving an epic night out from the 1980s, its creators say.
The musical was being billed as an "immersive experience" to bring show goers "the night you never dreamt was possible".
What would that night involve? Well, a "sexy, hedonistic diva" played by Lucy Lawless, lots of 80's music and big hair.
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Hollywood film producer Rob Tapert came up with the idea of Pleasuredome after trying to relive a night out from his 20s, he said.
"A friend dragged me to an underground club in New York City – it was something you could only find in that city, a fusion of beautiful people, music, lights – a sensory overload. It was the most incredible and wildest night of my life and, for near forty years, I've been working on the right vehicle that could re-create that seminal ride."
Tapert promised there was a somewhat deeper side to the film, saying Pleasuredome was really a story about love and greed – as well as partying.
Lawless, who had been spending more time campaigning to stop oil drilling in the Arctic than acting, said she was excited for the show.
Pleasuredome was due to premiere on September 28.
Far from her current attire – red Greenpeace uniform – Lawless' character, Sappho, would be suited out with glittery lavish dresses.
Describing the show, Lawless said it was "a wild, funkadelic, joyful ride".
Her character was the main performer in Pleasuredome. She was performing alongside Sol3 Mio's Moses Mackay, Neighbour's star Stephen Lovatt and Vince Harder of Lion King fame.
New Zealand director Michael Hurst was behind the show. Tickets for Pleasuredome went on sale Thursday.