NAUGHTY & NICE

BRACE FOR GLIT­TER AND GIG­GLES AS SAUCY SHOW DELUXE DELUXE HITS HOTA

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - AM­BER MACPHER­SON

THE GOLD COAST WANTS SOME­THING CRAZY, IT’S A NIGHT OUT RATHER THAN SE­RI­OUS THE­ATRE

Ashow now per­form­ing at HOTA is sure to stay with you weeks af­ter you see it – partly for its provoca­tive na­ture, mostly for the glit­ter.

Deluxe Deluxe is the lat­est cre­ation of Scott Maid­ment, one of the minds be­hind last year’s sell­out spec­ta­cle Blanc de Blanc.

Ask any mu­sic fes­ti­val fre­quenter and they’ll tell you glit­ter sticks around long af­ter the cur­tain call ... and Deluxe Deluxe is full of the sparkly stuff.

“There’s ac­tu­ally mo­ments in the show where per­form­ers are fully cov­ered in glit­ter,” Scott says. “There’s a lot of con­fetti can­nons and a lot of gold and sil­ver be­ing sprayed across the au­di­ence.”

Pre­mier­ing last week to a strong au­di­ence, Deluxe Deluxe com­bines the tal­ents of ex­tra­or­di­nary per­form­ers for a va­ri­ety show of cir­cus cabaret magic. Wild themes and ou­tra­geous acts make for an arous­ing show, so it’s prob­a­bly best to keep the young chil­dren home for this one.

“It’s adults only be­cause there’s a lit­tle bit of nu­dity, there’s a lit­tle bit of sauci­ness, there’s some crazy com­edy,” Scott says.

“It’s live mu­sic, it’s dance, lots of com­edy, singing and some crazy non­sense. It’s a great party en­ergy we’ve cre­ated.”

Scott says since Blanc de Blanc’s two-sea­son sell­out suc­cess on the Gold Coast last year, the re­gion has de­vel­oped a fever­ish ap­petite for bur­lesque-style vaudevilles with old-school glam­our.

“Peo­ple here are in­ter­ested in en­ter­tain­ment that’s lively and provoca­tive and a lit­tle bit crazy, rather than see­ing plays,” Scott says.

“The Gold Coast has had a his­tory of this cabaret va­ri­ety stuff from shows in the casino that hap­pened years ago, to old-school mu­si­cal stuff and I think this is the next wave of it,” he says.

“The Gold Coast wants some­thing crazy, it’s a night out rather than se­ri­ous the­atre.

“In these types of shows, the per­form­ers aren’t pre­tend­ing to be any­thing other than what they are.

“That kind of im­me­di­ate in­ter­ac­tion the per­form­ers and the au­di­ence have in cabaret is the di­rect re­sult of peo­ple want­ing to have a more hu­man ex­change.”

The cast fea­tures Aus­tralian and in­ter­na­tional per­form­ers An­to­nio Mon­tiel, Pene­lope Elena, Hil­ton De­nis, Scot Nery, Olivia Porter and Laura Michelle, with a range of skills in ac­ro­bat­ics, con­tor­tion, tap­danc­ing, singing and com­edy.

Deluxe Deluxe MC Scot Nery says the show is all about the au­di­ence in­dulging in lav­ish en­ter­tain­ment.

“We’re putting good­ness on top of good­ness,” he says.

“The show is about know­ing too much of a good thing is never enough.”

Deluxe Deluxe shows un­til July 29 on Wed­nes­day to Sun­day evenings, with two shows a night on Fri­day and Satur­day nights and mati­nee per­for­mances on Sun­days. Visit hota.com.au/the­atre/deluxe-deluxe or call 5588 4000 for tick­ets.

Pic­ture: JERAD WIL­LIAMS

An­to­nio Mon­tiel per­forms in the provoca­tive cabaret show Deluxe Deluxe at HOTA.

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