What’s on – ‘IN VOGUE – SONGS BY MADONNA

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PERFORMED BY MICHAEL GRIFFITHS

DEBUT LONDON RUN – ST JAMES THEATRE
THURSDAY 19TH – SUNDAY 22ND DECEMBER

After a hugely successful limited, but critically acclaimed sell out, Edinburgh Festival run this August, Australian Jersey Boys star, and Madonna fanatic, Michael Griffiths brings his one man cabaret show to London’s St James Theatre Studio for 4 nights only from Thursday 19th December – Sunday 22nd December.

“It is an intimate affair underscored by a wickedly camp bitchiness that delights”
EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS *****

‘In Vogue – Songs By Madonna’ sees Griffiths embody Madge at the piano and use the Queen of Pop’s back catalogue to take the audience on a witty and very funny journey through her life. Written and directed by Dean Bryant (Prodigal, Liza on an E, Britney Spears: The Cabaret), the show features 35 song references and 12 Madonna songs. Previously he has had sell-out seasons in New York, Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland.

“he kept the audience engaged through a flurry of laughter, awe and all round enjoyment ” ​​​​BROADWAY BABY ****

Griffiths said: “Singing and dancing to ‘Holiday’ is one of my earliest memories. Madonna has been such a constant in my life. No one really talks about Madonna as a songwriter who wrote incredible songs: Vogue, Like a Prayer, Open Your Heart and Express Yourself. I want my audience to enjoy these iconic tracks as well as exploring the real stories and surprising truths behind them.”

“This is a borderline religious experience” ​TIME OUT ****

Michael graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts with a Bachelor in Music Theatre in 1999 and has a Diploma in Music Composition. He is a singer, pianist, composer and musical arranger. Michael is currently performing as Bob Crewe in Jersey Boys. Before this he toured Australia and New Zealand in Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Michael performed in the Australian and Japanese tour of We Will Rock You amongst other shows.

INTERNATIONAL CRITICS:

“Griffiths will have you believing that he is the highly materialistic Material Girl…it’s wry, its camp, and it’s exceedingly funny. It also features some exquisite piano arrangements…all enhanced by JERSEY BOYS star Griffiths’ mellifluous vocals”
ADELAIDE ADVERTISER

“Charmingly self-assured and conversational, Griffiths held the audience in the palm of his hand from his first piano-powered Madge arrangement…The best tributes are ones that are unafraid to add a wink and a smile to their tone, and In Vogue certainly succeeds”
AUSSIETHEATRE

“Griffiths has us reclining in our seats and listening to the Queen of Pop’s songs like we’ve never heard them before… Griffiths has beautifully crafted the art of performing the pop song with only a piano and a solid voice…He’s funny and charming and holds the audience with finesse and ease” ​​​​​STAGE WHISPERS

“I saw one man bring an entire world to life with just a piano, a stool and his genius”
RICK ELICE, CO WRITER JERSEY BOYS

SEE MICHAEL IN ACTION:

TO BUY TICKETS:
http://www.stjamestheatre.co.uk/events/in-vogue-songs-by-madonna/

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UK’s hottest new girl band set to launch 90ft high outdoor Christmas photography exhibition

Girl band MKS (Mutya/Keisha/Siobhan) performing at #CreateChristmas Exhibition launch

On Thursday 21st November girl band ‘Mutya Keisha Siobhan’, made up of the founding Sugababes members, will launch a festive photography exhibition projected onto the side of a 10 storey building to celebrate and showcase how Londoners #CreateChristmas. To kick off proceedings the critically acclaimed girl band will officially switch-on Victoria’s lights, illuminating Victoria Street from the station to Buckingham Gate. As Victoria lights up MKS’ festive photo will be projected onto the façade of Victoria’s Cardinal Place, equivalent to the height of seven double decker buses, to mark the start of the exhibition. There will then be a festive performance from the IDMC London Gospel Choir – a dynamic, vibrant and inspirational MOBO awards nominated gospel choir, who have performed with a host of famous names including Heather Small, Jamelia, and Jason Mraz.

MKS, who reformed as a group in 2012, will perform their debut single ‘Flatline’ alongside songs from their new album, plus an old favourite. Cited by critics as “a triumphant comeback of one of Britain’s finest pop groups” MKS’ performance promises to bring sensational vocals and festivity to Victoria.

#CreateChristmas photo competition and exhibition

This November will see the arrival of a festive photography exhibition projected onto the side of a 10 storey building to celebrate and showcase how Londoners ‘Create Christmas’. Launching on Thursday 21st November, the large-scale projections will take over a façade of Victoria’s Cardinal Place, equivalent to the height of seven double decker buses, as part of a free three-night entertainment showcase.

Time Out London’s Chief Photographer, Rob Grieg will curate the exhibition selecting of photos, submitted by the public in the #CreateChristmas photo competition, that best show a sense of the beauty and magic of the Capital at Christmas.

For a chance to be featured in the exhibition, people are asked to submit a photo via Facebook.com/CreateVictoria with a caption of how it captures the essence of creating Christmas in London. Whether it is a favourite landmark, a must-do seasonal shop or iconic festive fare, #CreateChristmas wants to know what Christmas in London really means to people**.

Each of the best selected photographs will be projected for 20 seconds from 5.30–7.30pm daily on Thursday 21st November, Friday 22nd November and Saturday 23rd November. For each photo that makes it into the final exhibition, Create Victoria will donate £1 to The Prince’s Trust as part of its Christmas appeal. The youth charity helps disadvantaged young people across the UK to turn their lives around and find a job The public can also support the charity by donating via text, to donate £3 text TRUST VICTORIA to 70555*

Curator and judge, Rob Grieg, will choose the top ten photos to be displayed in a temporary exhibition in Victoria. In addition, the winning photographer will win £500 worth of photography equipment and have their photo printed in the Spring Edition of the Victoria newspaper, read by over 400,000 Londoners.

Three nights of entertainment

Visitors to the #CreateChristmas exhibition at Cardinal Place in Victoria can enjoy a host of live performances on stage, including the London Ballet Company and popular children’s hit, The Gruffalo performing with The Snail & The Whale, as well as a Christmas food market. Also joining the celebrations is former leading lady of the award winning ‘Wicked the Musical’, Louise Dearman, who will be singing songs from her new album, and award winning and record-breaking West End and Broadway actor best known for his performances in Les Miserables and as The Phantom in Phantom of the Opera, John Owen-Jones. Guests can also enjoy festive treats, including Mulled Sangria and mince pies. Visit http://www.createvictoria.com for further details of performance times and how to enter.

Open for shopping seven days a week, with high street favourites including Topshop, Zara and Hobbs, plus beauty must-haves L’Occitane and Space NK, Cardinal Place has everything you need for a spot of Christmas shopping. Throughout the exhibition many shops will be opening late and hosting special offers and instore activities, plus visitors can enjoy dinner until late at restaurants including Wagamama, Zizzi and La Tasca.

Each night’s proceedings will be hosted by entertainment presenter, Lisa Vickery, commencing at 5.30pm until 7.30pm, on the roof garden at Cardinal Place.

Thursday 21st Nov
· Christmas Market (Ground Floor Cardinal Place)
· #createchristmas photography exhibition projection
· Official Christmas light switch on (Guest TBA)
· London Ballet Company performance
· Performance from The IDMC London Gospel Choir.

Friday 22nd November
· #createchristmas photography exhibition projection
· Passionata Opera performance
· John Owen-Jones performance

Saturday 23rd November
· #createchristmas photography exhibition projection
· The Gruffalo & Snail & Whale Cast interactive family show
· London Violin School performance
· Performance from Louise Dearman

The event is free to attend but numbers are limited to the roof garden event space.
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Ts & Cs
*Text costs £3.00 plus network charge. Prince’s Trust receives 100% of your donation. Obtain bill payer’s permission. Customer care 0844 847 9800. Charity No 1079675).
**Entrants will be notified if lucky enough to be featured within the three day exhibition.

Explore 101 – New travel app brings European cities to life with celebrity voices

I don’t know about you but I love visiting new cities and love seeing it through a ‘local’s’ eyes! To be honest it was part of the reason I started this site, along with Sydney Social 101 and Manchester Social 101. I was so excited when I heard about a new app that gives users a glimpse into new city’s hidden gems!

 

Cities Talking is the new way to discover your favourite cities, for less. Whether you’re planning a mini-break with your partner, looking for a way to entertain the kids in the holidays or struggling for fun things to do at the weekend on a budget, this new travel app has got it sorted.

 

Showcasing the very best of Europe’s city culture, Cities Talking – which has been dubbed the “anti-tour guide” – has been designed to offer a solution to expensive, uninformative city tours, with the help of some famous voices.

 

At just £2.99 per walk, the app allows you to explore cities on your own schedule, while having a lot of fun along the way. Rather than regurgitating the same mundane facts that many tour guides rely on, the app uses an interactive GPS which targets your location and provides compelling facts designed to inspire, educate, amuse and entertain – whether it’s Christopher Biggins guiding you around the regal streets of London or comedian Gordon Kelly, taking you on a magical, medieval tour of Edinburgh – it’s the unique and novel way to unearth the secrets of our best loved cities.

 

Julie-Anne Uggla, founder of Cities Talking, commented: “In Venice me and my family paid a premium for an excruciating tour of the city – it was so busy we couldn’t hear the tour guide speak, what we did hear was completely uninspiring and we couldn’t even stop for a water break in the baking heat. At that point I thought surely there’s a cheaper, more exciting way to explore a city than this – which is when Cities Talking was born!”.

 

The best thing about Cities Talking is you can pause, rewind or fast forward the tour, depending on your interests and if you mishear something, not a problem, just rewind to listen again – there’s no missing out because you’re at the back of the group, like existing walking tours.

 

Two separate functions also allow you to tailor your walks to your personal tastes; the Inspire function lets you select points of interest, such as churches, museums, restaurants or places to visit on a rainy day, for example; the Plan function then takes it one step further, allowing you to pick your favourite locations, which are then mapped out for you to enjoy.

 

Walks are currently available for 10 European Cities, including: London, Edinburgh, Berlin, Amsterdam, Budapest, Florence, Paris, Venice, Bruges and Prague.