LE GATEAU CHOCOLAT
at The Press CLUB - BUSKER PARK, Christchurch
From 17 Jan 2013 to 22 Jan 2013
Concert Chamber, Town Hall, Auckland Live, Auckland
From 6 Jun 2014 to 7 Jun 2014
Reviewed by: Erin Harrington; Cherie Moore;
Welcome to the wonderful world of Le Gateau Chocolat – the outrageous, larger than life operatic diva, with a penchant for lycra… and an exquisite baritone voice.
Prepare yourselves Christchurch because he's jam-packed his oversized suitcases with 72 kilos of drag and is ready to unleash a delectable confection of mesmerising songs on his unsuspecting audience. Dabbling in the dark arts of pop, jazz and musical theatre, this opera-loving maestro will carry his audience from Bassey to Radiohead, while infusing these songs' stories with his own.
Nothing is as you'd expect, but you can count on a whirlwind of endless costume changes, a healthy dose of honesty and a collective show-stopping climax like no other.
This is an emotional kaleidoscope of a journey through the life of this Nigerian-born London boy with a law degree, unsuspecting mother and a big heart who against all odds, discovered opera, lycra, drag … and just the right amount of ass-holism.
Having performed at prestigious venues around the world including London's Royal Opera House and the Copenhagen Opera House, Le Gateau is delighted to make his Christchurch debut at this year's SCIRT WORLD BUSKERS FESTIVAL.
From the Tate Britain to T-Mobile ads, alternative Miss Ireland competitions, The Paul O'Grady Show and back again, Le Gateau has delighted them all!
Go on, treat yourselves to a scrumptious slice of Gateau!
One of Time Out London's top 10 cabaret stars.
‘Treasures of untold riches await the persons brave enough to watch' LA Times
‘Incredibly heart-warming and genuine… This is one emotional rollercoaster you'll want to ride!' – Rip It Up (Australia)
‘The biggest voice in town. We love Le Gateau Chocolat's powerhouse baritone, his megawatt grin... Global domination awaits!' TimeOut London
‘This polished performer has a stage presence which is difficult to ignore. Lycra clad, larger than life and possessing a truly breathtaking voice, Le Gateau Chocolat certainly is a stand out act at this years' Fringe.' – The Advertiser (Australia)
‘Few artists are really unique, but then again, few artists are Le Gateau Chocolat.” Blaze (Australia)
The Press CLUB - BUSKER PARK
Thursday 17 - Saturday 26 January
R16 - adult content (proof of age required)
1 Seat = 1 Donation ($15 preferred)
First in, first served!
Seats available from 11am on the day of the show from the WBF BOOKINGS BOOTH. Limited 8 seats per show.
Limited pre-release seats available from dashtickets.co.nz / 0800 DASH TICKETS until 12noon on Monday 14 January. Get in quick!
No BYO alcohol. Bar and food vendors onsite
No smoking, thanks!
as part of the
AUCKLAND INTERNATIONAL CABARET SEASON 2014
The Concert Chamber transforms into a hotbed of decadence as THE EDGE presents a sumptuous five-night engagement of the Cabaret world's hottest talents, as the inaugural Auckland International Cabaret Season takes place 4th – 8th June 2014, Live at the Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall.
Arriving with oversized suitcases jam-packed with 160 pounds of drag, Le Gateau Chocolat (UK), a Nigerian-born, London-based baritone, will set your senses ablaze with opera, musical theatre, jazz, and even some rap. Serving up a delectable confection of hand-picked arrangements as random as a box of chocolates, you'll fall for his big heart, infectious energy and gargantuan voice.
AUCKLAND INTERNATIONAL CABARET SEASON
Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall, THE EDGE.
Le Gateau Chocolat:
June 6th and June 7th, 9:30pm.
(Premium - $45, Gallery - $25, Group 6+ -$234)
Bookings through Ticketmaster – www.ticketmaster.co.nz or 09 970 9700 (booking fees apply)