Todrick Hall Presents Twerk Du Soleil

source: todrickhall.com

source: todrickhall.com

I haven’t shared this with you but I am a massive Musical Theatre fan, in fact I love Musical films as well and I wish I actually lived in a Musical, imagine I’m just cycling through town then I randomly burst into song and rather than thinking I’m crazy the whole town joins in, magically knowing the melody, lyrics and choreography to my song!

 

A couple of years ago I watched a really funny video on YouTube of a young man singing his Mc Donald’s drive through order, not only was the video funny but the young man had a really good singing voice and the Mc Donald’s employee actually got the order correct!

 

That young man was Todrick Hall, and since then I have watched every single YouTube video that he has uploaded and one umm… odd one that was on someone’s channel featuring a duet called “I want you Black”…

 

Todrick has achieved so much in his career both on and off YT and even though I don’t want to be a famous star, Mr Hall inspires me, he is proof that if you are not “given” the opportunity to do what you want in life you can create your own opportunities.

Toddy Rockstar – as he is affectionately known has achieved so much including working with Beyoncé to choreograph “Blow”, writing the song for and starring in an amazing  Virgin America safety video and he also made Forbes 30 under 30 list for 2014.

 

So a couple of months ago I was very excited to hear that Todrick Hall was going on tour and coming to London, I bought two tickets to his show “Twerk du Soleil” immediately.

 

The show was on 24th August 2014 at the Leicester Square Theatre, I decided to go to the show in Fancy Dress if you’re familiar with Todrick’s work then the costume would make sense, I decided on a Disney meets Burlesque theme. I wore a large scarf to cover my cleavage all day I only took my scarf off for this photo.

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I went to the show with my good friend Antoinette as I knew she would appreciate Todrick’s madcap & camp brand of humour and hilarity as much as I do.

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We arrived at 17:00 in time for the 17:30 meet and greet but we were informed that the meet and greet would now be after the show…

 

So off we went to nearby Haagen Dazs Café to kill time until the show started.

(By the way their new Caramel Biscuit and Cream ice cream is AMAZING!!)

 

We were let into the theatre at around 19:00 and found our seats in the intimate space, the size of the theatre is more like a cinema auditorium but that was fine with us.

 

There was no opening act and the main show started at around 19:40 I know this because I was what’s app-ing my friend Dawn (Hi Dawn) at the time.

 

The performance was really good, high energy and a lot of fun, basically Todrick and cast recreated several of Todrick’s YT videos live on stage. I have only included short clips of the show because it wouldn’t have been fair or legal for me to record then upload an entire number, or the entire show.

This is supposed to be a playlist but it seems like it’s not playing properly in this post, you can watch all of the videos on youtube. 

 

They opened with the singing fast food orders, using audience members as the staff from Mc Donalds, Subway and Starbucks it was amazing to see how much Todrick’s fans “The Toddlerz” love him.

 

As much as I admire many people, I have never been one to fawn over celebrities or go crazy when I meet them, I think I’m just too calm for all of that.

 

There was a lot of audience participation in the show and Todrick wished a Happy Birthday and sang (collectively) to every single person in the audience that claimed it was their birthday on Sunday.

 

We also saw live versions of “Beauty and the Beat”, “Once Upon a Crime” and arguably Todrick’s most famous video, the “End of Time” flash mob performance which was the finale.  

 

 

 

I was slightly disappointed that we didn’t see “Spell Block Tango” or “All That Azz” which are “Chicago” parodies, as “Chicago” is one of my favourite musicals but we did see “Twerking in the Rain” which is so darn catchy!!!   

 

 

The show finished at about 20:40 and then we waited about 45 minutes for the meet and greet to begin, it was a small theatre so it was really hot while we were waiting but the crowd was mostly excitable youngsters and there were not many grumbles.

 

Todrick came across in the flesh as he does on his videos, he was really nice to all of the children in front of me in the queue, who were so excited to meet him, below is  a video of Todrick signing a poster for the young girl in front of me.

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I do wish the show had been a longer but I can appreciate that it is hard work to sing and dance live, plus I knew that several cast members were only in the London show so there is a limit to how much they could learn and remember in the couple days they had to rehearse before the show.

 

That’s it for my review, thanks for reading I’m off now to Twerk in the rain…

 

Luv Sian

 

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Birthday Celebrations Part 2, Africa Comes to Spitalfields (photo heavy)

Hi Everyone!

On May 27th Spitalfields Market hosted an event called Africa at Spitalfields.

Here is the description from their website:

Come and join London’s biggest shopping experience inspired by Africa Join us on the last Bank Holiday Monday in May, as we transform Spitalfields Traders Market to bring you Africa at Spitalfields, a new shopping experience, celebrating the vibrant African culture and showcasing the talents from Africa and the Diaspora in the UK. The day is to include an array of stalls of African Music, Film, Fashion, Interiors, Street Food, Art, crafts and Literature. You’ll be greeted by the aroma of sweet smelling African street food, traditional African dancers, the distinctive sounds of Djembe drummers and you can try braiding and face painting for the kids or big kids. More than a conventional market, Africa at Spitalfields is an interactive shopping experience about bringing together the community young, old, families, students & adults, and is a perfect environment for stall holders and those that that have a general interest to connect with one another. Feed your curiosity, your eyes and your taste buds…Get Involved, Get Inspired. Free entry for all and everyone is welcome!

Twitter: @Aatspitalfields

http://www.facebook.com/africaatspitalfields

info@africaatspitalfields.co.uk

This was right up my street, almost literally as Spitalfields is just a mere stroll across London Bridge for me. The weather was lovely again so hubby and I grabbed our water, camera and trendy Hessian shopping bags and we were off…

We entered the market on the “wrong” side but the sound of the Djembe drums called us to the right section of the market.

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There were many children also invited from the audience to play the drums but I’m not keen on posting photos of other people’s children on the internet.

I spoke to every single stall holder at the market, but in this case pictures are much better than words. To make it easy for you to tell when I have moved onto another stall I will separate the groups of photos with a line like this:

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ImageHubby bought me little birthday presents from each stall, where I fancied something, I got these from J.M Prempeh:

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I bought a lovely doll for my Nephew Widget, we do not believe in gender stereotypes in my family , my sister specifically wanted a female doll for her son to represent his female relatives and to teach him that he must look after this special doll, and treat it with respect because he should treat all women with respect and look out for his Mum, Aunty & Grandma etc.

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I bought some Black Soap from this stall,

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I bought the blue top (on the right)

The Stall holder was very patient with me, there she is on the far left.

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Lunch Break!

We had lunch at Las Iguanas, BOGOF cocktails, 5 Tapas dishes and sweet Potato Fries.

While we were waiting for the food to come DH took photos of me pulling faces,

sometimes you have to just let go and have fun!

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I bought the last “cultural hamper” from this lady,  it contains 4 Plantains, 1 mature coconut and 1 Sharon fruit all for £5.00 plus I can reuse the packaging, bargain!

I think cultural hampers are a fantastic idea and I wish I’d thought of it!

Only one problem, I have no idea what to do with a mature coconut!

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From the other side of the market we bought this, I’m actually going to use the board as a spoon rest, I think that Olive wood is beautiful and if the board holds up against staining I’m going to buy more Olive wood products especially kitchen items.

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It was a really great day and I hope they have this event again!

Thanks for looking everyone!

Luv Sian

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