March Happenings

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COME FLY WITH ME 22nd March 2017
Final show at SLIDE – closing for renovations
Flaps down, ready for take off, and assume the crash position!
The long run of sold out shows for more than a year is proof that Come Fly With Me is a true hit show. Bold and brash and fearlessly fun, you’re guaranteed to enjoy this flight…
From boarding to take-off, upgrades, downgrades and the all new safety demonstration, you are in safe hands until stowaways appear from the cargo hold. Add a couple of high-powered First Class passengers and an illegal substance in the aircraft air-con unit and the show is truly flying high!
“hilarious!” “outrageous” “The best fun!”
Ring Sophia for bookings – Phone: (02) 8915 1899
http://slide.com.au/shows/comeflywithme/

PRISCILLA – Back in the desert for DENTAL CORP

While Mardi Gras happened in a wet old Sydney our Divas disco’d and raged in 40 degree heat at the Camel Farm Uluru. 380 dentists met Drag Divas Ginger Vitas, Polly Dent and Carmel Toe with DJ Tom raging till midnight and keeping the camels awake!

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LOVE ON THE LAWN – The Wedding Festival -Sunday 19th March 2017
I will be exhibiting in my new guise as a wedding celebrant so come and join me at Royal Randwick Racecourse. Find us on the CAMPEST stand from 10 am – 4 pm.
Have a great month!
Lesley

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Come Fly With Me – Wednesday 15th June – brand new show – don’t miss the flight!

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COME FLY WITH ME – Don’t miss the flight!
Wed 15 June 2016 SLIDE Bar and Restaurant

Our BRAND NEW airline show is on again! After a sold out season we are back for a final flight on the 15th JUNE. Join us at Slide for the most hysterical dinner show – 80 minutes of absolute in-flight fun and mayhem. Don’t miss this First Class Event!  Catch up with flight attendants Judy Free and Miles High and 4 fabulous new crew members as they take you on an unforgettable mystery flight. Buckle up and assume the crash position as you take to the skies on your own private jet. A turbulent landing of smokin’ hot songs such as, Survivor, I Love the Flight Life, Takin’ Off and the Rhythm of Flight. A new show with your favourite flight crew and stowaways including Scoot, Tiger and of course Qantas. A little bit Pam Ann, a touch of Little Britain, a lot of fun!
Also available for corporate and private flights.
Click on this link to secure your booking, and for more info: http://slide.com.au/shows/comeflywithme/

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Leave It To Diva’s Bollywood Hens Night

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Leave It To Diva’s Bollywood Hens Night

By special design Leave It To Diva created a very special Hens Night for beautiful bride to be Claudia King in her home in Bellevue Hill.  30 gorgeous girls enjoyed the festivities and were entertained by performers Minnie Cooper and the Love Guru, Guru Pitka.  It was a spectacular afternoon with Pimms and cake and the glamorous  Minnie Cooper led the gathering in party games and singing all designed by the Leave It To Diva production crew.

The highlight of the afternoon was the arrival of the Love Guru who sang his favourite Bollywood Love Songs – Girls Just Want To Have Naan, Poppadam Preach and Get Chapati Started and had all the girls learning Bollywood dancing.  Much to their delight the handsome waiter Angus McGuigan was encouraged to remove his shirt and danced with the girls Bollywood style.

The party was made complete by the surprise arrival of the head bridesmaid from London who was secretly dressed in an Indian Sari, and presented to the bride, who immediately burst into tears.

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The Twelve Events till Christmas !

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The Twelve Events till Christmas !

Once again, we have had fantastic fun this year and here a few of our favourite events for 2015.

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January :

We saw in the New Year in Hong Kong entertaining the King of Thailand! Amazing. Then off to Thailand for our own Royal Wedding. Chrystal and Rad got married. Heaven!

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February :

My favourite event this year was a Virtuoso Fundraiser for Australia Zoo where Andrew and I compered as Terri and ‘Baby Bob’ Irwin. I think we might need to do a bit of Bindi ‘Dancing with the Stars’ next year .
Check out the disco nuns with a bit of ‘Sister Act’ and a techno ‘Climb Every Mountain’!

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March :

The Hong Kong Cancer Fund Gala fundraiser 2015 ‘Once Upon A Time ‘. Silvio Berge outdid himself yet again!
Fabulous music raging from, Disney, Into The Woods and The Enchanted Garden.. This year our stars were Lucy Maunder, Tom Sharah and Johanna Allen.

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April :

A Barcelona theme for the Konica Minolta Sales Team heading to Spain as an incentive. We had fun with matadors, Manuel from Fawlty Towers and a spanish Diva Strolling Table dispensing San Miguel Beer. Viva Espana!!

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May :

We became the Real Housewives this month for a fabulous group of fundraising mums called Mothers of Boys . MOBS ..This year we raised money for The Daniel Morcombe Foundation and toured with the inspirational Denise Morcombe.

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June :

Priscilla glittered in the desert and many a fun time was had at the camel farm a tUluru with clients such as Business Chicks, Directions, Snackbrands and Zambrero all getting into the fun (and feathers!) They made me MC in drag and we also had a surprise visit to our dressing room from Trevor the camel!

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July :

‘Geisha’s The Word’ for Maddy’s 18th birthday and everything Japanese.
Patsy and Edina whirled into the Ivy Penthouse. Watch out for the Ab fab Movie next year !

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August :

A divinely decadent birthday celebration at Hong Kong’s best Italian Restaurant- Gaia- Italian style with Luciano, the world famous tenor and Diva, (me) channelling Maria Venuti. Opera , fun and a fat suit!

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September :

‘My Favourite yearly event is the fundraiser for Sydney Dance Company – Dance Noir. The theme this year was ‘Latin Nights’. Chi Chi Lombardo was back on the boards as MC with Chris Taylor from the Chaser as co-host and ex husband Don Juan. And Chi Chi‘s special guest for the evening ,along with Taryn Fienberg and Jud Arthur,was that national treasure at Opera Guadalajara – Jose Domingos Diego Carreras (Cha Cha is in rehab).

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October :

Off to Vegas for IMEX with Australian Tourism . A few shows and a load of fun promoting our fabulous country to the world.
We also premiered our ‘Funky Divas’ on the harbour. Fit and fabulous girls – Shannon, Gretel and Emily singing a range of music from Motown to Mariah!

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November :

A Grand Budapest theme was perfect for our bell-boy Zero and cigarette girls at the Shangri- La Hotel.
Then Christmas came early with the lighting of the tree for Narellan City Council. LITD was asked to provide the whole evening’s entertainment . We did everything from Mrs Claus, our new kids group ‘Crackerjax’ and a wintery White Christmas with all the stars of Frozen, snow machines and special guest Samantha Jade!

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December :

Fav gigs this month: A fab night at the Oscars at the Hilton for Corrs and a huge celebration with Optus. An airline theme 3000 guests , Ricki-Lee and Bob Downe !

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It’s been a fun and busy year , but this last week brought sad news as well.
Vale to our dear friend and colleague David Grant.
Beautiful David .. . a collision of art and commerce. Irrepressible, mischievous and utterly devoted to creating delight and pleasure. A giant in our industry. Heaven will not be the same when you arrive! Thank you darling for all the fabulousness.

So here’s to great things for 2016 .
We have a new airline show open to the public at Slide Bar in February so hope to see you there or somewhere out there in Event Land !

Wishing you a fabulous Christmas and New Year!

Lesley and the team at Leave it to Diva.

THE PRISCILLA SPECTACULAR

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I hope you enjoyed Gilligan’s island and checked out the footage.
As promised here is a look at our fabulous Priscilla Show..
The Priscilla Spectacular brings together fabulous costumes, great disco music, and three of the best drag performers in Australia.
This includes the stars from Priscilla – the stage musical and I will survive – Channel 10. We are proud to be the supplier of choice at Voyages Uluru.
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This is a link to my webpage http://119.81.15.198/~leaveitt/78-2/ and below is some footage from our production show with dancers. The show is usually 3 performers but we can accommodate according to your brief.

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Hi there…

Its been a while since we’ve worked together so I thought I’d bring you up to date and introduce you to a few other entertainment acts I produce as well as the latest bespoke shows that have happened this year. Even though you receive my newsletter I thought I’d personally let you know about some of our latest and most popular shows for conferences and events. Over the next few days I will send you a ‘best of’ email. I’d love to chat about finding solutions to entertainment queries for your event.
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Gilligan’s Island Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip. That started on this tropic isle aboard this tiny ship…..

The Skipper, Gilligan, Ginger, Maryanne and Mrs Howell greeted the delegates of Plumbing Plus at Hamilton Island then escorted them to their 3 day conference on Daydream Island. The crew then performed a specially tailored show including the Gilligan’s Island Theme, I’m a Survivor, All the Ginger Ladies, I will Survive and We are Family. That night 2 hula girls greeted the delegates and a beautiful mermaid was stranded on a rock for photographs. Your shipwreck stars are professional music theatre artists and actors including RohanSeinor, Debra Krizak, Andrew Benson, Laurence Coy andBreeLangridge. This is a perfect destination show or island themed event.

This is a link to my webpage http://119.81.15.198/~leaveitt/gilligans-island/ and below is some footage from the event at Daydream Island.

The Real MOB Wives

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Hi from Diva HQ!

These last couple months have been busy!
Getting our MOBwives up and running for ‘Mothers of Boys” in Brisbane was great fun.
A Spanish theme for Konica Minolta, Kath and Kim for Yoga Synergy , a Japanese
Geisha singing ‘Sex Bomb’, a circus theme for a 21st , Priscilla at the Rock and the Ivy,
And Bette Midler for a 70th birthday!  We are now getting ready to go to Hong Kong for a private event ( an Italian theme)  and we have just secured Carols by Candlelight at Narellan!
Enjoy this beautifulAutumn!
Lesley

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‘Mothers of Boys‘ is a fantastic group of women who only have sons. They fundraise all year  with the highlight being a grand luncheon. This year  they are supporting the Daniel Morcombe Foundation. We will be doing the Sydney and Melbourne Chapters as well.. so if you want tickets drop me a line. MOB ‘s is a brilliant group of women who have fun while producing great events and supporting great causes .
Denise Morcombe is the special guest this year and what a courageous and  inspirational woman she is .. We created MOBwives as a fun video leading into our stand-up comedy routine and had the gals rocking to “Sisters are doing it for Themselves”
With Tom Sharah, Lena Cruz, Catherine Alcorn, Lesley Hancock and Jamison Hunt (Verushka Darling)
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Viva Espana !!

This fab night was to launch the incentive to Barcelona  for Konica Minolta .. We provided a handsome Spanish Matador, a glorious flamenco dancer, and even the fabulous  Manuel, the famous bumbling spanish Waiter from Fawlty Towers! There was singing, dancing and a themed strolling table serving Sangria and Spanish Beer. Ole!!
With Gavin Brightwell, Monique Salle and Anthony Sottile
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Geisha’s the Word ..

Pitti Sing rocked the house for Maddies Japanese themed 18th Birthday . The gals loved Leigh Sleigholme’s fabulous impersonation as he smashed ‘Sex Bomb’  ‘I will Survive‘ ‘I Kissed a Girl‘ and ‘Geishas the Word’ (paying homage to GREASE) I know … silly but brilliant !
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Diva Strolling Tables

Spanish themed ,Great Gatsby , Alice in Wonderland , Marie Antoinette .These are just a few of the fabulous looks that we can theme our strolling tables .. Where WOW meets glamourous !
Pictured here is CatrionaHamilton at the Barcelona Launch at the Art House Sydney
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Priscilla rocks the Rock !!

The best thing about the camel farm at Voyages Uluru is the surprise arrival of 3 drag-queens over the sand dunes ! Seen here with CEO and staff of BT ..a fabulous end to a great conference  !
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Easter Greetings from Leave it To Diva!

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Hi from Diva HQ!

We have had a great start to the year kicking off with a fun and fabulous wedding in Phuket with Julia Gillard and her guru. There were blessings for LITD diva Chrystal and her new husband Rad.

Hong Kong called in January with a fantastic drag diva show at the Four Seasons, then back in March for the Hong Kong Cancer Foundation fundraiser. This years theme was “Once Upon a Time” . Tom Sharah ,Lucy Maunder and Johanna Allen thrilled the guests at the ‘Event of the Year’.

Rose Hancock-Porteous is back after the success of ‘House of Hancock’ earlier this month, and two new shows, Terri and Bob Irwin for an Australian Zoo fundraiser and THE REAL HOUSEWIVES coming in May!!

Happy Easter all!
Lesley
Fab photos on the website
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Once Upon a Time

We were under some pressure to top last years amazing ball and according to
HK society we did just that.. sponsored by Louis Vuitton guests were transported to a magical forest with roaming centaurs and fairies.. The amazing talents of Lucy Maunder as the beautiful princess, Tom Sharah as MC and Prince Charming and Johanna Allen as the evil Queen Maleficent.

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Virtuoso Fundraiser for Australia Zoo Hospital

This fab night showcased the new Intercontinental Hotel at Double Bay.
And how else do you host this fun evening? As Terri and Robert Irwin of course!
We were raising money for the koalas at the Zoo Hospital in Queensland and thanks to Virtuoso and Fay Cohen of Travel phase we raised over $60,000.00. The night was completed by the Priscilla team in various wildlife outfits and a live cross to the Irwins in Florida (We were hiding under a table at this point!)

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The House of Hancock

After a triumphant mini series on channel 9 this month, Rose is back.. not only that but back in Perth ! A fab evening at an awards evening for Mazda and then joined by Gina for a most hilarious appearance at ‘Hats Off” at the Seymour Centre.. All singing all dancing Rose !( and a bit of lap-dancing )

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The Boys Light up

Hong Kong again and Mrs Ashi Burman, a beauty queen from New Dehli, turned 70. She wanted drag divas and she got them. The boys were amazing in a two night extravaganza – my lord those Indians know how to party! Check out the transformation Tom, Ben and Aaron became Ilana Coke ,Vanity Faire and Minnie Cooper… yes those are nespresso martinis ( after the gigs)

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The Real Housewives (…of where-ever)

Can you hardly wait? Coming in May 2015

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The Twelve Events till Christmas !

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The Twelve Events till Christmas !
We have fantastic fun this year and here a few of our favourite events for 2014 .
January : saw Kath and Kim (and Sharon) sailing the high seas on Australia Day in their sell out show ‘Nautical but Noice’ !
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February : At the Fairmont Hotel. The glorious Divas Strolling Tables were a hit and Julia and Tony Abbott set a cracking pace on the ‘Where’s Poli?’ hunt in the Blue Mountains.
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March  : The Hong Kong Cancer Fund Gala fundraiser 2014 ..‘Casanova – A Night in Venice’ .Our fabulous opera stars soared and delighted from Puccini to GAGA!!
The Hong Kong Cancer Fund Gala fundraiser 2014
April  :  Ramsay Health Care celebrates 50 years . Sydney Town Hall at her finest and a fitting farewell for founder Paul Ramsay who passed away 3 weeks later . Leave it to Diva had 16  tap-dancers on stage and the fabulous Dame Edna Everage contributed to this amazing event .
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May  : The Priscilla Spectacular hits the Camel farm at Uluru. Red dirt , sequins , disco and the best drag in the business. Jax Tyres are Priscilla converts now. (and we welcomed a new baby camel called ‘Priscilla’!)
The Priscilla Spectacular hits the Camel farm at Uluru
June : Hino Trucks and a brilliant conference at the  Sydney Four Seasons  Hotel.
The ‘Hino-ettes’ sang every award winner to the stage with our specially created jingles !
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July  : The world premiere of  ‘ The Basseynettes” the 3 Shirley Basseys took the Sydney Dance Company fundraiser by storm . The fabulous Tom Sharah ,Deb Krizak and Lesley Hancock ( here with Rafael Bonacella)
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August  : Hong Kong again and the  theme was  Cabaret .. an amazing evening at the  Grand Hyatt Hong Kong  with Tom Sharah , Lucy Maunder  and Elise McCann.
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September  : ‘The Swinging 60’s’  was the theme for Ramsays Manager’s Conference at the Westin Hotel Sydney.  Dusty Springfield, Austin Powers and the cast of Grease!
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October  : Daydream Island was transformed into ‘Gilligan’s Island’ with the complete crew shipwrecked with Plumbing Plus.. We even orchestrated a mermaid on a rock!
Daydream Island was transformed
November : Patsy and Edina were off  and racing with 800 guests at Darling Harbour for  an Absolutely Fabulous Melbourne Cup ! And then, of course, the magnificent Gerry Connolly as the Queen for Pindara Private Hospital.
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December  : We wound up the year with Sane Event Group at the Star . Julia, Tony and his daughters and a Christmas song from Susan Boyle!
We wound up the year with Sane Event Group at the Star
From all the team at Leave it to Diva

Merry Christmas
See you in 2015 !

Divas’ shine in Hong Kong

Leave it to Diva headed to Hong Kong this month for Mrs Ashi Burman’s 70th Birthday festival  at the Four Seasons Hotel. Another amazing event by Silvio Berge . Two hundred Indian guests- mostly flown in from New Delhi- adored three of Australia’s best drag divas . Ben Moir, Aaron Farley and Tom Sharah wowed the crowd at a welcome Dinner and then another huge production on the birthday night, with a show that combined mimed and live singing . A Whitney Houston impersonator from Berlin completed this amazing evening !
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Divas’ shine in Hong Kong.
Divas’ shine in Hong Kong..