Album Party : : Preview

If you can’t stop moving to the funky, funky beat, or want to spice up your life and ain’t got no alibi for being u.g.l.y , then The Basement Theatre’s latest off-the-wall offering is for you.


Revamped for a second season, The Better Best Possible Album Party Anyone Has Ever Been Two (check out that pun though!) opens today.


The part-play-part-concert is fronted by Kate McGill and Frith Horan, making up New Zealand’s most outdated and cringe-worthy pop duo, TYLA & Deni$.


Album Party, directed by Holly Chappell and Tom Eason, features the pairs ReDEMption Tour and is described by Horan as “essentially a pop concert but in a theatre”.


“[It] tells the story of two has-been NZ pop stars, TYLA & Deni$, who had this huge meltdown about two years ago and have not been seen since.”


Album Party is the duo’s “big chance to try and get back in the spotlight” - only issue is, their act hasn’t really changed since the early 2000s and the pair don’t seem quite aware of their “oh so tragic” nature.


So what can audience members expect from Album Party? To put it simply, a heartwarming tale involving two “hot mess” singers set to 11 “nasty” pop songs with an early to mid 2000s vibe.


The 11 tracks are completely original but Horan expects audience members will recognise some Fergie and Nicki Minaj inspiration. The songs (including four new originals for this season) were written with Adrian Hooke and Oswell Didsbury, who also worked on last year’s production.


Album Party 1.0 (titled The Best Possible Album Party That Anybody Has Ever Been To) showed at The Basement Theatre in May 2015 and featured McGill and Horan as two big Latina personalities, Donna Rose and Karla. Horan says the pair decided to revive the show with Kiwi characters to make it more “relatable”.


“We made the decision to try do it with NZ pop stars, because then there is the whole tall poppy thing. We don’t really have that celeb culture here, so when someone comes out and is like, ‘We’re massive – remember us?!’, everyone is sort of like… um, nope?”


McGill and Horan aren’t the only two on stage throughout Album Party, with four students from Epsom Girls Grammar serving as backup dancers. The students are also revived from last year’s season, where Horan says they “ending up stealing the show”.


Album Party aims to be not your typical theatre show. It calls for a crowd that is willing to participate – Horan gives her audience members full permission to get to their feet, get out their phones and yell out.


With a vision of enticing teens, serving as a throwback for young professionals and converting more traditional oldies – it is clear that this show has big aspirations and even bigger personalities.


Album Party runs until this Saturday. Tickets are available here.


  1. minecraft 26 April, 2019 at 19:29 Reply

    Sweet blog! I found it while surfing around on Yahoo News.
    Do you have any suggestions on how to get listed in Yahoo
    News? I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there!

  2. 28 April, 2019 at 00:08 Reply

    Hi there are using WordPress for your site platform?
    I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and
    create my own. Do you need any coding expertise to make your own blog?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  3. gamefly 6 May, 2019 at 14:14 Reply

    Do you mind if I quote a few of your articles as long as I provide credit
    and sources back to your webpage? My blog is in the very
    same area of interest as yours and my users would truly benefit from a lot of the information you present here.
    Please let me know if this alright with you.

  4. minecraft for free 7 May, 2019 at 15:33 Reply

    I just like the valuable info you provide for your articles.
    I will bookmark your weblog and check again here frequently.

    I am relatively sure I’ll be informed many
    new stuff right right here! Good luck for the next!

  5. g 12 May, 2019 at 15:14 Reply

    I was curious if you ever thought of changing the structure of your site?
    Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better.
    Youve got an awful lot of text for only having one or 2 pictures.

    Maybe you could space it out better?

  6. g 14 May, 2019 at 03:53 Reply

    certainly like your web-site however you have to test the
    spelling on several of your posts. A number of them are rife with spelling
    problems and I find it very troublesome to tell the truth then again I will certainly
    come back again.

  7. mojang minecraft download 16 May, 2019 at 20:03 Reply

    Very good site you have here but I was curious
    about if you knew of any community forums that cover the same
    topics discussed here? I’d really like to be a part of community where I can get responses
    from other experienced individuals that share the same
    interest. If you have any recommendations, please let
    me know. Thanks!

  8. minecraft download free 18 May, 2019 at 07:04 Reply

    I think this is among the most important info for me.
    And i am glad reading your article. But want to remark on some general things, The web site style is
    perfect, the articles is really nice : D. Good job, cheers

Leave a reply