Cigarettes, Whisky And Wild Wild Women: Exploring The Seven Deadly Sins Through Song

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'Cigarettes, Whisky And Wild Wild Women' 'Cigarettes, Whisky And Wild Wild Women' Image © Michael Kennedy

Samantha Leith is setting out to explore what the seven deadly sins mean to humanity in the 21st century with her one-woman show, 'Cigarettes, Whisky and Wild Wild Women'.

Samantha intends to get down to the most important questions of this era, whether it's okay to be lazy sometimes, what Kim Kardashian has to do with pride, and many other human vices.

The show, which was prompted by Samantha's memory of the first song her father taught her features an eclectic mix of songs spanning over 70 years with hits made famous by a motley
crew including Etta James, Divinyls, Liza Minnelli and Pistol Annies.

While this performance marks the first appearance of Samantha at Sydney Fringe, the artist is no stranger to the festival circuit, and is eager to get involved with the tenth anniversary celebrations.

'Cigarettes, Whisky and Wild Wild Women' will be the first new show the entertainment veteran has toured in over 15 years.

The mix of songs will serve to showcase the broad career of Samantha, who performed her first paid gig at the age of seven, and went on to perform in support acts for MC Hammer, and joined Jimmy Barnes on stage before she turned 25.

Sam Leith Whisky

From the Sydney Opera House, to the Hordern Pavilion, opera, to cabaret, to musical theatre, to dance, classics, and blues, there's very little Samantha Leith hasn't done.

Joining Samantha in the production of the show is Bev Kennedy, one of Australia's leading musical directors and accompanists.

Bev has previously worked on productions of 'Billy Elliot', 'Mamma Mia!', 'The Producers', 'We Will Rock You', 'The Lion King', 'Priscilla Queen Of The Desert', and 'Chicago'.

In order to cater to Samantha's strong, emotional vocals, Bev has worked hard to ensure the musical arrangements both capture the essence of the songs, and allow for Leith's voice to shine through.

The good news for those who can't make it to Sydney for the Fringe Festival is that Samantha and Bev plan to take the show on the road in the near future, with details to be announced soon.

'Cigarettes, Whisky and Wild Wild Women' plays Archie Rose Cabaret Club 13-14 September.


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