A delightful and at times very moving Cabaret in The Day, the final of this year’s series, “ BROADWAY BABIES’ was at Mosman Art Gallery featuring the talents of maestro Glenn Amer and Adele Johnston.

The versatile, extremely impressive Amer needs no introduction to audience members of Cabaret in The Day. Johnston is a versatile artist excelling in a variety of genres including cabaret, musical comedy, opera, operetta, concert and lieder recitals. For this concert she was elegant in black and silver and – at least at the start- draped in a hot pink feather boa.

In this concert we were treated to a range of ‘The Greatest Hits’ from various musicals ranging from Annie Get Your Gun to Phantom of the Opera and more… Continue reading CABARET IN THE DAY : BROADWAY BABIES @ MOSMAN ART GALLERY

Cabaret In The Day : I’ll Follow My Secret Heart @ Mosman Arts Gallery

Featured photo- singer Christopher Hamilton.

The second of the 2017 Cabaret In The Day season was the wonderful I’LL FOLLOW MY SECRET HEART, with maestro Glenn Amer on piano and starring Christopher Hamilton

Hamilton has appeared in many musicals and plays in both professional and community theatre including The Pirates of Penzance, Paris, A Song to Sing O!,Vice, Man of La Mancha, The Hatpin, The Producers, Sweeney Todd, Les Miserables, The Venetian Twins and narrating Peter and the Wolf.

This show was a great nostalgia trip, with the performance looking at the career and songs of two of Britain’s greatest 20th Century songsmiths – the dashing Ivor Novello and the ultra sophisticated Noel Coward. Both composers remain the ‘gold standard’ of wit and romance, their works evergreen favourites.

The show opened stirringly with Novello’s 1914 patriotic Keep The Home Fires Burning . Amer then told us a bit about Novello’s life (he was described as ‘ the British Valentino ‘ , terribly handsome, who wrote seven musicals – yet apparently couldn’t sing!) .

Hamilton, dapper and very elegant in black and gold with cravat and tie pin, then launched into the liltingly romantic I Can Give You The Starlight from the 1939 musical The Dancing Years. Also from that musical we then heard the romantic infectious Waltz of My Heart . We then learnt that between the Wars Novello moved to Hollywood where he worked as a script doctor.

Amer then swept into the swirling passionate, longing, yearning title song from the 1935 Glamorous Night .

We then jumped to Novello’s comic songs and Hamilton then, through gritted teeth, performed the biting, witty And Her Mother Came Too.

Amer then talked further about Novello’s luxurious, flamboyant somewhat scandalous gay life and his links to and influences upon Coward. Amer then played Someday My Heart Will Awake from Novello’s King’s Rhapsody.

We then heard more about the rise and rise of Coward and how Novello’s work generally went out of fashion and he sadly passed away in 1951.

Amer and Hamilton performed one of Novello’s most famous songs We’ll Gather Lilacs from Perchance to Dream (1945).

Hamilton swiftly changed from his black to a white dinner jacket while Amer talked more about Coward and his various auto)biographies, letters, plays and aphorisms.

Another duet was enchantingly performed I’ll See You Again. We then heard the title song of this particular show I’ll Follow My Secret Heart, again as a duet , which lead to more discussion about how both Novello and Coward were gay with Coward being more discreet about it.

Hamilton then launched into Cowards’ Mad About The Boy.

Amer then talked about how Coward moved internationally (Bermuda, Jamaica , Switzerland) for tax reasons but always remained at heart an Englishman.

We then heard (with Big Ben chimes on the piano) the stirring, moving London Pride written during the 1941 Blitz. We then heard the jaunty , bouncy A Bar on the Piccolo Marina with its tongue twisting rhythms .This was followed by the delightful Dance Little Lady Dance with its emphatic rhythms . Amer then performed a powerful captivating solo Gypsy Melody on piano .

Next we jumped to the delicious witty Nina, with its infectious Latin rhythms and tongue twisting lyrics. We were then treated to a provoking, sarcastic and haughty Why Do the Wrong People Travel ? another duet for Amer and Hamilton.

Three classic Coward pieces followed: a breathless Mad Dogs and Englishmen, the witty I’ve Been to A Marvellous Party and the blistering, pleading, eventually furious Don’t Put Your Daughter On The Stage Mrs Worthington.

Amer gave a stellar performance of the rather strange Uncle Harry which was followed by a sad, reflective If Love Were All , which is regarded as autobiographical and is from Coward’s 1929 Bitter Sweet. The final song was a duet, a wistful, romantic version of The Dream is Over.

The audience vociferously cheered and applauded at the end leading to the encore of three Coward songs from his The Girl Who Came to SupperLondon, What Ho Mrs Briskett and the music hall like Saturday Night at the Rose and Crown.

We were then thanks by artistic director Melvyn Morrow and given a sneak peek of next week’s show Broadway Babies with the sizzling powerhouse Adele Johnston.

Running time 90 minutes without interval.

I’LL FOLLOW MY SECRET HEART,  part of the Cabaret in the Day concert series, took place at the Mosman Art Gallery on the 16th July.



This first concert in this year’s delightful series and included music by Johann Strauss, Franz Lehár and Imre Kalman.

Piano maestro Glenn Amer played and sang fabulously. Amer also played the role of narrator and enjoyed making incisive, witty comments.

We were whisked to Vienna and heard classics such as The Blue Danube,and selections from Die Fledermaus, The Gypsy Baron, The Merry Widow, The Land of Smiles, Countess Maritza, The Gypsy Princess and works by Richard Tauber, Joseph Schmidt and others.

Amer opened the program with a very dynamic, infectious selection of famous waltzes. He placed the waltz in social context and remarked how scandalous it was when it was first performed, even raising t,he chagrin of certain bishops in Germany.  Continue reading CABARET IN THE DAY : YOU ARE MY HEART’S DELIGHT @ MOSMAN ART GALLERY


For one night only Marrickville’s Red Rattler will be taken over by Company of Rogues to create their own little slice of Bedlam right here in Sydney.

Featuring performances from some  favourite local artists, musicians and performers – plus a surprise or two – it’s going to be a big Thursday night. And when the stage isn’t being lit up by Bedlam’s inmates you can play with their madhouse antics and soak up some cray cray at the bar.

So put on your formal straight jacket and dust off your bed straps because this is one fundraiser you do not want to miss!

Tickets just $35.

Thursday 4 May 7-10 pm @ Red Rattler Marrickville

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King Cross is a state of mind. No boundaries to its name, no limits to its life. Half a century later, however, has Kings Cross been crossed out?!

The production HIDDEN SYDNEY is back by popular demand for a strictly limited season. The production, featuring an all star cast, is an immersive cabaret celebrating Kings Cross in the 50s, 60s and 70s. The play is set over four floors of The Nevada, a former Sydney brothel which boasted the biggest bed in the world.

Theatregoers get to rub shoulders with a motley cast of characters including Bea  ​Bea Miles, Abe Saffron, Roie The Witch, Standover Jim and the iconic Les Girls.

Last drinks are served at the Chevron Silver Spade.


May 25 2017 until June 18th 2017 at the Nevada, the World Bar, Bayswater Road, Kings Cross.

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Accompanied by a stunning 24-piece orchestra lead by the iconic Musical Director John Foreman, Trevor Ashley is returning to Sydney Opera House on Thursday, March 2, this time at the Concert Hall, with his acclaimed two-act show, DIAMONDS ARE FOR TREVOR, celebrating Dame Shirley Bassey’s 80th birthday in what will be the official curtain raiser for the 2017 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Nominated for three Helpmann Awards (Les Miserables, Fat Swan, Diamonds Are For Trevor) Trevor Ashley says that, The Shirley Bassey songbook is full of incredible songs, and I can’t wait to sing many of them again on a special night.”

With dazzling costumes designed by Academy Award® winner Tim Chappel, and armed with his trademark humour and unrivalled set of lungs, Ashley will perform dozens of Shirley Bassey hits as he takes you on a tour of her life – complete with feathers, flash and frequent diva tantrums.

Doors to the Concert Hall open at 7 pm and the show starts at 8 pm.

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This is quite the experience seeing one of the great Broadway musicals performed in the tiny, boutique venue that is the Hayes Theatre.

CABARET begins with naive young American writer Clifford Bradshaw arriving in jazz-age Berlin, determined to live life to the full. Bradshaw gets much more than he bargained for during his time in the German capital, and he leaves the city as the scourge of Nazism takes hold, a very different and much more worldly man.

From all vantage points Nicholas Christo’s production is impressive. First to the principal cast:

Jason Kos gives a warm, winning performance as the sensitive young writer.

Paul Capsis is mesmerising as the Cabaret’s cutting emcee, forever ‘telegraphing’ the fate that is soon to befall Germany.

Chelsea Gibbs grabs the role of Sally Bowles, one of the great parts in musical theatre, and makes it her own. Her version of the title song is incandescent and deserved the strong audience reaction that it received.

So good to see this production entice three veterans of the Australian theatre back to the stage.

Kate Fitzpatrick plays the tough and money hungry German Fraulein Schneider who runs a salubrious boarding house in which Herr Bradshaw takes lodgings.

John O’May is terrific as her shy, charming long time Jewish beau, the perfect gentlemen, forever buying her gifts.

Markus Graham plays the part of Ernst Ludwig, a local who befriends Bradshaw when he arrive in Berlin and shows him the nightlife of Berlin, and ends up being a very sinister figure.

Debora Krizak is just right as Fraulein Schneider’s wild natured scallywag boarder Fraulein Kost who always a sailor or two in her boudoir.

Christo’s set and staging, and Kelley Abbey’s choreography work well. A crack Kit Kat Club band led by pianist Lindsay Partridge, situated behind luscious satin curtains (and sometimes a scrim), play in a rousing fashion all the way through, with a particular highlight a red hot trumpet player.

James Browne’s production design was very effective. A few small cabaret dining tables were set up at the front of the stage to add to add ambience, with a few lucky patrons getting the best seats in the house.

A constant refrain through the play was the use of Kit Kat club performers, eerily looking on at the seedy action from either side of the stage.

Costumes (unattributed in the program), make-up by Mariel McClorey, wig and hair design by Drew-Elizabeth Johnstone and atmospheric, smokey lighting by Rob Sowinski were outstanding.

Recommended, CABARET is playing the Kit Kat Club, no I mean the Hayes Theatre until March 5. The production is then set to go to Melbourne, at the Athenaeum Theatre, at the beginning of May.


“It if don’t fit … don’t force it or you’re gonna make your momma mad.” The 1939 ditty by Barrel House Annie reinterpreted by the gorgeous, grandiose, garish, gifted diva provocateur. All hail YANA ALANA.

When casting around for companions to come with me, way too many said no, mostly after viewing the video on the Festival website. Quoting one of my friend’s text exactly “I pity you having to sit through that dear Judith”. Boy is he wrong. Couldn’t be wronger. So I am out to spread the word, to proselytise in the name of Yana.

Do not miss this show! YANA ALANA COVERED is cabaret at its brassy, brilliant best. Some kind of bastard child from Meow Meow and Bette Midler in her heyday. Continue reading YANA ALANA COVERED @ THE MERITON FESTIVAL VILLAGE


The Spiegel’esque show put out an invitation that was  impossible to refuse…Leave your real life at the door and come and enjoy the show. It’s an invitation, a promise, that this show delivers on.

Ushers, suitably attired, escorted to our seats in the Spiegel Zelt – a magnificent 97 year old Spiegeltent – which  now calls Australia home after its recent purchase by the Vass Group. It is a warm, intimate venue featuring velvet canopies, cut-glass mirrors and romantic booths, and seats just 120 people. Continue reading SPIEGELESQUE @ THE ITALIAN FORUM PIAZZA


For last year’s Mardi Gras, Velma Vegas played to sold out houses at the Seymour Centre portraying Judy Garland, Barbra, Streisand, Liza Minellei and Bette Middler amongst others! And in 2015, she starred in SCREAMERS! (Best Musical Theatre/Cabaret, Sydney Fringe).

Velma will be back at the 2017 Sydney Mardi Gras to rock the Seymour Centre again in a brand new live cabaret show for Sydney – The Vegas Lounge! It’s a raucous rollercoaster ride through the best of disco, pop, and diva classics from the 60s to today! Continue reading VELMA VEGAS PRESENTS THE VEGAS LOUNGE CABARET


For the latest ( and, sad to say, last in the season for the moment ) Cabaret In the Day at Mosman Art Gallery, under the terrific direction of Melvyn Morrow we had a superb POISONING PIGEONS IN THE PARK, a deliciously witty, subversive performance celebrating the wondrous talents of singer/songwriter/social satirist Tom Lehrer.

Lehrer, now retired, was a mathematics and musical theatre lecturer and has a massive cult following. His songs often parody popular song forms although often creating original melodies while doing so. He is best known for the darkly humorous songs he recorded in the 1950s and ’60s.

In the 1960s, he produced a number of songs dealing with social and political issues of the day, particularly when he wrote for the U.S. version of the television show That Was the Week That Was. He has also translated The Wizard of OZ into Latin and this is still regarded as the standard Latin version today. Despite their topical subjects and references, his songs are still enormously popular. Especially close attention must be paid to his acerbic , witty , subversive lyrics . Continue reading CABARET IN THE DAY – POISONING PIGEONS IN THE PARK @ MOSMAN ART GALLERY


Rob Palmer
Rob Palmer

The latest in the Cabaret in the Day series at Mosman Art Gallery was Of Bing I Sing , saluting Bing Crosby (1903 -1977 ) , the legendary 20th century American crooner and movie star.

Recording more than 1700 songs, Crosby’s distinctive warm bass-baritone voice made him the best-selling recording artist of the 20th century, having sold over one billion records, tapes, compact discs and digital downloads around the world.

Written and directed by Melvyn Morrow, it was presented as a dialogue between Glenn Amer ( ‘” the musical mastermind of Moss Vale ‘’) who has ‘’ the fingers of Liberace and the voice of Mario Lanza” and a collection of 378 78 format style recordings of Crosby, and Rob Palmer, star of Better Homes and Gardens and Dancing With the Stars.

Amer at the shiny black piano was dressed in a dapper suit , Palmer in front of a large black and silver mike was far more casual in a t-shirt and denim. Palmer was tanned and had a dazzling cheeky grin .Palmer had a long introductory monologue explaining how the two met. Continue reading CABARET IN THE DAY – OF BING I SING @ MOSMAN ART GALLERY


The first of this year’s Cabaret in the Day series as excellently directed by Melvyn Morrow was the wonderful ‘Gilbert and Sullivan forever!’ starring Andrew O’Keefe and Glenn Amer.

The best of G&S in an hour and a half was presented by O’Keefe (The Chase, Weekend Sunrise) who is a Mosmanite, and Amer who has been described as ‘the man with the fingers of Liberace and the voice of Mario Lanza ‘.

Together they become a cast of hundreds as we dashed exuberantly through some of Gilbert and Sullivans much loved operettas as well as some rarely heard works too. Continue reading CABARET IN THE DAY : GILBERT AND SULLIVAN FOREVER @ MOSMAN ART GALLERY


broadway10This is an evening of Broadway Cabaret with a reverse twist! Old and new Broadway songs performed as you’ve never heard them before. Book a table at the Mosman Art Gallery. Ticket price includes a welcome glass of champagne and a cheese platter for the table. The event is BYO (no cans!).

You can book a whole table or part of a table – please try not to leave single seats on tables.

Friday 18 November 8pm Opening night
Saturday 19 November 2pm
Saturday 19 November 8pm
Sunday 20 November 2pm
Friday 25 November 8pm
Saturday 26 November 2pm
Saturday 26 November 8pm Closing night

Ticket prices:
Adults $40
Concession $32
Children $22

$2 from each ticket sold will go to ACON as a charity donation to support their work with Mental Health, HIV Prevention, HIV Support, and Safety & Inclusion.

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All images by Ben Apfelbaum.

This cabaret gem was created by Trevor Ashley (as Liza), Phil Scott and Max Lambert.

Liza Minnelli is a Broadway legend and when she performed a few years ago at the Opera House, she garnered rave reviews.  However the writing trio noticed that her appearances on the musical stage have been infrequent and she has only sung in a couple of true movie musicals.

In another universe where she has performed in all the great and more recent Broadway musicals, how would she have sung in A Little Night Music, Wicked, Cats or Sunset Boulevarde? Well…Trevor Ashley answers these questions when his Liza sings a Broadway repertoire which she never has, but possibly should have.


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A grotesque and entertaining French cabaret is the latest production at The Depot Theatre. Chrissie Shaw’s Bijou is a faded character from early twentieth century Paris. She was a sought after beauty, a collector of jewelry, a singer, a dancer, a great hostess and a seedy operator when times were hard.

Her dramatic entrance in a glorious costume tells the audience we are in the presence of a great performer, although slightly tarnished by years of alcohol assisted depravity. She has wandered into a bar and cajoles the piano player into playing songs to her liking, and plays up to the audience to extract coins and drinks from them. Continue reading BIJOU – A CABARET OF SECRETS AND SEDUCTION @ DEPOT THEATRE MARRICKVILLE


In DIVALICIOUS –LICENCE TO TRILL, two devious divas apply James Bond tactics as they try to outwit, out sing and out trill each other.

Since they became nationally known in their DivaLicious performances on TV’s “Australia’s Got Talent” and “The Voice”, these two opera-trained sopranos, Fiona Cooper Smyth and Penny Shaw, have expanded their corporate repertoire and toured their two shows ‘Opera Rocks’ (reviewed in Sydney Arts Guide in 2015) and ‘Licence to Trill’.

Flirtatious and audacious, they flaunt their ambition and other attributes to capture variously the hearts, minds, votes and wallets of their audiences and audition judges.
Though operating as a duo, they each try to be the only diva on stage. They admit that they were and still are “divas-in-waiting” with the song, “I dreamed a dream” from Les Miserables. Continue reading DIVALICIOUS- LICENCE TO TRILL @ UTZON ROOM SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE


After conjuring his inner Patrick Swayze in a national tour of Dirty Dancing,  Kurt Phelan brings his brand new cabaret, PHELAN GROOVY to Slide on 17 August – a hilarious, access all areas romp into his mind both on and off stage.

The production is part biographical, part behind-the-scenes voyeurism and all entertainment.

Date: Wednesday 17 August
Time: 7pm dinner/ 8pm show
Venue: Slide, 41 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
Cost: 3 Course Dinner & Show $89pp (groups $80), $44 show only
Bookings: or 8915 1899

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At Last- main

Production photography by Matt Deller.

AT LAST – THE ETTA JAMES STORY saw its world premiere in 2013 and since then has played to packed theatres throughout Australia and New Zealand. Having recently completed a sell-out season at Arts Centre Melbourne the  show came to the  Sydney Opera House, for just one week.

Starring the sensational Vika Bull the show tells the story of soul legend Etta James turbulent life and features some of her most beloved songs including Tell Mama, It’s A Man’s World, I’d Rather Go Blind, her iconic signature song At Last and many more.

Vika puts her heart and soul into this unforgettable show and is joined on stage by The Essential R&B Band – seven talented, multi-instrumentalist musicians. At times their enthusiasm and the sound system encroached a little on Vika’s message.

On the night I went, the lighting lagged just behind the narrators as they moved forward to reveal another peak or trough in her tale. The backdrop of a few black and white period photographs, whilst appropriate, was a bit stagnant. More changes and a few more scenes in the backdrops may have added interest.

The arrangement of songs interspersed with narration flowed well, with the relatively low-key end of the two Acts being sealed by Vika’s high energy encore.

Etta’s story is an engrossing one. During a long career she won six Grammy Awards and a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame. Etta James influenced a vast array of artists from Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, to Amy Winehouse and Adele. Sadly, her frantic recording and touring schedule coincided with her ever-growing addiction problems including doing time in jail. She not only sang the blues…she lived the blues.

Mercifully, her passion for life and strength of character saw her conquer her demons and she continued to record and perform into her seventies. This is her story. The night ended with Vika receiving a standing ovation. I am sure she will have others, as Etta herself frequently enjoyed, over many decades of performing.


Above- Sarah Tari as Chantelle. Featured - Joanna Weinberg on piano with the band
Above- Sarah Tari as Chantelle. Featured – Joanna Weinberg with the band

The Hayes Theatre Company in Kings Cross partners independent producers and artists, championing small scale musical theatre and cabaret.  Its 2016 cabaret season runs from June 13th to July 10th.

A highlight of the season is Joanna Weinberg’s cabaret PANDORA’S BAG, a delightful, witty parody of women’s lives as seen through their most indispensible of accessories, the handbag.

Weinberg has written thirteen one woman shows, and in this, her fourteenth, PANDORA’S BAG, she is accompanied on her piano by three fabulous female jazz musicians, Kate Adams on cello, Nicola Ossher on drums and percussion and Ellen Kirkwood, who also does heart-warming harmonies, on trumpet. Continue reading JOANNA WEINBERG’S PANDORA’S BAG @ HAYES THEATRE



This play will shortly tour to Edinburgh as part of the Fringe Festival there.

Rochelle Bright’s play tells the story of Eric and Rose from Hamilton New Zealand who meet at a lake with daffodils . The same place that Eric’s parents met 20 years earlier. They fall in love, marry and fashion a life together over the 1960’s to 1980’s with an indie rock back ground soundtrack.  The story is inspired by the story of the playwrights’ own parents. Continue reading BULLET HEART CLUB PRESENTS DAFFODILS @ RIVERSIDE THEATRES PARRAMATTA




Old-school showgirl glamour is mixed with aerial artists, pole dancers, circus acts, magicians, and of course the famous cancan dancers, in a lavish French cabaret show like no other.

Audiences will be enthralled by the beauty of dancers, the magic of the music and the spectacular array of international guest variety artists of Cabaret De Paris. Continue reading CABARET DE PARIS @ THE CAPITOL THEATRE


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Production photography by Sylvi Soe, and displayed in performance order.

The Short + Sweet Cabaret Gala Final took place last Sunday evening at the swish inner city  cabaret venue, the Slide. in front of a huge sold-out audience. Master of ceremonies Mr. Cruelo de Vil (Brendan Hay) cleverly entertained between acts.

– (1) Diamonds Last ForeverDebbie Neilson is magnificent as Marilyn Monroe, and Luke Reeves is the spy, James Bond 007. Yes Debbie speaks exactly like, and sounds exactly like MM as she sings “Diamonds Are Forever” wearing a beautiful red and diamonds gown. Debonaire spy arrives and dances to the music of the “James Bond Theme”. However they are both on secret missions to kill each other. Debbie dances and sings “My Heart Belongs To Daddy”, “Everyone Talks” and “I’m Through With Love”. Clever storyline, beautifully paced and in a unexpected surprise twist, MM gets her man. Delicious audience favourite.

– (2) Fangirl – Now wearing a beautiful blue tardis gown, Alexandra Chambers is super fangirl Stephanie Sparkle and sings her unique stalker story via familiar tunes with comic lyrics. She takes a deep and meaningful look inside Fangirls Anonymous (FA) where she is in the process of recovering from her stalking obsession for Jenna Coleman (Clara – the companion on TVs Doctor Who). Featuring ‘Girl Crush’ and ‘They Can’t Take That Away From Me’ with the performance generating lots of laughs from the clever story and lyrics. Guitarist: David Macaulay.

– (3) Dear DiaryAnna Canillas, at the age of thirty, re-discovered her deliberately long forgotten 1997 Catholic high school diary. Using imaginative song lyrics, with humour passion and warmth, she detailed in song the diary contents, all about friends, being in and out of love, and many many things that needed to be forgotten. She dedicated her fresh version of lyrics for “Nine the Musical – A Call From the Vatican” and “Willy Wonka – Pure Imagination” to her long lost crush Dylan Andrews. Accompanist: Dave Collins on the piano.

– (4) CardistryLucas Itrawan and Ash Hodgkinson are DOUBLE TROUBLE as the two boys from “Cardistry” and are just fourteen years old, and already are seasoned professionals on the Australian entertainment circuit. Crowned Australian Junior Magic Champions at the age of twelve, then starred in their own sell-out show at the 2015 Melbourne Magic Festival. Craig a volunteer from the audience, using random colours, hand coloured a gigantic sketch of their black and white JOKER CARD, to which the magicians produced a deck of colour 52 JOKER CARDS that exactly and precisely matched the random colours. Superb magic entertainment. Short+Sweet Magic+Comedy winner of ‘Best Magic Act 2016’.

– (5) Boys Boys BoysEmma Nicolazo is the woman who freely admits to being an atypical Virgo, and always obtains a unique trophy from each and every new lover, just before she disappears through his front door. All the trials and tribulations of a troubled young woman, constantly looking for a good time with lots and lots of young men. Majestically funny and full of joy, plus wonderful entertaining dialogue and lyrics, all about her multitude of failed relationships. Danny the Cheater, received a dose of her versions of “Who’s That Girl” and “The Language Of Love”. Accompanied on the piano by Matthew Jonathan Ogle. Perhaps you were thinking “serial murderess”, however she just collects insane quantities of t-shirts.

– (6) Being BettyJulianne Sisinni is a beautifully dressed, very hip 1960s secretary, telling her psychiatrist all about her relationships and her very complicated life in song, from the comfort of a gigantic red-coloured egg-shaped chair. Songs included “Im Hip Not Square”.

– (7) Mrs Rivette’s Wild Night In – delivered a female-fantasy laden comedy burlesque starring Rosanna Nadine Cramer. The programme suggests you should expect to see a whip fetish using “the cat o’ nine tails”. Instead a total of nine fluffy tails have been sewn onto a child’s cute fluffy toy cat. Everything is not quite correct, especially with pearls in the wrong place, and this cute and clever take on female burlesque drew gasps from an appreciative audience, with the denouement gaining lengthy applause.

– (8) Songs for Sarah Connor – Starring Alistair Tomkins as THE TERMINATOR mix-tape cabaret style, with very entertaining new comedy lyrics sung to very familiar music, played on the piano by accompanist Dom Woodhead. With songs from Gershwin to Radiohead, all with new comedy lyrics, laugh-out-loud-funny starring THE TERMINATOR on electric guitar. Singing new versions of “Yesterday” and “There’s Always Tommorrow” and there were those unfortunate deaths of everyone named “Sarah Connor”. This was an audience favourite.

– (9) Tales From The Psyche WardLady Cool sang her new playlist, delivering clever storytelling comedy lyrics direct from her personal Psyche Ward, whilst playing her electric ukulele, generated lots of laughs. With its many superb original songs, we quickly learn about “Dating A Vegan Man”. Her previous show was “Conversations With My Shrink – so many problems so little time”. Lady Cool vividly over-shares, all about her life, love, family, by telling raw honest tales of her psychological battles from the inside of the white walls.

– (10) A Man and his Organ – organ player, Ben Palumbo sang an excellent mash-up of well-remembered french language songs, all whilst playing his accordion. Ben has a classically trained voice, with a unique falsetto extension. Comedy based around the classic French song “Deshabillez Moi” (undress me), and with some help from the audience, and there was unexpected male burlesque, as Ben removed layer upon layer of his clothing, as he talked and sang.

– (11) APPROPRIATELY INAPPROPRIATEThao Thanh Cao delivered dry, self-deprecating and female politically incorrect comedy. Vietnamese born, and originally a boat-person, she delivered perfectly paced, a quite unique and very refreshing female based comedy, and easily got away with discussing sensitive issues, without using decorum and tact. All her detailed explanations created constant, laugh out loud comedy, and her methodology included situation based humour. When you see outdoor public sex, just get up close and ask politely “Do you mind if I watch?”. When your dog eats your school homework, eating the dog prevents a repetition. Her parents live with her, and she keeps her elderly parents under her control by asking them “Do you want to visit the Nursing Home?” Short+Sweet Magic+Comedy Winner of ‘Best Comedy Act 2016’.

– (12) Unsung: The Voices of Rita Hayworth – Rita Hayworth from the Bronx to Hollywood, that everyone always remembers as Gilda, lived a full life with passion and many dramas. Hear the complete range of each of the stunning voices of the many ghost singers, who sang in each movie for non-singer Rita Hayworth, the screen goddess with undeniable sex appeal. Singer Melody Beck, accompanied on the piano by Benjamin Burton, performed many of Rita Hayworth’s well remembered songs.

– (13) BIKE Kay Armstrong in character as BIKE, fabulous cabaret entertainment, Australian Style. Unfortunately she lost her voice, and was unable to perform at the Gala Final.

– (14) Girls On Tap – Stage-filling performance with seven of the best of the best tap dancers performing clever routines with an unexpected fast costume change. This sparkling cast delivered joyful high energy dance routines, which easily won The People’s Choice Award 2016. Cast: Laura Scarfo, Peta Anderson, Siobhan Shibby Parker, Maria Costa, Georgia Shae Anderson, Natasha Window, Sally Hare.

The team of judges had a very difficult task choosing the winners as all the performances had a lot to offer. Here is the published list of winners:-

Best Cabaret Show – Melody Beck in Unsung: The Many Voices of Rita Hayworth

Best Female Performer – Anna Canillas in Dear Diary

Best Male Performer – Ben Palumbo in A Man and his Organ

People’s Choice – Girls On Tap

Professional Encouragement Awards- 

Week One – Martin Charles in False Gods

Week Two – Maddison Hegarty

Week Three – Christian Cavallo in Boy Wizard

Week four – Olivia Cianci in Dirty Martini






Those Great Divas- Judy Garland,Barbra Streisand,Liza Minnelli and Bette Midler – will be landing in Sydney in time for this years’ Mardi Gras festival.

They are come to us via the talents of Velma Vegas & The Vaguettes  who will be performing their cabaret show in the smooth,swanky surrounds of the Seymour Centre’s Sound Lounge.

Taking in the early burlesque and bathhouse influences of Liza and Bette, and the classic torch song and show tune stylings of Barbra and Judy, it looks like it will be a great night of cabaret. The evening will also feature rarely seen video footage of the divas in action as well as  excerpts from  interviews.

Through his performance singer Jackie Vance- stage name- Velma Vegas  will wax lyrical about his beloved stars, chatting through the show, revealing truths about the stars that some may not know…

Joining Vance on stage will be Dan Holland on piano, Stan Valacos onbass, and Tim Bradley on drums.

The SCREAMERS production of JUDY!BARBRA!LIZA!BETTE! These Are Names We Shan’t Forget! at the Sound Lounge will plays at the Sound Lounge on the 12th, 19th and 26th February at 8pm.



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This is the final week of Sydney’s Biggest Little Cabaret Festival, with a brand new round of performances. The winners will go on to perform in the Gala Final to be held at 7pm on Sunday 7th February at the inner city venue Slide Lounge located at 41 Oxford Street.

Week 4 saw a great assortment of talent on stage. Emcee was the witty Cruello De Vil. In under 95 minutes, six superb ten minute performances were presented, with it being very difficult to pick the performance that will go through.

There was a good array of cabaret styles on display including female burlesque, cover songs, and songs with new comic lyrics.


This starred Miss Bellissima who first appeared wearing a beautiful black mirror-sequined gown, delivered a classic burlesque routine that showed her flexibility as slowly layer upon layer of clothing was peeled away from her slender body. Performed to Shirley Bassey singing Diamonds Are Forever from The Remix Album. Next she swam and danced on top of a gigantic martini glass, followed by opening a bottle of champagne, gently poured all over her body. A dripping wet crowd pleaser.                         Continue reading SHORT AND SWEET CABARET 2016 WEEK 4 @ NEW THEATRE