Cabaret

DIAMONDS ARE FOR TREVOR @ THE CONCERT HALL SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

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.

Tickets are on sale now through http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/whatson/diamonds_are_for_trevor.aspx.

 

THE CLASSIC ‘CABARET’ COMES TO THE HAYES THEATRE

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.

YANA ALANA COVERED @ THE MERITON FESTIVAL VILLAGE

“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

SPIEGELESQUE @ THE ITALIAN FORUM PIAZZA

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

VELMA VEGAS PRESENTS THE VEGAS LOUNGE CABARET

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

CABARET IN THE DAY – POISONING PIGEONS IN THE PARK @ MOSMAN ART GALLERY

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

CABARET IN THE DAY – OF BING I SING @ MOSMAN ART GALLERY

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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

CABARET IN THE DAY : GILBERT AND SULLIVAN FOREVER @ 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

BROADWAY REVERSED @ 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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LIZA’S BACK (IS BROKEN) @ THE HAYES THEATRE

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.
Continue reading LIZA’S BACK (IS BROKEN) @ THE HAYES THEATRE

BIJOU – A CABARET OF SECRETS AND SEDUCTION @ DEPOT THEATRE MARRICKVILLE

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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

DIVALICIOUS- LICENCE TO TRILL @ UTZON ROOM SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

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

PHELAN GROOVY @ SLIDE IN AUGUST

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.

PHELAN GROOVY
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: slide.com.au or 8915 1899

For more about Phelan Groovy, visit http://slide.com.au/shows/kurtphelan/#1441252401694-bd7449c5-c4c5f945-d274084b-3efb
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AT LAST – THE ETTA JAMES STORY @ SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

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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.

http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/whatson/at_last_2016.aspx

JOANNA WEINBERG’S PANDORA’S BAG @ HAYES THEATRE

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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

BULLET HEART CLUB PRESENTS DAFFODILS @ RIVERSIDE THEATRES PARRAMATTA

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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

CABARET DE PARIS @ THE CAPITOL THEATRE

 

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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

SHORT AND SWEET CABARET 2016 GALA FINAL @ SLIDE

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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

http://www.shortandsweet.org/festivals/shortsweet-cabaret-gala-finals-2016

 

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JUDY! BARBRA! LIZA! BETTE! @ THE SOUND LOUNGE SEYMOUR CENTRE

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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.

Tickets- http://www.seymourcentre.com

SHORT AND SWEET CABARET 2016 WEEK 4 @ NEW THEATRE

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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.

1. DIRTY MARTINI

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

SHORT AND SWEET CABARET 2016 WEEK 3 @ NEW THEATRE

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Short and Sweet Cabaret week three had a superb assortment of talent on stage, including emcee, Miss Brandy Alexander.

This week had a huge range of cabaret style songs, including female burlesque, cabaret pole-dancing, farce, comic puppetry, and cover songs with brand new lyrics.

In under 110 minutes, seven superb ten minute performances were presented from Wednesday night, and with all this impressive talent, every performer could have been a winner.

 1.  I Just Want to be a Woman 

This starred Ebony performing cabaret styled pole dancing. Very flexible and high energy too. Her spectacular choreographed routines were a crowd pleaser. Continue reading SHORT AND SWEET CABARET 2016 WEEK 3 @ NEW THEATRE

SHORT AND SWEET COMEDY+MAGIC 2016 WEEK 1 @ NEW THEATRE

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Pics all by Sylvi Soe, and displayed in performance order.

Sydney’s Biggest Little Cabaret Festival is back, and now with two brand new side festival events with COMEDY+MAGIC performers every week, for just two Sundays during January 2016. Presenting the best in COMEDY+MAGIC including Australia’s best magicians, with each of the eleven performances delivered in under ten minutes.

Talented Australian magician and all round entertainer, Adam Mada, was the excellent Master of Ceremonies this week.  Adam is the associate producer for the Short and Sweet Festival for the Comedy + Magic Season in January as part of the 2016 Short+Sweet festival.

http://www.adammada.com/

(1) ILLUSION THROUGH EXPECTATION 

With delightful English Gentleman patter, Alex Moffat’s magic relies on your prior magic knowledge and your immediate expectations and mis-direction. This is Award-winning sleight of hand with just one deck of cards, six cards randomly chosen by audience and not seen by the magician, whilst one card was signed and seen by all, and then all the cards were put back. Heavily cut and heavily shuffled, by using magic, Alex correctly presented each of the six cards to the six audience members.         http://www.alexmoffat.com.au/

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SHORT AND SWEET CABARET 2016 WEEK 2 @ NEW THEATRE

Inset pic- Angela Lumicisi sings the songs of Karen Carpenter in WE'VE ONLY JUST BEGUN. Featured pic- Ben Palumbo sings a collection of French songs accompanied by his accordion. Pics by Slyvi Soe.
Inset pic- Angela Lumicisi sings the songs of Karen Carpenter in WE’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN. Featured pic- Ben Palumbo sings a collection of French songs accompanied by his accordion. Pics by Slyvi Soe.

Sydney’s Biggest Little Cabaret Festival is back, with a brand new round of performers every week, for four weeks during January, and ending with a Gala Final on 7th February.

Short and Sweet Cabaret Week Two had a superb assortment of talent on stage, with a huge range of cabaret style songs, including female burlesque, farce and comedy, dance and musical theatre. In under 100 minutes, seven superb ten minute performances were presented and with all the impressive talent, it was almost impossible to pick the winner.

(1) DRAG IN THE FOLK- starring Daniele Gianotti and the Dusha Balkana Dance Ensemble. Well costumed extravaganza as a bearded drag queen lip-synced an amazing octave range of songs, with comedic support by the one person dance ensemble.

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MEOW MEOW’S LITTLE MERMAID @ MAGIC MIRRORS SPEIGELTENT

MEOW MEOW'S LITTLE MERMAID, another great show playing the Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent
MEOW MEOW’S LITTLE MERMAID, another great show playing the Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent

If you’re a sucker for a good collection of original songs, daahlings, sweetie, one that takes you on a journey through different styles and moods, telling stories, plucking at your emotions and showcasing the virtuoso skills of the musicians and singer, then MEOW MEOW’S LITTLE MERMAID is the show for you.

If you’re also a fan of eclectic, hybrid blending of styles, ideas and form that mixes a classic children’s fairytale with cabaret satire creating a decent platform for allowing all manner of mayhem and moments of meaning to bubble to the surface, then definitely line up early for a good seat.

Stir that into the repertoire of an accomplished performer waxing on the most explored and adored topic of all – love; or more specifically, trying to find the damn thing. ‘Love – do we have to hunt it down and kill it?’ Continue reading MEOW MEOW’S LITTLE MERMAID @ MAGIC MIRRORS SPEIGELTENT

SHORT AND SWEET CABARET 2016 WEEK ONE SYDNEY

Kay Armstrong

01 Nata Forte LR-10 02 Songs for Sarah Connor LR-16 03 Being Betty LR-1 04 Martin Charles - False Gods-1 05 Carolyn Burke - Get the Love You Deserve-1 06 Girls on Tap-1

One of the highlights between each ten minute cabaret act, was the gorgeous Kay Armstrong as the MC. Armstrong contributed plenty of audience participation, great one liners, and some corny jokes, plus one crazy ballet number. All very entertaining and well worth seeing. Later in January, Kay Armstrong is also bringing her one woman show to Short and Sweet Cabaret 2016.

Sydney’s Biggest Little Cabaret Festival is back, with a brand new round of performers every week, for four weeks during January. Short and Sweet Cabaret has a new festival director this year, James Taylor (Royal Ballet London, The Magician’s Cabaret, El Circo, Risque Revue).

In under ninety minutes, six superb ten minute performances were presented from 7:30pm on Tuesday night. This week a unique and very entertaining evening of brand new cabaret was experienced, with a huge range of cabaret style songs, including comedy, dance and musical theatre. With so much talent on stage this week, very very hard to pick the winner.   Continue reading SHORT AND SWEET CABARET 2016 WEEK ONE SYDNEY