Cabaret

LADY BEATLE COMES TO RIVERSIDE THEATRES PARRAMATTA

Talented and charismatic music theatre performer Naomi Price will soon be  bringing her one woman show LADY  BEATLE to the Riversides Theatres in Parramatta.

During her concert Naomi will perform over 35 Beatles songs from a catalogue of over 300 Beatles songs to choose from.  She will be supported by a four piece band; bass, lead guitar, piano and drums. 

 “A lot of the Beatles songs were actually about women; Elanor Rigby, Dear Prudence, Sexy Sadie, Lucy in the sky with diamonds..This is one of the things that the show explores

“In the last ten minutes of the concert there’s a big medley/mix  of Beatles song put together which will get people up and dancing. 

“There’s also a reveal at the end where the identity of my character, the Lady Beatle, is revealed.

“With an electrifying live band, psychedelic lighting and dazzling special effects, Lady Beatle delivers an exceptional night out for Beatles fans young and old!”

This is the third show in Naomi’s trilogy of pop-culture cabarets, de following  on from ‘Rumour Has It’ about Adele and ‘Wrecking Ball’ about Miley Cyrus. The shows have been co-written with Adam Brunes. Their company is called The Little Red Company.

LADY BEATLE is  playing for one night only at the Riverside Theatres, Parramatta on Saturday 7th September. The show is touring around New South Wales and will later play Glen Street Theatre in Belrose  (15-17 October) for four shows and the Joan in Penrith for three shows ( 18-19 October).

http://www.thelittleredcompany.com

 

PISCA @ THE OLD FITZ

Following an outstanding Green Room Award nominated performance, audience favourite Pisca returns for a limited season this Sydney Fringe.

Pisca was born to be a duck. He’s just not good at it.

Through a combination of clowning, physical theatre, song, and impeccable timing, this Cabaret will duck dive deep into the exploration of Pisca’s life, and his desperate search to find what he’s good for. Waddle he do?

DATES
10-14 September, 8pm at the Old 505 Theatre, 5 Eliza Street, Newtown.

For more about PISCA, visit https://sydneyfringe.com/buy-tickets?e=MTg1ODM
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SYDNEY’S INAUGURAL CABARET FESTIVAL

July is a quiet time in terms of scheduling a Festival in Sydney’s often hectic cultural calendar. Leo Schofield tried valiantly to launch an international choral festival at this time of year. Sydney has had a rich cultural cabaret tradition and now we have our own Sydney Cabaret Festival to celebrate.

Trevor Ashley is the Artistic Director of Sydney’s inaugural Festival. He has secured a number of venues to showcase the plethora of talent including the City Recital Hall, the Town Hall and the Seymour Centre which will be the cultural hub of the Festival. The Seymour Centre will feature nightly surprise performances in true cabaret style. 

Headlining the Festival is Jennifer Holiday who is a Tony and Grammy award winning Broadway artist with nine Studio albums and five top ten singles on the R & B charts. This will be her Sydney debut 

New York city diva Natalie Joy Johnson will be presenting a show called ‘Relentless’ featuring outrageous stories and soaring vocals.

Alison Jiear returns from a hugely successful UK residency to present a centenary celebration of Ella Fitzgerald’s music. 

UK’s most famous duo Frisky and Mannish will be presenting a witty and comedic show calledCheeky Cabaret’.

Local favourites include Tim Draxl, Jonathon Biggins  and Phil Scott, Rhonda Burchmore, Tom Sharah, Cath Alcorn, Genevieve Lemon and of-course Trevor Ashley, to name but a few 

One hopes that this festival will grow from strength to strength just as its Adelaide counterpart has. Trevor Ashley with its glittering lineup has got the Festival off to a great start.

Sydney’s inaugural cabaret festival runs nightly till Sunday 14th July, 2019.

http://www.sydneycabaretfest.com

Featured image-Tim Draxl, Alison Jiear, Trevor Ashley, Jennifer Holiday, Natalie Joy Johnson. All pics by Ben Apfelbaum

MISH MASH @ CHIPPENDALE

Come one come all!

Creatives unite to raise money for Foster Children and their carers!

Comedienne Annisa Belonogoff, Magician Fung of the Blackties, Acrobatics from Kate Field, Poet Wil Young, as well as music from singers and movement from the dancer types!

A night of fantastic entertainment, all hosted by the awesome Ben Hurst!

Luke Wood of Monkey Foods will be there with yummy samples and you could win a prize in the mid show raffle!

Grab a ticket now from EVENTBRITE!

We can’t wait to entertain you!

DATES
MONDAY 15TH JULY 2019 7.30-10.30PM at Freda’s Bar, 107-109 Regent Street, Chippendale

For more about MISH MASH, visit http://fredas.com.au
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THE LOST LOST CABARET IN THE FORRESTERS

THE LOST LOST CABARET is the little sister to London’s The Lost Cabaret and the child of Choo Choo Troupe. If your keen for some alternative comedy, look no further to The Forresters in Surry Hills (you’ll have to climb up 2 flights of stairs to find the space, but never fear, there’s a bar up there) on the last Friday of every month.

G&T in my hand, as always, but no front row seats as this is packed and I’m running late because I spend an hour eating Greek food beforehand – I digress (in this and in life), so I fold up my coat and use it as a booster on my seat so I can see the performance area.

Jeromaia Detto emcees as a recent Australian Talent-Factor-Idol (I think I’ve butchered that – sorry Eugeen) winner named Eugeen. Detto’s characterisation grew on me. Turns out I was dressed in theme – flamingo earrings. He did a fine job handling heckles and attempting to get the crowd to participate in some musical numbers – I say attempting because we were hopeless. Continue reading THE LOST LOST CABARET IN THE FORRESTERS

SYDNEY CABARET FESTIVAL : JENNIFER HOLLIDAY : TWO DOUBLE PASSES

July this year will herald the inaugural SYDNEY CABARET FESTIVAL, celebrating both international and Australian cabaret stars. Tickets are on sale now.

The 2019 Sydney Cabaret Festival features the legendary Tony Award-winning Jennifer Holliday, appearing for the first time on Australian soil, alongside local legends like Phil Scott and Jonathan Biggins, to New York downtown darling Natalie Joy Johnson. UK’s most famous duo Frisky and Mannish return after a ten year hiatus, as does the thrilling diva Alison Jiear, described as having a “bring down the house voice” by the New York Times.

Sydney favourite Tim Draxl will appear in a world premiere of his new show, along with Kim David Smith, Reuben Kaye and Brian Nash, plus circus and variety show Cheeky Cabaret, direct from their home in Brunswick Heads. Australian pop culture fan Tim Benzie returns to Sydney with the hilarious Solve-Along-A-Murder-She-Wrote. The Festival also includes masterclasses with Jennifer Holliday and Alison Jiear, as well as the Grand Final of the restored Sydney Cabaret Competition.

Festival Artistic Director Trevor Ashley is thrilled with the program he has assembled. “I have loved Cabaret as long as I can remember. As a confused child growing up I discovered this incredible artform that celebrated unique personalities, and more than that, an irreplaceable bond between artist and audience. Seeing artists like Lorrae Desmond, Julie Anthony and Geraldine Turner live, made me believe I could be anyone I wanted to be. It changed my life.

I have long dreamed that we could bring cabaret home to Sydney so I am immensely proud to present the inaugural Sydney Cabaret Festival, which in its first outing brings together some of my favourite artists from around Australia and the globe. From our headliner, the legendary Jennifer Holliday, through to Alison Jiear, Kim David Smith and Reuben Kaye – three artists at the top of their game, who were born here, but now call London and New York home, there is something for everyone. Variety, comedy, jazz, and more belting than you could poke a stick at, we are coming out with a bang.

I invite you to celebrate this truly life changing artform, and hope that you’ll join not only artists you know and love, but take a chance on someone you’ve never heard of before. Every single one of these acts is at the top of their game, and I can’t believe we will have them all in one place at the same time.”

In the immortal words of Fred Ebb: What good is sitting alone in your room? Come to the Cabaret.

The Sydney Cabaret Festival takes place between the 5th and the 14th of July 2019. For bookings and more information visit www.sydneycabaretfest.com

Sydney Arts Guide has two double passes to give away to the Jennifer Holliday concert. Be one of the first to email editor.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com. Winners will be advised by email.

Editor’s note- This promotion has now closed and the winners have been advised

A NIGHT OF MUSICAL MOMENTS – MISCAST @ THE MUSIC LOUNGE

Join us in The Music Lounge when we showcase some of Wollongong’s very own local talent, in a dazzling night of musical moments – but this time, with a twist! Dive into our miscast renditions of popular hits and show-tune favourites from The Book of Mormon, Chicago, Hamilton and many more performed by the members of the University of Wollongong Musical Theatre Society.

Founded last year by UOW students, who are regular performers in the local theatre community. The UOW Musical Theatre Society originally started as an avenue for those who felt they no longer had the time or a place to perform once they started university. It has since grown to include many more talented members of the wider Illawarra community and provides a home to some of Wollongong’s finest young performers.

A NIGHT OF MUSICAL MOMENTS – MISCAST promises to take you on a journey to the alternate dimensions where casting has no rules and everything is out of the ordinary. So sit back, relax and try and resist singing along!

DATE FOR THE DIARY
Saturday 1st June 2019 at the Music Lounge, Crown Street and Kembla Streets, Wollongong

For more about A Night of Musical Moments – MISCAST, visit https://merrigong.com.au/shows/a-night-of-musical-moments-miscast/
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MURDER, SHE SANG @ THE NEWSAGENCY

“Remember those sweet words, ’till death do us part…’”

Revenge is a dish best served sizzling and this femme fatale is cooking with gas… From doting housewife to murderous seductress, join our lethal lady on a high-speed joyride through the thrilling twists and turns of a classic film noir mystery – only this time through her eyes, not private eyes. Watch the plot unravel at the hands of this manipulative, malevolent, man-eating mastermind.

MURDER, SHE SANG stars emerging musical theatre performer Caitlin Rose. Caitlin has previously delighted Sydney audiences in Little Triangle’s critically acclaimed productions of Sunday in the Park with George and Merrily We Roll Along. She featured in ATYP’s award-winning production of Spring Awakening and was a 2018 Semi-Finalist in the Rob Guest Endowment Awards. In September, Caitlin will feature in Little Triangle’s Nine as Carla Albanese.

Established in early 2017, Little Triangle aims to present underperformed theatrical productions that challenge audiences and performers alike at a low price point – in the hopes to expand, educate and diversify the music theatre audience base, especially amongst young people.

MURDER, SHE SANG: A Lethal Cabaret Starring Caitlin Rose
Conceived by Alexander Andrews & Caitlin Rose
Written by Hayden Rodgers
Directed & Designed by Alexander Andrews
Music Directed & Accompanied by Harry Collins
Produced by Rose McClelland
Photography by Shakira Wilson

Doors 7pm for a 7:30pm show.

Tickets:
$25+bf online
$30 on the door (if any left)

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SEASON DETAILS
13 June, 7:30PM & 14 June, 7:30pm at the Newsagency, 74-75 Pyrmont Bridge Road, Glebe.

For more about Murder, She Sang, visit http://www.thenewsagencyvenue.com/shows/murdershesang
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LOVE IS A DRAG – TIM DRAXL

Actor and singer TIM DRAXL returns to the cabaret stage with an exciting project that re-creates the 1960s cult album of male-to-male love songs Love Is A Drag. The melodic, haunting work comprises American standards previously recorded only by women yet here interpreted by a male crooner whose identity was deliberately shrouded in secrecy. Adorning the album’s cover are the words: For Adult Listeners Only and Sultry Stylings By A Most Unusual Vocalist. Songs include My Man, The Man I Love, He’s Funny That Way, Bewitched and Mad About The Boy.

Love is a Drag is a vibrant, truthful and intimate exploration which reveals the repression, hostility, deceits and life-and-death sacrifices of the ‘40s. ‘50s and ’60s as well as a celebration of Tim Draxl’s own personal story of artistic freedom, individual and collective pride, and how 50 years ago the very notion of Marriage Equality would have been dismissed as pure fantasy.

The 90-minute production is about the shackles of tradition and the instinct, humanity and will-power of men to be true to themselves in resourceful, cunning and high-risk ways in an era when exposure of being gay brought infamy, persecution and punishment. Ultimately, Love Is A Drag is deeply-romantic, life-affirming and liberating, as achingly conveyed in Billie Holliday’s The Man I Love.

DATES
Wednesday 10th July 8:30pm & Thursday 11th July 7pm at the Tilbury Room the Seymour Centre

For more about Love is a Drag – Tim Draxl, visit https://www.seymourcentre.com/events/event/tim-draxl/
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Alison Jiear – A Centenary Celebration of Ella Fitzgerald

“There’s hardly a bigger, better voice in all of London’s theatre land… She’s an unmissable marvel” THE STAGE

Following sell-out shows in London, Laurence Olivier Award nominated vocalist Alison Jiear returns to her home country with her phenomenal jazz quartet to perform music made famous by the “First Lady of Song” with a show packed full of iconic standards such as A Tisket A Tasket, Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye, Lady be Good, Hernando’s Hideaway and That ‘Ol Black Magic. One of the greatest voices in cabaret you’ll ever hear, Alison is a class act, and will move you to tears.

Additionally, Alison Jiear joins with musical director Michael Tyack to present their insights into creating and crafting a cabaret show. Working with two emerging cabaret artists on their act and the interpretation of material and patter, this is a behind the scenes look at how cabaret is created. More information on this masterclass on 11 July available at https://sydneycabaretfest.com/events/masterclass-alison-jier/

DATES
Friday 12 July 9:00pm-10:30pm, Saturday 13 July 8:30pm-10:00pm at  Chequers at the Seymour Centre

For more about Alison Jiear – A Centenary Celebration of Ella Fitzgerald, visit https://www.seymourcentre.com/events/event/alison-jiear/
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SYDNEY CABARET FESTIVAL : JENNIFER HOLLIDAY

On Saturday 6 July and Sunday 7 July, Sydney Town Hall
Tony and Grammy Award winning Broadway icon Jennifer Holliday makes her Australian Debut, exclusively for Sydney Cabaret. With two Grammy Awards, nine studio albums and five Top 10 singles on the R&B and Dance Charts to her credit, Jennifer will dazzle with her powerhouse vocals in an electrifying evening of Broadway, jazz standards, originals and soulful pop.

Her show stopping, heart-wrenching performance of And I Am Telling You, I’m Not Going in the original production of Dreamgirls is considered one of the all-time great performances in a Broadway musical. She recently returned to Broadway in the role of sexy cabaret singer Shug Avery in the Tony-winning revival of The Color Purple. She has been proclaimed a Broadway legend by critics and fans alike, and you, and you…you’re gonna love her.

DATES FOR THE DIARY
Saturday 6th July 8:00pm-10:00pm & Sunday 7th July 7:00pm-9:00pm at Sydney Town  Hall

For more about Sydney Cabaret Festival: Jennifer Holliday, visit https://sydneycabaretfest.com/events/jennifer-holliday/
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