Cabaret

SHANGHAI MIMI. LUSH PRODUCTION AT RIVERSIDE PARRAMATTA FOR THE SYDNEY FESTIVAL

SHANGHAI MIMI.
Images credit: Prudence Upton

Sure to be one of the big hits of the Sydney Festival, SHANGHAI MIMI is a lush, well- conceptualised production.  It has terrific attention to detail in the creation of the space and artists of considerable skill and charisma.  If I wasn’t the best audience for the work, it’s apparent that the show has wide appeal and the power to draw a diverse viewership.  The cast introduces themselves at one stage and they are certainly from all over.  And I think the lady of Asian descent who was sobbing with recognition as we left the auditorium, would take me to task for my lack of appreciation.  What this lady understood was the importance of this work in reclamation of a period of time and the presentation of it to a new audience. Continue reading SHANGHAI MIMI. LUSH PRODUCTION AT RIVERSIDE PARRAMATTA FOR THE SYDNEY FESTIVAL

PIGALLE – FUNK ME IT’S A GREAT NIGHT

Images Credit: Prudence Upton

With garbage cans and fruit crates, mirror balls galore and a popping neon sign, PIGALLE, playing at the Spiegeltent for the Sydney Festival, is a magnificent seat boppin’ reminder of why disco lives.  Heartbeats pound in rhythm with the bliss of remembering and re-living.  It was always going to be a crowd pleaser with this talent line-up but what we are treated to is a memorable night of variety, excellence and smart direction that leaves you wanting more as you tumble out with ‘Disco Inferno’ firmly earwormed.

As the crowd excitably buzzes waiting for the show to start, there’s a terrific music mix to begin that physical electricity that beloved music pulses in the veins.  The cast appear as ‘Street Life’ struts and frets upon the catwalk stage and feet begin the unstoppable tap.  Costumed with a period flair that keeps on coming,  these artists thrill with sexy poses and sashayed peacockery.   Continue reading PIGALLE – FUNK ME IT’S A GREAT NIGHT

THE VOICE BEHIND THE STARS: ONE WOMAN CABARET ABOUT GHOST SINGER MARNI NIXON

Old Hollywood’s biggest secret will be exposed in the acclaimed cabaret, THE VOICE BEHIND THE STARS.  After a sell-out run at the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe home grown talent Eliza Jackson will play in Sydney in January.

THE VOICE BEHIND THE STARS tells the story of the most prolific ghost singer of all time, Marni Nixon, and reveals the truth behind some of the world’s most loved movie musicals. Continue reading THE VOICE BEHIND THE STARS: ONE WOMAN CABARET ABOUT GHOST SINGER MARNI NIXON

THE CHOIR OF MAN – FRINGE HIT COMES TO THE HOUSE

THE CHOIR OF MAN is a new touring concert show that features some of the best voices in the UK and some of the most fun guys to hang out with.

A runaway hit from the Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringe Festivals, THE CHOIR OF MAN is “the ultimate feel-good show”. It’s the best singing, dancing, stomping, pub crawl of a show you’ll ever see!

20 March – 7 April (Tuesday – Sunday 7pm, Saturday – Sunday 3pm)

See more about this phenomenon on tour at the SOH website, their Facebook and on YouTube.

 

HEAR ME ROAR: A NIGHT OF MUSIC INSPIRED BY A LEGENDARY LYRIC

Image by Dan Boud

The Sydney Opera House is hosting a sensational new music event that will bring together some of the greatest songs ever written by women, performed by some of Australia’s leading female artists., HEAR ME ROAR.  Taking its inspiration from Helen Reddy’s legendary lyric, this brand new show is a musical tribute to female empowerment.

In a concert packed full of energy, hear iconic music from Amy Winehouse to Madonna, Dolly Parton to Carole King, Anastasia to Adele, Etta James and Alanis Morissette, culminating in a very special tribute to Aretha Franklin. Expect to hear legendary hit songs like ‘Natural Woman’, ‘RESPECT’, ‘9 to 5’, ‘Express Yourself’, ‘You Oughta Know’ and the anthem ‘I Am Woman’.

Directed by Trevor Ashley and performed by a powerful line-up of Australia’s most talented female singers and artists, including Christine Anu, Tania Doko, Sarah McLeod, Emma Pask, Melinda Schneider and Prinnie Stevens with more to be announced, hear these hit songs sung live with a rocking, all-female eight-piece band, led by the incomparable Tina Harris.

Grab your friends and get ready for a night that celebrates the female voices that changed music and the world.

HEAR ME ROAR plays for two nights only in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall on 13 and 14 December 2018.

VERY RUDE SUBVERSIVELY POLITICAL THEATRE: BABY BI BI

Nope.  High levels of resistance.  I did not want to go to BABY BI BI.  Billed as a wickedly funny, often filthy cabaret about being a bisexual woman, I just figured that age and orientation were against me.  But if age has taught me anything it’s that one can always be surprised.  This lot charmed me into going and I am so pleased they did.  It’s pretty rude, more c words than I had actually ever thought about. Including … charming.

And cracker choreography and coherence and cohesiveness and competence.  This is a really well scripted and put together show with original songs and committed performances, great choreo and excellent tech including the women’s mic work.  They have, after all, done this show a bit and experience shows through the loucheness of their topic.    Continue reading VERY RUDE SUBVERSIVELY POLITICAL THEATRE: BABY BI BI

HOMAGE: ALL ON YOUR FEET FOR ‘FREEDOM’

Show photos by : Patrick Boland

HOMAGE, queer singers singing queer artists, was lining up be to a mellow affair.  300 plus very well behaved patrons seated to take in Benhur Helwend bring a slow emotional opening to the show, hitting the theme square on with Smalltown Boy.  And there was mellowness to be had for sure, there was also pounding music and rock and even an unorthodox show tune!     By the time the 12 artists lined up across the stage after a thumping finale, emotions had been touched, eardrums massaged and people tumbled out happy and chatty. Continue reading HOMAGE: ALL ON YOUR FEET FOR ‘FREEDOM’

LIVE AT LUNCH : COMPOSERS IN EXILE

Opera star Peter Coleman-Wright

A most striking and unusual concert. part of the Live at Lunch series, ,Jane Rutter’s guests this time were the amazing Nexas Saxophone Quartet ( Michael Duke on soprano saxophone , Andrew Smith on alto saxophone , Nathan Henshaw on tenor Saxophone and Jay Byrnes on baritone Saxophone together with opera star Peter Coleman-Wright. The noteworthy rather unconventional arrangements were generally for the saxophone quartet and sometimes included Coleman-Wright on piano.

The concert specifically looked at cabaret works by composers from the Weimar Era to WWII, putting the works and the turbulence of the era in context and looking at how many of the Weimar composers, such as Weill, were driven into exile in the USA and the quartet played the role of various composers, introducing the audience members to their life stories and works – Henshaw evoked Franz Schreker, Byrnes became Hans Eisler, Smith portrayed Bertolt Brecht, while Duke was Robert Stolz. The quartet played with great energy and smooth precision full of virtuosity and fine ensemble work. Continue reading LIVE AT LUNCH : COMPOSERS IN EXILE

WHITNEY, WHAM, KATE OR KYLIE? GIVEAWAY TO AN 80’S CABARET

Think George, Whitney, Madonna, Cyndi, Prince, Cher, Kylie, ACDC, Tina! Classic 80’s songs with some performed as you’ve never heard them before.  It’s 80’s cabaret time in Mosman, with Mosman Musical Society’s latest production at Mosman Art Gallery.

There’s much excitement about the theme for this collection of 80’s hits, SIMPLY THE BEST. The society’s cabaret format has proved to be a great hit in the last four years, covering a variety of genres and periods. Continue reading WHITNEY, WHAM, KATE OR KYLIE? GIVEAWAY TO AN 80’S CABARET

SIBLINGSHIP: A MUSICAL BROTHER AND SISTER CABARET

SIBLINGSHIP follows the childhood journey of Daniel Assetta (The Book of Mormon, Wicked, Cats) and Chiara Assetta (Universal Monsters Live, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter), two real-life, all-singing, all-dancing, Italian-Australian siblings.

Through classic show tunes and a splash of pop music, this dynamic duo explores the ‘rules’ that make the world’s most unique relationship work. SIBLINGSHIP is a cabaret for everyone who ever fought with, told secrets to, stood up for, laughed and cried with, absolutely couldn’t stand – but always loved and could never live without – their siblings.

Creating a show that captures the relationship that I have with my sister, Chiara, has been a dream of mine,” said Daniel. “Chiara and I grew up in a close Italian family. I started singing and dancing from the age of four and Chiara quickly followed in my footsteps.  We have been through all the challenges and fights that siblings have but they always seem to be resolved through song and dance. 

We wanted this show to encompass the rules that we believe are imperative to live harmoniously as siblings and have shaped our Siblingship in the hope that others will resonate with our stories and growing up as a competitive but loving brother and sister.”

Written by Tobias Madden, Daniel Assetta and Chiara Assetta
Directed by Scott Irwin & Danielle Barnes

SIBLINGSHIP will play October 9 -12 at Hayes Theatre.

MAGGOT AT THE SYDNEY FRINGE FESTIVAL

MAGGOT is funny, silly, full of energy and definitely worth catching.

Performers Angela Fouhy, Elle Wootton and Freya Finch are playing characters that were ostensibly  the international pop sensation The Baby Girls. They explain they are moving away from pop and into art, possibly to talk about the stock market but possibly to talk about themselves. MAGGOT is part comedy sketch show, part musical cabaret and part circus. The artists’ clowning background shows in their dance routines, fight scenes and being lost in the desert but surreal dialogue and eclectic music choices has the audience laughing, cheering and clapping. It is such a fun show that the audience eagerly participates when requested. Continue reading MAGGOT AT THE SYDNEY FRINGE FESTIVAL