Cabaret

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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CAROLINE O’CONNOR BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

Caroline O’Connor’s show UP CLOSE AND INTIMATE is coming back by popular demand. An encore performance will take place at the Eternity Playhouse on Friday 12 April at 7.30pm.  O’Connor will be accompanied by Musical director Daniel Edmonds.

Tickets are strictly limited. You can book through the Darlinghurst Theatre Company website o9r by calling (02) 8356 9987.

RUTHIE HENSHALL COMING TO SYDNEY TO PLAY THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

Ruthie Henshall is one of the most celebrated performers in the history of London theatre. Ruthie Henshall: Live & Intimate, her first solo tour of Australia, will play in Sydney and Brisbane this June. Tickets are now on sale.

This new and intimate show is a rare opportunity to see this dazzling star up close and personal, reinterpreting highlights from her acclaimed career as well as exploring the work of other iconic artists including Stephen Sondheim and Carole King to The Beatles and Barbra Streisand.

Ruthie Henshall’s multi-award winning career has seen her star in the most popular musicals of the past thirty years in the West End and on Broadway, from her iconic appearance as Fantine in Les Misérables (including the tenth anniversary concert) to Cats, Miss Saigon, Crazy For You, She Loves Me (Olivier Award), Marguerite, Oliver!, A Chorus Line, Putting It Together, Billy Elliot (including the world-wide cinema release) and her legendary appearance as both Roxie and Velma in Chicago in the West End and on Broadway. She has also enjoyed tremendous success in plays, in concert and on television. Her recordings include four solo albums and numerous cast recordings.

Producer Enda Markey said, “For nearly thirty years, Ruthie has been performing at the top of her game in London’s West End and on Broadway. I’m thrilled that I get to showcase Ruthie’s phenomenal talents in this new show that will premiere in Australia. Ruthie is an artist of great taste and phenomenal talent and I’m so happy to be working with her again, and with her musical director Paul Schofield, on this special project.”

“I’ve only been to Australia once before and I had a great time singing some Sondheim, but now I’m especially thrilled for the world premiere of my new solo show at the Sydney Opera House and to visit Brisbane for the first time,” said Ruthie.

“A mega-watt talent shining in all its dazzling brilliance” – BBC
“She has style in spades” – Ben Brantley, New York Times
“A dazzling burst of star power!” – The Times (UK)
“[Ruthie Henshall] has the kind of brilliant, high-voltage stage personality that can light up whole cities” – The Scotsman

DATES
Thursday 13th June 8:00pm

For more about Ruthie Henshall, visit https://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/events/whats-on/cabaret/2019/ruthie-henshall.html
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BOBBY FOX : THE IRISH BOY

Bobby Fox is one of the brightest stars in Australia’s entertainment industry. In a career that spans musical theatre, dance and the recording industry, he has cemented himself as one of the most charismatic and talented performers in the country.

Producer Enda Markey announced that Bobby Fox will premiere his new cabaret The Irish Boy at the Studio, Sydney Opera House on Wednesday 5 June at 8:00pm. Tickets will go on sale on Thursday 21 March. The Irish Boy will also play at the Art House Theatre, Wyong on Saturday 22 June.

Originally from Longford, Ireland, Bobby moved to Australia in 2003 and immediately cemented his place as one of our country’s most in demand leading men, starring in Jersey Boys, Hot Shoe Shuffle, Blood Brothers, Assassins and, currently, Saturday Night Fever. His debut album The Fantastic Mr Fox was released by Warner Music Australia and saw Bobby embark on an extensive, sold-out tour of Australia.

But, before charming the audiences of Australia, Bobby was four-time World Champion Irish dancer and traditional musician. He toured the world with the global phenomenon Riverdance, performing at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and Radio City Music Hall.

In this brand-new show Bobby is delighted to combine all of his many talents in a celebration of his heritage and homeland. The Irish Boy is a stunning combination of traditional and modern Irish music, dancing, storytelling and song brought to life through Bobby’s unparalleled showmanship.

In a charming, humorous and heart-warming show, The Irish Boy features the classics Danny Boy, The Foggy Dew, The Fields of Athenry, Whiskey in the Jar, Beautiful Day and Ride On, all told through the eyes of one of the country’s most celebrated exports.

Producer Enda Markey said, “Bobby is one of the most charming and charismatic performers in the country, and it’s been a real labour of love to be able to develop The Irish Boy with him to create a unique celebration of our home country, showcasing Bobby’s incredible talents as a singer, dancer and musician.”

DATES
Saturday 22nd June 2019 @ 8pm

For more about Bobby Fox: The Irish Boy, visit http://www.thearthousewyong.com.au/whats-on/bobby-fox-the-irish-boy
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SYDNEY CABARET FESTIVAL COMING IN JULY

July this year will herald the inaugural Sydney Cabaret Festival, celebrating both international and Australian cabaret stars. Tickets are on sale as from today, 

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 SmithReuben 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 a cabaret for children, Petit Cabaret, and 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, playing between the 5th and 14th July, 2019.

http://sydneycabaretfest.com

BABES ABLAZE @ RED RATTLER THEATRE

Australia’s only fire cabaret returns to Sydney after a blazing debut in April 2018, with more spellbinding fire fusion acts featuring the cream of Sydney’s fire performance crop!

Produced and hosted by Melbourne cabaret powerhouse Sophie deLightful, this edition of Babes Ablaze will try to connect with your deepest desires – a truly unique spectacle of talent, creativity and daring feats. Stay tuned for performer announcements featuring burlesque, lollipop pole dancing, Cosplay, cabaret singing and more…

Set your night on fire this April and support one of Marrickville’s most iconic warehouse venues. Please note there is limited parking on weekends.

*** CASH BAR ***

“Hot Seat” VIP: $40 (limited)
Includes priority couch seating, fire cabaret show and fire fairy usher
** THESE SEATS SOLD OUT LAST YEAR, SO DON’T DELAY **

General Admission presale: $30
Includes fire cabaret show (seating not guaranteed – arrive early to get the best view)
Door price: $35 (subject to availability)

DATE- 
12 April, 9-10:30pm Doors open at 8pm. Red Rattler Theatre 6 Favisham Street, Marrickville Tickets can be purchased via Sticky Tickets

For more about Babes Ablaze Sydney II, visit http://www.redrattler.org/
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BLANC DE BLANC ENCORE : CIRCUS CABARET EXTRAORDINAIRE

Sydney Opera House is promoting contemporary performance by daring young storytellers that is both bold and entertaining, Its most recent showcases included The Illusionists the Tony award winning In The Heights.  BLANC DE BLANC ENCORE now joins this modern milieu.

This brand news cabaret spectacle from Strut and Fret follows their productions of Blanc De Blanc 2016 and Cantina. 

A blend of Moulin Rouge french glamour, naughty humour, aerials, acrobatics and classic songs make the time spent at this cabaret circus fly by. Continue reading BLANC DE BLANC ENCORE : CIRCUS CABARET EXTRAORDINAIRE

SENIOR MOMENTS : COMING SOON TO THE CONCOURSE

After sell-out shows around the country, the hilarious comedy revue Senior Moments is back by popular demand for a new national tour from February, with the legendary John Wood, Max Gillies, Benita Collings and Geoff Harvey returning with a cast of young and old in this senior theatrical smash-hit.

Return Fire Productions is thrilled to announce this hugely popular comedy sensation will be touring the nation from February, to theatres in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Hobart and Canberra, and regionally to the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Cairns, Newcastle, Wollongong, Caloundra, Port Macquarie and more. Tickets are on sale now!

SENIOR M OMENTS is a comedy revue about old people and the young people they have to deal with, with sketches and songs and performers who are old enough to know better, all making wicked fun of the trials and tribulations of growing old disgracefully.

It’s a seriously silly show for otherwise sensible seniors.

Gold Logie winner and veteran actor John Wood (Blue Heelers, Rafferty’s Rules) joins master satirist Max Gillies (The Gillies Report), Play School icon Benita Collings, Kim Lewis (Sons and Daughters, The Restless Years) and Russell Newman (A Country Practice, Underbelly), with Midday Show Maestro Geoff Harvey on piano.

The show  is a deliciously funny and fresh collection of comic senior moments, scenes and songs, with hilarious sketches and wonderfully witty songs performed by some legendary show business seniors, coming to a theatre near you.

SENIOR MOMENTS is  a seriously funny revue for slightly old people.

DATES FOR THE DIARY: 
Wednesday 20 February, 2pm Thursday 21 February, 2pm Friday 22 February, 11:30am Friday 22 February, 7:30pm Saturday 23 February, 2pm Saturday 23 February, 7:30pm Sunday 24 February, 12:30pm Sunday 24 February, 4:30pm at the Concourse, Chatswood

For more about Senior Moments, visit https://theconcourse.com.au/senior-moments-comedy-revue/
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THE VOICE BEHIND THE STARS : AN ENGROSSING, BITTERSWEET TALE

Eliza Jackson knew she was going to be a star even before entering her teens. Her show THE VOICE BEHIND THE STARS proves her prediction. This show is the story of Marni Nixon (1930-2016) who was the ‘ghost singer’ behind many leading Hollywood actresses in over 50 movies. Eliza holds the stage in this solo performance with her voice, humour and authentic story-telling.

Eliza focuses on the music and the story by using a simple set on a blackened stage. The set has a microphone and music stand representing the recording studio, an armchair, table, tea set and record player for home and a centre screen projecting images of the range of actresses whose careers Marni Nixon enhanced by giving them her voice.

Marni Nixon, endowed with perfect pitch, began singing professionally in her teens, reinvesting all her earnings in the early years in singing lessons. Whilst she did have some work doing her own recordings and some opera, it is her ‘ghost singing’ for which she is most noted. She has been described as ‘the best film diva you (almost) never saw’.

Many of her contracts forced her to remain silent about her being the real singer behind stars such as Debbie Reynolds and Natalie Wood. We gain insights into the talent and personalities of these and other leading actresses such as Audrey Hepburn, Deborah Kerr and Marilyn Monroe as Eliza interweaves storytelling with songs from My Fair Lady, The King & I and West Side Story to name just a few movies.

It was not until she was well into her twenties that Marni began her fight for and succeeded in getting the rights for all ‘ghost singers’ to be credited in the movie and to receive reasonable payment. Marni eventually did make it onto the big screen in acting and singing roles, including being cast in The Sound of Music as one of the singing nuns. Marni comforted herself with the success of three Oscar-winning films and the success of the leading ladies. She was also proud of the success of her three children: Andrew, an award-winning composer, Melanie and actress and Martha a psychologist.

Eliza Jackson writer, creator and performer of this show is an Australian-born, London-based actress and singer. NIDA trained, she is the Creative Director of UK-based theatrical production company Lambert Jackson.

Whilst Eliza too has been said to have perfect pitch, there are several humorous moments when she plays with various accents, personalities and class exaggerations which allow her to lower her musical guard. The story has enough of these moments and characters for the chronology to never become tedious. It is an absorbing tale. The overall message is bitter-sweet: “I’d let all these actresses dub their body to my voice”. The performance is one to relish.

During a successful sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018, the Edinburgh Guide described Eliza’s performance as ‘magnetic and magical’. THE VOICE BEHIND THE STARS is next playing at the Fringe World Festival in Perth daily from 10th to 13th February, 2019