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Director and artist, Trevor Ashley, promises a night of fabulousness for the 20th year of Hats Off!

ACON in association with Oz Showbiz Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (OSCEFA) presents HATS OFF!HO20.  20 numbers celebrating 20 fabulous years

On Monday 20 November Hats Off turns 20! So it’s time to celebrate this fabulous milestone. Or in other words it’s time to take our HATS OFF TO HATS OFF.

To celebrate this milestone Hats Off! will be performed on the stage of the Sydney Lyric Theatre on the set of “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical” on Monday 20 November.

The original Hats Off producers Margi de Ferranti and James Lee team up with Hats Off! legend and superstar Trevor Ashley as Director and together they will present a night of sheer fabulousness. A cavalcade of Hats Off! alumni and others will grace the stage with some memorable numbers from the past 20 years performing showstopper tunes.

The star-studded line-up includes Lisa Adam, Trevor Ashley, Rachael Beck, Rhonda Burchmore, Simon Burke, Kirby Burgess, Mitchell Butel, Paul Capsis, Angelique Cassimatis, Minnie Cooper, Michael Cormick, Chloe Dallimore, Peter Eyres, Lesley Hancock, Esther Hannaford and The Cast of Beautiful, Nancye Hayes, Shauna Jensen, Donna Lee, Amy Lehpamer, Genevieve Lemon, Lara Mulcahy, Sylvie Paladino, Shaun Rennie, Phil Scott, Queenie van de Zandt, Ann Wood and Chloe Zuel.

Since it’s humble beginnings at the Footbridge theatre in 1997, Hats Off! has grown into one of Sydney’s LGBTQI premiere events. After the Footbridge got too small Hats Off! moved to the showroom at Star City, then Sydney Theatre, and finally to the Seymour Centre where it has been a popular part of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival for many years. This year Hats Off! is back at The Star at the Lyric Theatre on the set of “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical”.   Hats Off! would be nothing without the generous stars that have donated their time to help mitigate the lives of those living with HIV/AIDS.

WHERE: Sydney Lyric Theatre, The Star
WHEN: Monday 20 November
TIME: 7.30pm
PRICES: $49.00 to $69.00

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Broadway Unplugged @ The Vanguard

Ross Chisari, one of the featured performers in BROADWAY UNPLUGGED at The Vanguard, Newtown
Ross Chisari, one of the featured performers in BROADWAY UNPLUGGED at The Vanguard, Newtown

Want to hear a secret? BROADWAY UNPLUGGED. Pass it on. No wait. On second thoughts, I might want to keep it to myself. Let me think about this.

BROADWAY UNPLUGGED was launched mid-year in 2012 and has had successful events in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Last night it was at The Vanguard in Newtown. Created by George Youakim who was the MC for the night, the idea is to support the musical theatre industry by doing unplugged sessions. The monthly event provides a platform for performers to do what they do best in a supportive environment.

Since everyone knows that Monday is a day of rest for we theatre workers, why shouldn’t the stars of Squabbalogic’s MAN OF LA MANCHA wander in and do a set? Case in point, Musical Theatre royalty, Tony Sheldon, complete with Don Quixote scraggy chin. This is an artist who can fill a huge auditorium night after night in New York but we got to experience that wonderful dynamic range almost at a whisper as he joined with Ross Chisari for a taste of Cervantes and Sancho Panza. He backed this up with a number cut from HELLO DOLLY … the missing solo for Horace Vandergelder. Who knew? Continue reading Broadway Unplugged @ The Vanguard


Written in 1977, this “play with music” appeared just two years before the inaugural Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. It contains some of the earliest progressive depictions of same sex relationships, and is an excellent choice for the New Theatre to present it in conjunction with the Mardi Gras festival this year.

The work comes from a time before political correctness, and includes many references to ethnicity, gender and sexual preference that could make contemporary audiences cringe, but director Alice Livingstone is mindful of the change in context and deals with those awkward moments shrewdly and with sensitivity.

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