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