The Hayes Theatre Company is set to reopen next month with a performance of Young Frankenstein. Their Sydney Festival romp, Rewired : Musicals Reimagined was a showcase for the regular creatives and versatile vocal and acting talent connected with the Hayes.
Its fresh take on established musical theatre favourites sets our regular theatre-going sensibilities on fire. The amazing moments of musical transformation via huge makeovers are stunning new strains for us to cherish.
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.
Simply put, I never get to use “trashy” as an honorific. Trashy or tacky or flashy. Until now. Here we go … THE BODYBAG. It’s playing at the Sydney Opera House and kneel before me Trevor Ashley and cast as I dub your production deliciously trashy, graciously garish, faaabulously flashy and expertly tacky. THE BODYBAG, which has nothing to do with, or endorsed by, any other famous work of art or cinema or television etc, is all this and more. The more is an elegance of craft, skill and talent but that’s boring, let’s talk about the meretricious. Continue reading THE BODYBAG THE PANTO: OUR TREV PIMPS UP THE OPERA HOUSE→
Multi-award winning superstar Rachel Marinade (Trevor Ashley) is one of the most successful entertainers ever to have come runner-up on Australian Idol*. But after a spate of creepy “fan mail” it’s clear that Rachel needs protection. Not only that, after being charged in local court for holding a fake driver’s license, she also needs transport. Continue reading NOTHING TO DO WITH ANYTHING FAMOUS: THE BODYBAG!→
As the kissy kissy photo shoot for the SYDNEY GAY AND LESBIAN MARDI GRAS 2018 launch proceeded on the steps of the Sydney Opera House, divalicious Trevor Ashley was heard to pronounce “I need a long black.” No argument there from his fellow ambassadors including Paul Capsis and Todd McKenney and the clickkity click assembled media. That much fun and flair, clustered around a very pink flamingo wading pool, can be very tiring. Continue reading 40 YEARS OF EVOLUTION: Mardi Gras 2018 launch→
Tempted. Very tempted. Tempted not to tell anything about last night’s show. I want to keep it all to myself. But since we’re friends, and if you promise not to spread it around, I might tell you about a really fantastic Sydney cabaret event. It’s called SHOWQUEEN and with the sure hands of Chris Archer and the irrepressible Trevor Ashley beneath it, you just know its reliably top notch. And it’s on every month in Oxford St at Ginger’s: a great little intimate venue with terrific food.
Trevor Ashley seriously. The man is a force of nature. Priscilla Queen of The Desert – The Musical, Diamonds are for Trevor, and just off Liza’s Back (is Broken) at Glen Street. He’s obviously a living breathing icon but who knew he was such a warm, wry and witty host. You get to hear him sing too … bonus.
Upbeat Carpenter’s hit ‘Sing, Sing a Song’ to begin and a superbly grubby blues number ‘Get Laid’ as the evening finale. Trevor, I can call him that, he picked up my jacket when it fell on the floor and patted me, is known for those high notes … his best Streisand for ‘People’ with brushed drums and soul touching joy in sharing … but when he occasionally gets down low in his bottom register I get goosebumps. Oh that sounds rude but I really mean it. He’s not averse to some deep shoulder action between songs either Continue reading SHOWQUEEN : A STARRY NIGHT OF CABARET @ GINGER’S→
“A good heart these days is hard to find!” Also rare is a great mimic with tenor voice morphed into charismatic cross-dressing cameos. Ashley performed from his heart and talented soul, assisted by comic writing from Phil Scott and Gretel Killeen.
STAR STRUCK: A Live Cabaret Tribute to the Divas was fabulous Friday fare at The Star’s vibrant new venue. Ashley presented focused and musically refreshing impersonations. No well-costumed and coiffed diva, dead or alive, was safe from satire.
The highlight with regards to structure and large-venue-deserving energy came in the show’s second half. Back to back transitions with fast outfit changes from one female superstar to the next wowed the audience.
These musical and theatrical treats were ably supported by the triple-threat ‘Trevettes’, aka back-up couple Kirby and Ryan.
Hits and covers by Cher, Liza Minnelli, Bette Midler, Shirley Bassey and Tina Turner became new hits in the show-stopping hands and heels of Ashley, the ‘Trevettes’ and band.
This performance soared well beyond drag, or a collection of hilarious and dare I say ‘straight’ covers. STAR STRUCK continued a stream of Ashley’s inimitable concept shows.
A complete standing ovation was indication that this latest instalment deserves its history repeating.
Trevor Ashley’s STAR STRUCK played for one night only at the Star Event Centre.
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