Having celebrated 35 successful years of sensational daytime entertainment, Arts Centre Melbourne’s Morning Melodies 2020 program is set to amaze audiences once again with a stellar line-up of music theatre, cabaret, opera, jazz and dance. This coming year, the feel-good one hour concerts held each month at Hamer Hall will celebrate our very own Australian performers, including Philip Quast, Silvie Paladino, Zoy Frangos and Trevor Ashley.
Opening the 2020 program in February is one of Australia’s best loved and most internationally recognised performers Philip Quast. Accompanied by Anne-Maree McDonald on piano, Quast will delight audiences with an intimate musical tale of his extraordinary theatrical life.
In a stunning mix of authentic French chanson and contemporary sounds, Exposing Edith sees Helpmann Award nominees Michaela Burger and Greg Wain reinterpret their favourite Piaf songs using voice, guitar and loop pedals in March.
By popular demand, Silvie Paladino returns to Morning Melodies this April accompanied by the David Cameron Trio. Paladino will entertain audiences with songs from her vast repertoire including classics from musicals, hits by female vocalists and songs of inspiration.
Now a tradition amongst Morning Melodies audiences, a treat to look forward to each year is The Australian Ballet School and Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) performances. In May, celebrate the art of ballet from the sophisticated to the sublime in En Pointe, and in October, the next generation of Australian stars from VCA will celebrate the best of Broadway’s songbook with great love songs, exciting choruses and powerful ballads that have defined this genre for over a hundred years.
International drag superstar Trevor Ashley is more Minnelli than Minnelli herself. In June, this hilarious drag tribute Liza with a He! explores all the great roles and Broadway show tunes that Liza never got to sing. After smash seasons in London and Australia, it’s easy to see how Ashley as Liza Minnelli is unforgettable.
Most recently seen with Tina Arena in Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical EVITA, Zoy Frangos will blow audiences away by his Variations on classic songs. As the son of a Greek migrant father and Indigenous-Australian mother, the music theatre heart throb offers a fresh take on the typical Australian story in July.
Renowned Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet David McAllister AM opens his musical treasure chest together with Orchestra Victoria in August, to reveal the eclectic mix of music which has driven and inspired his incredible 40-year career. The Music That Kept Me On My Toes sees Orchestra Victoria take centre stage alongside the incomparable Nicolette Fraillon AM as they share orchestral sounds and stories from the heart.
In September, The Syncopators will take audiences on a jazz jaunt from the 1920s to the 1950s. Featuring Peter Gaudion and Yvette Johansson, the band will light up the stage with hits culminating in the pre-Rock ‘Jump-Jive’ era of Louis Prima and Louis Jordan and include favourites from some of the most iconic female jazz icons, including Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.
Acclaimed tap dancer Christopher Horsey will bring to life all the famous songs and tap dances from the stage and screen in Two Hits and a Miss next November. Horsey will be joined by two other toe-tapping virtuosos – to be announced closer to the performance – as they dazzle with their masterful footwork and vocal prowess alongside a fabulous live band.
The 2020 Morning Melodies program will wrap up in December with the ever-adored Christmas Melodies heralding the arrival of the festive season. Audiences can sing along to a collection of classics and new favourites with a big band, choir and range of well-known artists to be announced in the spring of 2020. The 2019 Christmas Melodies will see Michael Cormick and Johanna Allen lead the carolling alongside the National Boys Choir and the Salvation Army’s Melbourne Staff Band.
Bookings at artscentremelbourne.com.au