The Melbourne Cabaret Festival is one of Melbourne’s major winter arts events. The Festival is funded through fundraising campaigns, its ‘Friends of the Festival’ program, donations, strategic sponsorships and ticket sales.
It is run by ‘Melbourne Cabaret Limited’, a not-for-profit entity which exists to promote the performance art of cabaret and engage and grow a broad audience base for cabaret.
Featuring 20 brand new shows, we’ve picked five must see shows from this year’s festival.
A delicious theatrical affair unveiling the alluring enigma of Marlene Dietrich through song and story with Nikki Nouveau. Set in Weimar Republic Berlin, Kabaret Dietrich unmasks the trials of the ageing film star, from her early beginnings as a musician, an under-recognised performance career in cabaret and theatre, through to her emergence as a shining legend of the silver screen. Featuring a repertoire of cabaret classics, including ‘Falling In Love Again’, ‘Lili Marlene’ and ‘La Vie En Rose’, delivered in German, French and English with accompaniment by piano, accordion and musical saw.
God Only Knows – The Music of Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson is undisputedly one of the greatest composers of all time. Through The Beach Boys he revolutionised the world of contemporary music. Behind the song-writing, Wilson’s life was emotional and complex; the music frequently mirroring life as he knew it. Accompanied by band, cabaret rockstar Drew Downing narrates the life of Wilson through one of the most acclaimed songbooks of any composer.
The Songs That Saved Your Life
Features the darkly sensitive rendering of iconic songs from the alternative rock and grunge era of the 1990s, backed by some of Australia’s most celebrated improvisational jazz musicians. It includes seminal tunes from The Smiths, Nirvana, The Violent Femmes, and the filmic soundtracks to David Lynch films. Jazz Chanteuse Kimba Griffith will explore these iconic indie rock tunes through the lens of jazz, with some of Australia’s most celebrated improvising musicians – Julien Wilson, sax; Niko Schauble, drums; Ryan Griffith, guitar, and Tamara Murphy, bass. Audience members can get involved by submitting song requests, mix tape lists, or journals entries to www.teenagejournals.com
Fire Walk With Us: The Music Of Twin Peaks
A live re-imagining of songs and music from both the Twin Peaks TV series soundtrack (1991) and the prequel film Fire Walk With Me (1992). Composed by Angelo Badalamenti and David Lynch, this music is a masterclass in minimalist atmospheres, haunting vocals and sinister soundscapes. This hypnotic performance work is produced and devised by Brisbane-based Electric Moon and brings together a broad range of musicians from the jazz based, to avant-garde noisemakers, to the four diverse vocalists – all bound together by a deep love for Lynch’s most celebrated work.
Practically Perfect – The Music of Julie Andrews
For generations she has graced the stage and screen and now in one glorious stage production comes Practically Perfect celebrating the life and music of the legendary Dame Julie Andrews. Featuring her best-known songs from Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, Victor Victoria and more, interwoven with stories about her life on and off the stage, join us for an all singing, all dancing journey from the West End to Broadway and onto Hollywood, just Perfect. Starring Karla Hillam and Jeremy Hinman.
All tickets on sale now: www.melbournecabaret.com
The Melbourne Cabaret Festival is made possible through the generous support of Creative Victoria, the City of Stonnington, the Ron and Margaret Dobell Foundation and Quest on Dorcas.