The annual Melbourne Cabaret Festival closes on Sunday 26 June, there is still time to see some great cabaret.  In the final week, here are five must see shows during the festival:

Steve Ross (USA) – To Wit; Funny Songs Throughout the Ages Iconic New York performer dubbed the Crown Prince of Cabaret by the New York Times presents a selection of witty songs from the 1920s and 1930s, like the raucous Takin’ a Bath In the Blues & Lydia, the Tattooed Lady, through ditties by Flanders & Swann to  songs from the pens of Cole Porter and Noel Coward.

Otto & Astrid – Best Band in the World by Die Roten Punkte are Berlin’s Prince and Princess of art-rock and Europop. Die Roten Punkte are a lipstick-smeared, tantrum-loving, sonic collision between The B52s, Kraftwerk and early Ramones. Their songs are ridiculously infectious and their show is one of the most irreverent and hilarious gigs you’re ever likely to see.

Rod Davies – That 70s Child is a nostalgic look at an era when ‘life and music’ was very different to today. From Sunday morning Salvo hymns to a secret stash of ‘devil’s music’, life and music intertwined in a strangely innocent way! Rod Davies’ voice is recognisable from thousands of television and radio performances; Dancing with the Stars (all 15 seasons!), Hey Hey it’s Saturday and of course the Good Guys ad.

 Geraldine Quinn in Fox Poncing –  is a new hour of original cabaret and world premiere from professional show-off, band-leader, Bowie-mourner and award-winning rock cabaret songwriter Geraldine Quinn (The Weekly, Spicks & Specks, RocKwiz, 2014 Green Room Awards Best Cabaret Artiste).

★★★★★ – The Age  ★★★★★ – Adelaide Advertiser  ★★★★★ – ArtsHub

Anya Anastasia in Roque Romantic.  Divine on stage, clumsy in love. What does a human statue hear in the streets? What happens when romance finds you everywhere but follows you nowhere? What happens when an artist compulsively creates alter egos that ward off the things she so deeply desires? Might her creations grow so strong that they consume her? Peer behind the tents of the Carnival; see the creator arguing with the creation in the wings. Beware the oft-miscalculated serenades that may occur right on your seat.

Melbourne Cabaret Festival 2016 from Tuesday 14 until Sunday 26 June at the Festival Hub, Chapel Off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel St, Prahran.  Tickets from $25. Bookings: http://melbournecabaret.com

 

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