The Melbourne Cabaret Festival, now in its ninth year, is once again hosting some of the most diverse and seductive cabaret shows in Australia, from the 19 June to 1 July 2018.
Featuring 20 brand new shows in this year’s festival, this year’s show offers a hugely different range of shows – with our top five must see shows being:
An ode to the theatrical and alluring enigma of Marlene Dietrich, this show is expressed 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’, the show is delivered in German, French and English with accompaniment by piano, accordion and musical saw.
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.
A show that embraces the 1990s, this performance features the sensitive rendering of iconic songs from the alternative rock and grunge era of the time, 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 explores 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. The audience can also get involved by submitting song requests, mix tape lists, or journals entries here.
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), this set celebrates all things Twin Peaks. 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.
Julie Andrews has graced the stage and screen for generations and now in one glorious stage production titled,Practically Perfecther best work is celebrated. Outlining the life and music of the legendary Dame, the show features her best-known songs from Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, Victor Victoria and more. In the show, her songs and music are interwoven with stories about her life on and off the stage, and give the audience the chance to join in for an all-singing, all-dancing journey from the West End to Broadway and onto Hollywood. This show starsKarla Hillam and Jeremy Hinman.
Find out more about the Melbourne Cabaret Festival on their website here!
Dates: 19 June - 1 July 2018
Location: Chapel Off Chapel (12 Little Chapel St, Prahran)
Times: Multiple show sessions
Cost: $29 - $38 (prices vary, see website for full details)