Media Release: Friday, April 30, 2010
Cool cabaret of stars unveiled for Sydney Opera House this winter
House Cabaret tickets on sale Wednesday, May 5
Since the launch of The Studio in 2002, Sydney Opera House has been at the forefront of presenting the best cabaret artists from Australia and abroad. From Paul Capsis, Bob Downe, Meow Meow and The Burlesque Hour to Justin Bond, Camille O'Sullivan, Amanda Palmer and Frisky & Mannish, Bennelong Point has continued to be a regular home for this intimate style of music.
As local cabaret venues continued to close, Sydney Opera House introduced audiences to new discoveries alongside the internationally acclaimed performers. Now, with almost 70,000 fans and as a sign of its commitment to the genre, Sydney Opera House will program such artists under the new banner of House Cabaret.
More than just music, cabaret has a sense of intimacy, vulnerability, sincerity and humour. Edgy and twisted, House Cabaret will be an ongoing series of inspiring and diverse experiences that will take audiences on a journey of discovery from old school to new cool.
From the traditional to the more contemporary forms of cabaret, the program will begin with an eclectic festival-style of shows across June to August. Programmed by Virginia Hyam, Head of Contemporary Culture, this star-studded line-up will warm even the coldest winter’s night.
“House Cabaret celebrates the growing popularity of this musical style in all its forms. Audiences will enjoy the kind of traditional cabaret they have come to know and love, but can also challenge themselves with post-modern interpretations and all points between,” Ms Hyam said. “The program will appeal to all tastes and budgets.”
Light entertainment for dark times, House Cabaret will kick off with the star of Packed to the Rafters Hugh Sheridan’s return to the stage in Newley Discovered (Playhouse, June 16-21). Directed by Dean Bryant with musical director Phil Scot, this musical tribute to a showbiz legend sold out at last year’s Adelaide Cabaret Festival and marks Sheridan’s Sydney Opera House debut.
Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentleman will examine death as a vital and essential celebration of life through stories and songs in The Studio from June 17 to 19. The five-star Edinburgh Fringe hit Dead Men Tell A Thousand Tales is a deliciously macabre cabaret of dark delights that promises to weave its spell on Sydney audiences and explore the shadowy recesses of the soul.
The ‘And Friends’ series has proved popular in the past with artists like Megan Washington and Old Man River getting their mates together for a jam session like no other. This year Clare Bowditch, Dick & Christa Hughes, Perry Keyes and Elana Stone will gather their fave collaborators for a unique series of all-star concerts.
Controversy and acclaim surrounded Sydney drag queen Trevor Ashley’s smash-hit show Liza on an E last year. The legendary Ms Minnelli even tried to sue. Never one to shy away, Sydney Opera House will present the world premiere of his latest creation I’m Every Woman in The Studio from July 7 to 10. Joined by the Smoke & Mirrors house band, Ashley will perform his take on 10 divas in an hour.
A master at putting a debonair spin on the music of Cole Porter and Noel Coward, the “Crown Prince of New York cabaret”, Steve Ross, returns to Sydney with three of his favourite shows in repertory. This is high end cabaret at its show tune-studded best.
Best known as Bob Downe’s long-suffering sidekick Pastel Vespa, Fiona Thorn, returns to her smoky roots with the impeccably cool He Drank Too Many Cigarettes (The Studio, 15-17 July). A queen of the Bossa Nova and lifelong Francophile, she will perform the seminal songs of Serge Gainsbourg with loving reverence and pure panache.
Charismatic rocker Tim Rogers and six musicians cross over to the dark side to examine the archaic and modern notions of sin, atonement, guilt and retribution in the Sydney premiere of Saligia (The Studio, July 28-31). A mnemonic term utilized by the Catholic Church in the 14th century based on the first letters (in Latin) of the deadly sins, this brand new collection of stories and songs was conceived and composed by Rogers with Ian Grandage on piano and cellist Melanie Robinson.
Last seen at Sydney Opera House in Dangerously Funny, Eddie Perfect has penned satirical songs on everything from politics, the media, capitalism and popular culture to an entire musical on the life of Shane Warne. In Songs from the Middle he is joined by the Brodsky Quartet for a cycle of songs about his hometown of Mentone, Victoria (Playhouse, August 1 & 2).
House Cabaret will also feature David Campbell’s The Broadway Show (Concert Hall, August 20).
Ticket Packages are available if purchased in a single order. Buy three shows to receive a 15% discount, four shows equals 20% and purchase tickets to five shows to receive 25% off.
MEDIA: For information, interviews and images please contact:
Nathan McIlroy, Senior Publicist, Sydney Opera House
02 9250 7596 / 0434 121 146 / firstname.lastname@example.org