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2010 Event Media Release - Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen

Media Release: Thursday, May 20, 2010

Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen bring the sound of the Balkans to Sydney

Devilishly handsome, musically brilliant and audaciously entertaining, Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen will make their Sydney Opera House debut with the award-winning Dead Men Tell A Thousand Tales.

Dripping with romance, adventure and desire, the smash-hit show premiered at Edinburgh Fringe last year to critical acclaim, receiving five star reviews.

Green Room Award and Time Out London Critic’s Choice winners, this collection of darkly humorous, highly emotive songs and stories explore death as a vital and essential celebration of life.

“Riotous fun and frankly unforgettable this is a twisted cabaret of dark delights. The Black Sea Gentlemen, a troupe of lost souls drawn together by the indomitably depraved and unquestionably magnetic Mikelangelo, weave a seductive spell around the audience, inviting them to explore the shadowy recesses of the soul.” ***** The List, UK

With the charming, coiffured crooner Mikelangelo at their helm, the Black Sea Gentlemen plunge headlong into a netherworld of intrigue and imagination. Swoon to the tune of Rufino the Catalan Casanova, thrill to the tale of The Great Muldavio, delight in Little Ivan the song and dance man, and be chilled by Guido Libido - legend of Balkan Western cinema.

This is a deliciously macabre 'Kabaret Noir' with breathtakingly beautiful theatrical vision, a fantastical world populated with a cast of gargoyles and demons, angels and crows, doomed sailors and spectral gunfighters, whistling soldiers and dancing skeletons.

“Light and dark, serious and ludicrous, daft and sincere, are in perfect balance throughout - this wonderfully theatrical show frequently veers from one extreme to the other in a second. These are performers at the top of their game, in complete control of their audience.” * * * * * The Scotsman  

Mikelangelo is one of the great performers of his time and has toured the world as a star of the Olivier Award winning production La Clique. The Black Sea Gentlemen are his formidable musical ensemble and together they have packed houses and enthralled audiences and critics the world over.

WHAT: Dead Men Tell A Thousand Tales         

WHO: Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentleman

WHEN: 17 – 19 June                

WHERE: The Studio

TIME:  7.30pm                         

DURATION: 90mins

PRICE: Tables from $39 or $29 conc. Seats $29/$24

BOOKINGS: 02 9250 7777 or

MEDIA CONTACT: Nathan McIlroy, Senior Publicist, Sydney Opera House on02 9250 7596 / 0434 121 146 /


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