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Monday
Apr022012

2012 Adelaide Cabaret Festival program launched

 

 

2012 Adelaide Cabaret Festival program was launched on March 31 at the Adelaide Festival Theatre.

Artistic Director of the Festival Kate Ceberano kicked off the evening with the sultry rendition of “Let’s All Get Together”, backed by an excellent three-piece band in front of a packed audience.

Matt Gilberston was flawless as the cheeky, witty and hilarious emcee of the evening.

CEO & Artistic Director of Adelaide Festival Centre Douglas Gautier and Minister for the Arts John Hill spoke about the successes the Adelaide Cabaret Festival has enjoyed in the last 12 years. The attendances to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival have more than doubled and the 2011 Festival was a record-breaking year at the box office.  

Debra Byrne

In between the announcements of the shows within the program, Cabaret fans were treated to the performance by Justin Burford, who morphed into Kurt Cobain, Eddie Perfect’s dark, satirical self-penned song about Neanderthal romance and Debra Byrne’s showstopping performance of “With One Look” from Sunset Boulevard.

2012 program features 110 international artists from the United States of America, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Ireland and the best from Australia with 194 Australian artists, 110 of those South Australian performers. Showcasing eight World premieres, seven Australian premieres and 20 Adelaide premieres, the vibrant program also features 12 international shows, many of which are exclusive to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

When the Festival opens on the Queens Birthday long weekend – June 8, 2012 – there will be 49 different shows and 146 performances across 16 electrifying nights.

Rather than having a headliner or opening/closing acts, Kate Ceberano opted for an even keel approach that focuses on every show throughout the Festival.

She has also re-designed the Festival with David Bromley and will be transforming the performance space as well as interior and public space to evoke the colonial, vaudeville theme she’s chosen for 2012.

The diverse selection of Festival acts across many genres and styles - comedy, satire, contemporary, rock, pop, blues, soul, swing, gypsy jazz, the Broadway classics and theatre. Kate Ceberano has covered a lot of ground and made sure the shows appeal to all ages and tastes.

Mark Nadler

The unofficial Festival mascot Mark Nadler will return for the fifth year and will be host the Variety Gala Performance. He will also present his solo show I’m a Stranger Myself and of course, the absolute crowd favourite Broadway Hootenanny.

There are more revistors to the Festival. Acclaimed Australian Weimar-style cabaret artist based in New York City, Kim Smith is also coming back to the Festival to perform his critically acclaimed show Misfit. Sharon Millerchip will channel Marlene Dietrich but not as you’d expect. Irish chanteuse Camille O’Sullivan will bring sexy to cabaret.

Musical theatre luminaries such as Lea Salonga, Eden Espinosa, Ben Vereen, Sherie Rene Scott, Debra Byrne, Bernadette Robinson will lift the roof of the Adelaide Festival venues.

Mary Wilson, a founding member of The Surpremes, will team up with author James Gavin to create the captivating story of Lena Horne. 

Kim Smith

There are many crossover artists who are trying their hand at cabaret. Lenny Henry, who is known for his stand-up comedy career, will show off his singing prowess. Other artists like the former frontman of rock band End of Fashion and star of Rock of Ages Justin Burford, prominent country singer Troy Cassar-Daly, indie-jazz songstress Katie Noonan, Tex Perkins, Tim Freedman, Clare Bowditch, indie soul singer Paris Wells, The Snowdroppers, gypsy jazz trio The Lost Fingers,  French supergroup Nouvelle Vague front woman Nadeah and will all embrace cabaret. Cosentino, the illusionist will bring a touch of magic.  Festival Designer David Bromley will collaborate with his longtime friend and singer-songwriter Brian Cadd - the audience will see David create a new artwork live on stage, while Brian entertains and inspires on piano. Zoe Keating, a cello version of Julianna Barwick, will use a cello and a foot-controlled laptop to record layer upon layer of cello to perform a one-woman orchestra.

Eddie Perfect

An impressive ensemble of Australian performers will pay homage to David Bowie in Ziggy – The Songs of David Bowie. The show is a theatrically inspired musical journey into the stardust-filled scrapbook of the man and his music, and features three of the finest voices in the world of contemporary music Jeff Duff, Steve Balbi and Brydon Stace.

Kane Alexander, best known for the lead roles he’s performed on the musical stage and his touring days with pop Superstars Il Divo, will perform his sophisticated New York Style cabaret.

For the rock fans, two of the most successful and influential songwriters in Australian rock history – brothers Rick and John Brewster present Brothers, Angels and Demons. Australian legend Don Walker will steer you down the road in his show Tales from the Landsborough Highway, an hour of song and stories from the man himself backed by his five piece band the Suave F***’s, 

South Australian company Various People Inc present the World Premiere of The Velvet Gentleman: the odd story of Erik Satie. This performance will transport show-goers to twentieth century Paris and the curious world of eccentric composer and cabaret pianist Erik Satie. 

One of Australia’s most highly regarded performers Jack Charles will engage you in an evening of songs from his 1940s childhood through to a blues version of Oodgeroo Noonuccal’s poem Son of Mine. Don’t miss Music from the Stage Production, JACK CHARLES V THE CROWN.

For something a bit different, Swing Time With The Andrew Sisters will have you reliving all the memorable hits of WWII from one of the most successful female vocal groups in popular music. And Australia’s favourite musical comedy trio Tripod will have you in stitches.

The Banquet Room will become home to the diverse, the divine and the entertaining in this year’s Festival, and will also host the late night club named Backstage. Designed by David Bromley, Backstage will be an eclectic mix of all the best that the Cabaret Festival has to offer with regular appearances by a variety of Cabaret Festival artists, dancers and DJs.

Emma Dean

It’s heartening to see a big list of young Australian cabaret performers such as Emma DeanEddie Perfect,Tommy BradsonVirginia GayKeira Daley and Johanna Allen, who are all accomplished in the field and are paving the path for the new generation of artists. Keep your eye out for the debut performance of Angela Harding, the winner of 2011 Australian Cabaret Showcase.

Yes, the high school students will be back - this year a new class of 30 cabaret students from 15 secondary schools from across the state will share their stories through music in Class of Cabaret 2012.  This program is supported by CentreEd and The Department for Education and Child Development.

This year, the masterclass/art talk is only open to the GreenRoom members (16-30 years old). The members will be able to attend ‘How to get your show up’ with the creative team of the show Kurt.

Subscribe to four or more shows and save.  As a subscriber you can buy additional tickets to any Adelaide Cabaret Festival show at the subscriber price as well as automatically entering the draw to WIN an Extraordinary Prize Package worth over $4,000. For full terms and conditions please go towww.adelaidecabaretfestival.com.au . Existing Adelaide Festival Centre subscribers can automatically access the subscriber price. 

Full program and tickets are on sale now through BASS 131 246 or online www.bass.net.au . Program details are available in the Adelaide Cabaret Festival brochure.  Get one free by calling the Adelaide Cabaret Hotline on (08) 8216 8901 or go to www.adelaidecabaretfestival.com.au


2012 Adelaide Cabaret Festival – June 8 to 23

www.adelaidecabaretfestival.com.au


My Top 10 Picks (in alphabetical order)

Debra Byrne Ripe

Eddie Perfect Misanthropology

Emma Dean Stripped

Kim Smith Misfit 

Lea Salonga

Lenny Henry Cradle to Rave

Mark Nadler I’m a Stranger Here Myself 

Stormy Weather – The Lena Horne Project

Tommy Bradson The Men My Mother Loved

Virginia Gay Dirty Pretty Songs 

 

Special mentions:

Johanna Allen, Ben Vereen, Class of Cabaret, Ladynerd, The Lost Fingers, Sharon Millerchip, Tripod

 

Watch the YouTube clip that captures the essence of this year’s Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

 

 

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Monday
Mar192012

Adelaide Fringe 2012 Best Cabaret Award goes to EastEnd Cabaret

  

 

Adelaide Fringe 2012 Awards Night was held last night at the Fringe Club to celebrate and recognise outstanding acts.  Adelaide Fringe 2012 featured 6532 performances, over 4,000 artists and 923 Events, which made this year’s Fringe the biggest ever. The Fringe also recorded a surge in ticket sales by 10%.

There were 110 cabaret events registered this year.

The Best Cabaret category was awarded to EastEnd Cabaret: The Revolution Will Be Sexual. 

Aurora Murphy presented the award to the musical comedy cabaret duo Bernadette Byrne (Jennifer Byrne) and Victor Victoria (Victoria Falconer-Pritchard).

EastEnd Cabaret: The Revolution Will Be Sexual premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011 and enjoyed an enormous success. The show features provocative dark comedy, raunchy original tunes and creatively styled pop songs.

The duo will perform at Red Bennies in Melbourne on March 23. Click here for tickets.

 

Congratulations to EastEnd Cabaret and to all the nominees!

 

Best Cabaret Category Nominees

EastEnd Cabaret: The Revolution Will Be Sexual – EastEnd Cabaret - Winner

Hot – Damsel Sophie for CABfringe

La Soiree – La Soiree Australia

Miss Patsy DeCline in The Cowgirl’s Revenge – Squeezebox and Big Hair Productions

Short+Sweet Cabaret: Just a Little Something I’ve Been Working On – CABFringe & Short+Sweet

 

Click here to see the complete list of categories, nominees and winners.

 

 

 

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Sunday
Mar182012

Adelaide Fringe 2012 Cabaret What's On - Sunday March 18

 

 The Baily Dolls 


Doris Day at the Movies - A Celebration in Song


EastEnd Cabaret:The Revolution will be Sexual

Bernadette Byrne and Victor Victoria present their smash hit show from the Edinburgh Fringe. “Comic genius” ***** - Three Weeks. “Genuinely naughty” **** - The Scotsman. “Vive la Revolution!” **** - The Skinny.

Read their ****review in the Advertiser by Tim Lloyd here.

 

Emma Dean and Jake Diefenbach in an End to Dreaming

Award-winning Brisbane-based musicians, Emma Dean and Jake Diefenbach, join hands (and pianos) to present a grave and mesmerising fairytale about loss, hope and the transcending power of dreams. The New York Post describes Dean as “sheer perfection”, while The Age likens Diefenbach to cabaret legends Tim Minchin and Eddie Perfect.

Click here to read their interview with Emma and Jake.

 

Gillian Cosgriff

Award-winning comedienne and songwriter Gillian Cosgriff makes a triumphant return to Adelaide after her smash hit season at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and a tour around the country.

With no job, no house, and no money, Gillian will be drawing mainly on skills attained through waitressing to help her face the demands of the Adelaide Fringe.

Click here to read her interview Gillian gave last year to Cabaret Confessional.

 

La Soirée SOLD OUT

 

MindBlown


Pianodivalicious!


Porcelain Punch Travelling Medicine Show


The Baily Dolls SOLD OUT


The Johnny Cash Tribute Show


The LoveBirds


The Wrong Place at the Right Time

 

 

 

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Sunday
Mar182012

Adelaide Fringe 2012 Review: Emma Dean and Jake Diefenbach in An End to Dreaming

 

Photo by Giovanni C Lorusso


Emma Dean and Jake Diefenbach in An End to Dreaming

La Bohème

Season continues until March 18

  

The latest collaboration from Brisbane based cabaret pop artists Emma Dean and Jake Diefenbach comes in a form of enthralling gothic fairytale. Their self-penned songs performed over five stages tell individual stories, but they also collectively paint a bigger picture of their transformation.

Accompanying themselves on keys and piano, their gradual emergence from despair to recovery to hope is told through songs and monologues. The show is highly theatrical with no direct interaction with the audience. However, Dean and Diefenbach engage everyone through their superbly written numbers, taking them to the enchanted forest and each step of their transition. The emotions they sing about ring true and feel exquisitely real, yet, the story also brims with a sense of magic. Their ethereal vocals and the sounds of piano blend flawlessly to create a bewitching world of their own.

There is no doubt that these two immensely gifted performers will continue to take Australian contemporary cabaret to new heights. An End to Dreaming is a wondrous piece of storytelling and an experience not to be missed. 

 

Reviewed by Lena Nobuhara

 

Related posts:

Adelaide Fringe 2012 Review: Ali McGregor’s Alchemy

Adelaide Fringe 2012 Review: The LoveBirds

Adelaide Fringe 2012 Review: Hardboiled Lolly

Adelaide Fringe 2012 Review: Exhibit Amy

Adelaide Fringe 2012 Review: Queer: The Wicked Webs We Weave

Adelaide Fringe 2012 Review: Mager & Smythe: In Search Of Atlantis

Adelaide Fringe 2012 Review: WE LOVE YOU! (as much as everybody else does)

Adelaide Fringe 2012 Review: An Unexpected Variety Show

Adelaide Fringe 2012 Review: Short + Sweet Cabaret - Just a Little Something I’ve Been Working On

 

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Saturday
Mar172012

Adelaide Fringe 2012 Cabaret What's On - Saturday March 17

 

A Kick in the Head and Other Seduction Techniques

 

A Back Pages Ramble: Aussie Bob Pays Homage to 50 Years of Bob Dylan


A Kick in the Head and Other Seduction Techniques SOLD OUT 


An Awful Lot of Vaudeville


An Unexpected Variety Show

Don’t miss this award-winning one-woman cabaret written and performed by Jenny Wynter - it’s guaranteed to make you laugh and touch your soul. Read her interview with Cabaret Confessional here.

Click here to read the review in Cabaret Confessional.

Click here to read the *****review by Brian Godfrey in Adelaide Theatre Guide.


Babyboomers Rule - OK SOLD OUT


BALD EAGLES: LIFE IN THE SLOW LANE II SOLD OUT


Best of Fringe - Variety


BOPPIN THE BLUES


Doris Day at the Movies - A Celebration in Song


EastEnd Cabaret:The Revolution will be Sexual

Bernadette Byrne and Victor Victoria present their smash hit show from the Edinburgh Fringe. “Comic genius” ***** - Three Weeks. “Genuinely naughty” **** - The Scotsman. “Vive la Revolution!” **** - The Skinny.

Read their ****review in the Advertiser by Tim Lloyd here.

 

Emma Dean and Jake Diefenbach in an End to Dreaming

Award-winning Brisbane-based musicians, Emma Dean and Jake Diefenbach, join hands (and pianos) to present a grave and mesmerising fairytale about loss, hope and the transcending power of dreams. The New York Post describes Dean as “sheer perfection”, while The Age likens Diefenbach to cabaret legends Tim Minchin and Eddie Perfect.

Click here to read their interview with Emma and Jake.

 

Everybody Does Love Songs

 

Gillian Cosgriff

Award-winning comedienne and songwriter Gillian Cosgriff makes a triumphant return to Adelaide after her smash hit season at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and a tour around the country.

With no job, no house, and no money, Gillian will be drawing mainly on skills attained through waitressing to help her face the demands of the Adelaide Fringe.

Click here to read her interview Gillian gave last year to Cabaret Confessional.

 

Hot

English comedy-cabaret sensation Damsel Sophie is back with a fiery new tale of self-love gone mad.

Winner - Adelaide Fringe Awards 2011 Best Cabaret 

Click here to read the 5-star review by Tessa Akerman in the Advertiser.


Illure SOLD OUT


La Soirée SOLD OUT


MindBlown


Pianodivalicious!


Porcelain Punch Travelling Medicine Show


Sex Pest


Sights & Sounds from Movie Greats


The Con Artists: Stealing the Show


The LoveBirds


The Mile High Club


The Rat Pack Revue SOLD OUT 


The Upside-Down Girl


Three Old Farts and a Couple of Tarts


Upstaging Hans: A Tribute to Stage Mothers Throughout Time

Stage mothers have shaped the lives of history’s iconic superstars and now the darling of them all, Hans, pays tribute to these great women. From Gypsy Rose to Dina Lohan, no one is safe. Join Hans, the “Ungrateful Bastards” and the JonBenét-esque “Lucky Bitches” for this unforgettable cabaret adventure.

Click here to read the 4.5/5 review by Aaron McDonald in the Adelaide Theatre Guide.

Click here to read the 4.5-star review by Jessica Haynes in the Advertiser.


What Is This Thing Called Love?  

Starring Adam Goodburn and Deborah Caddy with Matthew Carey on piano, this cabaret tells a story of the legendary songwriter Cole Porter and his wife will be told through Porter’s timeless classics. Read Adam Goodburn’s interview on the show with Cabaret Confessional here.

 

Wrongtown: Homicide And Home Cooking!

‘The Andrew Sisters coming down from a drug binge’ - Alan Brough. WRONGTOWN, bring you a delectable variety hour celebrating all things “WRONG”, dangerously packed with naff infomercials, psycho killers, disturbing anecdotes, potty-mouth lyrics, hot vocals, high heels, headlights and…THIS FREE CLOCK RADIO!! Make WRONGTOWN’s population -YOU!

Check out their YouTube clip here.

 


 

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