Best of Queensland Cabaret Festival!
In here, life is beautiful!
Last night Queensland Cabaret Festival kicked off with Voices of Vice, a one-off cabaret/concert bringing together some of the best local talent ahead of most of the visiting artists arriving from interstate and overseas.
Unfortunately, this meant a clash with one of the Festival highlights, Painted From Memory: The Music of Bacharach and Costello starring Michael Falzon and Bobby Fox with special guest star Luke Kennedy. If you saw it, let me know what you thought! I was sorry to miss it because these guys are CLASS.
Shows will clash. This is a standard Festival dilemma.
If only we could be in several different places at once.
Voices of Vice brought us songs of dissipation, debauchery, wickedness, corruption and all manner of sin, with highlights from Lizzie Moore, Melissa Western, Tyrone Noonan and Sandro Colarelli singing a song of Satan, written for him by The Good Ship. Hosted by Colarelli, Greg Bird (I loved his drunk piano number) and Alison St Ledger, the schtick lacked punchlines and pace (I find the pace lags whenever St Ledger takes the mic but boy, can she sing!), but the artists had a ball and the audience got a “taste” of what’s to come over the next few days and nights.
Make sure you plan ahead and get to the venue in time to find a park and get to Bar Alto at Brisbane Powerhouse or Russell Street Wine Bar at QPAC for a bite to eat and a chance to purchase your drinks because you can take drinks into the shows. Because CABARET.
HOT TIP: If your tickets are for the cabaret seating in the Powerhouse Theatre BUY A BOTTLE because punters getting up in the middle of a sultry torch song to get more alcohol and then juggle several glasses and said bottle on the way back to their seats are REALLY ANNOYING TO THE ARTISTS AND THE OTHER PUNTERS. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE.
#openingnightstyle Camilla & Sachi shoes (Metalicus under because WINTER)
Choose from Tyrone Noonan’s Vegas! Standards Reborn, Mary Wilson: Up Close, Bendigo to Broadway: Bradley McCaw or Dash Kruck in I Might Take My Shirt Off. I loved Kruck’s show when we saw it earlier this year at Melt Festival.
You might like Vaudevillian ne’er-do-wells Dirty Sexy Politics (Tom Albert and Samuel Valentine), who are seizing government the only way they know how: with sex, revenge and unbridled chaos. Or you might feel like an hour of stirring, high-class entertainment with two of Queensland’s best loved artists as Annie Lee (with accompanist, Sallie Campbell) shares her most treasured songs and stories of a life in cabaret. Or you could join Geraldine Turner for an evening of songs from her celebrated career, peppered with show business anecdotes and stories.
OR you might be in the mood for a bit of jazz flute and double entendre from the surprise of the opening night show and (wait and see) the surprise hit of this festival, the nu-folk comedy duo, Warmwaters. The creation of Bridget Boyle and David Megarrity (with a cheeky look in from Lewis Jones – what a great team that makes), these two would probably feel more at home at Woodford Folk Festival, however; having accepted the invitation to appear at “Voices of Nice” they took everything in their stride and stole the show. It’s a parody of all things folk, complete with jazz flute and clever audience interaction. If you haven’t booked to experience Warmwaters you’re missing out! Image by Grant Heaton. BOOK HERE
I loved Lizzie Moore (we saw her last as the other, other sister of Kylie Minogue). Moore oozes old-school cabaret sass-in-a-hat and worked the audience seated at tables until some of them weren’t sure where to look! Moore’s show, Cool Britannia, has been relocated from the Visy Theatre to the Powerhouse Theatre, allowing MORE OF YOU TO SEE IT! It’s a swinging sixties pop mod party that you won’t want to miss. Illustration by Sean Dowling. BOOK HERE
Cool Britannia is the sound of those times and you’ll hear Moore bring to life hits by 60s British legends Petula Clark, Lulu and Dusty Springfield. The show also follows the sound to today, with songs from the latest wave of talent inspired by the Swinging 60s including Amy Winehouse, Duffy and Adele. Illustration by Sean Dowling.
After a sold-out season at Queensland Cabaret Festival 2014, Michael Griffiths is back to dish the dirt and explain why he hasn’t grown up yet. Adolescent features tunes from musicals Jersey Boys and Priscilla: Queen of the Desert as well as 1980s classics by Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, A-ha and Culture Club. BOOK HERE
Be swept away by sultry songbirds Baby et Lulu – Abby Dobson (Leonardo’s Bride) and Lara Goodridge (FourPlay) – and their prodigious band (Mark Harrison on bass, Ross Harrington on saxophone, Julian Curwin on guitar and Marcello Maio on accordion) in a celebration of la vie française. BOOK HERE
Sunday (this is actually my schedule on Sunday)
Rob Mills Is…Surprisingly Good (or not so surprisingly if you’ve been following his career from screen to stage, nevertheless he says this show was inspired by the surprise of his critics). Join Rob for an evening of hilarious behind- the-scenes anecdotes, an eclectic array of show tunes and hits from Taylor Swift, Gavin DeGraw, Coldplay and Millsy himself. Here’s a fresh reminder that Rob Mills is actually an acclaimed musician and performer. BOOK HERE
4:30pm & 6:30pm
Melissa Western’s Oh Lady Be Good is back in Brisbane after a successful UK tour AND due to demand the Festival has had to add a show, which means – you guessed it – MORE OF YOU GET TO MEET MELISSA WESTERN. Image by Simon Woods. BOOK HERE
Fresh from Adelaide Fringe Festival, Only the Good Die Young features Queensland’s winner of the International Cabaret Contest, Jessica Papst, and a knock-out three-piece band ready to tackle RnB, blues, funk and rock. Directed by Cienda McNamara. Image by Joel Devereux. BOOK HERE
Rock meets cabaret when international sensation Storm Large takes the stage. Direct from the US, Storm Large is best-known for her appearance on Rock Star: Supernova and is one of the compelling front-women for iconic band Pink Martini. Join her for an evening of tortured and titillating love songs; beautiful, familiar, yet twisted…much like Storm herself. Storm is joined by band Le Bonheur. Image by Laura Domela. BOOK HERE
If you’re not at Storm Large you should probs be on the Turbine Platform to see Blur: The Songs of Ellen Reed. Reed is one of Brisbane’s rising stars with her incomparable voice and her ability to perform gracefully under pressure. She won Nova FM’s national extreme karaoke competition by belting out Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way” whilst covered in snakes and spiders inside a coffin. In BLUR Reed takes the stage to perform original tracks from her debut album, inspired by Queen, Fleetwood Mac and Frank Ocean, as well as insightful covers of classic pop, RnB and blues. Don’t miss this introduction to one of Australia’s newest chanteuses. Image by Joel Devereux. BOOK HERE
That’s it, there you have it, my hot tips for the Queensland Cabaret Festival & Cabaret at the Cremorne in 2015.
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