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June 25, 2018

Adelaide Cabaret Festival – Winter Soulstice

Adelaide Cabaret Festival
Daily Review

Winter Soulstice
Closing Gala.
Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre
June 23.

Murray Bramwell

The Adelaide Cabaret Festival has its rituals and the Opening and Closing Galas are among the audience favourites. The last night of the festival falls as near as damn-it to the shortest day and out-going Artistic Director, Ali McGregor has not only wanted to put some soul in Solstice, but plenty of heart as well. “This is my last night,” she beams, …

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June 23, 2018

Adelaide Cabaret Festival – Patti LuPone

Patti LuPone
with Joseph Thalken
Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre
June 21.

Murray Bramwell

One of the many things to like about the Adelaide Cabaret Festival is that, not only is its program filled with new and intriguing performers, it is also a showcase for capital ‘‘S” Stars. There have been many over its 17 year history, including such Broadway luminaries as Bernadette Peters, Michael Feinstein, Mandy Patinkin, Stephen Schwartz, and the Wicked stars Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel . …

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June 22, 2018

Songs for Those Who’ve Come Across the Seas

Created by Cameron Goodall, Quincy Grant, Andy Packer,
with Gareth Chin.
Slingsby.
Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre.
Adelaide Cabaret Festival.
June 20.

This captivating song cycle, from Adelaide based theatre company Slingsby, begins with a children’s book given to a boy by his grandmother. It is called An Island in Time and it is the factual story of geological land formation from volcanic upheaval through, by natural selection, to the establishment of flora and fauna, habitat and ecological diversity.

Performed …

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June 11, 2018

Old chums come help Ali party

Filed under: Archive,Cabaret,Current

Adelaide Cabaret Festival
Variety Gala
Festival Theatre.
June 8. Until June 23.
Bookings : adelaidecabaretfestival.com.au
or 131 246.

After parlaying the last two Adelaide Cabaret Festivals with co-conspirator Eddie Perfect, Artistic Director, Ali McGregor has 2018 all to herself. Her festival theme is “Eyes Open” and the diverse program brings 53 acts and more than 300 performers together for 16 days of eye and ear-popping cabaret.

For the Variety Gala opening, the recently re-opened Festival Theatre foyer was buzzing with …

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June 25, 2017

Songs of Love and Revolution

Filed under: 2017,Archive,Cabaret

Adelaide Cabaret Festival

Songs of Love and Revolution
Closing Variety Gala
Her Majesty’s Theatre
June 24.

The Adelaide Cabaret Festival always begins, and concludes, with a Variety Gala. It has been a feature of the event since it began seventeen years ago and it highlights one of the Festival’s most endearing aspects – which is that, temporarily at least, it creates a community of artists.

This is much remarked upon by internationals and out-of-towners. It is a very hospitable festival, …

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June 24, 2017

The Sound of Falling Stars

Adelaide Cabaret Festival
Murray Bramwell
Forever Young

The Sound of Falling Stars
Cameron Goodall
with George Butrumlis and Enio Pozzebon
Written and directed by Robyn Archer.
Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre.
June 21.
Four Stars

“Things they do look awful c-c-old” sang The Who, talking about their generation, “I hope I die before I get old.” But the bittersweet legend of an early death long preceded 1965. Take your pick – you might start with Goethe’s 1774 sturm und drang

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June 19, 2017

Jacques Brel is alive and well and visiting Adelaide

Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2017

Brel – The Immortal Troubadour
Dunstan Playhouse
Adelaide Festival Centre
June 18.

It is nearly forty years since Belgian-born, French singer songwriter Jacques Brel left the world. But as this tribute gala, devised by Adelaide Cabaret Festival co-director Ali McGregor attests, he is an immortal troubadour and the more time passes, the better his songs sound. It is currently apt to note his influence on David Bowie and Leonard Cohen, but his songs have been interpreted …

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June 16, 2017

Smorgasbord of tasty bites from a perky and intriguing festival menu

Filed under: 2017,Archive,Cabaret

Variety Gala Performance
Her Majesty’s Theatre
June 9.
Adelaide Cabaret Festival
Until June 24. Bookings : bass.net.au or 131 246

The Adelaide Cabaret Festival is not its usual self this year. The world at the Festival Centre has been turned upside down by demolition and reconstruction on every side. There has been a strategic retreat to Her Majesty’s Theatre (especially since the Matilda season has taken over the Festival Theatre) but with a new, more snug, location for the Wintergarden, …

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June 20, 2016

Breath of Heaven

Filed under: 2016,Archive,Cabaret,Music

Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton
Dunstan Playhouse
Adelaide Festival Centre
June 18.

Murray Bramwell

Lisa Fischer has performed on the biggest stages in the world. She played to more than 500,000 people in Rio, and to sold-out stadiums from London to Berlin, the US to Australia. Since 1989 – along with keyboard player Chuck Leavell and bassist Darryl Jones – Fischer has been an indispensible part of The Rolling Stones touring band. Stones fans will never forget her show-stopping solo …

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June 12, 2016

Far from a Weimar museum, cabaret undergoes a youthful makeover

Filed under: 2016,Archive,Cabaret

Adelaide Cabaret Festival

Variety Gala Performance
Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre
June 10.

It’s that time again. Defying the mid-June wintry blast, the Adelaide Festival Centre opens every door and available performance space for thirteen nights of the best of burlesque, Broadway, music theatre and punk satire. Now in its sixteenth year the Adelaide Cabaret Festival has consolidated a reputation that has attracted legends and innovators from Europe, the UK and the Big Apple itself.

On the Festival Theatre stage …

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