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June 27, 2021

Adelaide Cabaret Festival: Thank you, Alan, it was a good time

Alan Cumming is Not Acting His Age
Adelaide Festival Theatre.

June 26. Duration : 1 hr 20 mins.

It is the final night of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and Alan Cumming bounds on to the stage in a slim-fitting grey suit jacket and black tie, matching grey shorts and black and white Converse sneakers. “I feel twitchy and bitchy and manic”, he sings, “Calm and collected and choking with panic /But alive, but alive, but alive.”

The song is from …

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June 26, 2021

Adelaide Cabaret Festival: Mostly Marlene – Kim David Smith

This accomplished set may be mostly Marlene Dietrich – with mashings of Kylie and Madonna – but it is all Kim David Smith at his mercurial best.

Written by Murray Bramwell

Kim David Smith has been performing at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival for more than ten years. Back when he was still Kim Smith, he brought shows such as Misfit and Morphium Kabarett featuring his shape-shifting gremlin mix of nova pop, reptilian camp and – when he switched into persona …

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June 12, 2021

Adelaide Cabaret Festival: The Variety Gala

The opening night Variety Gala is a good chance to scratch and sniff the Cabaret Festival program. Raucously hosted by Hans, Adelaide’s own wunderkind, this year’s event is more off the leash than usual.

Written by Murray Bramwell

It’s that time again, the wintry middle of June and the Festival Centre opens up its venues (plus The Famous Spiegeltent) for fifteen nights of music, comedy and dysfunctional frolic. The Variety Gala, an institution since the festival began, not only lines …

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June 25, 2019

Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2019

Filed under: 2019,Archive,Cabaret,Music

Ruthie Henshall
The Famous Spiegeltent
June 22.

In the final weekend of the 2019 Cabaret Festival, West End music theatre star, Ruthie Henshall, brings a vibrant solo show covering the impressive range of her thirty year career.

At the microphone in The Famous Spiegeltent, Henshall is the down-to-earth Londoner, veteran of the music stage from Cats and A Chorus Line to Billy Elliot, but there is also a glimpse of something more fragile, emotions near the surface, which gives …

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June 13, 2019

Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2019 – Philip Quast Uncut

Filed under: 2019,Archive,Cabaret,Music

Philip Quast
with Anne-Maree McDonald at the piano
Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre.
June 10. One show only.

There are few Australian music theatre performers as celebrated as Philip Quast, and none more modest about their accomplishments. So in this, the only performance of the world premiere of his one-person show, he seems almost startled to find he has to talk about himself. At no time in his delightful 70 minute excursion does he mention that he has won more …

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June 10, 2019

Lisa Fischer with Grand Baton

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Lisa Fischer with Grand Baton
Dunstan Playhouse
Adelaide Cabaret Festival
June 8.

Murray Bramwell

The extraordinary Lisa Fischer and her terrific band Grand Baton have returned to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival after a three year absence and, once again, they are a triumph.

Lisa Fischer’s career is an intriguing one. For thirty years she has been an indispensible, but unheralded, vocalist in The Rolling Stones touring band. In the spotlight for her thrilling solo in Gimme Shelter but in the …

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June 08, 2019

Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2019

Filed under: 2019,Archive,Cabaret,Music

Opening night sets brisk and bold tone for cabaret festival
The House is Live
Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide.
June 6.
Cabaret Festival bookings BASS 131 246 or
adelaidecabaretfestival.com.au
Festival runs until June 22.

The house is not just live, it is buzzing. Now in its 19th iteration, the opening night gala is always a spritzy start to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and, this year, newly-appointed artistic director, and event MC, Julia Zemiro makes sure her first event sets the pace …

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June 05, 2019

Vivid and brave portrayal of tragic diva’s fall

End of the Rainbow
by Peter Quilter
State Theatre Company South Australia
in association with the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.
Royalty Theatre, Angas Street.
June 4. Tickets: $32- $67. Bookings 131 246 or online
Duration 2 hours (including interval)
Until June 16.

In about two weeks, June 22 will mark 50 years since the death of Judy Garland in Belgravia, London, aged 47. Her legend (and its miseries) epitomises Golden Hollywood stardom. With a career beginning at the age of two, …

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June 25, 2018

Adelaide Cabaret Festival – Winter Soulstice

Filed under: 2018,Archive,Cabaret,Music

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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