One of Melbourne's key winter arts events, the Melbourne Cabaret Festival is set to proceed from Wed 16 to Sun 27 Jun 2021 with all performances at Chapel Off Chapel, in the Theatre and the Loft. See the full program HERE. You're better off booking the shows you want, instead of missing out, especially with current restricted capacity seating. As per MCF's Facebook 'Yes, we know Covid hates Cabaret. If a show can't proceed, you'll get an automatic refund, so what's to lose?'
After lockdown, who doesn't need the creative energy and spirit of the cabaret performers who can't wait to get back on stage with their fresh ideas, music and stories. There's a host of brand new performers mixed with iconic, established names to keep you entertained. Why not join the Friends of the Festival, which is the best way of securing tickets to the shows you want to see. If you'd like to support the Festival, feel free to donate, as they cannot operate on ticket sales alone.
Having returned to Melbourne after touring Europe for the last 2 years, you have comedian and musician Grant Busť: SentiMENTAL! - a hilarious music-filled deconstruction of our selective memories. Mr Busť is quite the performer and very engaging in his comedy-music performances. You best catch one of only two shows while you can.
For one night only, you have Nicky Kurta Presents: Music from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Supported by an all-star band, and featuring popular numbers from Peggy Lee, Doris Day, Julie London, The Barry Sisters, Barbra Streisand and more, step back in time with Kurta and her incredible voice as she recalls the buzz of New York in the late 1950s. Let this singer-songwriter take you on a journey of the greats in their time.
Nicky Kurta Presents: Music from The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
Prinnie Stevens in Lady Sings The Blues needs no introduction since she first burst onto the screen with Season 1 of The Voice, in a battle with her best friend Mahalia Barnes. She has gone on to have a hugely successful career in Musical Theatre and is now back to transport you with stories about women in song; their hurts, struggles and pain. Featuring the songs of the greats like Billie Holiday, Etta James, and Ella Fitzgerald, along with the modern day voices of Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Beyonce and more, do not miss Australia's own RnB Soul Songstress.
Another great and the queen of soul, Nina Ferro Presents Lady Soul - The Songs of Aretha Franklin for one night only. Accompanied by her band 'Soulville', Nina Ferro pays tribute to Aretha in celebration of the life of a woman who has influenced generations of singers and touched the lives of so many. Nina is a multi award-winning singer, songwriter, session and recording artist with a powerful, evocative voice, impressive vocal range and captivating stage presence.
One of Melbourne's Cabaret Queens who not only excels in comedy, but has a set of pipes that spits out these amazing vocals out of no where, Tash York and the Red Red Wines: Trash Talk comes to you after a year of the bin going out more than she did. Ready to take the stage after a socially distant year, she's backed by her fearlessly boozy backing singers The Red Red Wines (Matthew Hadgraft & Vivian Fonteyn). Strap in and expect an hour of smashing original and parodied songs, true stories, improv and probably a mention or two of her cats (she has 3 now).
This is but the tip of the iceberg. Cabaret is a diverse, welcoming art form and the program reflects that each year. Step out of lockdown and support our local artists by catching as many shows as you can. Book into a favourite or try a new flavour - but most of all, make the most of the opportunity of being able to attend a show.