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The Road to Stockholm - Review

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Lenka and Boris take on Eurovision
Eurovision, Butterfly Club, Melbourne, Cabaret, political satire, Ukraine, Russia, pop music, Roxette, Julia Zemiro, Guy Sebastian
Boris and Lenka - image by Angel Leggas

Last week I saw the cabaret comedy 'The Road to Stockholm' at The Butterfly Club in the Downstairs bar. This is an epic Ukrussian soap opera style cabaret about Lenka Polyenka (Jessica Papst) and Boris Eduardovich(Matthew Hadgraft) quest for fame at the Eurovision Song Contest in Sweden.

Eurovision, Butterfly Club, Melbourne, Cabaret, political satire, Ukraine, Russia, music, Roxette, Julia Zemiro, Guy Sebastian, Angel Leggas, Jessica Papst, David Hadgraft, Lenka Polyenka, Boris Eduardovich
Boris and Lenka in the green room - image courtesy of Boris and Lenka


Lenka Polyenka is a YouTube tragic addicted to performing renditions of Roxette songs and is desperate to top the charts. Boris Eduardovich is an over zealous flagrant body obsessed talent from Russia with a large following of women with an obsessively jealous talent agent Gail English.

By 'coincidence" Lenka sends a love letter to Boris and one of her YouTube clips goes viral via his channel. They meet and decide to plan their own success by making the best Eurovision song ever.

Lenka's flatmate Ziggy is left distraught and abandoned by her quest for Eurovision and Gail English plots against Lenka to win back Boris dependence on her talent scouting.

Eurovision, Butterfly Club, Melbourne, Cabaret, political satire, Ukraine, Russia, music, Roxette, Julia Zemiro, Guy Sebastian, Angel Leggas, Jessica Papst, David Hadgraft, Lenka Polyenka, Boris Eduardovich
Boris and Lenka - image by Angela Leggas


The Road to Stockholm is the full disaster soap opera cabaret with a hint of Austin Powers ('The Spy who Shagged Me'); there's dance, doof-doof, puppetry, lycra, leather, glitter, a poisoned pizza, letter bomb and close call car crashes in this cabaret. Its clever lyrics are simultaneously funny and quirky.

As an audience member, I just wanted more - more songs, more dancing and more music. More songs and less script would give both performers more air time to display their fabulous singing and dancing. I look forward to further episodes of Lenka and Boris adventures soon.
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Why? You want Ukraine to win
When: 7:00 pm
Phone: 03 9663 8107
Where: The Butterfly Club
Cost: $26.00 - $32.00
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Sounds like a real fun, cabaret, Mistress!
by Elaine (score: 3|6663) 1030 days ago
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