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Adelaide Cabaret Festival – Pure Blonde

Christie Whelan Browne - Janet

It’s convenient to imagine that the glitz and glamour of show business transcends the stage. One might assume that artists are blessed with a glittering and shiny ‘everyday life’ that suitably compliments their lives onstage. Audiences savour the glory of a ‘finished product’; the training, auditions, rejections, auditions, rehearsals, travel and fatigue are rarely considered…. Read more.

Adelaide Cabaret Festival – Meow Meow: His Master’s Choice

Meow Meow. Image by Karl Giant

The undeniable Queen of Kamikaze Kabarett has, upon the request of new Cabaret Festival curator, returned to Adelaide to stupefy audiences with her audacious, vivacious, and brave cabaret style. Meow Meow’s ability to romp through Weimar repertoire while simultaneously fascinating and frightening audiences makes for an enthralling evening. His Master’s Choice­ is such a show… Read more.

Dedications – Adelaide Cabaret Festival

John O'Hara Dedications. Image by Blueprint Studios

Richard Mercer’s long running late night radio program, Love Songs and Dedications, was a melting pot of stories and insights on love. Strangers from all walks of life would call in, in the dead of night, seeking advice from ‘The Love God’ or just to tell their story of love, happiness or despair to whomever… Read more.

Grease – Adelaide

If the yardstick for measuring the quality of a musical is the length of time you keep humming away at the music afterwards, then Grease is one of the best musicals I have seen. Toe tapping, singing along and even dancing is encouraged, and the party atmosphere permeates through every facet of the production. Grease,… Read more.

Review: Sibling Revelry

As the Adelaide Cabaret Festival approached its finale for 2014, two highly anticipated stars (both of whom had individually dazzled Adelaide audiences in previous festivals), were preparing to join forces in what promised to be a Festival highlight. Sisters Liz Callaway and Ann Hampton Callaway, in their show Sibling Revelry, highlight the double-edged sword that… Read more.

The Songs That Got Away: The Music of Harold Arlen at Ad Cab Fest

Even though Harold Arlen may not be a household name, you have definitely heard his music. If we gauge musical success through sheer number of compositions, or the longevity of songs, Arlen must be considered one of the greatest composers ever. His glorious songs are revitalised in Johanna Allen’s The Songs That Got Away: The… Read more.

The King’s Singers – The Great American Songbook: Adelaide Cabaret Festival

The King’s Singers demonstrated exactly why they are the most celebrated male a cappella group with their performance at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, with a show that found a winning combination of British humour and classic American tunes. The result could not have been more perfect. The King’s Singers, founded by six Cambridge choral scholars… Read more.

The Kermond 3 Gen Variety Show

There’s No Business Like Show Business for the Kermond family, and at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival there was no less than 124 years of showbiz experience on display. Such experience and passion for the creative arts are essential ingredients to a wonderful show, add to that a bucketload of humour, some slapstick, song, dance and… Read more.

Blake Bowden & Phil Scott: Mario – Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2014

The loss of young artists before their time is certainly not a modern phenomenon – Mario Lanza, the American-Italian tenor superstar, passed away at the age of just 38. In Blake Bowden & Phil Scott: Mario, the tale of his meteoric rise to fame, and his mysterious demise, is explored with sweeping brush strokes. From… Read more.

Picture Perfect at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival

The Adelaide Cabaret Festival has showcased the diversity of the cabaret genre with Scott Evan Davis’ song cycle, Picture Perfect. The rolling musical journey explores the reality behind the ‘picture perfect’ façade we attempt to present to the world – the truth behind the “perfectly composed family portrait.” Given that this song cycle has already… Read more.