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Hayes Theatre: Cabaret Season 2014

Rhonda Burchmore's Vinyl Viagra.

While it may indeed be a long way to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, the distance between Sydney audiences and the best in Aussie cabaret just got a whole lot smaller. The Hayes Theatre Company this week have announced their 2014 Cabaret season and Aussie Theatre’s David Allen is on hand…

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Reviews

Carrie – Squabbalogic review

Hilary Cole. Photo by Michael Francis, Francis Photography.

Carrie’s life as a musical is notorious, legendary, intriguing. A resounding flop when it originally hit Broadway in 1988, it closed after only 16 previews and five performances. For the past several years, the creative team have been working on rehabilitating the classic Stephen King story, presenting a reworked and…

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Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson – Squabbalogic

The Cast of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Photo by Michael Francis.

The counterpoint to slick, big-budget musicals, like the recent imports Addams Family and Legally Blonde, are smaller, scrappier musicals that are subversive, funny, and innovative. Squabbalogic is devoted to giving that other kind of musical a showing in Sydney, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is a welcome departure from slickness and…

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Toby Francis – a Spectacle but not Spectacular

Toby Francis – a Spectacle but not Spectacular

It’s no easy task to put together a show based on the songs of Queen. Though the legendary rock band’s songs lend themselves to theatricality, and the cabaret genre these days practically demands a sense of individuality and risk – it’s still a ballsy decision to stage a Queen themed…

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A Quick Chat With

A Quick Chat With Toby Francis

Toby Francis. Image by Blueprint Studios

Acclaimed cabaret artist Toby Francis returns to the stage for one night only on Monday 19 November at The Basement to present his latest show The King Is Dead: Long Live Queen. Big, boisterous and unapologetically camp this new cabaret takes the iconic music of Queen and weaves it between ruminations on…

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Straight To The Point

Life Is No Cabaret

Toby Francis

One of the worst pieces of showbiz news I have heard lately is that the classic Oak Room cabaret lounge in the iconic Algonquin Hotel in New York has closed. This room has played host to some of the greats of cabaret around the world and the room, like the…

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