Cabaret Soireé returns for another season downstairs at the Maj (His Majesty’s Theatre) to warm up the cold wet winter evenings in Perth. This season sees eight performances over the five months which includes cabaret, comedy and a Broadway hit.
This years’ program is sure to have something for everyone…
Neurotic Ladyland (15 August – 17 August)
A musical melodrama blurring the lines between madness and brilliance performed by singing sensation Christa Hughes (Machine Gun Fellatio, Circus Oz). Inspired by theatrical mad women Norma Desmond (Sunset Boulevard), Baby Jane Hudson (Whatever Happened to Baby Jane) and Little Edie Beale (Grey Gardens) this is cabaret at its most absurd, poignant and demented.
Forbidden Broadway (Thu 22 August – Sat 24 August)
A cabaret revue which spoofs show tunes, characters and plots from past and present Broadway musicals. A WA premier Forbidden Broadway will give audiences an irreverent and fast paced look at well loved musicals such as Cats, Annie, Chicago, Wicked, Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables. It will also target some of Broadway’s greatest stars parodying the likes of Carol Channing, Michael Crawford, Barbara Streisand and Liza Minnelli.
In Vogue (Thu 29 August – Sat 31 August)
Jersey Boy’s star Michael Griffiths IS Madonna. With the aid of just a piano and his voice Griffiths leads the audience on a journey through the material girl’s life. It’s a gender bending evening of powerful pop without the aid of costume or accent. Join Griffiths arrives in Perth after sellout seasons around the world and fresh from the Edinburgh Festival.
Stolen Treasures (Thu 5 September – Sat 7 September)
Charismatic music theatre artist Vincent Hooper (The Rocky Horror Show, The Twink and The Showgirl) has trodden the boards from WA’s Busselton Town Hall to the Sydney Opera House and on the way unearthed many forgotten stolen treasures. Join him as he shares tantalising backstage anecdotes and gives life to the various memorable songs, parodies and ditties that have been hiding in the vaults of Australian and international theatre.
Ethel Sings (Thu 12 September – Sat 14 September)
Australia’s favourite polyester clad battle-axe Ethel Chop (Mix 94.5, Triple M) stars in her very own singing, storytelling, cabaret extravaganza! Audiences will fall under her spell as Ethel charms her way through a jam packed variety hour featuring informative tales and tunes such as “Fashion”, “Vogue” and the haunting melody “Agadoo”, as well as old favourites “There’s No Business Like Show Business” and “Maybe This Time”.
Diamonds – Marilyn Monroe Lives Inside Me (Thu 19 September – Sat 21 September)
Marilyn Monroe like you’ve never seen her before! Cabaret artist Analisa Bell (Gold Digger, You’ve Got That Thing) sings the songs made famous by one of the world’s biggest sex symbols of all time: “I Wanna Be Loved By You”, “Every Baby Needs A Da-Da-Daddy”, “A Fine Romance” and of course, “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend”. Polishing the diamond within, Analisa is here to prove that every brunette can also be a blonde bombshell.
Just a Little Something I’ve Been Working On (Thu 26 September – Sat 28 September)
Winner of Best Cabaret Melbourne Fringe 2012, Short + Sweet Cabaret 2011, this show is an uplifting and tongue-in-cheek look at cabaret and its performers in the style of Chris Lilley and Tina Fey. Featuring original music, follow the story of a young performer – turned songwriter – turned cabaret artiste, always looking for the next big thing that will make her rich and famous.
Trouble in Tin Pan Alley (Thu 3 October – Sat 5 October)
The popular music publishing house of Irving, Irving and Smith is in desperate trouble. Unless they can unearth a number one toe-tapping hit they will succumb to the modern horrors of phonographs and radios. Set in 1930’s New York, Trouble in Tin Pan Alley includes classics from the golden age of songs: “My Funny Valentine”, “Nice Work If You Can Get It” and “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore”. A joyous explosion of song, music and comedy.
For further information and tickets visit www.ticketek.com.au or His Majesty’s box office.
Tickets $33.00 – $42.00