Turning point: Michael Falzon set to raise the roof

AussieTheatre’s David Allen met up with Michael Falzon to talk about his Australian cabaret debut in Sydney this weekend

Michael Falzon
Michael Falzon

The Sydney Music Theatre Cabaret Festival is set to close with a spectacular line up this weekend, kicking off this Friday with one of Australian music theatres most sought after leading men, Michael Falzon.

Falzon returned to Australia in 2011 to take on the role of hedonistic rock legend Stacee Jax in the Melbourne production of Rock of Ages and has gone from strength to strength. His performance at the festival marks a turning point in his career on the Australian stage.

“I’ve never really done anything like this before. The response the cabaret festival has been getting has really been great. Everyone’s been having a great time.”

Accompanied by a four piece ensemble under the musical direction of Isaac Hayward, and featuring a greatest hits sampling, Michael Falzon’s cabaret debut looks set to raise the roof.

“I know that most people who have performed so far have been accompanied by piano – that kind of traditionalist cabaret though I don’t think is the best way to give audiences a look at myself as a performer. I have so much respect for those artists who can write and create these wonderfully off-beat characters but my show will be me performing.”

Fresh on the heals of his most recent success in The Production’s Company’s revival of Chess in Melbourne, where Michael played the Arbiter, the cabaret festival will be a showcase for the picks of his contemporary music theatre repertoire and also some of his original work.

“We’ve got a great line up of songs. Some are originals that have never seen the light of day, some are covers of the songs that I love and that have helped shape me – and then there’ll be songs from the shows I’ve been in, and I am so lucky to have this repertoire of great contemporary shows to draw on.

Playing one night only at the Sydney Dance Lounge, and featuring a guest appearance by one of Australia’s most luminary cabaret performers: Lucy Maunder, doors open at 8pm for a 9pm show, this Friday, August 31.

The first Sydney Music Theatre Cabaret Festival draws to a close this Sunday, September 2 with a charity performance to benefit the Australian Children’s Music Foundation and will feature performances from this seasons line up of stars. Tickets are available to all festival shows through Moshtix.com.au or at the door.

Extended interview to follow

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