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Opening Gala

7pm Tue 20 June

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Australia's Boys of Motown

6:30pm Wed 21 to Sun 25 June

Queen of Broadway – The Ethel Merman Story

7pm Wed 21 to Sun 25 June

Ginger and Tonic: For Love or Money

8:30pm Wed 21 to Sun 25 June

Woman

2pm Sat 24 & Sun 25 June

Doll by Babushka Cabaret

4:30pm Sat 24 & Sun 25 June

Put the Blame on Mame

5pm Sat 24 & Sun 25 June

You're My World - The Cilla Black Story

6:30pm Tue 27 June to Sat 1 July

Blue:The Songs of Joni Mitchell

7pm Tue 27 June to Sat 1 July

Cyrens – The Songs of Cy Coleman

8:30pm Tue 27 June to Sat 1 July

Dolly Diamond: The Lady is a Tramp

9pm Tue 27 June to Sat 1 July

It's not me, It's Lou

4:30pm Sat 1 & Sun 2 July

Pisca

5pm Sat 1 & Sun 2 July

Dolly Diamond’s Closing Night Cabaret

7pm Sun 2 July

 

Opening Gala line-up announced

Less than a month to go. Tickets selling fast!

Experience the diversity and sheer enjoyment of world-class cabaret in a two-hour packed extravaganza.

Dust off your fineries and mingle with the stars of cabaret and their enthusiasts, all as sharply-dressed as you.

Introducing your host...

London cabaret star SPANKY!

Paving the way for Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst was the original mister sister, Spanky.

Photo by Pauline Lévêque at the New Zealand Festival.

Photo by Pauline Lévêque at the New Zealand Festival.

Holding a seven-year residency at London’s infamous Bistrotheque, Spanky performed for three British Prime Ministers before both Elton John and Alexander McQueen came calling with private booking requests.

“That was f*cked up & brilliant & funny & beautiful” – Herald Sun
“Eternally strong stage presence, great comedic timing and an ability to draw you in to her bizarre world” – Theatre Press

“It’s impossible to peel your eyes off the charismatic, twinkly eyed Mister Sister with his commanding stage presence” – The West Australian

“You’ll fall over laughing” – Time Out (UK)

Winner: Best Cabaret Show, Green Room Awards
Winner: Best Cabaret Artiste, Green Room Awards

Winner: Best Cabaret Show, 2013 Perth Fringe World Festival

Winner: Weekly Best Cabaret Award, Adelaide Fringe Festival

Like the sound of this? Book for his/her full show CANDICE McQUEEN: NASTY! here.

Book for the follow-up hit show, CANDICE McQUEEN: DEAD BITCHES, here.


Here’s who Spanky will be hosting.

Ginger and Tonic: DESPERATE & DATELESS

“Pitch Perfect meets the Spice Girls ... Ginger and Tonic are definitely in a league of their own” – Theatre Press

Like the sound of this? Book for the full show here.


Alana Conway in SONGBIRD – SONGS OF EVA CASSIDY

Be swept away by the luscious tones of Australia's new leading lady of song Alana Conway as she embodies the legend that is Eva Cassidy. Showcasing Alana's vocal gift and exquisite harp playing skills, she performs Eva's unique legacy of music and heart stopping melodies.

Watch a preview here.

Like the sound of this? Book for the full show here.


Michael Dalley in RITUALS OF ART AND HATRED

Melbourne cabaret stalwart Michael Dalley presents his most biting songs including ‘The C Word’s Back in Town’, ‘Shit Art of the Mornington Peninsula’ and ‘The Passive Aggressive Filipino Amway Lady’.

Like the sound of this? Book for the full show here.


Melissa Langton in A SINGER MUST DIE

Named by The Herald Sun as one of the ten best shows of 2013, Melissa Langton’s ‘A Singer Must Die’ represents women on the verge of a nervous breakdown set to a soundtrack by Leonard Cohen, The Dresden Dolls, Burt Bacharach, Jacques Brel, Loudon Wainwright and Johnny Cash.

Like the sound of this? Book for the full show here.

 

Star of ‘Wicked The Musical’ Amanda Harrison in UP CLOSE AND REASONABLY PERSONAL

A candid evening of song and conversation with one of Australia's most prolific musical theatre stars.

Watch a preview here.

Like the sound of this? Book for the full show here.


Elise McCann in EVERYBODY LOVES LUCY

Brimming with Lucille Ball’s irrepressible spirit, acclaimed theatre star Elise McCann (Mamma Mia, South Pacific) pays tribute to a true trail-blazer.

The show is directed by Helen Dallimore and produced by Luckiest Productions, the people who brought you Britney Spears: The Cabaret and Simply Barbra.

Watch a preview here.

Like the sound of this? Book for the full show here.


THE BEAUTIFUL LOSERS – DESPITE POPULAR DEMAND

A heart-warming celebration of humanity at its most depraved, this should “Would offend the vast majority of Australians” – Dr Brendan Nelson, Ex Leader of The Liberal Party.

"The Losers’ brand of infectiously filthy musical humour grabs you and doesn’t let go!" – The Age

Like the sound of this? Book for the full show here.

 

Geraldine Quinn
SUNGLASSES AT NIGHT: THE 80s APOCALYPSE SING ALONG CABARET

The real 1980s wasn’t all parties, rah-rah skirts and side-ponytails. It was the Cold War. Chernobyl. The Berlin Wall. And the best poncing about in pop music history.

Enter a world of artsy, decadent 80s pop music excess as your host Geraldine Quinn (Spicks & Specks, Adam Hills Tonight and Rockwiz) gives you a crash course in apocalyptic 80s – inviting you to sing along to the gloriously pretentious hits of the era!

Like the sound of this? Book for the full show here.


MATTHEW MITCHAM’S TWISTS AND TURNS

The award-winning show by the gold medal Olympic champion in its Melbourne premiere season.

Winner: Best Cabaret Show, 2014 Perth Fringe World Festival

Like the sound of this? Book for the full show here.

 

Enjoy excerpts from all the above for only $79.50, or $59.50 for holders of a ‘Friends of the Festival’ card (note the Festival Friend membership only applies to you, so anyone accompanying you will need their own Festival Friend card if they want to claim the discount).

Book here

Venue: Chapel Off Chapel
Dates: Thursday 19 June
Time: 8.00pm
Duration: 2 hours including intermission