Set in the salubrious surrounds of Melbourne’s own historic The Melba Spiegeltent, the night promises to be a dazzling finale to the sixth annual Melbourne Cabaret Festival. And as if all of this isn't enough, keep in mind that we are still yet to reveal the identity of our stellar host. Don't dilly dally - book now, or you will miss out.
Introducing the auctioneer without peer, MIKE McLEISH!
We’ve enticed star of ‘Keating the Musical’ and multiple cabarets, Mike McLeish, to act as auctioneer for the night! If you have an item to donate that Mike can auction off to raise funds for the not-for-profit Melbourne Cabaret Festival, contact us today.
THE NARELLES – Alan Brough & Casey Bennetto
Alan and Casey formed the Narelles in 1989. Eight albums later, their legend is comfortably couched upon the soft pillows of mainstream indifference, yet their influence on modern rock is undeniable – many Narelles tracks feel as if they could have been written last week. Perhaps Glenn A Baker put it best: "You can never be sure what you're letting yourself in for".
CHRISTIE WHELAN BROWNE performing excerpts from ‘Show People’, accompanied by MATHEW FRANK
A new cabaret written by Bryant/Frank starring Christie Whelan Browne, ‘Show People’ is an inside look at the world of Musical Theatre performers. A hilarious and biting tribute.
Multiple-award winning and uber-talented songstress Gillian Cosgriff joins the line-up! When she’s not collaborating with the likes of Kate Miller-Heidke, Colin Lane (Lano and Woodley) and David Collins (The Umbilical Brothers), Gillian tours her own shows around the country. Last year her cover of Pharrell Williams’ song, ‘Happy,’ received over 250,000 views on YouTube with Pharrell himself taking to the internet to recommend it.
Alysia is the writer, composer, aerialist and pianist of the cabaret noir, Wonderfully Terrible Things ... and in her spare time she makes the world’s best pancakes. For the Closing Gala we present her daring signature act which combines live aerial acrobatics and vocals to an original song. Also appearing at The Butterfly Club the same night.
Alice is an introverted egomaniac who tackles everything from love to Karl Stephanovic and everything in between with her unique brand of outrageous musical comedy. With Melbourne based composer NED DIXON by her side, she’s ready to simultaneously offend and charm audiences. She's a big voice, filled by manic energy and a Wednesday Adams smile and she’s not making any apologies. Also appearing at the free Show Off at Chapel, Friday 12 June.
THE GLEE CLUB
The Glee Club is Melbourne’s famous singalong choir. There are no solos, no microphones and no commitment to come every week – you just rock up, grab a drink and join in. Glee Club sings everything from pop songs to show tunes but especially love a power ballad and a bit of cheesy goodness!
THE MELBA SPIEGELTENT
Another star of the show! Built in Belgium in 1910, The Melba Spiegeltent travelled across Europe and hosted numerous performances, including Edith Piaf and Kurt Weil in the '20s and '30s. Now based in Melbourne under the custodianship of Circus Oz, it was renamed after Australia’s opera soprano superstar, Dame Nellie Melba.
The Closing Gala is also a fundraiser for the 2016 Melbourne Cabaret Festival. A public and silent auction will take place on the night.
The Festival is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing opportunities for high quality cabaret performers and to foster the development of emerging and mid-career cabaret talent.