Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Melbourne Cabaret Festival Gala, June 20, 2017 ****

Melbourne Cabaret Festival Gala 
At Chapel off Chapel on Tues June 20 only. Festival runs until July 2, 2017.
Reviewer: Kate Herbert
Review also published in Herald Sun online on Wed June 21, 2017 and later in print. See end of review for info about festival. KH
Dolly Diamond
The Melbourne Cabaret Festival Gala provides a taster plate of shows featured in the festival, so it is the ideal way to find a cabaret show to suit your entertainment desires.

Cabaret diva, Dolly Diamond, not only hosts the Gala and has her own show called The Lady is a Tramp, but she is also Artistic Director of the festival.

Dolly wears a figure-hugging, black gown and, with her wry and saucy repartee, introduces a parade of seven diverse and classy acts.

In an excerpt from her show, You’re My World – The Story of Cilla Black, Danielle O'Malley channels the rich voice and self-deprecating humour of Liverpool’s own 1960s pop icon, Cilla Black, singing Step Inside Love, Anyone Who Had A Heart and You're My World.

Australia’s Boys of Motown (Vincent Hooper, Richard Swanson, Barnaby Reiter) are a highlight, with snappy, 60s choreography and tight, three-part harmonies as they perform Get Ready (The Temptations) and a medley of songs by Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, featuring Hooper’s crystal-clear falsetto.

Reviving the brassy stylings of mid-20th century, Broadway star, Ethel Merman, Jon Jackson’s bold voice belts out Everything’s Coming Up Roses (from Gypsy), and a medley of musical theatre tunes by Cole Porter and Irving Berlin.

Pisca (Cameron Taylor) is a mesmerising and accomplished performer who almost defies description with his bird-like posture, white-feathered costume and quirky, physical clowning interspersed with eccentric singing, including an idiosyncratic version of Fly Me To The Moon.
Ginger and Tonic is a funny, a cappella quartet of sassy gals (Laura Burzacott, Rebecca Moore, Jane Patterson, Danielle O'Malley) who sing a clever, unaccompanied version of Eye of the Tiger before launching into two original, satirical numbers, one of which wickedly targets Shannon Bennett and Masterchef.
 Ginger & Tonic
The Gala closes with the exceptional, vocal powerhouse that is Queenie van de Zandt, who uses her thrilling voice and soaring range to explore the music of Joni Mitchell, starting with Woodstock and the poignant ballad, A Case of You, then closing the show with the upbeat, Big Yellow Taxi.

Go to the festival programme, stick a pin in a page and choose a show at random. They’ll all be a terrific night at the cabaret. Oh, and they’re all Australian!

By Kate Herbert
 Queenie van de Zandt

 Featured Shows:
Dolly Diamond: The Lady is a Tramp -Tues 27 June (preview) to Sat 1 July, 9pm
You're My World – The Story of Cilla Black -Tues 27 June (preview) to Sat 1 July, 6.30pm
Australia’s Boys of Motown - Wed 21 June (preview) to Sun 25 June, 6.30pm
Queen of Broadway – The Ethel Merman Story - Wed 21 June (preview) to Sun 25 June, 7pm
Pisca -Sat 1 and Sun 2 July, 5pm
Ginger and Tonic: For Love or Money -Wed 21 June (preview) to Sun 25 June, 8.30pm
Blue: The Songs of Joni Mitchell -Tues 27 June (preview) to Sat 1 July, 7pm

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