Friday 27 May 2016
Intimate theatre, in which songs and music play a great part, has always been a benchmark of great cabaret. These pieces of theatre connect in a direct way with the audience and are all unique in their approach to the form. They are all, without exception, wonderful.
If you haven’t heard of Sheridan Harbridge then you will soon... She is one of the undeniable rising stars of the Australian stage. This show went to NYC for the Musical Festival last year and ran away with Best Musical AND Best Performer. Inspired by the life of celebrated courtesan Marie Duplessis, it is full of old and new songs and is a romp and a ride and a joy from start to finish. I would watch Sheridan read out my tax return – she is heaven to watch on stage and can sing up a storm.
Toby Francis has created this endearing show about composer Jim Steinman (Bat Out of Hell) and his struggle to compose a musical adaption of Peter Pan. Toby is one of the Ten Tenors, he is a bonafide star on the rise also and if you are a fan of Jim Steinman you will be extra delighted (Patrick McDonald – I’m looking at you!).
MARGARET THATCHER QUEEN OF SOHO
For two years running in Edinburgh Fringe I was performing in a tent next to this show. The first year I was on at the same time so never got to see it (plus it was sold out the entire time so I couldn’t have got a ticket even if I wanted to), but I heard the audience applause and riotous laughter each night so was dying to see it in 2015 when we both returned. I ended up seeing it three times and sent everyone I knew along – it never disappointed. It is a high camp political pantomime of the highest (and lowest) order. Anarchy at its best!
DASH KRUCK - I Might Take My Shirt Off
Dash has created this alter ego Lionel who has unwittingly found himself in a cabaret show. Another rising star (most recently seen in Little Shop of Horrors), Dash has created an endearing show about a very human character. It is funny, filled with great songs and banter. A great one to take a punt on.
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Originally published 12 May 2016 at www.alimcgregor.com