Ali McGregor’s Late-Nite-Variety-Nite Night to launch the Playhouse Lounge at Arts Centre Melbourne

Australian-Arts-Review-Arts-Centre-Melbourne-Ali-McGregor’s-Late-Nite-Variety-Nite-NightShaking off your isolation blues with evocative music, subversive humour and cheeky burlesque, Ali McGregor’s Late-Nite-Variety-Nite Night will launch the Playhouse Lounge season at Arts Centre Melbourne on Saturday 27 June 2020.

Arts Centre Melbourne’s Playhouse stage will be transformed into the Playhouse Lounge – an intimate salon-style performance venue, where both artists and audiences sit on stage in both safety and style, while enjoying a bespoke menu of food and beverages designed to suit the event.

With three of Melbourne’s finest acts hand-picked by Ali each night, this variety show brings together laugh-out-loud comedy acts, saucy burlesque and heart stopping cabaret for a night of quality entertainment. McGregor leads the show with her gravity-defying vocals, backed by one of the finest jazz trios in town – Sam Keevers, Tamara Murphy & Hugh Harvey.

This special winter season in the Playhouse Lounge promises to have more spontaneous headline guests, higher notes and more gin than ever before! This season’s guests include Bert LaBonté, Dane Simpson, Dilruk Jayasinha, Eddie Perfect, Geraldine Hickey, Ivan Aristeguieta, Jessie Lloyd, Lily Paskas, Reuben Kaye, Thando and Zelia Rose.

“As we all emerge tenderly from lockdown, we’re going to do this in style! says McGregor. “I think this is one of the most exciting and diverse group of performers in Victoria, and together with my live band we will all yet again share in the energy and excitement you can only get in live theatre. So grab a ticket, grab a glass and we will see you there!”

For the past 11 years Ali McGregor’s Late-Nite Variety-Nite Night has been enticing audiences at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The variety show was one of the first shows to be cancelled when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March.

Come together with friends and family, to sit, sip and nibble while experiencing a wildly exciting mix of Melbourne artists. Ali McGregor’s Late-Nite Variety-Nite Night takes place every Saturday evening (6.30pm & 9.00pm) from 27 June – 18 July 2020. For more information, visit: for details.

Image: Ali McGregor – photo by Kurt Sneddon / Blueprint Studios

Note: this event has been postponed following the latest Victorian Government guidelines.