Melbourne Cabaret Festival – Opening Gala Announced

MARY_WILSON_Image_Lynn_LaneThe Melbourne Cabaret Festival is thrilled to announce the line-up for this year’s Opening Gala for the 4th Annual Melbourne Cabaret Festival. It will be held in St Kilda’s iconic Palais Theatre, Australia’s largest capacity theatre on Wednesday 26 June 2013.

Headlining the star-studded line-up will be Motown royalty and founding member of The Supremes, Mary Wilson, alongside five other international acts and a stellar line-up of Australian performers. Ms Wilson will be performing excerpts from Stormy Weather: The Lena Horne Project, which will be staged at Melbourne Recital Centre on 28 June.

New York cabaret icon, Joey Arias, will showcase his channelling of legendary jazz and blues singer, Billie Holiday.

The grandson of the American musical theatre virtuoso Richard Rodgers, USA’s Tony Award winning theatre composer/lyricist Adam Guettel – composer of the acclaimed The Light in The Piazza – takes to the stage with Haley Bond.

USA’s award-winning composer/performer, David Pomeranz, who has sold over 40 million albums worldwide, stars in excerpts from his show Chaplin: A Life – in Concert, based on the life story of the cinematic genius.

From London comes jazz harp goddess, Tara Minton, and, following the knock-out success of his 2012 show, Candice McQueen: Nasty!, cabaret star Spanky returns.

They will be joined on the Gala bill by Trevor Ashley and Rhonda Burchmore from the adults-only panto Little Orphan TrAshley.

Melbourne’s very own diva extraordinaire and cabaret provocateur, Yana Alana, returns to the stage in a bent of cabaret blues, burlesque and blame.

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Image: Mary Wilson by Lynn Lane

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