Melbourne Cabaret Festival 2014

19 Jun-06 Jul,

Burlesque,

Cabaret,

Clubs,

Melbourne

It's back for its fifth year and it's boasting some of the country's best triple-threat superstars

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Matthew Mitcham: Twists and Turns

It’s lucky that Mitcham has already performed Twists and Turns at Perth’s Fringe World Festival in 2013 (where it won the Cabaret Award), because – unbelievably – he’ll be competing in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games just weeks after the MCF season closes. Prahran.

The Three of Us

On stage, Michael Dalton is best known as frock-toting diva Dolly Diamond. Rachel Dunham is the closest thing to Oprah you’ve ever seen – if Oprah had an incredibly powerful singing voice. Luke Gallagher is a storyteller with a swoon-inducing singing voice. Melbourne.

Spanky in Candice McQueen: Nasty!

Because the demi-goddess Candice McQueen was such a hit here in 2012, Spanky’s bringing back his Mista Sister for another turn. It’s all about falling in loving with River Phoenix back in the '90s and her journey to the underworld to save both their lives. Don’t miss this chance to get nasty once again with Candice, before you see her new show, Dead Bitches, also in the festival. Prahran.

Ginger and Tonic: Desperate and Dateless

After selling out Fifty Shades of Gay at Midsumma earlier this year, the Ginger and Tonic girls are back, trying to work out why they can’t make relationships work. After all, who can’t resist the allure of four gorgeous, talented and determined women? Unless that type of thing intimidates you. Prahran.

Amanda Harrison: Up Close and Reasonably Personal

Having cast off her verdant complexion from her role as misunderstood witch Elphaba in the 2008 Australian production of Wicked, our leading musical theatre lady will host a candid evening of song and conversation. Having performed in the original production of We Will Rock You and the West End’s Mamma Mia!, you can expect big-hitting showstoppers with plenty of laughs along the way. Prahran.

Mike McLeish: Message to my Girls

The man behind Keating! the musical has some concerns about the state of the world. As the father of two young daughters, there’s only one thing to be done: write a swag of songs and hope the world will listen. And with a voice that could melt butter, the experiment might just work. Prahran.

The Beautiful Losers: Despite Popular Demand

Remember that quiet, slightly creepy kid in high school who sang at assembly one day and had a voice so beautiful that it made your teacher cry? In hilarious contrast to their sweet Simon and Garfunkel voices, this award-winning musical trio delves into matters dark and depraved, proving why wrong – really wrong – can sometimes make a right. Prahran.

Geraldine Quinn: Sunglasses at Night

The '80s was a magical and confusing time. Yes, there were side-ponytails and Cyndi Lauper, but there was also the Cold War, the Berlin Wall and Spandau Ballet. Comedian, musician and actor Geraldine Quinn will pay tribute to the artsy, self-indulgent pop music of the ’80s – luft balloons and satire included. She’s appeared on Spicks & Specks and Rockwiz, so you can be sure she’ll work the crowd. Don’t get caught out without your trench coat and shades. Prahran.

Melissa Langton: A Singer Must Die

With a voice as big as her cabaret credentials, Langton’s self-devised solo show raised the roof at the Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2013. Witty, dark and scathingly personal, she navigates the topic of women on the verge of a nervous breakdown with the help of Leonard Cohen, the Dresden Dolls, Burt Bacharach and Johnny Cash. Prahran.

Michael Dalley in Rituals of Art and Hatred

He’s been performing his theatrical and over-the-top cabaret act for well over a decade now, but Michael Dalley’s stripping it back to something much more intimate and informal for the Melbourne Cabaret Festival this year. With long-time collaborator John Thorn, Dalley explores his contradictory revolutionary leanings and his bourgeois lifestyle dream. With songs like ‘The C Word’s Back in Town’ and ‘The Passive Aggressive Filipino Amway Lady’, there’ll be plenty of fun had. Prahran.

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