American Songbook is set to celebrate and explore the glorious history, diversity and joys of American songs. From Motown royalty channelling Lena Horne, to our very own Bernadette Robinson taking on three of America's greatest female songwriters, the programme will celebrate the power of great song writing and the female voice. Check out programme highlights below... (Tickets go on sale April 15)
New York cabaret vixen Lady Rizo will be making her Australian debut for the American Songbook series at the Melbourne Recital Centre. Both a comedienne and chanteuse, Rizo theatrically explores American pop songs from the 20th and 21st centuries. Our friends over at Time Out London said, "If you only see one cabaret show this year, see Lady Rizo".
This defining portrait of an American icon will see Mary Wilson, founding member of the Supremes, celebrate the life and legacy of Lena Horne, Hollywood's first African-American screen star. Based on the biography Stormy Weather: The Lena Horne Project by James Gavin, the show will combine storytelling, live performance and rare audio/visual images.
Still haven't got over your Molly Ringwald crush? Then make sure you snap up tickets for her Australian debut cabaret show. A part of the American Songbook concert series, the star of Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club will be dishing out classic jazz standards and stories at the Melbourne Recital Centre for one night only.
Barb Jungr is returning to Melbourne for an evening that will showcase contemporary American song writing for the Melbourne Recital Centre's American Songbook series. The performance will see Jungr deliver personal interpretations of some of her favourite artists including Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, Joni Mitchell, David Byrne, Paul Simon, Jimmy Webb and Neil Diamond. Barb will also accompanied by Simon Wallace on keys.
Bernadette Robinson will be delivering this performance in collaboration with the Melbourne Recital Centre's American Songbook series. Robinson will take on queen of film Judy Garland, country music star Patsy Cline and blues icon Billie Holiday and after the success of Songs for Nobodies, we think Robinson may be on to another killer show.