Melbourne Cabaret Festival 2021 Programme

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'Lady Sings The Blues' 'Lady Sings The Blues'

The Melbourne Cabaret Festival returns to Chapel Off Chapel this June with two weeks of atmospheric, seductive and soul-stirring entertainment.


Brand-new and exciting cabaret shows will be spread throughout the event, many featuring original music and others featuring music from Annie Lennox, Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, Beyonce and more.

“Almost every show in this year’s festival is brand-new. There’s a great mix of shows featuring songs from your favourite singers mixed with shows featuring exciting original songs and a dash of comedy,” Festival Co-Producer David Read says. “There’s a host of brand new performers you’ll be able to claim with pride ‘I saw them first’, mixed with iconic, established names – truly the best in the biz.”

It’s safe to say the performers are keen to get back on stage – Prinnie Stevens, Nina Ferro, Melbourne Accordion Orchestra, Tash York and Trevor Jones are just some of the performers taking part in Melbourne Cabaret Festival in 2021.

‘Lady Sings The Blues’ sees Prinnie Stevens singing the songs of some of the greats in a story about women in song, their hurts and their struggles, while their beauty in music and life remains the same.

Nina Ferro will pay tribute to Aretha Franklin in ‘Lady Soul’. Aretha has influenced generations of singers and touched the lives of many.

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'Lady Soul'

‘The Poor Man’s Grand Piano’ is a journey through great music, sourced from Randy Newman, Kurt Weill, Led Zeppelin and the rich history of music from New Orleans, guided by Melbourne Accordion Orchestra, Cameron Goodall and a special mystery guest.

Meanwhile, Melbourne comedy duo Kate Allnutt and Mitch Ralston come together for a classy evening in ‘Duets’, inspired by the world’s most iconic duets.

Tash York is ready to take out the trash, backed by her boozy backing singers The Red Red Wines. Expect an hour of original music, stories, improv and cat obsessions.

Check out the full programme here.

Melbourne Cabaret Festival runs from 16-27 June at Chapel Off Chapel.

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