Showbiz Legend Will Close the Sydney Cabaret Festival

Toni Lamond and Other Stars Will Join the Inaugural Festival Lineup

July 5 – 14

Toni Lamond
Toni Lamond

Sydney Cabaret Festival Director Trevor Ashley has announced that Australian Showbiz royalty Toni Lamond will emerge from retirement to perform at a special closing night Showqueen event at the Festival, alongside performances from many of the international Festival guests

Ashley also announced the line-up for the nightly Moët & Chandon Piano Bar, the hub of this year’s inaugural Sydney Cabaret Festival. Running from 5-14 July, Sydney Cabaret’s Moët & Chandon Piano Bar will be nestled inside the festival hub at the Seymour Centre, with a plethora of pop up performances slated to entertain audiences each evening. Tickets to these nightly performances will be available at the door.

Resident maestro Steven Kreamer will tickle the ivories nightly and accompany some of the country’s most exciting entertainers including Rhonda Burchmore, Tom Sharah, Cath Alcorn, Genevieve Lemon and Trevor Ashley himself. Accompanied with a tantalising tipple from the Moët & Chandon Piano Bar, these outrageous shows will leave audiences truly embracing the night.

“I’m overwhelmed that my dear friend and idol Toni Lamond has agreed to close the Festival,” said Ashley. “We have an extraordinary collection of artists performing this year, artists at the top of their game, starting with the incredible Jennifer Holliday and closing with Toni Lamond. I have no doubt music lovers will be there every night to not only see the diversity of the cabaret shows, but to relax afterwards in the Moët & Chandon Piano Bar and be surprised with the pop up performances. Get your tickets soon before they sell out.”

Jennifer Holliday

The 2019 Sydney Cabaret Festival features the legendary Tony Award-winning Jennifer Holliday, appearing for the first time on Australian soil, alongside local legends like Phil Scott and Jonathan Biggins, to New York downtown darling Natalie Joy Johnson. UK’s most famous duo Frisky and Mannish return after a ten year hiatus, as does the thrilling diva Alison Jiear, described as having a “bring down the house voice” by the New York Times. Sydney favourite Tim Draxl will appear in a world premiere of his new show, along with shows from Kim David Smith, Reuben Kaye and Brian Nash. Circus and variety show Cheeky Cabaret, direct from their home in Brunswick Heads, plays nightly featuring acrobat and aerialist Ben Lewis, comedienne Helen Cassidy, Hula Hoop Queen Eloise Green, born showman Mario, Queen of the Circus, and others. Australian pop culture fan Tim Benzie returns to Sydney with the hilarious Solve-Along-A-Murder-She-Wrote. The Festival sees the Grand Final of the restored Sydney Cabaret Competition as well as masterclasses with Jennifer Holliday and Alison Jiear.

In the immortal words of Fred Ebb: What good is sitting alone in your room? Come to the Cabaret.

 

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SYDNEY CABARET FESTIVAL

Cheeky Cabaret
Cheeky Cabaret

July 5 – 14
Bookings and more information at sydneycabaretfest.com

FOR THE PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED PROGRAM & MASTERCLASSES visit www.dancelife.com.au/sydney-cabaret-festival-2019/

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MOET & CHANDON PIANO BAR

OPENING NIGHT SOIREE – FRIDAY 5 JULY – from 10pm
The place to be after the All-Star Gala, hob nob with the glitterati as we celebrate the first night of this new festival. Hosted by Trevor Ashley.

RHONDA BURCHMORE – SATURDAY 6 JULY – from 10pm
The Diva herself, Legs 11, Rhonda Burchmore will be the celebrity host for a night of cheeky and naughty fun.

TREVOR’S CRISIS – THURSDAY 11 JULY – from 10pm
If you’ve ever been to Marie’s Crisis in New York you’ll know what to expect! A sing-along of epic proportions – Broadway hits to Pop Standards. Bring your pipes! With Steven Kreamer.

TOM SHARAH AND CATH ALCORN – FRIDAY 12 JULY – from 10pm
Muriel’s Wedding star Tom Sharah and the fabulous Cath Alcorn will co-host on this night as we step back in time to the 90s and beyond!

GENEVIEVE LEMON – SATURDAY 13 JULY – from 10pm
Tilbury legend Genevieve Lemon will take over in a way that only she can, with outrageous and camp stories that will have you laughing yourself silly!

THE WAKE – SUNDAY 14 JULY from 8.30pm
Who knows what will happen as we farewell the festival for its first year. A complete free for all is imminent!

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