Alison Cotes October 17, 2013
For 20 years, Women In Voice has provided a stage for singers young and old in Brisbane. The anniversary series at the Judith Wright Centre unearths more stars.
Lloyd Bradford Syke September 30, 2013 2 Comments
Ute Lemper held a Concert Hall audience spellbound with her song cycle based on the love poems of Pablo Neruda. Thanks to her, the Weimar era has never quite ended.
Lloyd Bradford Syke September 30, 2013
Is Rachel Collis the great, undiscovered, unwittingly underground cabaret talent of her time? Her Sydney Fringe performances sparkled with humour and poignancy.
Lloyd Bradford Syke August 19, 2013
The Blue Man Group is a messy explosion of vibrant colour and movement direct from Las Vegas. It's not rocket science, but it's damn good fun.
Lloyd Bradford Syke July 25, 2013
Alexis Fishman is an arresting presence on the cabaret stage with a mix of music theatre and American standards. Her new show Songs From Below 54th Street wowed a Sydney crowd.
Lloyd Bradford Syke April 30, 2013
The Australian Chamber Orchestra takes a walk through the Weimar Republic with a couple of sensationally sassy guides -- cabaret star Meow Meow and the incomparable Barry Humphries.
Lloyd Bradford Syke January 21, 2013
Australia just can't get enough of the death-defying hijinks of this bawdy circus-inspired act. An extended season at the Sydney Opera House has plenty of return business -- even our critic.
Lloyd Bradford Syke November 22, 2012
Who hasn't seen Finucane & Smith's The Burlesque Hour? Now's your chance to catch the international hit in Sydney, with new songs and sparkle.
Alison Cotes July 26, 2012
Lotte Lenya? Of course. But Agnes Bernelle? Who is she? One of the Weimar Republic generation, she fled Berlin as a teenager and spent the war in London as an anti-Nazi propagandist with the British Special Operations Unit, famously convincing the commander of a German U-boat to surrender by broadcasting a made-up message to him, […]
Lloyd Bradford Syke June 28, 2012
Catherine Alcorn has it easy. I mean, first and foremost, she’s bloody talented. She can sing. She can act. She has comic timing. And the confidence, the unmitigated chutzpah, to be Bette Midler. I thought only Bette had that. And she doesn’t need a writer. She just uses Bette’s material. Her songs. Her jokes. Her […]