Melbourne Cabaret Festival announces 2017 program

The eighth annual Melbourne Cabaret Festival has released a stellar lineup for 2017’s showcase, which will be running throughout June and July.

Ten Australian premieres will take place, including an opening night hosted by Cabaret legend and Artistic Director Dolly Diamond, who states the Festival is “…full of homegrown Australian talent with a huge amount of new works being presented.”

The full program is available here:

Opening Gala – hosted by Dolly Diamond

Tuesday 20 June, 7pm

Closing Night – hosted by Dolly Diamond

Sunday 2 July, 7pm

Australia’s Boys of Motown

Wednesday 21 June (preview) to Sunday 25 June, 6.30pm

Australia’s Boys of Motown is a modern twist on that distinct soul-pop sound that is Motown.

Featuring Vincent Hooper, Richard Swanson & Barnaby Reiter.

Queen of Broadway – The Ethel Merman Story

Wednesday 21 June (preview) to Sunday 25 June, 7pm

Jon Jackson, acclaimed Australian operatic counter-tenor recreates the life and times of Ethel Merman.

Ginger and Tonic: For Love or Money

Wednesday 21 June (preview) to Sunday 25 June, 8.30pm

Join Laura Burzacott, Rebecca Moore, Jane Patterson and Danielle O’Malley as they take you on a journey through their ambitions, from humble food dreams to embryo-freezing empires.

You’re My World – The Story of Cilla Black

Tuesday 27 June (preview) to Saturday 1 July, 6.30pm

Fresh from a sold-out season with rave reviews at Perth Fringe, You’re My World – The Cilla Black Story is a biographical cabaret full of the powerhouse vocals and self-deprecating humour that made Cilla Black one of the UK’s most beloved performers.


Blue: The Songs of Joni Mitchell

Tuesday 27 June (preview) to Saturday 1 July, 7pm

Renowned for her artful storytelling and raw, emotive vocals, cabaret chanteuse Queenie van de Zandt, returns to the cabaret stage with a brand-new show exploring the songs, stories and art of the musical legend that is Joni Mitchell.

Cyrens – The Swingin’ Songbook of Cy Coleman

Tuesday 27 June (preview) to Saturday 1 July, 8.30pm

A musical revue celebrating the legendary Broadway composer and jazzman Cy Coleman, known for shows such as Sweet Charity, Barnum, On the Twentieth Century, The Life and City of Angels, but his musical roots were in the jazz world.

Dolly Diamond: The Lady is a Tramp

Tuesday 27 June (preview) to Saturday 1 July, 9pm

The Lady is Tramp is an autobiographical tell-all and celebration of the life of a hard-working and fearless woman. Featuring tales of Dolly Diamond’s life, loves and (alleged) lascivious behaviour this show features sensational new material and the incomparable Shanon Whitelock on piano.


Shows are also in development by established and emerging performers bringing their talents to cabaret for the first time.

Melbourne Cabaret Festival 2017 will run from Tuesday 20 June until Sunday 2 July 2017 at Chapel Off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel St, Prahran.  Tickets are from $25.

For bookings and more information, click here.


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