Artistic Director Kate Ceberano announced this year’s line up to a packed audience in the Festival Theatre, revealing more than 400 artists and over 160 performances that will take place across 18 days in June.
Leading the news is the addition of a second Variety Gala performance to toast the 40th anniversary of the Adelaide Festival Centre and the opening of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. As one of the sell-out shows of previous years, the Variety Gala showcases highlights from the billboard of international and local stars that will be here.
Multi-awarding winning star of stage, screen and television, Kristin Chenoweth, headlines the opening weekend with the Adelaide Art Orchestra. Chenoweth is best known for her appearances in television’s Glee, West Wing and Pushing Daisies, and for her award winning role as Glinda in the Broadway musical Wicked.
An Evening with Molly Ringwald reveals this 80s icon to be a jazz chanteuse. With films like The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink and Sixteen Candles to her name, Ringwald also cut her first LP at age 6 and promises an evening of “unforgettable jazz”.
Two-time Grammy Award winning jazz singer and composer Cassandra Wilson will appear with her sextet of “some of the best musicians in the USA”, and the closing weekend sees Tony Award winning Broadway star Idina Menzel and her performer/actor husband Taye Diggs in concert with the 55 piece Adelaide Art Orchestra.
Aussie star, Paul Capsis, dubbed the King of Cabaret, is one of 369 Australian artists on show and will offer a concert of songs by David Bowie, Diamanda Galas, Kurt Weill and Bertold Brecht. For those wanting more than just a concert, the wildly funny musical comedy stage play Shane Warne The Musical will feature Eddie Perfect, Lisa McCune and Shane Jacobson amongst others, while Tommy Bradson relives the music, mayhem and magic of Reg Livermore in Reg. There’s also a Reg Livermore exhibition celebrating this living legend’s expansive career.
Sunny Leunig, son of cartoonist Michael Leunig, is offering a philosophical magic show, and Compositions brings together performer Tyran Parke with his brother, photographer Trent Parke in a visual, musical showcase featuring original songs from some of Broadway’s best writers, including Stephen Schwartz and John Bucchinno.
250 South Australian artists will take to the stage including Michelle Nightingale in a tribute to Bruce Springsteen, and camp self-proclaimed international superstar, Hans.
There’s absurdist comedy through to sea shanties and a homage to silent film star Charlie Chaplin. In her second Cabaret Festival, Ceberano once again expands the territory to ensure there’s something for everyone.
The 13th annual Adelaide Cabaret Festival will run from 7-22 June 2013. Tickets are now on sale at BASS for all shows. See what hides within this year’s Cabaret Festival at http://www.adelaidecabaret.com