Artistic Director Kate Ceberano’s first Adelaide Cabaret Festival has claimed the highest box office ever in the event’s entire 12 year history, smashing all previous records, including the 2011 Festival’s record by 12 per cent.
With more than 30 sold out performances, Kate said she was humbled by the obvious love South Australians and its visitors shared for the cabaret genre and the passionate feedback audiences gave to the more than 300 performers across the Festival.
As Festival Designer, revered Australian artist, David Bromley was charged with the design of various venues along with the overall aesthetic of the Festival.
2012 Adelaide Cabaret Festival highlights included:
· Mary Wilson’s debut at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival performing in Stormy Weather: The Lena Horne Project
· The musical improvisational genius from spellbinding cellist Zoe Keating
· Musical theatre legends including the last song and dance man Ben Vereen and Disney princess Lea Salonga
· Exceptionally talented vocal chameleon Bernadette Robinson paying tribute to some of the greatest 20th Century singers in Songs For Nobodies
· Cabaret kings, Kim Smith in Misfit and five times Festival crooner Mark Nadler who took up residence and wowed audiences for the event’s entirety
· Sassy, sexy Australian ex-pat glamazon Nadeah, who brought Adelaide audiences to their feet
· The mesmerising Irish chanteuse Camille O’Sullivan in her show Feel
· Plus the many impromptu performances at the Festival’s late night club Backstage, boasting line-ups from The Supremes founding member Mary Wilson singing Stop In The Name Of Love with back-up singers Artistic Director Kate Ceberano and Broadway starletEden Espinosa, as well as the titillating, high kicking numbers from Boylesque
Adelaide Festival Centre CEO and Artistic Director Douglas Gautier said, “I applaud Kate and our Adelaide Festival Centre team on the outstanding Festival they have facilitated this year and the number of high calibre artists they have brought to Adelaide, further cementing the Festival’s reputation as the best cabaret festival in the world.”
Adelaide Cabaret Festival returns in 2013 with Artistic Director Kate Ceberano back at the helm from 7 to 22 June.