Life is a Cabaret
There is one important element of the New York theatre scene that Melbourne is missing. Cabaret. Not the musical, but the performance style. New York has all these small clubs where performers can hit the stage on their night off, wow the audience with their phenomenal talents and develop their own followings. It may not be a big thing in Melbourne yet, but it is slowly growing with Elise Brennan’s VAMP: The Songs of Kander and Ebb.
The demographics of theatre audiences are slowly changing over time. A little while ago, theatre was all about prestige. Only the upper classes would visit the theatre and it would be an entertainment form that was reserved to this elite group. But the shows have been changing and new audiences have joined the fray.
So what does this mean?
It means that new, unconventional ways of experiencing theatre will be appearing!
New York is well ahead of us on this front. They have a number of small clubs, e.g. 54 Below and Joe’s Pub, where musical theatre performers can hit a stage in a different way. No longer is the performance about elaborate scenery changes and a cast of fifty, it becomes more akin to an acoustic set you would find a singer/songwriter debuting in one of Melbourne’s popular clubs. Except the songs come straight from the stage or screen and are delivered in a more intimate style. One which is much more interactive and immersive than the traditional theatre set up.
Elise Brennan (Guys & Dolls, Jersey Boys, An Officer and a Gentleman) is one of the musical theatre performers leading the charge with VAMP: The Songs of Kander and Ebb opening at Ruby’s Music Room on Thursday 20th August for two nights only. Taking the audience through a myriad of minxes, showgirls and warriors, Elise presents a fable of iconic women through time set to the tunes of the famous musical theatre writing duo Kander & Ebb. This pair is most well-known for their famous musicals Cabaret and Chicago, as well as the iconic Frank Sinatra song ‘New York, New York’ and their music will be given a sultry jazz makeover for this revue.
Tickets have almost run out for the first show so make sure that you don’t miss out on all that jazz.
VAMP: The Songs of Kander and Ebb
Ruby’s Music Room, Cnr Bennetts Lane & Little Lonsdale Street
Thursday 20th and Friday 21st August