Slide Cabaret Festival Runs 21 June - 4 July

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Slide Cabaret Festival Runs 21 June - 4 July

In only its second year, Sydney's only Cabaret Festival, hosted by Slide Lounge, is back with a stellar lineup of international cabaret starts, interstate icons and local legends!

BERNADETTE ROBINSON - SYDNEY PREMIERE OF HER BRAND NEW SHOW! Star of the internationally acclaimed Songs For Nobodies, Bernadette will make her first appearance at Slide and perform her Sydney premiere of "An Evening With Bernadette Robinson" featuring a concert of songs by her favourite performers and song-writers including Piaf, Garland, Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday and Maria Callas as well as outrageous send-ups of some other icons of song and pieces by contemporary artists.

Direct from New York City, Cabaret demigod Joey Arias, celebrated for his channeling of legendary jazz and blues singer Billie Holiday, will perform a one night only intimate show featuring selections from his first recording Arias on Holiday. A fixture on New York City's vibrant downtown performance scene for over than 30 years, Joey Arias is a bona fide NYC icon.

Recently listed as one of the top 21 most iconic women of the stage, page and screen by The Age, four time Helpmann nomineeUrsula Yovich has defied the odds to become one of Australia's most celebrated performers. Growing up with a Serbian father in her mother's country, Maningrida, in far North Arnhem Land, Ursula has dazzled audiences all over the world with performances from the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New York, to the concert hall of the Sydney Opera House. She will premiere her brand new show at Slide with special guests to be announced.

Australia's darling of the musical theatre stage, CHRISTIE WHELAN BROWNE will also be making her Slide debut as she returns to Sydney with her smash hit show Britney Spears:The Cabaret. Hilariously funny and strangely touching, Britney Spears:The Cabaret is a satirical look at the perils of fame by award-winning writer/director Dean Bryant. The musical direction of Mathew Frank sees Britney's hits transformed into cabaret songs, and seamlessly intertwined into the fabric of her life story.

Thirty years ago in 1983, pianist, singer, writer and satirist PHIL SCOTT created his first solo cabaret show. Now, to mark the halfway point in his cabaret career, Phil takes us on a personal, idiosyncratic and at times hilarious journey. More a rehash than a retrospective, Cabaret Survivor brings together Phil's favourite songs and song parodies old and new, and gives us his unique perspective on life, politics and music. By the end, you'll really feel as though thirty years has passed.

After dazzling audiences all around the nation with her critically acclaimed hit The Divine Miss Bette, Australia's hottest new stage sensation CATHERINE ALCORN will return to Slide stage direct from the Adelaide Cabaret Festival with her brand new show Go Your Own Way: The Story of Christine McVie bringing you the hidden story told from the perspective of McVie herself: one of the greatest ever rock'n'roll composers and performers of the last century.

He had us in stitches with In Vogue: Songs By Madonna, and this year Jersey Boys star Michael Griffiths pairs up once again with writer/director Dean Bryant to bring you the second installment in their trilogy of legendary female singer songwriters, this time exploring the songs of The Eurythmics frontwoman in Sweet Dreams: Song by Annie Lennox.

Other highlights to the Slide Cabaret Festival program include the all new SndTrk series - a Sunday afternoon vocal soiree featuring six principle musical theatre industry voices performing the songs from start to finish of your favourite film and stage soundtracks. First up for the inaugural Festival Sunday - SISTER ACT The Movie!

UK burlesque star Reuben Kaye hosts THE RING: a cabaret vs. burlesque death match starring Reuben's personal favourite stars of the stage from all the corners of the globe in a 'no holds barred' showdown of international talent.

Producers, writers, managers and artists will gather on a panel to discuss everything when Slide launches a new panel evening TALK on Monday 24th June where industry professionals will gather and field questions on the art of producing your own work in today's Australian market. Joining host Catherine Alcorn on the panel will be Director/Producer Neil Gooding, former Adelaide Cabaret Festival Producer and Artist Manager Lisa Campbell, Sydney Morning Herald Arts writer Steve Dow and Paul Capsis, one of Australia's most celebrated cabaret artists. Supported by MEAA, audience members will be able to enjoy a two course dinner and panel discussion and MEAA members will enjoy a discounted rate. Ticket holders will also have the chance to win a one on one meeting with a panel member of their choice for even greater insight.

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