Thursday, December 30, 2010

Salute to Harold Arlen

Harold Arlen was born in 1905 and died in 1986. He wrote more than 500 songs including Stormy Weather, The Man that Got Away and Over the Rainbow. His songs will be sung by some of our best female singers including Barbara Cook, Jessica Molaskey and Judy Garland. Our featured artist is Maria Friedman and we'll also play some tracks from Keating the Musical. And I'll be speaking to recent Short+Sweet Cabaret winners, Jordan Bowering and Gerard Lane.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Boxing Day Special: Broadway Show Stoppers of the 20th Century

What do Al Jolson, Ethel Merman, Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand, Carol Channing, Zero Mostel, Michael Crawford, Betty Buckley and Patti LuPone have in common?

Answer: they all stopped at least one Broadway show during the course of the 20th century. Featuring all the great Broadway composers; Gershwin, Kern, Porter, Rodgers, Berlin, Bernstein, Herman, Sondheim, Kander, Lloyd Webber and Schonberg.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas Episode

On this week's Christmas episode we speak to the winner of Short+Sweet Cabaret 2010, Anna Boulic, and to the People's Choice Winner, Hannah Williams. Our featured composer is Richard Rodgers, and our featured Christmas performer is Nancy LaMott (pictured). There'll also be tracks by Eartha Kitt and the Melbourne Gay & Lesbian Chorus.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Shaun Murphy is our special guest

Performer, director and teacher Shaun Murphy is our special guest in this week's Cabaret Room. That's Shaun with Anne Wood (left). We'll also talk to Kitty Bang about A Very Kitty Christmas, our featured composers are John Kander and Fred Ebb, and we'll be playing tracks by David Campbell and Liz Callaway. Tune in at 9pm tomorrow night.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Lyricist Dean Bryant joins us in The Cabaret Room

Dean Bryant met Mathew Frank while studying Musical Theatre at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Their first musical, Prodigal, won the Green Room Award for Best Original Score, and was the first Australian musical produced off-Broadway, at the York Theatre, in 2002. Prodigal returns to fortyfivedownstairs in January as a Midsumma Premier Event. Other compositions include Virgins: A Musical Threesome, and Once We Lived Here.
Dean will join us in The Cabaret Room to talk about his life and career to date. Dean has worked as the Worldwide Associate Director of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and created an It Gets Better film. We'll also play some Frank Sinatra and Paul Capsis tracks.

Friday, November 26, 2010

The Cabaret Room goes Country with special guest Melinda Schneider

It's cabaret in all its guises, and this week cabaret goes country when the beautiful Melinda Schneider is our special guest. We'll play three tracks from Melinda's chart topping CD, Melinda does Doris, A Tribute to Doris Day. Melinda has written a song called "Hands Across Australia" in support of Generation One. Click here for more info about Generation One. Our featured composer is Jerry Herman, you'll hear tracks by Simon Burke and Blossom Dearie, and we'll also talk to David Morris and Tom Halls about their show, Bette Davis: Memoirs and Martinis.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Cabaret Songstress Emma Dean joins us

Described as a neurotic cabaret songstress, Brisbane based Emma Dean is our special guest in The Cabaret Room this Sunday evening from 9pm. Emma is coming to Melbourne to launch her new CD called "Dr Dream and the Imaginary Pop-Cabaret". Our featured composer is William Finn and we'll be playing tracks by Mandy Patinkin and a collection of Aussie cabaret divas. Click here for more information about Emma Dean.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Something special: an interview with Illusionist Simon Taylor

Something very special on The Cabaret Room at 9pm tomorrow night. I'll be speaking to mind reader and illusionist Simon Taylor (pictured) who is presenting a show called Pieces of Mind at The Butterfly Club next week. I'll also be chatting to Emma Clair Ford, the Festival Director of Short+Sweet Cabaret 2010. Our featured composer is Amanda McBroom, and I'll be playing tracks by the sensational Nancy LaMott and Combo Fiasco.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Noel Coward is our featured composer

This week in JOY 94.9's Cabaret Room our featured composer is Sir Noel Coward. We'll play tracks by Bernadette Peters and Avigail Herman, and we'll talk to Klara McMurray about Hot Spell, the return season of Miss K, and to Magnormos Artistic Director, Aaron Joyner, about OzMade Musicals 2010.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Salute to Barbra Streisand

In JOY 94.9’s Cabaret Room this week we salute Broadway’s premier composer and lyricist, Stephen Sondheim, and one of the most versatile and successful recording artists of all time, Barbra Streisand. I’ll speak to Margot Fenley, the Coordinator of the Music Theatre Program at the Victorian College of Arts and Music, and two of her students, Andrew Doyle and Hugo Chiarella, about their upcoming performances called ShowBites. All this and a couple of Paul Capsis tracks as well. Tune in at 9pm on Sunday.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

UMMTA presents William Finn's A New Brain

The University of Melbourne Music Theatre Association presents A New Brain, by William Finn, between 22 and 30 October. Members of the cast will join us in The Cabaret Room tonight to talk about the production. It's an all Aussie show this week with our featured composer Peter Allen. We'll also play tracks by Christine Anu, Genevieve Lemon, Chris Coleman, and Caroline O'Connor.

Click here for more info about A New Brain

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Melbourne Cabaret Festival announces dates for 2011

The 2011 Melbourne Cabaret Festival will take place from Tuesday 19 to Sunday 24 July 2011. Organisers Neville and David from The Butterfly Club (pictured) are now accepting submissions from producers and performers.

All the information you need is at:

Friday, October 15, 2010

Alex Rathgeber joins us in The Cabaret Room

Alex Rathgeber (pictured) has just returned from Seoul, Korea. This Sunday night he joins us in The Cabaret Room to talk about his career and his show, Experiment. Our featured composer is George Gershwin and we'll also play some Ella Fitzgerald and Mandy Patinkin tracks. Tune in at 9pm tomorrow.

Friday, October 8, 2010

The Cabaret Room First Episode

The Cabaret Room will debut this Sunday evening at 9pm. I'll be talking to Mark Jones (pictured) about The Beautiful Losers who are performing at The Butterfly Club on Fri 15, Sat 16, Fri 22 & Sat 23 October. I'll also be speaking to dancer and choreographer Paul Malek about his sexy new show Climax, which opens at Theatre Works on Thurs 14 October. As well I'll feature the music of US composer John Bucchino and some tracks by Rhonda Burchmore and David Hobson. Plus I'll review the Magnormos production of Anyone Can Whistle.

You can check out a YouTube of Paul Malek's Parkland Avenue here.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Happy 11th Birthday to The Butterfly Club

David and Neville from The Butterfly Club tell us all about their 11th birthday, how they met (in an office in Tasmania!) and some of their upcoming shows. They also have plans for another Melbourne Cabaret Festival next year, following the success of this year's inaugural festival. Click here to listen.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Aaron Joyner, Dan Humphris & Don Bridges preview Anyone Can Whistle

Anyone Can Whistle was a Broadway flop in 1964, running for only 9 performances. It was Angela Lansbury's first musical and has become a cult favourite. It's the 3rd work in the Stephen Sondheim Triptych presented by Magnormos at the Melbourne Recital Centre. Director Aaron Joyner, Dan Humphris (pictured) who plays J. Bowden Hapgood and Don Bridges (Treasurer Cooley & Dr Detmold) discuss the show and some of their exploits in the theatre. Click here.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Shaun Murphy, Chris Parker and Lisa Marie Parker talk about Merrily We Roll Along

Merrily We Roll Along was the 2nd show in the Stephen Sondheim Triptych. Director Shaun Murphy (pictured), Chris Parker, who played the leading role of Franklin Shepard, and Lisa Marie Parker, who played Beth, spoke about the show. Click here to listen to the interview

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Aaron Joyner and Zac Tyler talk about Saturday Night

Magnormos Artistic Director Aaron Joyner and Zac Tyler (pictured) who played the leading role of Gene in Saturday Night talk about the first show in the Stephen Sondheim Triptych. Sondheim wrote Saturday Night in the early 1950s but it wasn't produced until 1997 and that was in London. Click here for the interview with Aaron and Zac.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Judi Connelli talks about her early years, The Threepenny Opera and Mary Poppins

Judi Connelli is one of Australia's most respected cabaret and theatrical performers. Her long list of credits includes roles for Opera Australia such as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Katisha in The Mikado, Golda in Fiddler on the Roof, Zozo in The Merry Widow, The Duchess in The Gondoliers and Mrs. Pearce in My Fair Lady. Her musical theatre repertoire includes Carlotta Campion in Follies, The Witch in Into the Woods, Matron Mama Morton in Chicago, Mama Rose in Gypsy, Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret, Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard and Aunt March in Little Women.

In May 2010 Judi talked about her early years in Brisbane and Sydney, and performing in The Threepenny Opera with Eddie Perfect, and as the evil Nanny in Mary Poppins. Click here for the interview.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Magnormos Artistic Director Aaron Joyner talks about [title of show]

In May 2010 Magnormos Artisc Director Aaron Joyner (pictured) spoke about [title of show] and gave us a sneak preview of the Stephen Sondheim Triptych. Click here for the edited podcast of that interview.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Stephen Sondheim Podcast and Interview with John O'May

On March 22 this year legendary Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim (pictured) turned 80. To celebrate this occasion I recorded a program which aired on JOY 94.9 on March 3. The program featured an interview with baritone John O'May, a noted Sondheim specialist. Click here for the edited podcast of the program and the interview with Mr O'May.