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.