RAW: Cabaret Festival – Variety Gala Performance – 5K

By Julia George

The Adelaide Cabaret Festival Gala (opening night) lived up to all expectations of being Adelaide’s “night of nights”. A well-selected cross-section of the Festival’s stars took to the stage to give the full-house a ‘taste’ of their shows. One of Australia’s most accomplished performers, Simon Burke, hosted the show, whilst Artistic Director David Campbell made a cameo appearance. It was nice to see Pembroke and Blackwood local schools perform their High School Cabaret, under the direction of David Campbell.

The stand out performers of the night included the 8th Sydney Cabaret Showcase – Showcase Award winner, Gillian Cosgriff, with her clever lyrics to a song titled “The song song”, and The Magnets, who amazed the audience with their blend of incredible beat-boxing and smooth harmonies. Robyn Archer AO flaunted her beautiful voice, cabaret group Drag added some spice to the night, whilst Carrie Rawlings brought in some disco, Daniel Boys and Toby Francis added the ‘crooner’ touch, and Glenn Shorrock got the audience singing to “Reminiscing”.

The piece de resistance was watching the most successful Australian singer of all time, Olivia Newton John, take to the stage to close the night, performing “Xanadou” and wowing the crowds. After all these years Olivia’s still got it, her voice is flawless and her graceful presence is awe-inspiring. Overall a great show with great musical direction and a professional execution. Go and see an Adelaide Cabaret Festival show (or two)!

Kryztoff Rating  5K

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