Now a 21st-century tradition, the Adelaide Cabaret Festival has brought leading singers and artists from all over the world to Australia every year since 2001. This year's festival opens on 10 June, and the first weekend will pack a Weill wallop, with no fewer than three programs honoring him. Saturday, 11 June will see two programs that feature Weill: the world premiere of "Rudi's The Rinse Cycle," a one-man show by Hew Parham; and a reworked version of "Dancing on a Volcano," a tribute to Weimar political song and satire led by the extraordinary Robyn Archer (photo at right), with Michael Morley on piano and George Butrumlis on accordion. Archer's program highlights Brecht, with settings by Eisler and Weill, along with Hollaender, Tucholsky, Wedekind, and many others. There will be performances on 11-12 June.
Archer and Parham will be doing other work at the festival, notably participating in the world premiere of "The Weill File" (one performance only, 13 June), an all-Weill program that ranges across his oeuvre, incorporating many songs from his Broadway shows as well as more standard cabaret fare composed in Berlin. Several other Festival stalwarts will be on hand to perform, including Barb Jungr, Ali McGregor, Eddie Perfect, and Die Roten Punkte. John Thorn is Music Director.
The Festival runs through 25 June, but Weill lovers had best get to Adelaide early. Rather than saving the best for last, festival organizers have front-loaded Weill; there will be no more after 13 June.
Originally posted: 9 June 2016