Adelaide Cabaret Festival celebrates another feather in its cap following last night’s 2019 Helpmann Awards Nominations Announcement at Adelaide Festival Centre.  

Three of the four shows nominated for Best Cabaret Performer were presented by and made their debut at Adelaide Cabaret Festival last year – Ali McGregor’s Yma Sumac - The Peruvian Songbird, Michaela Burger’s A Migrant’s Son and Libby O’Donovan’s Kate Leigh - The Worst Woman in Sydney. They were joined by fellow nominee Dickie Beau with his Perth Festival production Re-Member Me.

Former Adelaide Cabaret Festival Artistic Director Ali McGregor’s Yma Sumac - The Peruvian Songbird explores the extraordinary voice and enigmatic life of an exotic legend. In an exhilarating theatrical production, McGregor brings her acrobatic vocal theatrics to the controversial story of the 1950s Peruvian beauty.

Telling the triumphant story of a poor son who defies the odds, Michaela Burger’s A Migrant’s Son features original music on accordion, bazouki and tuba, creating an upbeat, emotional soundscape for a personal journey and universal story.

Libby O’Donovan’s Kate Leigh - The Worst Woman in Sydney revisits the myths surrounding a criminal mastermind. Weaving story with song, Libby casts a bright new light on Leigh’s fierce and fabulous life to answer the question – was Kate Leigh the Queen of Sydney’s underworld or a people’s hero?

O’Donovan also appeared at this year’s Adelaide Cabaret Festival in Unsung, the first show commissioned by Adelaide Cabaret Festival founder, the late Frank Ford. This popular show sold out on opening weekend, demanding the addition of a third performance.

Adelaide Festival Centre Executive Producer, Cabaret and Commercial, Ebony Bott: “A huge congratulations to Ali McGregor, Libby O’Donovan and Michaela Burger for their respective Helpmann nominations. Adelaide Cabaret Festival is proud to commission and present new work from Australia’s leading cabaret artists. As the world’s largest cabaret festival, we are committed to supporting artists who push the boundary of the cabaret genre. There is much to celebrate in the recognition of these courageous performers who are at the top of their game.”

The fourth nominee, Dickie Beau, appears at this year’s Adelaide Cabaret Festival with a brand new work, Dickie Beau - Unplugged, in the Dunstan Playhouse from 19-20 June.  

Four more performers with shows at this year’s festival also received nominations – Elaine Crombie for Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical, Maude Davey for Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play and Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall for Best Original Score. Maude’s show at this year’s Adelaide Cabaret Festival, My Life In The Nude, received rave reviews and a standing ovation. Elaine Crombie’s solo show, Janet’s Vagrant Love, will make it world premiere on June 21-22 at The Famous Spiegeltent and Kate Miller-Heidke will perform on June 22 at Thebarton Theatre. 

The annual Helpmann Awards recognise distinguished artistic achievement and excellence in Australia's vibrant live performance industry. The Helpmann Awards were established in 2001 by Live Performance Australia (LPA).

Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2019 runs from June 7-22.

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