In times like this what we need is music.
Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Shane Bosher and Robin Kelly are
joining forces for DELICIOUS OBLIVION, exploring the biting musical
experience of Kurt Weill and his contemporaries in a wild rejig of
the Berlin cabaret songbook. We're super excited to be sharing this
new production with audiences as part of Auckland Live Cabaret
Season this June.
The songs themselves are everything: dissonantly lyrical,
bracingly literate, sardonic, sophisticated, gloriously profane.
They are stories of broken love, blurred gender, brazen sexuality,
corruption and trauma; provocative missives to those who
perniciously hold on to power. And they could have been written
Backed by a band of kickass musos and blistering new
arrangements, we want these songs to walk the line between 1929 and
2019, flipping the bird to the 1%. Given full theatrical treatment,
songs such as MACK THE KNIFE to SURABAYA
JOHNNY will expose the hypocrisy of politics and the art
of the possible.
Staging music theatre costs a pretty penny. As independent
artists, we're putting our time and energy on the line for
something we feel really passionate about. We're thrilled to have
the development support of Auckland Live for this premiere
production, but want to build a show that not only charms the pants
off audiences locally, but tours Aotearoa. Your support will help
us add a vital fifth musician to the lineup and contribute to
top-shelf design from Elizabeth Whiting.
Provoke your spirit with the voice of the underground.
Boost us and let the music live.
"…the lust and anarchy of German cabaret will live
Performer: JENNIFER WARD-LEALAND
Director: SHANE BOSHER
Musical Director: ROBIN KELLY
Designer: ELIZABETH WHITING
WINTERGARDEN, THE CIVIC
June 11-15 as part of Auckland Live Cabaret Season