Three “Broadway Divas” to Open June Cabaret Festival in Australia

News   Three “Broadway Divas” to Open June Cabaret Festival in Australia Three “Broadway Divas” will go Down Under this summer to open the annual Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

Side Show’s Emily Skinner, recent Les Miz star Lauren Kennedy and The Wild Party’s Julia Murney will perform special arrangements of material written by Jason Robert Brown, Andrew Lippa, Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich at the third annual festival.

The trio of gals will perform “The Broadway Divas” June 6 and 7 at the festival, which runs through June 22. Gordon Greenberg will direct the concerts, with musical direction by George Stitt. “The Broadway Divas,” which celebrates the women of Broadway, has already been performed in Brazil, Mexico, Canada and throughout the United States, and a New York premiere is expected next year at The Supper Club.

Concertgoers can expect to hear the three belters wrap their voices around such tunes as “I Enjoy Being a Girl,” “Woman,” “Life on Broadway,” “Baltimore,” “New York Lullaby,” “Truly Scrumptious,” “Ice Cream,” “Candy Man,” “Heart and Music,” “Life of the Party,” “I Will Never Leave You,” “Big Wings” and other tunes from the musicals that have starred Skinner, Kennedy and Murney.

Emily Skinner received a Tony nomination for her work as Daisy Hilton in Side Show, and her other Broadway credits include The Full Monty, James Joyce’s The Dead and Jekyll & Hyde. This season she played Kitty Packard in the Lincoln Center revival of Dinner at Eight and also starred in the new Ricky Ian Gordon musical My Life with Albertine.

Lauren Kennedy covered the role of Daisy Hilton in the Broadway production of Side Show and also appeared in the New York companies of Les Misérables and Sunset Boulevard. She was also a part of the early incarnations of Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years, playing the role that would be played Off-Broadway by Sherie Rene Scott, when Kennedy crossed the Atlantic to star as Nellie Forbush in the National Theatre's revival of South Pacific. Julia Murney received a Drama Desk nomination for her work in Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party, and her other theatrical credits include Crimes of the Heart, Time and Again, A Class Act, Cloud 9, Snapshots and Mata Hari. Murney also recently made her solo concert debut at the Ars Nova Theatre.

“The Broadway Divas” will be performed at the Dunstan Playhouse, which is located at the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust, King William Road in Adelaide, South Australia. Call 08-8216-8600 for tickets. For more information about the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, visit www.adelaidecabaret.com.