Local actor and singer Greg MacLeod presents Little Winter Cabaret, a night of live musical entertainment at the Maori Hill Coronation Hall on Friday, July 20 from 8pm.
Greg and wife Heidi Hayward have brought together some of the best of Dunedin's musical talent to offer something new in Dunedin's boutique evening culture.
Little Winter Cabaret is their first show together since 2008, and came about as a response to two interests that Greg and Heidi hold - to showcase local talent, and develop Dunedin's the burgeoning boutique scene. This is their first collaboration for adults and comes after nearly ten years of producing the Annual Town Hall Christmas Pantomime.
The Little Winter Cabaret will have performances from some of Dunedin's best loved performers and food supplied by No 7 Balmac. Seating will be true cabaret style, with tables seating ten spread around the Hall and, of course, plenty of room for dancing. The Maori Hill Coronation Hall, built in 1911, provides the perfect venue and develops the boutique suburban scene that cities like Wellington and Sydney manage so well.
Greg says, "We came up with the concept for this event because it's something we would go to, if only it was available in Dunedin. We have such a range of amazing talent here, and this is a perfect means to showcase some of that talent to a community of people who have been looking for it but don't know where to find it."
Greg is a regular performer in Dunedin and has worked in most aspects of Dunedin's theatrical scene. Playing the Beast, in Beauty and the Beast and the Engineer in Miss Saigon top his list of favourites, but Greg has also worked for Fortune Theatre, Opera Otago, The Oxo Cubans, and Musical Theatre Wellington.
The band Greg has gathered for the Little Winter Cabaret includes Matt Langley, an APRA Award winning and critically acclaimed New Zealand singer-songwriter, Graeme Perkins a stalwart of composition and television, Oli Wilson is releasing an album with his Auckland-based band Knives at Noon, and also lectures in Ethnomusicology at the University of Otago and Rob Burns, whose career spans four decades and includes performing with Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Anderson of Abba, and many TV shows such as Mr. Bean, Blackadder, Alas Smith and Jones, Three of a Kind, French and Saunders, 2.4 Children, A Perfect Spy, and Red Dwarf.
Little Winter Cabaret
Doors open 7.30pm, show starts 8pm, Friday 20 July
Maori Hill Coronation Hall
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