Lillias White

David M. Hawkins presents




DATE: June 17, 18, 19
VENUE: Festival Theatre Stage - Adelaide Cabaret Festival


DATE: June 26 & 27
VENUE: Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

"Lillias White is a singer who makes the most
challenging vocal feats look almost easy."
- New York Times

LILLIAS WHITE has been recognized on Broadway with the Tony Award®, Drama Desk Award®, Peoples Choice® Award and The Outer Critics Award® for Best Actress in a Musical -- Broadway's Prestigious Quadruple Crown -- for her 1997 role as Sonja in the The Life. In 1990 she won The Obie Award® for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Hennie in Romance in Hard Times. In addition, she won The Drama Logue Award® for Best Actress in a Musical for her role in the national tour of Dreamgirls. Other theater credits include the Broadway productions of How to Succeed in Business, Once on This Island, Rock n' Roll: The First 5,000 Years ( Aretha Franklin ), Barnun, Carrie and Dreamgirls, as well as the off Broadway productions of Crowns, The Vagina Monologues, Waiting for Godot, The Princess & The Black-Eyed Pea, and Dinah Was. Lillias White has also gone on the national and international tours for Ain't Misbehavin', Tintypes and The Wiz.

Lillias White's TV and Film credits include featured roles in the films, Pieces of April, The Grinch That Stole Christmas, Gloria, North and Disney's Hercules. In 1992, Ms. White won an Emmy Award® for her role as Seasame Street's Lillian Edwards. Other television credits consist of recurring roles and guest spots on Outreach, Law & Order, NYPD Blue and The Jury. In 2004 Ms White was cast opposite Eddie Griffith in HBO's pilot Pryor Offenses (The Richard Pryor Story ).

Lillias White the recording artist, has an extensive list of recordings which include cast records and featured vocalist performances. Most recently she recorded Dream Girls : The Concert, Too Hot To Handle (The Gospel version of Handle's Messiah ") and was featured with Tony Bennett on Cy Coleman's most recent record. Lillias White CDs include From Shubert Alley to Jazz Alley and From Brooklyn to Broadway. She regularly appears in concert at The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, as well as, a guest soloist on the PBS Special, such as, A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and In Performance at The White House.

Julie Wilson

David M. Hawkins in association with
The Adelaide Cabaret Festival

I’m A Bad Bad Bad
Bad Woman, but
STILL Good Good Good Company

DATE: Sunday June 14 at 7pm
VENUE: The Factory Theatre, 105 Victoria Road, Marrickville

The legendary Julie Wilson, New York's undisputed queen of cabaret, will perform in Sydney for one night only on Sunday June 14. In her show titled I’m A Bad Bad Bad Bad Woman, but STILL Good Good Good Company, Wilson will perform the many songs for which she has become well known throughout her acclaimed 70-year career. Running the gamut from classic, dramatic theatre pieces and great torch songs to rousing swing tunes, fresh new standards-to-be and her trademark comic novelty songs, this is Julie Wilson’s own personal hit parade. She infuses an evening of classics by Porter, Sondheim, Rodgers and Hart, Billie Holiday, Peter Allen and others with her furious theatrical intensity, devilish humour and the soulful wisdom of a long life well-lived.

Ms Wilson made her Broadway debut in the 1946 revue Three to Make Ready, then starred on the West End in Kiss Me Kate, South Pacific and Bells Are Ringing. She returned to New York to star in Kismet, and subsequently performed in The Pajama Game, Jimmy, Park and Peter Allen’s Legs Diamond, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She has toured in Show Boat, Silk Stocking, Follies, Company and A Little Night Music. In 1983 with her family grown up, she returned to the stage and forged a reputation as a leading cabaret performer of torch songs and show tunes by Cole Porter, Kurt Weill, Cy Coleman, Harold Arlen, Stephen Sondheim and George and Ira Gershwin.

Julie Wilson was muse for many major composers including Noel Coward, Cole Porter and Peter Allen. The song “Quiet Please There’s a Lady On Stage” was actually written by Peter Allen about Ms Wilson. While watching a performance by her in New York, a group of people at the bar were talking so loud Allen turned around and shouted “Quiet please there is a lady on stage”, and the rest is history.

Wilson has only performed a brief set before in Australia at the Sydney Cabaret Convention many years ago, and she has been wanting to return to Sydney with her show for many years. Australian showbiz trivia buffs may know that Julie Wilson was originally meant to play Dolly in the original Australian production of Hello Dolly. But as she had just given birth to her son and her husband didn’t want to travel to Australia and live here throughout the tour, Julie cancelled the engagement at the last minute and Carol Cook replaced her.

Producer David Hawkins said, “I met Julie in New York in February and immediately fell in love with her wit, style, spirit and soul. She is a rare breed from the old school like Chita Rivera and Elaine Stritch, who understand the soul, spirit and respect of performing and live for it in every second of their lives. To hear her stories of working with Noel Coward, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and Peter Allen had me glued to her energy force, and I could suddenly understand why all these gentleman held her in such high esteem. She is a fierce truth-teller; a woman on a mission to entertain and learn at any cost. I am so honoured to be presenting her in Sydney.”

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