Performance dates & times

This event has been postponed. Confirmed dates to be advised.

Running Time 70 mins (no interval)

Price range

Standard
$39.00 - $65.00

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Get ready to mambo

In the 1950s when musical exotica was all the rage, Yma Sumac was a sensation – an Incan princess who astounded American audiences with her five-octave range and larger-than-life personality. She was a best-selling artist for Capitol Records, toured the world and appeared in a movie with Charlton Heston. Her songs have been sampled in lounge music, hip hop and movie soundtracks.

This one-woman show is a passion project for Helpmann Award-winning cabaret performer and soprano Ali McGregor, whose admiration for Sumac has led to her acquiring a collection of the singer’s jewellery and clothes in which she performs.

From the bird-like trills of ‘Chuncho’ to a mambo version of the ‘Queen of the Night’ aria, McGregor brings her astounding voice to Sumac’s music. Between vocal pyrotechnics, she tells Sumac’s story and her own journey discovering this fascinating artist.

Prepare to be enthralled by the lure of exoticism, mystery, heartbreak and above all – extraordinary singing.


Credits

WRITTEN BY
Ali McGregor
DIRECTOR
Cameron Menzies
MUSICAL DIRECTION
Sam Keevers
LIGHTING DIRECTION
Paul Lim
SET DESIGN
Kathryn Sproul
CAST
Ali McGregor
MUSIC BAND
Sam Keevers, Eugene Ball, Ben G, Hugh Harvey, Tamara Murphy, Phil No

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