Musical Theatre & Cabaret, Theatre, Music, Comedy

Make Believe


Tickets $20 - $35

Tue 30 Aug - Sat 3 Sep | 1 hour Castlereagh Boutique Hotel - The Sydney Fringe Cabaret Club
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Two opera singers and a pianist, with a few surprises up their sleeves; present a tongue-in-cheek tribute to the careers of MGM stars Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel.

“Make Believe”, celebrates the classic Hollywood film musical and the stars of these technicolor extravaganzas; but is also a comedic and irreverent romp about life as young classical musicians trying to do ANYTHING in post-lockdown Sydney!

The evening salutes the careers of MGM darlings Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel, who featured in films such as “Show Boat”, “Kiss me Kate” and many more. The idea for the cabaret was born from a conversation about old Hollywood stars with friends over a virtual Uber Eats swap, during the depths of the pandemic, and has now been given life through the Sydney Fringe for 2022.

“Make Believe” features classical Sydney-based singers Emily Turner, Ian Warwick, and pianist Nathaniel Kong. It showcases the music Grayson and Keel sang in their colourful films, the stage musicals they appeared in, and the jazz standards they lovingly sang.

Join us for an evening of old Hollywood glamour and yesteryear magic. Grab a drink, you’ll need it!

Show details

Show details
  • 1 hour
  • Venue 1: Castlereagh Boutique Hotel - The Sydney Fringe Cabaret Club
Performance notes
  • World Premiere
  • Content warnings: Coarse Language, Verbal Audience Interaction
  • Performance accessibility:
    Tuesday 30 Aug
  • Performance accessibility:
    Wednesday 31 Aug
  • Performance accessibility:
    Thursday 1 Sep
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Venue details & accessibility
Castlereagh Boutique Hotel - The Sydney Fringe Cabaret Club

Castlereagh Boutique Hotel 169 Castlereagh Street, Sydney


"Access Assistance" button at door and ramp can be extended. Staff can assist. Elevators accessible, step free access throughout Hotel. There is accessible street parking in surrounding streets. There is also a drop-off point outside the hotel (3 car space length).

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    • Performer – Ian Warwick
    • Performer – Emily Turner
    • Pianist – Nathaniel Kong
    • Photographer/ marketing designer – Rosa Doric
    • Videographer – Michael Becker
    Presented by
    • Emily Turner, Ian Warwick and Nathaniel Kong