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What’s on: Cats, Beethoven and Gaol Blues


In proof there’s life after the festivals frenzy, this weekend’s entertainment line-up includes Cats the Musical, a mini blues fest at Adelaide Gaol, the launch of the ASO’s Master Series and much more.

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Cats the Musical – Festival Theatre

This revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long-running Broadway and West End musical opens at the Adelaide Festival Centre’s Festival Theatre tonight after sold-out seasons in Sydney, Hobart and Melbourne.  With Delia Hannah in the lead role of Grizabella, promotors promise a song and dance spectacular. Performances continue until April 10.

Iconic Beethoven – Adelaide Town Hall

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra conductor Nicholas Carter will launch its Master Series this weekend with a concert featuring Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Strauss’s Don Juan and Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G. There will be two performances at the Adelaide Town Hall tonight (March 18) and tomorrow.

Gaol Blues – Adelaide Gaol

Historic Adelaide Gaol will host eight hours of blues music across two outdoor stages on Sunday, with a line-up including headliner Chris Finnen,  The Blues Brothers, Zkye Blue, Lazy Eye and The Brouhaha. There will also be American-influenced food and SA craft beer and cider. Gates open at 1pm, with the full line-up available here.

The Blues Brothers.

The Blues Brothers.

Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema

As a tribute to David Bowie, this weekend’s Sundae Session at the open-air cinema at Glenelg will feature a screening of the fantasy film Labyrinth. Other upcoming films include Steve Jobs (tonight), R18+ film The Hateful Eight (Saturday), How to Be Single (March 22), The Lion King (March 23) and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (March 24). Details here.

Dancing Queen

For one show only tonight (March 18) at Her Majesty’s Theatre, ABBA fans are being invited to unleash their inner dancing queen. Presented by GOLD: The Ultimate ABBA Show, Dancing Queen: The 40th Anniversary Tour is two-hour concert of the band’s hits, timed to celebrate the anniversary of the song after which it was named. Details here.

2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art

With the theme Magic Object, the 2016 Adelaide Biennial draws inspiration from the “Wunderkammer” – rooms or cabinets displaying eclectic collections of exotic artworks and natural objects. Twenty-five artists have created works inspired by the theme. The biennial, which continues until May 15, encompasses exhibitions at the Art Gallery of SA, Samstag Museum of Art, Jam Factory, Santos Museum of Economic Botany and Carrick Hill. Read InDaily’s interview with curator Lisa Slade here.

The Fumes – Jive Bar

Self-described “riff-rockin’ blues kings” The Fumes (below) are on the road with a new line-up and a new album (Bloodless), with a gig tonight at the Jive Bar. They’re supported by guests Gun It and Cosmo Thundercat.


Ash / Russell Morris – The Gov

Northern Irish indie group Ash are playing a gig at The Governor Hindmarsh tonight (March 18) following the release of their latest album, Kablammo. On Saturday, ARIA Hall of Fame inductee Russell Morris will present his Red Dirt – Red Heart tour, in support of the latest release from his Blues & Roots Album Trilogy.

Sean Simmons (The Spoils) – Wheatie

Singer-songwriter Sean Simmons, founder of Melbourne band The Spoils, is playing a solo show at the Wheatsheaf Hotel on Sunday (March 20), with support by Adelaide’s Koral Chandler (Koral & the Goodbye Horses). On Saturday night the pub will host country-blues band The New Savages.

On screen

See InDaily’s reviews of the latest films screening in Adelaide:

The Daughter
10 Cloverfield Lane
The Lady in the Van
Son of Saul
45 Years
Zoolander 2



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