One of the highlights of the Mardi Gras festival is a concert featuring Conchita Wurst and Trevor Ashley and guest starring Kate Miller-Heidke. Individually, these performers pack an immense amount of talent; together they will ignite the theatre.
Ashley is an Australian treasure with prolific creative output. He’s recognised internationally for his uncanny drag impressions, monumental voice, and comic genius.
Wurst first came to global attention after winning the Eurovision song contest in 2014 with Bond-like power ballad, Rise Like A Phoenix. Her androgynous glamour and stunning voice have established her as a queer icon.
Kate Miller-Heidke is a songwriter and performer who cross-navigates genres with equal prowess. She has conquered pop, opera, stage musical, and has joined the ranks of Eurovision alumni.
Each of the performers will have a solo section and will also sing in duo and ensemble. They’ll be backed by a 40-piece symphony orchestra conducted by acclaimed musical director, Michael Tyack.
“It’s Trevor and myself and also Kate just singing songs that we love so much,” says Wurst, who is looking forward to returning to Australia. She has performed here with Ashley on previous occasions.
Audiences familiar with these performers will know, to some extent, what to expect, but Wurst suggests it won’t be so predictable.
“We try to keep it fresh and [have] some surprises here and there.”
But concert goers definitely won’t be disappointed.
“This is what people can expect – a very dramatic evening,” assures Wurst.
With a combined catalogue that includes songs from Disney, classic diva, power pop, musical theatre, operatic, and esoteric, and an unimaginable wardrobe, this concert will be a unique and enthralling sensory experience.
Feb 27. State Theatre, 49 Market St, Sydney. $99-$200+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.statetheatre.com.au
By Rita Bratovich