Country music queen and Six time CMAA Golden Guiter winner, Australian singer/songwriter, Melinda Schneider steps back in time to pay homage to one of her musical heroes, Doris Day, with special guests Bob Downe, Trevor Ashley, Mary Schneider and The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir.
Hosted on the eve of one of the world’s most celebrated parades, at the Paddington Town Hall in the center of Oxford Street’s Mardi Gras hub on Friday March 3 2017, Melinda will bring the songs that audiences loved so much from the hugely successful capital city seasons of her theatre show DORIS, in a concert format called Melinda Does Doris: A Tribute to Doris Day…does Mardi Gras.
Melinda’s love affair with Doris began when, in childhood, Melinda laid eyes on Calamity Jane, Doris Day’s 1953 film tour de force and was smitten by all she saw.
“She was such a huge talent” she enthuses now, “a triple threat as they say – she could sing, dance and act. I thought then she was the best of everything a woman can be and when I grew up I wanted to be just like her.
This nostalgic celebration includes such timeless hits as “Pillow Talk”, “Que Sera, Sera”, “Everybody Loves a Lover”, “Secret Love” and a whole slew of songs from “Calamity Jane”, “Love Me or Leave Me” and “The Pajama Game”.
For the first time, the show will feature several special guests iconic to the Gay community including Bob Downe, Trevor Ashley and Mary Schneider.
BOB DOWNE is one of Australia's most loved and enduring comedy characters, the creation of journalist, comedian, actor and broadcaster MARK TREVORROW. Mark created Bob Downe in September 1984 and has toured the world as the award winning ‘Prince of Polyester’ ever since.
TREVOR ASHLEY is one of Australia’s most sought-after and successful performers. He has built a career as an actor, writer, director and international queen of cabaret. Ashley was nominated for a Helpmann Award having starred as Thenardier in Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Miserables and previously played the leading role in David Atkins’ Hairspray, and was also an original cast member of Priscilla Queen of the Desert - the Musical.
MARY SCHNEIDER is a singer/songwriter/performer, and Mother of Melinda. A 5-time winner of the prestigious MO Award, Mary is best known as ‘Australia’s Queen of Yodeling’ having sold over 250,000 albums in Australia with the release of her "Yodeling The Classics" which made her a cult figure throughout the World.
Event Date: Friday 3 March 2017
Event Time: 8pm
Venue: Paddington Town Hall