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    More shows added to Theme Weavers selection

    We’re in the process of adding four stunning new shows to the Theme Weavers roster, including The Family Business. This unique production features the unforgettable hits of the legendary Cole family – Nat ‘King’ Cole, daughter Natalie, brother Freddy… produced …
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    Luke Escombe joins Theme Weavers to produce Smorgasbordello

    The brilliant music comic, Luke Escombe has joined Theme Weavers to present an amazing show we call Smorgasbordello. Luke links imaginative songwriting to side-splitting comedy and has drawn comparisons to Nick Cave, Tim Minchin and Flight of the Conchords. Voted …
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Motown and More

You walk into the room just as the stage lights go up… there before you is all the sparkling glitz and glamour of a superb 1960s-era Girl Group, backed by top quality musicians and stunning dancers, recreating the unforgettable music of bands like The Chantels, The Shirelles, The Crystals and The Ronettes.

You’ll recognise brilliant songs written by Brill Building geniuses Gerry Goffin and Carole King, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and of course, Phil Spector. Classics like ‘Tonight's the Night’, ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’, ‘He’s a Rebel’, ‘Be My Baby’ and so many more.

Time moves forward to encompass The Dixie Cups and The Shangri-Lasand then comes Tamla / Motown. Witness the Titanic battles between Spector’s groups and those produced by Berry Gordy Jr who masterminded first The Marvelettes (‘Please Mr Postman’), then Martha and the Vandellas (‘Dancin’ in the Street’), all culminating in the greatest of all girl groups, The Supremes.

The hits just keep coming as the supremely talented Starlettes led by Roxanne Lebrasse and featuring the stunning voices of Paula Baxter and Sarina Jennings among others, take you and your guests through a show that keeps a smile on your face from start to finish. ‘Motown and More’ features sexy divas, extravagant costumes, gutsy choreography, lots of bling and soulful vocals singing some of the best music ever written. Quite simply… it’s Brill!

Music Director, Roxanne Lebrasse

Ziggy

David Bowie is the man who elevated his music to what can only be described as an art form. Driven by an entirely deeper dynamic than most pop artists, Bowie inhabits to this day, a very special world of extraordinary sounds and endless vision.

When he adopted the stage persona of Ziggy Stardust in 1972, it became perhaps the biggest cult in popular culture at that time. Now aliens from a different era are visiting Earth in the guise of rock stars to re-tell Bowie’s story and its zenith - ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’.

Enter Jeff Duff (Kush)… Steve Balbi (Noiseworks)… Brydon Stace (The Voice) – three of the most talented musicians and singers in Australia’s entertainment cosmos. Each is brilliant in his own right, but collectively they form a powerhouse that has to be witnessed to be believed.

Singer, songwriter, performer, producer… Steve Balbi has played with some of the all-time greats of Australian rock. Brydon Stace is the vocal director on The Voice… (it just wouldn’t be fair to other contestants if he actually entered the competition). He has a voice like no other in Australia.

If you want the ultimate Bowie show for your event, look no further than ‘Ziggy’. It’s art, fashion, style, sexual exploration and social commentary all rolled into one.

Music Directors, Jeff Duff & Steve Balbi

STAX of Soul

Back in 1957, a small record label was founded and initially operated out of a garage in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1961, a distribution deal was struck with Atlantic… and STAX Records was on the way to achieving 166 Top 100 songs in the pop charts and 265 Top 100 hits in the R'n'B charts, including no less than nine Grammy winners!

STAX signed artists who created what became known as the ‘Memphis Soul’ sound - stylish, uptown dance music best typified by the legendary Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Picket, Eddie Floyd and Booker T and The MGs. This is the music that has since inspired films like ‘The Sapphires’, ‘The Blues Brothers’ and ‘The Commitments’.

Theme Weavers’ high energy ‘STAX of Soul’ show delivers all the legendary STAX hits with their melodic unison horn lines, organ, bass and a driving beat on the drums. Your guests will groove to monster tunes like ‘Soul Man’, ‘Hold On I’m Comin’, ‘In the Midnight Hour’, ‘(Sitting On) The Dock of the Bay’, ‘You Keep Me Hangin’ On’, ‘Green Onions’, ‘Mustang Sally’, ‘Respect Yourself’ and ‘Sweet Soul Music’.

And the group delivering this sweet, sweet music in its raw and original form is Sydney’s premier soul band Johnny G And The E-Types featuring the musical genius of Johnny G, Nick Meredith, Simon ‘Memphis’ Meli, Dave Harding, Antero Ceschi, Simon Ferinci, Murray Jackson, Sam ‘Soul Man’ Bennett and Rebekah Jensen.

The E-Types have gained notoriety while performing gigs from major festivals to their favourite sweaty inner city bar rooms (The Basement, The Vanguard, Lizotte’s). They are simply the best purveyors of the pure soul sound around… so when you book ‘STAX of Soul’, both your ears and your feet are guaranteed a great night out.

Music Director, Johnny G

Smorgasbordello

Like a slab of Blue Cheese, this event promises to be sensuous, potent, unique and deliriously filthy.

A degustation menu matches outrageous food to elements of song, dance, comedy, farce and exaggeration. Projected images add a visual backdrop to flavoursome food set up at superbly dressed tables with a velvet curtain vibe throughout the room.

Tempting and theatrical, you’ll be entertained by classy musicians, sensuous dancers and very cool comedy that can be specifically tailored to your company. We’ll even write a comical song, just for your business or your event, that you can use later anyway you please (perhaps for marketing purposes or as content on your company’s social media pages or web site).

Your guests will experience everything and anything... a sensual exploration of liberation and freedom where that fictional ‘fourth wall’ of theatre is broken down to include the audience as an integral part of our show. Dining on forbidden delights - foods known for their aphrodisiac qualities such as fresh Sydney rock oysters and grilled salmon fillet with beur blanc sauce… or perhaps crispy pork belly with sticky apple sauce… followed by wallowing in a Belgian chocolate fountain with banana, honeycomb and strawberry dippers. Your event will be a glamorous spectacle that weaves an intoxicating web of artistic expression. We dare you to be decadent.

Music Director, Luke Escombe - quality musician, comic genius and voted "Sydney's sexiest man voice".

I Feel Good

Sitting three rows from the front in Harlem's Apollo Theatre, you watch, transfixed, as James Brown in signature crushed blue velvet suit, belts out Hit after Hit from a catalogue of his Soul, Funk and R'n'B classics. ‘It's a Man's Man's Man's World’ is followed by ‘Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud’ all building up to the climax as the great man screams "Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine"!

Then from stage left, out walks Maurice White and the boys of Earth, Wind and Fire and the groove continues as they charge into ‘Boogie Wonderland’ and ‘September’. Your audience is back in the ‘70s and in Funkadelic Heaven! Gotta dance off those deviled eggs, deviled Ham on Mini-Rye with gherkins on top, Quiche Florentine and ‘Shake ‘n Bake Chicken’. We put those coloured paper umbrellas back in your drinks… serve curried egg volovants, angels and devils on horseback… … and the Fondue (oh, the Fondue!). Choose cheese or chocolate with assorted dippers set up as a food station or a shared table dish. We take you back to a time when Aeroplane Jelly was in, but give it a modern twist by offering seared scallops with gazpacho jelly.

Music Director, Doug Williams - mentored by Ray Charles, performed with James Brown, played for President Clinton.

The Boat That Rocked

On board pirate station Radio Sydney you and a crew of eclectic disc jockeys broadcast the greatest pop music of the day to fans on the mainland hiding transistors beneath their pillows. Your ship is anchored in the ‘international waters’ of Sydney Harbour and the government is Hell bent on shutting you down.

In the sex, drugs and alcohol-fuelled time capsule that is 1966, your ship is visited by Pop luminaries of the time, from Bowie to Hendrix, Eric and the lads from Cream as well as Stateside visitors like Nancy Sinatra, The Rascals, Mama Cass and The Lovin’ Spoonful.

And in the age of astronauts and plastic Go Go boots, we suggest that you share ‘instant gourmet food’ with your heroes. Liqueur both in and after food is a serious gourmet item in the mid-60s.... and flambeed food the trend - think Crabs Casanova, Coq au Vin, Bacon-wrapped Oysters, Crepes Suzette and Cherries Jubilee… from stem to stern everything is soaked in blazing sauces.

Music Director, Peter Northcote - the most recorded guitarist in Australian music history. Also featuring the assorted musical genius of Dario Bortolin, Lloyd G, Virginia Lillye and more.

The Cotton Club

It was the prohibition era in America… think 1920s gangster cool. Heavyweight boxing Champ. Jack Johnson opens the Club De Luxe at 142nd Street and Lenox Avenue in Harlem, then sells it to a prominent bootlegger who changes its name to The Cotton Club.

It became the chic meeting spot for celebrities ranging from Jimmy Durante and George Gershwin to Al Jolson, Mae West, Irving Berlin and even New York mayor Jimmy Walker.

Your guests can now join them, dining on period fare from stews like braised beef ragu or slow cooked lamb shoulder. Or perhaps savour a shrimp cocktail entrée followed by good ol’ fashioned roast beef with potato gratin and the simple pleasure of roast corn on the cob. Your meat will be carved on a table-side trolley with heating element then served on silver platters, (with doilies of course). And all the while, you’ll thrill to the music stars of the day like Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Nat King Cole and Billie Holiday, all backed by a line-up of stunning chorus girls.

Music Director, Andrew Dickeson - internationally renowned Jazz Man who performs, tours and records with the cream of Australian and overseas artists. Also featuring the assorted musical genius of Monica Trapaga, George Washingmachine and more.

The Family Business

Lionel Cole was born into ‘the Family Business’. His dad is Grammy-nominated Freddy Cole of whom no less than the New York Times said: “Freddy has an impeccable sense of swing and is overall, the most maturely expressive male jazz singer of his generation, if not the best alive."

His uncle was Nat ‘King’ Cole... the Hall of Fame singer and jazz pianist once introduced by Jack Benny on his TV show as “… the best friend a song ever had." Which makes Lionel’s cousin, Natalie Cole - singer, songwriter, performer and actor who at last count had sold over 30 million records worldwide.

“Uncle Nat obliterated the colour line… cousin Natalie defines pop longevity… and my father Freddy has proven that you’re never too old to be an ‘overnight success’. I’m now carrying on that family tradition and making inroads of my own.”

In fact, Lionel has enjoyed an amazing career of his own to date. He’s worked closely with Mariah Carey, playing Keys and providing back-up vocals on the singer’s 2002 worldwide tour, playing on her No. 1 single, ‘Never Too Far Hero’ and co-writing three songs with Mariah, notably the heartfelt hit ‘Through the Rain’ from her multi-platinum album Charm Bracelet. Among his proudest achievements is being asked to arrange the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ performed by Mariah and the Boston Pops at the 2002 Superbowl following 9/11.

He’s written hit songs with long-time writing partner Randy Jackson; toured the world playing and singing with Rickie Lee Jones and was a featured vocalist in John Powell's score for ‘The Bourne Identity’. He also played in Robert Downey Jr.’s band on the Oprah show, the Tonight Show, Ellen and Good Morning America.

Now he’s created ‘The Family Business’ for Theme Weavers, which at one level features his own songs along with those of his legendary relatives played by a superb band of musicians… and on another, can even feature Freddy, Natalie and Lionel Cole all on stage, live here in Sydney!

Music Director, Lionel Cole

Mad Men

This one's specifically for the Ad. Industry.... you’ve been watching Mad Men and longing for the simpler times when TV was the new medium and Mark Zuckerberg hadn’t been born. A time when every Ad Man had a secretary, clients paid for round the clock drinks and ‘the long lunch’ was an institution.

We take you back to such a lunch when everything goes on the tab. It’s 1960 and your agency has offices on Madison Avenue… those new Volkswagen and Avis press and print ads. by DDB are the talk of the town.

JFK wins the closest presidential election of all time and ‘Social Media’ means the party at the agency that ran the Democrats’ ad. campaign. Take on the personae of Don Draper, Roger Sterling and Joan Harris as you feast on the food of that era, party like there's no tomorrow and dance to the music of Vic Damone & Percy Faith, Bobby Vinton, Myles Davis and Chubby Checker.

Music Director, Lionel Robinson - a total professional whose career began as the piano player in Elton John’s Covent Garden restaurant.

The Big Easy

New Orleans is generally credited as the birthplace of jazz, but it’s also the centre of a distinctive form of piano-based blues. Since slaves once gathered in Congo Square to play music and dance on Sundays to the new style that came out of The Big Easy after World War II, prominent musicians such as Fats Domino have helped shape what was first widely known as ‘rhythm and blues’ – the ancestor of rock and roll.

One thing about The Big Easy, the music is always about celebration. Even the funerals are reason to party! We suggest you match our magic music with delectable Cajun and Creole cuisine as your guests soak up the songs of Fats, Dr John, James Booker and more.

Music Director, Bridie King - Australian Blues & Boogie Piano Legend!. Also featuring the assorted musical genius of Doug Williams, Maz Mazak, Fiona Leigh Jones, Lionel Cole, Prinnie Stevens, AJ Davita and more.

Las Vegas Lounge

Dressed in tailored black suit, white dress shirt with cuff links and black bow tie, one or more of the legendary Rat Pack stands on stage, cigarette dangling from the fingers on one hand, a Bourbon and Ice clutched in the other. Your guests are warmed up with a joke or two, then our Lounge Singer launches into a classic pop standard from the halcyon days of Tin Pan Alley. (Click those fingers… tap those toes!)

On another night it’s Bobby Darin or Wayne Newton instead of Frank, Dino and Sammy… but always it’s great songs in a warm lounge atmosphere, lamps on each table, smiling waitresses taking your drink orders and serving classic Lounge Lizard cuisine.

Music Director, Brydon Stace - Vocal Director, The Voice (... and surely would have won had he been in the competition!). Also featuring the assorted musical genius of Lionel Robinson, Brydon Stace, Jeff Duff, Lionel Cole, Maz Mazak, No Qualms, Steve Clisby and more.

Mods & Rockers

Two conflicting British youth subcultures come together in peace for one night only.

The ‘Teds’ are wearing studded black leather jackets, plain white ‘Ts’ and drainpipe jeans rolled up at the cuff to show off tall motorcycle boots or suede ‘brothel creepers’. Their long hair is combed back and waxed in place as they try their best to emulate James Dean and Brando. The girls cling to late 50s Hollywood chic. They cheer as Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran and Elvis belt out rockabilly-based early rock ‘n roll.

The Mods wait patiently for ‘their music’, lounging together in slim-fitting tailored Italian suits with narrow lapels, button-down collar shirts and pointed-toe, leather ‘winklepickers’ or tight-fitting, Cuban-heeled, ankle-high ‘Beatle boots’ … streetwise but sharp. The girls imitate the look of French Nouvelle Vague cinema or models like Jean Shrimpton and Twiggy. These are the fashion-obsessed, hedonistic, hyper-cool - the inspiration for Carnaby Street. Tonight they’re here to dance to The Who, The Small Faces, The Yardbirds and The Kinks, along with ‘Northern Soul’ and other R & B. Be part of ‘The Scene’.

For this theme, we take the food of the past and add a modern twist. Rockers loved their hamburgers, but we add a touch of class by replacing the traditional burger with Mini-Wagyu Beef Burgers served with caramelised onion and melted cheese on an oven warmed bun. Mods (Modernists) of course stood for everything modern. They also quaffed Purple Hearts and amphetamines of every other colour… and in acknowledgement of those speedy times, we welcome you to wash down your ‘Pres’ with Red Bull cocktails.

Music Director, Peter Northcote - sits somewhere in between - more a 'Mocker' - but one of the very best guitarists you'll ever see perform. Also featuring the assorted musical genius of Brydon Stace, Virginia Lillye, Andre Kaman, Danny Marx Young and more.

Colour My World

You select your musical destination… and we take you there! Soak up genre-defying sounds that combine the passionate rhythms of salsa and samba; the free-flowing improvisations of Latin jazz; the gentle lilts of the Celtic homelands; the fiery attack of Flamenco; the fiercely tribal beats of Africa; or the soaring melodic flight of Middle Eastern music.

Your event transforms into a nightclub in Cuba, a village on the banks of the Amazon or a café in a Moroccan Casbah. And the opportunities for foodies! You could serve cultural cuisine to reflect the meaning and myths surrounding the ingredients, the preparation, the cooking, the combination of exotic flavours....the music and the menu are a major part of what sets a culture apart, providing a common understanding of what it means to belong.

Music Director, Various Featuring the assorted musical genius of Errol Renaud & Carribbean Soul, Afro Moses, AJ Davita, Astme, Dereb the Ambassador, Keyim Ba, Steve Clisby, Victoria Bolonia and more.