Australia’s king of cabaret, Paul Capsis, is heading back to Brisbane.

Coming off an extremely successful season of Calpurnia Descending in Sydney, Paul Capsis is returning to Brisbane for the debut of MELT: A Celebration of Queer Arts and Culture at Brisbane Powerhouse, closing the festival with one show only on Sunday February 15.

Featuring a mix of timeless and scorching blues, jazz, rock, soul and pop, the evening will showcase all sides of the entertainer.

“I always look forward to playing Brisbane,” Capsis says. “Brisbane is the best city for live performance. The audience are always engaged and up for it.

“A Night Out With Paul Capsis is really a celebration of music that has inspired me. I’ll be performing songs from Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin and Patti Smith and a whole bunch of others with the divine Bev Kennedy on piano — a nice and simple acoustic set but still in my typical raunchy style. These are songs that I continuously come back to over time and it’s going to be a lot of fun performing them.”

Capsis has built a reputation as one of Australia’s most individual and versatile performers by crossing effortlessly between theatre, film, concerts and cabaret. He has won five Helpmann awards, a Greenroom award, a Film Critics Circle award and the 2010 Sidney Myer Individual Performing Arts Award.

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