Queenie van de Zandt to dazzle HOTA audiences with new cabaret

Blue: The Songs of Joni Mitchell, co-presented by Pindara Private Hospital, is set to be an evening of melancholic songs, poetic storytelling, and haunting vocals, in honour of the renaissance woman, painter and poet who created a soundtrack for the Woodstock generation.

Queenie, alongside musical director, Max Lambert and a live band, will affectionately reinterpret Joni’s beautiful music, and intimately reveal the stories behind some of her most haunting songs, including A Case of You, Both Sides Now, and Little Green.

With HOTA presenting the best cabaret performances from around the country, CEO, Criena Gehrke, is looking forward to seeing Queenie reinterpret some of Joni’s most poetic songs from the sixties.


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“There’s no doubt Joni Mitchell crafted the soundtrack for the Woodstock generation. While that was a bit before my time, I’ve always been drawn to her poetic storytelling and raw vocals,” said Criena.

“She’s one of those artists whose songs are still as emotive today as they were in the sixties.”

In the show, Queenie will explore her love of all things Joni, using voice overs and storytelling to take audiences on a sonic journey of Joni’s life, losses and loves.

“Joni is my favourite singer/songwriter, and I’ve been wanting to do a show about her and her music for some time,” said Queenie.

“She gave her daughter up for adoption early in her career, and her music was so influenced by this experience. When I gave birth to my daughter, it felt like a perfect time to explore this mother daughter relationship and the effect that becoming a parent has on your creativity.”

This is the perfect show for mothers and daughters, and the team at HOTA hope that Joni Mitchell fans will use this as an opportunity to introduce their daughters to cabaret.

On top of receiving rave reviews in the past, Blue: The Songs of Joni Mitchell has also won three prestigious theatre awards for being the best cabaret, as well as receiving a nomination for the Helpmann Award for Best Cabaret Performer and the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Cabaret Production.

Blue: The Songs of Joni Mitchell is on in the Lakeside Room at Home of the Arts on Saturday 9th November, 2019 at 2pm & 7:30pm.

The performance is presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts and Pindara Private Hospital.

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