BLUE: The Songs of Joni Mitchell

Queenie van de Zandt returns to the stage in
BLUE: The Songs of Joni Mitchell

After a sell-out show at the Queensland Cabaret Festival, cabaret chanteuse Queenie van de Zandt brings her new show to the Melbourne Cabaret Festival and to Sydney at The Hayes Theatre. In BLUE, Queenie, renowned for her artful storytelling and raw, emotive vocals, explores the songs, stories and art of the musical legend that is Joni Mitchell.

Renaissance woman, painter and poet, Mitchell created a soundtrack for the Woodstock generation.

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

In BLUE: The Songs of Joni Mitchell, Queenie, along with musical director Vicky Jacobs (Melbourne) and Max Lambert (Sydney) and a live band, explore her love of all things Joni – affectionately reinterpreting Joni Mitchell's melancholy music, and intimately revealing the stories behind some of her most haunting songs such as A Case of You, Both Sides Now and Little Green.

Venue:       Chapel Off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel St, Prahran
Time:          7.00pm
Dates:        Tue 27 June (preview) to Sat 1 July (five performances)
Duration:    60 minutes
Prices:        $39 full price
                   $34 for concession-card holders
                   $34 for groups of six or more people
                   $29 for Festival Friends

Venue:       The Hayes Theatre Co, 19 Greenknowe Ave, Potts Point
Time:          7.30pm
Dates:        Thur 3 Aug to Sat 5 Aug (three performances)
Duration:    60 minutes
Prices:        $49 full price
                   $44 for concession-card holders

“a stunning evocative show…a highlight of the Queensland Cabaret Festival”

“The audience was enraptured and shouting for more… This is a wonderful celebration of Joni Mitchell and the emotional connections we form with music that is borne out of emotion. It deserves to be a huge success. ****1/2.”

…perfect for ardent fans of Joni and for the novice”  
The Creative Issue

“From the moment “Blue: The Songs of Joni Mitchell” opens with cabaret chanteuse Queenie van de Zandt…it is clear that the night is going to be a very special experience…Her voice is in top, translucent form, befitting a recapture of Mitchell’s delicate, ethereal vocals… Along with musical director Max Lambert, Queenie has created something beautiful in “Blue: The Songs of Joni Mitchell” is easy for even the uninitiated to appreciate how the peerless provocateur created a soundtrack for the Woodstock generation…not just for fans of Mitchell’s songbook and legacy, but also for all lovers of music and storytelling as only a live show can provide”.

“Queenie van de Zandt deliver(s) torch songs with such raw emotional truth that your hair will stand on end”  
The Sydney Morning Herald

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The Melbourne Cabaret Festival is made possible through the generous support of Creative Victoria, the City of Stonnington, the Ron and Margaret Dobell Foundation and Quest on Dorcas.


Hayes Theatre Co is a dedicated music theatre and cabaret venue in Potts Point. Named for Australian musical theatre legend, Nancye Hayes AM, Hayes Theatre Co honours and builds on the vast history of Australian Musical Theatre and its practitioners. This not-for-profit venue is managed by Independent Music Theatre, a collaborative partnership focusing on providing a permanent home for small-scale musical theatre and cabaret. By providing venue space for productions, Hayes Theatre Co, is a presenting partner together with independent producers and artists. Hayes Theatre Co is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Hayes Theatre Co is made possible through the City of Sydney's Accommodation Grant Program.