Friends of Barbra is Michael Smallwood, Nigel Ubrihien and Luke Gallagher - three men who love to serve up irreverent cabaret fun.
These three met whilst working on a musical in 1997 and Friends of Barbra was born in January 1998. Initially created as a one-off feature act for a major event part of Melbourne’s annual Midsumma Festival, audiences loved the boys and so they kept the group alive. Later in 1998 Friends of Barbra premiered their first full length cabaret show, "A Happening At The Havana" to sell-out crowds and critical acclaim.
In 1999, Friends of Barbra won a Green Room Award for Most Outstanding Arrangements in Cabaret for “Friends of Barbra: The Way We Weren’t”. The boys were also nominated for the Best Cabaret Award. This show sold out two seasons in Melbourne, two seasons at The Duplex, New York, one season in Sydney and one in Berlin. Friends of Barbra was also invited to perform at the Australian Consulate New York in 2002.
The comedy trio’s season of “Friends of Barbra: Soft as an Easychair”
sold out its Melbourne season in 2003. “Friends of Barbra: A Star is Bored” played New York in 2003 at The Duplex once again.
“Friends of Barbra: Evergreed” was performed in Melbourne in early 2005 and sold out its New York season in September the same year. In 2006 Friends of Barbra presented FOBIC (Friends of Barbra in Concert) at Capers in Melbourne. The trio performed in Berlin in July 2009 and they were invited back to Berlin for a second season in July 2010. In 2012 Friends of Barbra returned to Melbourne for a sell-out season of their self-titled show, “Friends of Barbra” at The Paris Cat.
In 2016 the boys were privileged to returned to Australia to appear as part of the world-reknowned Adelaide Cabaret Festival and Sydney's Hayes Theatre Co. Cabaret Season, to critical acclaim, and playing to sell-out crowds in both cities.
Over the years Friends of Barbra has performed the hits of superstars including Annie Lennox, Britney Spears, Luciano Pavarotti, Barry Gibb, Kermit the Frog, The Spice Girls and, of course, Barbra Joan Streisand.
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