Kiss and Tell Cabaret

Sophisticated Satirical Cabaret & Operatic Comedy 

Weimar and Back was performed at The Metropolitan Room New York in 2015 and in 2016 as part of  The London Festival of Cabaret.

Melinda’s show takes a then-and-now journey through Weimar Cabaret, bringing alive songs by Kurt Weil, Mischa Spolianksy, Hans Eisler and Friedrich Hollaender.  Songs written during the late 20's  and into 1930's depression amidst a cultural, intellectual surge of creativity and Germany on the brink of war. Songs are interspersed with spoken excerpts from the “Entartete Musik” exhibition pamphlet (1938) and Christopher Isherwood’s “Goodbye to Berlin” makes this not only humorous and musical but also educational.

                                                              Reviews of the CD Smoke and Noise 

'Hughes is pretty good at smouldering too, and has a comic gift.... delivers the lines with a cut glass accent so arch that sometimes she deliberately sings up a tone, so it feels like the cut glass is cracking.. Savagely trenchant.... Every line crackles -impossible to quote the best!'   

Classical Iconoclast

"lyrics are bang up to date; free internet access in libraries, iPhones, bankers, Jackie Stallone, Milfs, Gilfs, and cougars ...with a sassy supporting band... these hip English turns ensure plenty of wit, drollery and dirt are put across"    

 Music Web International    


"A performance with cynicism and bite, this is tailor made for the opened ears looking for some really wild, new kick. Hughes could sing the phone book, she's that good and the material is just as cool a find. Performance art at it's populist best '     

Chris Spector, Midwest Entertainment, US

"Unlike most classical singers who cross over, her approach is totally natural and comfortable, and the result is a delightful disc. Hughes can switch on a dime from tenderness to bitterness, from raucous humor to warmth. Her diction is excellent. The mood is set from the beginning, filled with irony and satire, and Hughes brings it off with remarkable spirit."       

Fanfare Magazine