Kiss and Tell Cabaret

Sophisticated Satirical Cabaret 


Melinda’s show takes a then-and-now journey through Weimar Cabaret, bringing alive songs by famous Jewish composers; Kurt Weil, Mischa Spolianksy and Friedrich Hollaender.  A wealth of diverse songs were 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. Music is interspersed with excerpts from the 1938 “Entartete Musik” (forbidden music) pamphlet and Christopher Isherwood’s “Goodbye to Berlin” the inspiration for the film Cabaret, making this unique show not only hugely entertaining but also educational.
Weimar & Back has been performed in Paris, New York and at the  The London Festival of Cabaret
Read the review for Weimar & Back from Bistro Awards

"Melinda Hughes is the newest exponent of the Weimar spirit in music and the certainly the most personable."
Barry Humphries.

Showreel Weimar & Back


                                                              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