What the Fandango?!
One six-foot-six song bird in six costumes delivers an unforgettable hour of musical-comedy cabaret.
Performed to standing ovations on off-off Broadway New York City in 2019, What the Fandango?! is a series of vignettes in which award-winning cabaret star Robert Hofmann morphs into four powerful comic personas delivering songs ranging from Schubert to Sondheim. Hofmann opens as the wealthy dame, Dr. Gaye Thyme, in a swirling dress and feathered hat who later reappears torching it up in a red gown. We then meet the musical maestro, Helmut Wunderlicher, whose blue ensemble and fluorescent hair is a living cartoon. Faith-inspired and plainly dressed folk singer, Susan “I know someone just like her” Higgins grabs an audience member for an uproarious duet. He inhabits the accent-laden, outspoken, Sister Virgillious whose musical mayhem and ribald humour put a real cap to this really enjoyable experience.
In this hour of musical comedy cabaret Hofmann changes his costumes, takes water breaks, and even comments to the audience without ever leaving the stage so that costume changes are not apparent until the next character materialises. All this is underpinned by the sonorous playing of Cathie Travers on piano accordion giving an intimacy, verve and South American zest to the show.
Form and Style
What the Fandango?! is presented in a series of six vignettes with Robert Hofmann playing a different character in a different costume for each one. All the wig and costume changes happen on stage and sometimes even while Robert is singing so the audience is never left waiting for him to re-appear during this one-hour show.
The on-stage changes are facilitated by a “frock prop’ upon which hang all the costumes and wigs needed for the show. Cathie Travers is also on stage for the whole show playing her very beautiful looking and sounding piano accordion.
Community and Audience Engagement
As I am a singing teacher of Musical Theatre and Classical at WAAPA I can give private singing lessons to community members for $90 per hour or Q and A sessions at no charge to schools or other interested groups.
If the schedule allows I can be in the town a day early and visit a local choir rehearsal or similar to let them know about the show and maybe perform a song as a teaser. Workshops also possible for local choirs for an extra fee (say about $120 for 45 minutes) on non-show days or a very short warm-up session (about 10 minutes) for free.
What the Fandango?! and/or my another of my cabarets, Desperately Young at Heart have toured to Busselton Fringe (2017 and 2018), Darlington Community Centre to a sellout crowd (2018), Beverly Platform Theatre (2017) and Harvey Recreation and Cultural Centre (2021). So these communities have already attended my performances and the response has always been very positive. After these shows I always meet and greet the audience in full costume which creates photo opportunities and helps spread word-of-mouth.
I will do social media posts about the forthcoming performances linking to venue, region, town.
I will be available for any media interviews if we arrive at the town the day before or in the morning or early afternoon of the show as bump-in tech should only be 2 hours.
If there are acts scheduled before mine, ask them to do a shout out. I will also inform anyone I know living in the town or region about the show.
I will e-mail my audience mailing list to let them know about the regional performance in case they have family or friends in the region…I did this for performances in Busselton (Fringe 17 & 18) and some fans came down from Perth to see my show. I have family and friends in Beverly and they came along to my show in 2017.
Please see “Link to any other useful resources of file sharing” for a DROP BOX link to Marketing Materials…
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-production photographs -sample media release -electronic billboard poster -links to video trailers etc
Please see “Links to any video content available” for trailer filmed at performance at The Ellington, Perth in 2019
“Hofmann packs an immense arsenal of skills and talent. If we were just serenaded by him – that would have been enough; if we got a chance to see him in his uproarious characters alone – that would have been enough; if we got ample helpings of his music hall merriment – that would… well you get the idea. What we got was a stunning all-around entertainer bringing an act that we – here in the U.S.A. – have never seen.
Next time, he’s in town, I’ll be first on line!”
Evan Meena, Words4Music (New York City) , June 2019
READ FULL REVIEW AT : https://words4musicblog.wordpress.com/2019/07/15/wig-stock-the-many-frocks-of-robert-hofmann/
“Mr Hofmann is a first rate female impersonator in the classic sense”
Jan Ewing, Ewing Reviewing 2019 (Major Works of Off- and Off-Off Broadway in New York City) June 25 2019 (published book)
“There is so much talent and so much fun to be had at the Fringe…but if I must choose one outstanding presentation it would be, I think, Robert Hofmann’s What the Fandango?!”
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Carol Flavell Neist, Arts Hub 14 February 2019
READ FULL REVIEW AT https://performing.artshub.com.au/news-article/reviews/performing-arts/carol-flavell-neist/review-perths-fringe-world-festival-257295
Robert Hofmann: Singer/Performer/Writer
Cathie Travers: Music Director and Piano Accordionist
Stuart Maunder: Director
Penny Shaw: Assistant Director
Cherie Hewson: Designer
Monika Panizza: Production Manager
AvailabilityFrom 22 November 2021
AudienceThe key audience includes women over 35 who often seem bring other women friends and/or husbands, same sex attracted people and their parents and friends, comedy and music theatre fans, classical music lovers, fans of Barry Humphries and Reg Livermore.
Bump In2 hours
Bump Out1.5 hours
CostsWeekly Fee: $7,000 (negotiable)
Cost per performance: $3,500 (negotiable)
Remount: $500 (negotiable)
*Above fees do not include travel costs.
Company ContactsRobert Hofmann
0417 185 105
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Venue FormatProscenium Arch, Black Box, Thrust, Hall without stage...ie. very flexible.
Show Warnings: N/A
Remount required: Yes
First possible performance: 2 hours post bump-in.
Minimum break between shows: 17 hours (ie. next day) but matinee and evening show in same venue on same day is possible.
Minimum stage width: 3 metres
Minimum stage depth: 3 metres
Minimum stage height: N/A
Staging & set description: Frock prop (1.5m wide x 2.2m high x 0.5m deep), stool, guitar on stand, piano accordion stool, music stand.
Lighting provided by the company: N/A
Lighting to be provided by the company: Can work with simple white wash (as we did in the Ellington in 2019) or we can make use of more elaborate theatre lighting system as script includes lighting cues.
Audio provided by the company: Piano accordionist provides: 2 x clip on microphones, mic pre-amp with phantom power and small desk.
Audio to be provided by the venue: PA System, 1 x wireless head-set microphone, 1 x DI box and onstage power supply for piano accordion. Or we can also perform the show acoustically in a resonant venue.
No. of additional staff required from the venue: 1 x sound and lighting technician present for tech run and performance.
Dressing rooms required: 2