Arts Centre Melbourne’s Big Night In

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Join John Foreman for a weekly livestreamed variety show featuring performers from Australia and beyond

You can still have a big night of fun with the Arts Centre Melbourne, albeit remotely. After a successful first season, Arts Centre Melbourne has again paired up with John Foreman and his Aussie Pops Orchestra to host a weekly variety night online.

Arts Centre Melbourne’s Big Night In with John Foreman features the musician and TV personality interviewing and catching up with showbiz stars from at home. It also features long-distance performances between Foreman and his guests, and each weekly episode is closed by the artist performing live with the 60-person strong Aussie Pops Orchestra (beaming in virtually). 

Each week you can expect to see regulars from Australia’s live performance industry as well as Hollywood stars. The variety show is even planning on squeezing in a little political commentary and audience participation.

The final two episodes of season two will air October 7 and October 14. For episode five, audiences will be treated to Wendy Stapleton (who will be singing Burt Bacharach's 'Anyone who had a heart') plus founder of Mushroom Records Michael Gudinski, music journo Jane Gazzo and choral conductor and opera singer Dr Jonathon Welch. 

For the grand finale on October 14, the series is putting together something special. You'll get to hear from guests such as actor Samuel Johnson and singer Nina Ferro, but you'll also get to hear some of Melbourne's best voices come together for a hybrid mega concert. The Choir of Hard Knocks, Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight Choir, Camberwell Chorale and the Royal Melbourne Hospital Scrub Choir are joining forces to sing 'The Flame' – the song Tina Arena sang at the Sydney Olympics opening ceremony (and was in fact written by John Foreman too).  

You can catch the episodes online every Wednesday on the Arts Centre's website.

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