Melbourne Cabaret Festival

Crazy Arms

  • Dates 27 - 29 June 2019

  • Times See below

  • Ticket prices See below

Past Event

Crazy Arms – A Few Centuries of Piano Tinkering, is a preposterously zany, musical adventure that spans the origins of the piano from its birth in 1709 through to the 20th century.

With absurd, improvised humour, musical wizardry and incredible stories about the piano and its players, acclaimed writer & pianist, Damon Smith, from critically acclaimed shows, ‘Sun Rising, the songs that made Memphis’ and ‘Mental as Everything’, will perform virtuosic piano tinkering in homage to some of the great musicians that have ‘tickled the ivories’ throughout the ages.

Featuring music and stories from Liberace, Jerry Lee Lewis, Winifred Atwell, Scott Joplin, Dr John, Mozart, Beethoven, Harry Connick Jr, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Elton John and so many more, you’ll hear finger busting boogie-woogie music, delicate sonatas and huge rock and roll hits like ‘Great Balls of fire’ and ‘Blueberry Hill’.

Suitable for an all ages audience, this unique comedy–cabaret documentary will blow the audiences socks clean off their perpetually tapping feet.

Crazy Arms is pure cabaret, musical magic…don’t miss it!

As part of Melbourne Cabaret Festival.

What the critics are saying

  • Damon Smith on piano is a blues/boogie virtuoso.

    Michael Coghlan,
  • Immediately impressive due to the significant talent of Damon Smith.

    Liam McNally
  • Damon Smith sat at a grand piano, exhibits his effortless ability.

    Milly Farmer


27 - 29 June 2019




$38 - Full
$35 - Concession/Group 6+
$32 - Festival Friends

(Transaction fee not included)


60 minutes

Seating & Accessibility

Seating: General Admission.

Please make sure you arrive a minimum of 15 minutes prior to the performance start time. The performance has a strict ‘Lockout Policy’, latecomers will not be permitted.

Please Note: To ensure the safety and integrity of the performance, if you choose to exit the theatre during the performance you will not be permitted to re-enter.

If you require wheelchair access, please call our Box Office on 03 8290 7000.

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