From: New York, For: Him

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1 Venue

The Cabinet Room (Upstairs) at La Boheme

36 Grote St, Adelaide, SA, 5000

Content warnings: M

Performance accessibility

  • Suitable for audiences who speak English as a second Language
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About this event

Melissa David was working as a professional actress in New York City when she met a rugged Australian in London. After an international romance, they married in Central Park. Then, Donald Trump took office and everything changed. Melissa's husband was in Africa for work when the immigration system crashed and she couldn't get him back into the USA.

Joined on stage by accompanist and drag provocateur Peppy Smears, Melissa David invites audiences to relive her bizarre journey across the USA, and then the world via hippy parents, exploding cars and bonfires full of wedding gifts. Her story will appeal to the romantic in all of us.

"A humble but incredibly talented performer. A rising star of cabaret" Theatre People

"It feels like catching up with old friends" Theatre Press

Presented by:
Melissa David featuring Peppy Smears on Keys

Brooklyn Runaways is a newly formed production company dedicated to the development and performance of new works, cabarets, and other live events.

Founded in 2018 by Melissa David and Brandon Pape, two NYC transplants who recently arrived in Melbourne and hope to continue pursuing their love of nurturing fresh voices in the theatre and performance community.


  • “As charming as it is heart-wrenching...I’ve never seen anyone manage to move an audience so seamlessly through such a range of emotions.” - Narelle Wood, Theatre Press
  • “This is a truly heartfelt cabaret...[Australia] has gained a rising star of cabaret, musical theatre and performance in Melissa David.” - Ellen Burgin, Theatre People
  • “A fearless and commanding performance...a rom-com musical and autobiography packed into one 60 minute tour de force.” - Lillian Nejad, Weekend Notes

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