The Music Lounge & Ali & The Thieves

Ali & The Thieves - Leonard Cohen Koans

Leonard Cohen Koans is the spectacular musical celebration of the spirit of enigmatic Canadian icon, Leonard Cohen.

Splicing songs with his poetry and prose, Ali & The Thieves weave a new pathway into your experience of this glorious Poet of the Holy Sinners.

06 May – 06 May

Part-concert and part-homage, Leonard Cohen Koans is performed by incredibly versatile Sydney vocalist Ali Hughes supported by her masterful jazz/blues band The Thieves.  Led by highly sought after musical director Daryl Wallis, Ali & The Thieves perform 16 of Cohen’s undeniable standards and lesser known gems, including his ode to Janis Joplin “Chelsea Hotel #2”, “Sisters of Mercy”, “Anthem” and “If it be your will”, and his mythic masterpiece “Suzanne”.

In its seventh year of presentation, this 90min concert style cabaret has hooked audiences from Sydney to Noosa, and from New York to Dublin.  And now more than ever, with the recent passing of the legendary and enigmatic Leonard Cohen, Ali & the Thieves gives you another chance to savour the creative spirit with which he so exquisitely courted the world, in Leonard Cohen Koans.


“exceptionally well-crafted…***1/2 out of ****”Michael Giltz, Huffington Post, New York

“…exudes a narrative that makes it more than just a collection of covers.” Kimberley Lew, Emerging Musical Theater, New York

“…exquisitely delivered” David Finkle,, New York

“to bring voice, hear, and intelligence together to recreate the soul of an artist takes more than talent – this show is spectacular and not to be missed.” Heather Price, Sydney

“an incredible ability to hold the stage…” Nell Schofield, Sydney.

7.30pm:                 Doors and Bar Open
8pm - 8.45pm:       Act One
8.45pm - 9.15pm:  Interval 30 mins 
9.15pm - 10pm:     Act Two
10pm - 10.30pm:   Bar will remain open after the show

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Venue Information

The Music Lounge, The Music Lounge


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Seated: $35 (Shared table max. 6 people to a table)
Standing: $25

Standing room tickets will be available once seated tickets have sold out

On arrival at the venue you will be allocated a table number once you present your ticket at the door.

A per transaction fee of $6.90 applies for phone and online bookings.

Performance Times
General Public:
Sat 6 May, Doors and Bar open from 7.30pm

Running Time
Approx. 3 hrs (incl. interval)

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