The Brisbane Powerhouse has upped the ante of the Queensland Cabaret Festival this afternoon with the announcement that two of our childhood pop-culture icons are joining the 2016 line-up.

Writer, voice actor, radio host and author Harry Shearer is best known for his work on The Simpsons, voicing a slew of characters, including Mr Burns, Smithers, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner and Kent Brockman. But Shearer is also an able musician – as evidenced by his turn in Spinal Tap. On June 12 he will team up with his wife, Welsh singer-songwriter Judith Owen, to perform This Infernal Racket. The show tackles both internal and external demons in a show that covers fame, celebrity, politics, relationships and religion,

Molly Ringwald’s career has been just as busy. A huge star of the silver screen in the 1980s with major roles in brat pack hits Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink, Ringwald went on to have a highly successful theatre career in both plays and musicals, releasing a jazz record, Except Sometimes, in 2013.

In An evening with Molly Ringwald on June 3, the performer will appear with her jazz trio, taking on classics from the Great American Songbook as well as a bunch of more contemporary favourites, including Simple Minds’ Don’t You Forget About Me, forever remembered as the theme song of The Breakfast Club.

Limited early bird tickets for both shows will be available tomorrow morning from 10am until March 15. See The Powerhouse website for details.

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