After performing over 25 roles she crept into The Famous Spiegeltent one night, beginning her love affair with cabaret and eventually running away with the circus with hit show La Clique (La Soiree) in 2005.
Her shows The Opera Burlesque, Jazz Cigarette, Alchemy, Ali McGregor’s Late-Nite Variety-Nite Night, Decadence and Jazzamatazz! have toured international festivals that include Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Melbourne Jazz Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Perth Fringe Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival and London’s Wonderground.
As an actress Ali has performed with Sydney Theatre Company under the direction of Max Stafford Clark. Ali has been nominated for a Green Room Award 3 times, winning for best supporting actress in an Opera for La Cenerentola and was awarded a special ‘Outstanding Contribution to Cabaret Award’ in 2015. She was also awarded the Three Weeks Editor’s Choice award in Edinburgh 2013.
As an operatic soprano Ali has also performed with Broomhill Opera Company & Clonter Opera Company in the UK and sang the title role in ‘The Merry Widow’ for Melbourne Opera Company.
For ABC Music she has released both a CD and DVD of JAZZAMATAZZ! for which she was nominated for an ARIA Award in 2014 and ‘A Very Jazzamatazz Christmas’ in 2015. Ali has also released two independent studio CDs – Jazz Cigarette and ALCHEMY.
With another successful return season of Decadence at Edinburgh Fringe last year, Ali went on to conceive Lorelei with Victorian Opera, introducing a new genre of operatic cabaret with music and lyrics by Casey Bennetto, Gillian Cosgriff & Julian Langdon.
Greeted with a standing ovation at its premiere, Lorelei continued to wow audiences and critics alike with its stunning production, performances and accessible yet powerful contemporary ideas on feminism.
After wrapping two critically acclaimed seasons as Co – Artistic Director alongside Eddie Perfect for Adelaide Cabaret Festival in 2076/2017, Ali returned as sole Artistic Director in 2018 to complete another triumphant season for Adelaide Cabaret Festival – in which Ali also debuted her own critically-acclaimed show YMA SUMAC – The Peruvian Songbird.
YMA SUMAC – The Peruvian Songbird made its return season at The Sydney Opera House this year, again to rapturous acclaim, to then go on and win the prestigious Helpmann Award for Best Cabaret Performance 2019.
‘Somewhere between opera and pop sits a genre of music called ‘Ali McGregor’ HERALD SUN
‘Ali McGregor has the kind of silky smooth singing voice that transports you to a different plane, in a way that makes you forget everything you were doing before walking in to the theatre and everything you intended to be doing when you walk out again’ THE SCOTSMAN
‘McGregor’s voice is phenomenal’ TELEGRAPH UK ★★★★
‘Fun, unpretentious, but underpinned with incredible musicality, superb dynamics and spectacular vocal feats, some of which are so breathtaking and ‘death-defying’, as to be almost circus-worthy’ AUSTRALIAN THEATRE
‘McGregor’s vocal range and quality of sound is extraordinary, as is the energy she exudes’ ★ ★ ★ ★ Edinburgh Guide