Category:Australian male musical theatre actors
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The following 61 pages are in this category, out of 61 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Hugh Jackman – Hugh Michael Jackman is an Australian actor, singer, and producer. Jackman has won recognition for his roles in a variety of film genres. His work in Les Misérables earned him his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, in Broadway theatre, Jackman won a Tony Award for his role in The Boy from Oz. A four-time host of the Tony Awards themselves, he won an Emmy Award for one of these appearances, Jackman also hosted the 81st Academy Awards on 22 February 2009. Jackman was born in Sydney, New South Wales, to Grace McNeil and Christopher John Jackman and his parents were English and had come to Australia in 1967 as part of the Ten Pound Poms immigration. One of his paternal great-grandfathers, Nicholas Isidor Bellas, was Greek and his parents were devout Christians, having been converted by Evangelist Billy Graham after their marriage. Jackman has four siblings, and was the second of his parents children to be born in Australia. He also has a younger half-sister, from his mothers remarriage and his parents divorced when he was eight, and Jackman remained in Australia with his father and Jackmans two brothers, while his mother moved back to England with Jackmans two sisters. As a child, Jackman liked the outdoors, spending a lot of time at the beach and on camping trips and he wanted to see the world, I used to spend nights looking at atlases. I decided I wanted to be a chef on a plane, because Id been on a plane and there was food on board, I presumed there was a chef. I thought that would be an ideal job, following graduation, he spent a gap year working at Uppingham School in England. On his return, he studied at the University of Technology, Sydney, in his final year of university, he took a drama course to make up additional credits. The class did Václav Havels The Memorandum with Jackman as the lead and he later commented, In that week I felt more at home with those people than I did in the entire three years. After obtaining his BA, Jackman completed the one-year course The Journey at the Actors Centre in Sydney, about studying acting full-time, he stated, It wasnt until I was 22 that I ever thought about my hobby being something I could make a living out of. As a boy, Id always had an interest in theatre, but the idea at my school was that drama and music were to round out the man. It wasnt what one did for a living, I found the courage to stand up and say, I want to do it. Jackman has said he always loved acting but when I started at drama school I was like the dunce of the class and it just wasnt coming right to me. Everyone was cooler, everyone seemed more likely to succeed, everyone seemed more natural at it, I think it is good to come from behind as an actor
2. Todd McKenney – Todd McKenney is an Australian entertainer. He is best known for portraying Peter Allen in the musical The Boy from Oz, McKenney grew up in Perth, where his father was a jail warden and his mother a dance teacher. They separated when he was 9 and he began his entertainment career on a childrens television show as Percy Penguin. McKenney trained in jazz, tap, acrobatics and ballroom dancing and he represented Australia in ballroom and Latin American dancing, and won many international awards. McKenney has performed on stage since 1983 in productions including 42nd Street, The Pirates of Penzance, La Cage aux Folles, Singin in the Rain, and Priscilla Queen of the Desert - the Musical. In 1992, he played the role of ballroom dancer Nathan Starkey in Baz Luhrmanns film Strictly Ballroom, alongside his future Dancing with the Stars co-star Sonia Kruger, as well as Paul Mercurio. McKenney rose to fame in 1998 when he took the role of Peter Allen in the Australian production of The Boy from Oz. He performed the role 766 times between 1998 and 2000, however when the production went to Broadway in 2003, Hugh Jackman landed the role over McKenney, outside musical theatre, McKenney is best known as the nasty judge on Australias version of Dancing with the Stars. He has appeared on all fifteen seasons of the show since 2004, McKenney performed his Casting Couch production at the Ensembles Kirribilli premises in 2016, interviewing Queenie van de Zandt, Georgie Parker, and Simon Burke in different performances. In 2006, McKenney hosted the game show You May Be Right. He hosted the breakfast program on Sydney radio station Mix 106.5 with Dancing with the Stars co-host Sonia Kruger, as well as Andy Grace, from January 2008 until September 2009. On 19 May 2010 and on 27 December 2010, McKenney guest co-hosted The Morning Show alongside Kylie Gillies, in 2011 McKenney portrayed Lord Evelyn Oakley in a limited showing of Anything Goes in Melbourne, alongside Amanda Harrison. In 2012, he played the role of Rooster in the hit musical Annie alongside Anthony Warlow, Nancye Hayes and Alan Jones. McKenney plays Teen Angel in the 2013-2014 Australian National Touring Company production of the hit musical Grease, starring alongside Bert Newton, John Paul Young, Rob Mills, although he is on stage for less than four minutes, critics have said he steals the show. McKenney released an album to Peter Allen on Friday 22 November 2013. He has a daughter, Charlotte Wood, who lives in Melbourne with her mother, Todd McKenney - Biography on Dancing With The Stars website Mix 106. 5s Todd McKenney on Mix 106.5 website Todd McKenney on Talking Heads Todd McKenney at the Internet Movie Database
3. Steve Bisley – Bisley was born at Lake Munmorah, New South Wales. He attended the National Institute of Dramatic Art, graduating with a degree in Acting in 1977, bisleys major television roles have included A Town Like Alice as well as the Australian police dramas Water Rats, Police Rescue, and Halifax f. p. He had a role in the Australian television medical drama series The Flying Doctors and he also had a regular appearance in the third and final season of the critically acclaimed Australian satirical television series Frontline. He Played Joe Byrne in The Last Outlaw TV mini series, Bisley also played Dr Henry King in the ABC-TV series G. P. In his youth and continuing to present day he has close friends with actor Mel Gibson, with whom he attended NIDA and starred in the movies Summer City. The latter role is his performance, in which he played Jim Goose. The Mad Max trilogy has since became a classic, and was the film that launched Gibson to mainstream stardom. Bisley and Gibson also starred together in The Chain Reaction, in which Gibson only appeared in a cameo role. Bisley is also a stage actor, appearing in Drama productions. His stage roles include that of Banjo Paterson in the theatre production of The Man from Snowy River. In July 2003, he presented a season of television documentaries on the National Geographic Channel, in 2004 he guest starred in the Australian TV drama Stingers. Bisley appeared in the first three seasons of the Australian TV drama Sea Patrol as Commander Steve Marshall, in 2013, he appeared as Dan Cody in Baz Luhrmanns adaptation of The Great Gatsby. In 2016, Bisley appeared as Harry Firth in the two-part Australian miniseries Brock which premiered on Network Ten on 9 October, the miniseries was based on the life of Australian motor racing legend Peter Brock. Steve Bisley has been married and divorced twice and his first wife was Shauna Forrest and the couple have four children. During the 1980s Forrest was a designer for models and actresses. His second wife was Sally Burleigh, a media publicist, they married in 2000 and had two children before divorcing in 2006, in September 2009 Bisley was charged with assaulting Burleigh and, on 15 September 2010, he was found guilty and sentenced to 300 hours community service. Bisley lodged an appeal against the conviction, in July 2013 while promoting his autobiography, Stillways, A Memoir, he described the assault as a push and shove incident with high emotion displayed on both sides. Winner AFI award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the 1984 film Silver City, winner AFI award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the 1990 film The Big Steal
4. Jason Donovan – Jason Donovan is an Australian actor and singer. He initially achieved fame in the Australian soap Neighbours, before beginning a career in music in 1988. In the UK he has sold over 3 million records, and his début album Ten Good Reasons was one of the albums of 1989. He has had four UK No.1 singles, one of which was Especially for You and he has also appeared in several stage musicals, most prominently in the lead role of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in the early 1990s. Born in Australia, he now resides in London, United Kingdom, Jason Donovan was born in Malvern, Melbourne, and is the son of Sue Menlove and actor Terence Donovan who has English and Irish ancestry. Following his parents separation and divorce, his father was awarded custody of him in 1972. Donovan has had no contact with his mother since the divorce and his half-sister is former Neighbours star Stephanie McIntosh. He attended De La Salle College Malvern, Donovans partner since 1998 has been Angela Malloch, a former stage manager, with whom he has three children. Donovan and Malloch were married in Bali in 2008, Donovan confirmed he is Jewish through his maternal great-grandmother, Eileen Dawson. His great-great-grandparents Joseph and Rosetta Lyons originated from Whitechapel, London, Donovan made his first television appearance at age 11 in a guest role on the Australian series Skyways in 1980. In the episode, his sister was played by future Neighbours co-star Kylie Minogue. He also appeared in the series I Can Jump Puddles and Golden Pennies before entering the cast of Neighbours in 1986 as Scott Robinson and his characters story arcs included an onscreen romance and wedding to Charlene Mitchell. He won his first Logie Award for Best New Talent in 1987, in 1988 he was awarded the Silver Logie for the Most Popular Actor on Australian television. In addition to his role in Neighbours, Donovan appeared as Happy Houston in the 1988 Australian World War II mini-series The Heroes. He won the 1990 Logie Award for Most Popular Actor in a Mini-Series, twenty years later, he said that he had been asked to return to tie in with the shows 25th anniversary in 2010, but was unable to do so due to other work commitments. While he was appearing in Neighbours, Donovan followed Minogue in signing a recording contract with Mushroom Records in Australia. His first single, Nothing Can Divide Us, was released in 1988, like Minogues material, it was written and produced by the production team of Stock Aitken Waterman. The single reached number five in the UK, Donovans next single was a duet with Minogue
5. Michael Falzon (actor) – Michael Falzon is a Sydney born Australian musical theatre/rock tenor actor, and producer, running his own production company, Good Egg Creative. Through to arena performances in Jeff Waynes Musical Version of The War of the Worlds, both in Australia and in Europe. He has performed in the Queen/Ben Elton musical We Will Rock You throughout Australia, Asia and Europe, Falzon is also known for TV and film roles including the cult short film Computer Boy. He appeared in the Australian leg of The Music of Queen, Rock and Symphonic Spectacular in Sydney, Falzon is producer and a founding member of Swing on This. Falzon is third of six born to a Maltese father. He attended Kelvin Grove High School in Brisbane, known for its drama department. Upon graduation, he intended studying English and Psychology at University of Queensland and he credits the Harry M. Miller arena production of Jesus Christ Superstar, starring John Farnham and Jon Stevens in 1992, as inspiring him to a career in musical theatre. Falzon would have the opportunity to perform in Jesus Christ Superstar, Falzon lists his first leather jacket as one of his favourite possessions. He wore the jacket to his audition for We Will Rock You. He took the role of Galileo in the Edinburgh Playhouse production of We Will Rock You in part because he had not been to Edinburgh before, Falzon started singing professionally in Brisbane with VocalPoint, an 8-part group specializing in close harmony, and performing both nationally and internationally. It was through his work with VocalPoint that he was invited to audition for The Pirates of Penzance in 1994, falzons appearance in the QPAC & EssGee Entertainment production marked the start of his professional career and he toured with the company to New Zealand. He returned to EssGee as a sailor in HMS Pinafore, understudying the role of Ralph, Falzon also toured internationally with The Really Useful Company production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Both HMS Pinafore and Pirates of Penzance were recorded for DVD. In 2000 he starred in the short film Computer Boy, a parody of the successful film The Matrix for Abe Forsythe, Falzon played the role of Neo, and won a Melbourne Underground Film Festival for Best Actor. He styled the character after The Matrixs actor, Keanu Reevess portrayal of Ted from Bill, during this period, Falzon began a production company with entertainer colleagues providing event entertainment packages all over the world. He currently splits his time performing and managing his production company Good Egg Creative. In 2003, Falzon was cast in the role for the Australian production of We Will Rock You. The show had opened in the West End in 2002, and was followed by Melbourne in August,2003 before touring the rest of Australia in 2004/2005. Featuring the music of Queen and book by Ben Elton, the production allowed Falzon to combine his love of music with his career as a stage actor
6. Daniel MacPherson – He has previously co-hosted Dancing with the Stars alongside Edwina Bartholomew and starred as Jack Keenan in Wild Boys. MacPherson went on to live in Melbourne for many years before relocating to Sunshine Beach and he has been based in the USA since 2013. He was accepted into Mensa at the age of 10 and went on to attend the academically selective school Sydney Boys High School, an avid fitness advocate, MacPherson regularly competes in triathlons and marathons. MacPherson was discovered while competing in the Kurnell triathlon in southern Sydney when he was 16 and he soon landed the role of Joel Samuels in the soap opera Neighbours, starting in 1998. Soon after, MacPherson won a Logie Awards in 1999 for Most Popular New Talent, during this time MacPherson resided in Notting Hill with close friend Robbie Williams. After completing the show, MacPherson was offered the role of PC Cameron Tait in the British drama The Bill, upon leaving The Bill, he took a role playing Jesus opposite Edward Woodward as God in The Mysteries. This was a based on a medieval mystery play cycle in which every scene moved to a different part of Canterbury Cathedral. In 2005, MacPherson returned to Australia to present the Australian version of The X Factor, MacPherson received very positive feedback, despite the series attracting low ratings. After the season had finished, reports stated that one of the live shows MacPherson was accidentally knocked unconscious by a crew member. After regaining consciousness several minutes later, and being rushed to hospital and he says he remembers nothing at all from that nights broadcast. This was undetected by the public, the following year, MacPherson hosted a three-part series called Killer Sharks on Australias Network Ten in February 2006. In late 2006, he appeared in a British/Australian production entitled Tripping Over, the show appeared on Channel 5 in the United Kingdom and Network Ten in Australia. Tripping Over featured MacPhersons ex-Neighbours co-star Brooke Satchwell, Tripping Over received numerous positive reviews and the show was a hit with Australian critics, however due to funding issues it was not picked up for a second season. In October 2007, MacPherson left Network Ten after taking a role on the Seven Networks City Homicide, the show became the number one Australian Drama between 2007 and 2008. MacPherson left City Homicide during the fourth season, on 3 August 2008, the Seven Network announced that MacPherson would be taking over the hosting role on Dancing with the Stars, after former host Daryl Somers resigned at the end of 2007. This was his first live hosting gig since The X Factor in 2005, on 17 May 2010, MacPherson guest co-hosted The Morning Show alongside Kylie Gillies, while regular male presenter Larry Emdur was on holidays. Macpherson hosted the Seven Network series, Beat the Star, a version of the British. MacPherson played the role and the shows protagonist, Jack Keenan
7. Rob Mills – Robert Rob Mills is an Australian actor, television host and Australian singer-songwriter best known as one of the finalists from Australian Idol. He was a co-host on the quiz show The Mint as well as a regular singer on the game show The Singing Bee both on the Nine Network. He has starred on Dancing With The Stars and Celebrity Apprentice, in 2008, Mills won the coveted lead male role of Fiyero in the hugely successful production of Wicked and continued the role when it moved to around Australia. He has since starred in a number of large scale musical theatre productions. In 2012, Mills was announced as the host of Network Tens revamped Young Talent Time, Mills attended Brentwood Secondary College until the end of Year 10, frequently participating in the school Battle of the Bands concert. He completed Year 11 and 12 at Box Hill Senior Secondary College, Mills formed a band called The Megamen with two friends and soon developed a keen following on the Melbourne live music scene with their sessions every Sunday at the Red Eagle Hotel at Albert Park. Mills is a resident of Melbourne, Mills was a contestant for the first series of Australian Idol and he made the top five. He performed on Rise Up, the #1 Australian single performed by all the Australian finalists in 2003, Mills performed the song Dirty Girl on the double platinum album Australian Idol, Final 12 soundtrack released in October 2003. His first album Up All Night was released in Australia on 14 June 2004, the first single from the album Ms Vanity was released on 31 May in Australia and debuted at #6 in the Australian singles charts. In July 2005, Mills toured the east coast of Australia, also performing on national TV, KAK, The Today Show and Carols by Candlelight while on tour. After having completed his tour, he had a role as Johnny Casino alongside John Farnham, Natalie Bassingthwaighte. The tour was a commercial and critical success, Mills hosted a television show Stooged on Network Ten, a hidden-camera show. The show premiered on 28 July 2005 however was cancelled shortly after due to declining ratings, during Triple Ms tsunami fundraiser, where people pledged money to hear their favourite song played, Mills satirically called the station and requested his own song. This was a request made of him by the radio station, Mills admitted on the television show Spicks and Specks that he had a brief but highly publicised tryst with celebrity heiress Paris Hilton at the Melbourne Cup of 2003. He later made fun of the tryst by singing I Love Paris to close-off the show, on 31 July 2007, Mills started a co-hosting role on the late-night, live quiz show The Mint which aired on the Nine Network. He appeared in a stunt for the ABC TV show The Chasers War on Everything alongside Craig Reucassel that satirised the Tasmanian Premier Paul Lennon, in October 2007, Mills and three others were selected to be regular singers on the game show The Singing Bee. On 4 June 2009 it was announced on Today Tonight that he was on the new season of Dancing with the Stars and he was the second person to be eliminated. On 9 June 2010 Mills appeared on variety show Hey Hey and he appeared in a guest role in the Australian TV show Winners and Losers as Sean
8. Cyril Ritchard – Cyril Ritchard was an Australian stage, screen and television actor, and director. He is probably best remembered today for his performance as Captain Hook in the Mary Martin musical production of Peter Pan. In 1945, he played Gabriele Eisenstein in Gay Rosalinda at the Palace theatre in London, the show was conducted by Richard Tauber and ran for almost a year. Educated by the Jesuits at St Aloysius College, Cyril was a lifelong Catholic who attended Sunday Mass wherever he happened to be. Early in his career, Ritchard played in musical comedies, including Yes, Uncle. and Going Up. He achieved star status in 1954 as Captain Hook in the Broadway production of Peter Pan co-starring Mary Martin, for his work in the show, Ritchard received a Tony Award as Best Featured Actor in a Musical. Both Ritchard and Martin reprised their roles in the NBC television productions of the musical, in 1958, he starred in the Cole Porter CBS television musical Aladdin. He was also a director, directing on Broadway The Happiest Girl in the World, Roar Like a Dove and The Irregular Verb to Love and his film appearances include a villainous role in Alfred Hitchcocks early talkie Blackmail and much later in the Tommy Steele vehicle Half a Sixpence. Ritchard also appeared regularly on a variety of programs in the late 1950s and 1960s. For example, he did a stint as one of the Whats My Line, mystery guests on 22 December 1957, episode of the popular Sunday night CBS-TV program. In the 1950s Ritchard played the lead in Jacques Offenbachs operetta. Later Ritchard served as a guest panelist on the Mets radio quiz show, shortly before he died, Ritchard performed as the voice of Elrond in the Rankin/Bass television production of The Hobbit. Ritchard lived at The Langham, an apartment house in New York. He suffered an attack on 25 November 1977, aged 78. He died nearly a month later in Chicago, aged 79, and was buried at Saint Marys Cemetery in Ridgefield, Connecticut and his funeral mass was celebrated by Archbishop Fulton Sheen. His wife predeceased him in 1955 as did a baby boy who died in infancy in 1939
9. David Atkins – David Atkins, OAM is an Australian dancer, choreographer, music-theatre director and producer. Atkins created and performed in one of the first successful Australian musicals, Hot Shoe Shuffle, the production later transferred to Londons Queens Theatre. Atkins was artistic director on Hey Hey Its Saturday and for the Bicentennial Military Tattoo, Atkins and Ignatius Jones were also co-writers and co-directors of the Musical theatre production The Man from Snowy River, Arena Spectacular. Atkins has starred in, produced, directed, choreographed and created more than 20 musicals in Australia, Britain, Atkins has directed and produced some of the largest live events of this decade, across continents, languages and international audiences. And was also awarded the OAM for his work not only on the 2000 Summer Olympic Ceremonies, in 2010, the Australian Event Awards presented David with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his enduring contributions to the Australian events industry. In addition, his company received Best Export Award for its work on the Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, the Opening Ceremony of Vancouver 2010 also collectively earned three Emmy awards. David Atkins Enterprises official website David Atkins at the Internet Movie Database David Atkins 2011s channel on YouTube
10. Murray Bartlett – Murray Bartlett is an Australian actor. Bartlett was born in Sydney and raised in Perth, Western Australia and he pursued an acting career in Australia for several years, including a high-profile role in the series headLand. In 1993 he played con man Luke Foster in Neighbours, in 2000, Bartlett relocated to the United States. His first big break there came a few later, when he was cast as a guest star in the HBO series Sex. John Crichtons best friend, in four episodes of the SciFi Channel series Farscape, in 2006, Bartlett toured with Hugh Jackman in the Australian touring company production of Jackmans Broadway hit The Boy From Oz. From March 2007 until the cancellation in September 2009, Bartlett was a cast member on the CBS daytime soap opera Guiding Light. He also starred as Dom in the HBO comedy-drama series Looking from 2014 to 2016, murray Bartlett at the Internet Movie Database
11. Simon Gleeson – Simon Gleeson is an Australian actor who is best known for playing Jean Valjean in the 2014 Australian revivial and current cast of the West End production of Les Misérables. In the United Kingdom he has performed in plays at The Royal National Theatre and he has appeared in the popular BBC soap opera EastEnders, playing SJ Fletchers boyfriend Sid Clarke. In 2007 Gleeson appeared in Kombat Opera Presents for BBC television and he appeared with Richard Dreyfuss and Nia Vardalos in 2009s My Life In Ruins. Gleeson grew up in The Rock, a country town in New South Wales with his parents and sister. He completed his education at Xavier College where he was named School Vice Captain. Gleeson trained at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Gleeson has performed in many musicals in Australia and in Londons West End including Mamma Mia. Eureka, The Far Pavilions and Imagine This and he has performed in plays for Sydney Theatre Company and Royal National Theatre in the UK. In 2013/2014 he was in the company of Rupert for Melbourne Theatre Company. He portrayed Raoul in the Australian production of Andrew Lloyd Webbers musical Love Never Dies, Gleeson has appeared in numerous television series in Australia and the UK, most notably as SJ in EastEnders and as a principal cast member of Kombat Opera Presents for BBC television. From 2014 Gleeson played Jean Valjean in the Australian tour of Cameron Macintoshs Les Miserables and he would remain with the cast throughout 2015 and has been cast in the role for its Manila run. He was nominated for a Helpmann Award for the role, from 5 December 2016, he has played Jean Valjean in the West End production of Les Misérables. In London he was nominated for a Whatsonstage. com Award for The Far Pavilions, Gleeson has also been nominated for a Glug Award and Green Room Award, and won a Helpmann Award for his role as Jean Valjean in the 2014 Australian tour of Les Miserables. Simon Gleeson at the Internet Movie Database Simon Gleeson on Twitter Simon Gleeson on Facebook Simon Gleeson, The Dark Side of Raoul Official website