With a smile that could light up the Sydney Opera House and a voice that’s as big, bold and colourful as Uluru, Rhonda Burchmore has endeared herself to the hearts of all Australians.
After 30 years in the business, this vivacious, flame-haired beauty continues to turn heads wherever she goes and draw thunderous applause wherever she performs.
She has forged a lengthy career in one of the toughest and most unforgiving industries, show business, yet as critics attest, she just keeps going from strength to strength.
Few Australian entertainers have shared her status and immense popularity amongst her peers, who admire Rhonda for her big personality, big heart and enormous capacity to give back to the industry that has shaped her career.
Highlights of Rhonda Burchmore’s illustrious career are performing on London’s West End in a number of musicals including Sugar Babies featuring Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller, Stop The World I Want To Get Off with Anthony Newly and starring opposite David Atkins in the original Hot Shoe Shuffle.
Other productions include lead roles in Annie Get Your Gun, Mame, Easter Parade, The Boyfriend, They’re Playing Our Song, Song & Dance, Guys & Dolls, Respect – A Musical Journey of Women, Little Orphan Trashley, Eurobeat, Calendar Girls, Into the Woods, The Drowsy Chaperone co-starring Geoffrey Rush, Jerry’s Girls and as Tanya in the original Australian production of Mamma Mia!.
In 2016 Rhonda co-produced and starred in the outrageous show TWINS with Trevor Ashley, which premiered at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. In 2017 Rhonda produced, co-wrote and starred in Abba-Solutely Fabulous with best friend Lara Mulcahy. These two Dynamos are back in 2019 with a new Rhonda Burchmore Production Partners in Crime.
In 2019 Rhonda landed a lead role in Network Seven’s new sitcom Fam Time. Rhonda’s other television credits include a regular role in the long running variety show, Hey Hey It’s Saturday, as well as Spicks and Specks, Kath & Kim, Carols by Candlelight and in 2014, a guest role on Nine Network’s Love Child. Rhonda is also a regular panellist on Studio Ten and regularly appears on morning television.
In 2014 Rhonda was awarded the OAM for her service to the performing arts and community.
In 2014 Rhonda won the Cabaret Icon Award at the International Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Rhonda’s Cabaret shows include My Funny Valentine, Fever, Everybody Loves Rhonda, Legs 11, Cry Me A River – The World Of Julie London and Vinyl Viagra.
In 2002 and 2012 Rhonda won Female Vocal Performer Of The Year at the MO Awards and ACE Awards.
In 2011, Rhonda released her auto-biography, Legs 11, with New Holland Publishing.
Rhonda has recorded five albums, including Cry Me A River – The World of Julie London with ABC Records.
Silvie Paladino is one of Australia’s most versatile and talented entertainers.
Her first theatrical role was Eponine in the Australasian tour of Les Misérables at the age of eighteen. She was then invited to perform the same role in the London production on the West End. In 1997, Silvie returned to London where she performed the role of Fantine in Les Miserables for a successful two-year season.
Silvie’s other Australian credits include her one-woman show Silvie Paladino Sings Streisand (Green Room Award nomination), and the roles of: Jeannie in Hair, Grizabella in the Australian and Asian tour of Cats, Ellen in Cameron Mackintosh’s Australian premiere of Miss Saigon, Donna in the smash hit Mamma Mia!, Rita in the world premiere of Sideshow Alley, Clara in Passion and for The Production Company: Lady Thiang in The King And I, Florence in Chess (Green Room and Helpmann Award nominations) and Jerry’s Girls.
She has also featured at many special events such as the world-wide telecast of the Rugby League Grand Final, the Australian Football League Grand Final, Boxing Day Cricket Test and a concert in Beijing, as part of the 2008 Olympics.
Silvie’s concert performances include lead artist with symphony orchestras throughout Australia. Silvie has performed with the Salvation Army Band at the O2 Arena London, as part of the Salvation Army’s 150th Anniversary celebrations, in the United States of America and again toured England with the band. She has performed for celebrated theatre composers Stephen Sondheim and Stephen Schwartz, completed a solo concert tour of China, toured with international singer Patrizio Buanne and, more recently, performed with Michael Bolton on his Australian and New Zealand tour.
Apart from her theatrical credits, she is well known to Australian audiences through her regular television appearances including Carols by Candlelight for the Nine Network.
Her recordings include Silvie Paladino Sings Streisand, Silvie Paladino – Christmas List, On My Own and, recorded with The Melbourne Staff Band of The Salvation Army, When You Believe, I Give You My Heart and O Holy Night. She most recently recorded Take My Breath Away – The Songs of Eva Cassidy.
Lara is an award-winning actress and entertainer who has delighted audiences worldwide with her magnetic talent, humour and energy.
Lara received rave reviews for her role as Rosie in the original Australian cast of Mamma Mia!. Recognised for her outstanding performance, she won the Green Room Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, as well as a Helpmann Award nomination for Best Actress. She was later invited to recreate the role on London’s West End, where she went on to perform for two years. Lara gained media attention when she was part of the Mamma Mia! 5th Anniversary celebrations with ABBA in attendance. In 2004 HRH The Prince of Wales was guest of honour at a special charity gala performance of Mamma Mia! for the re-opening of the Prince of Wales Theatre in London, with Lara featuring in the show. In April 2019 Lara appeared as a special guest in the Mamma Mia! 20th Anniversary celebration performance held at London’s Novello Theatre.
A WAAPA graduate with over 25 years in show business, other theatre highlights include: Madame Thenardier in Les Misérables, Agnes Gooch in Mame!, Dirty Blonde, Teechers, Snoopy: The Musical, Sweet Charity, Jerry Springer the Opera, Celebrity Autobiography and Miracle City.
Lara has also appeared in numerous TV shows and feature films, including Bruce Beresford’s Ladies in Black. She is one of few actors to feature in 3 Baz Luhrmann films: playing Natalie in Strictly Ballroom; Mme Fromage in Moulin Rouge, and The Great Gatsby.
Lara has been touring the country with her “bestie” Rhonda Burchmore in their sell-out show Abba-Solutely Fabulous! for the past 2 years, and more recently their new show, Partners In Crime.
A singer, dancer, actress and musician, Gina has been performing since she was a little girl in her home town of Bendigo. She honed her craft around a campfire, guitar in hand, with family and friends as her audience. She has since gone on to perform in both Australia and across the world in some of the most loved theatre productions of our time.
Over the past eight years, Gina has been taking Australia and the high seas by storm, wowing audiences with her sensational self-devised shows The Women of the 60’s, The Belles of Broadway, Night and Day – the Doris and Shirley Show, The Christmas Belle, A Country Girl at Heart and Gems of Jazz. With her vocal versatility, endearing personality, and infectious sense of humour, it’s no wonder audiences fall in love with this talented, charismatic woman.
Gina’s first professional role was in the musical Scrooge (1993) at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre. This started her love affair with this grand theatre, as she returned to perform in the original cast of Beauty and the Beast (on occasion playing Belle and Babette), followed by the ABBA smash hit show Mamma Mia! where she had the opportunity to perform the roles of Donna and Tanya. The Witches of Eastwick was the fourth musical to bring Gina back to the Princess, playing the role of Greta and understudying the witches, Sukie and Alexandra, and stepping into the role of Sukie for two performances.
Gina has a long association with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit production of CATS. She began with the around-Australia big top tour CATS – Runaway to the Circus (1999). After that came the big top tour of South Korea (2003/04) where she played the role of Jellylorum/Griddlebone, and finally the CATS world tour to Athens in 2005.
In 2003, Gina was very excited to play the role of Trina in Falsettos at Chapel Off Chapel in Melbourne for Blackbird Productions, for which she received rave reviews.
Gina has always had a love for cabaret and creating her own sassy and comedic one woman shows. Her debut cabaret show was For Once in my Life (1998), followed by Don’t Rain on my Parade (1999) and finally the very successful, At this evening’s performance… (2003).
Following her final show, she also joined a talented group of four individuals in a cabaret style show, singing the music of the great Burt Bacharach in Back to Bacharach.
In 2000, Gina was asked to perform with the Australian Pops Orchestra which was certainly a highlight for her, as she was accompanied by 65 musicians.
Gina is no stranger to the small screen either, making TV appearances on Good Morning Australia, Neighbours and The Damnation of Harvey McCugh.
Performing in some of the most successful bands on the corporate circuit, Gina has graced The John Field Band in Sydney and The Platinum Band in Melbourne, with her effortless and powerful vocals.
Presented with the Veteran Feminist Medal of Honor by Gloria Steinem, Jeanie Linders is best known as the writer and producer of Menopause The Musical® and is a passionate voice for a generation of women facing more than just hot flashes. Her work in entertainment and producing spans three and a half decades.
Jeanie has been involved in the art marketing and management for the last 35 years. For 10 years, she was President/CEO of an advertising/PR agency that specialized in entertainment and hospitality accounts. Concurrently she launched an events marketing and management firm, producing a full gamut of shows from A Conversation with Cary Grantto multistage music festivals.
She served as an arts development consultant in Florida, California, North Carolina and Arkansas. Other activities include: advance PR roadie for Michael Jackson’s film crew for the Victory Tour, developing the Belize Performing and Visual Arts Consortium and working for Francis Ford Coppola’s Blancaneaux Lodge in Central America. She also served as a columnist/correspondent for outlets as diverse as the Chicago Tribune, the Sun-Times, Boston Globe and Variety.
Linders wrote and produced two other shows and acts as a theatrical development consultant for writers as well as Broadway and Off-Broadway producers. Her company/ies serve as marketing and management anchors for several theatres throughout the U.S.
In addition to launching The Center for Arts & Inspiration in Hendersonville, NC, she is writing Menopause The ROCK Musical®, The Hilarious 80’s Celebration of Women and Change.
A Tony Award winner for his work on the 50th anniversary production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf, Seth would be the first to tell you he’s lived a theatrical life. A graduate of UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film and Television, he was bitten early by the entertainment bug and has worked in theatre and film ever since. Some of his favorite highlights include producing 9 to 5 The Musical on Broadway with Dolly Parton, co-financing the Tony Award-winning musical The Book of Mormon, and directing the award-winning documentary F(l)ag Football – FlagFootballTheMovie.com. He is President and CEO of GFour Productions out of New York City and currently has The Play That Goes Wrong, The Inheritance, Tina The Musical. and Six The Musical running on Broadway, as well as Fiddler On The Roof and The Play That Goes Wrong on national tour in the U.S.. Seth is also a founding member of the Broadway Green Alliance, helping to green the Great White Way, for more information on that effort please visit BroadwayGreen.com.
Director & Choreographer
Director & Choreographer
Maureen is an in-demand Brisbane based theatre performer and maker – specialising in the dual roles of Director and Choreographer. Maureen’s journey with Menopause The Musical started with Directing and Choreographing for SK Entertainment’s 2019 regional tour of Australia. For years, Maureen toured Australia as associate director with Harvest Rain Theatre Company’s arena spectacular shows – Grease and Hairspray. Since then, Maureen has worked non-stop, starting with Sweet Charity (Understudy Productions) which she directed alongside Kris Stewart. Creating new work is a passion for Maureen – Two Man Tarantino is a show she co-created and directed for the Wonderland Festival at the Brisbane Powerhouse. Maureen worked on another new piece of theatre, directing alongside Neil Gooding on Becoming Bill (Old Fashioned Production Company). Other new works include Oh What A Night (SK Entertainment) and A Very Naughty Christmas (Understudy Productions). More musical credits include Grease (The Show Co. – Director/Choreographer), Legally Blonde (PRIMA – Director/Choreographer), Jesus Christ Superstar (Gateway, PRIMA – Choreographer). Cinderella (Lynch and Paterson – Director/Choreographer).
Set & Costume Designer
Set & Costume Designer
James graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts with a degree in Set and Costume Design, before attending the Australian Film Television and Radio School for Art Direction. Selected credits for stage design include; HAIR (national tour), Cabaret (Athenaum), Xanadu (Hayes), Miracle City (SOH), Ghost (Toho Tokyo), and The Selfish Giant (Victorian Opera). James has been designing for Velvet the show in Australia, Germany and on NCL cruise lines out of Florida. James has also been the designer of circus productions including – Blanc de Blanc (Las Vegas), Limbo Unhinged (international tour), Life (Bris Fest), Fun House (Bris Fest), Pigalle (Syd Fest) , Cirque Stratosphere (SOH and Cirque Du Soleil) and Velvet Rewired starring Marcia Hines. James just designed Bridges of Madison County and later this year will be the costume design associate for the Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof.
Jason Glenwright has designed over 240 productions specialising in theatre, music theatre, opera, orchestral concerts, cabaret, dance and puppetry with many touring nationally and internationally. He is one of Queensland’s most highly awarded designers of the last 10 years having won a handful of Matilda awards, a Gold Matilda Award and eleven Del Arte Charts.
Jason has collaborated alongside companies including Bell Shakespeare, Queensland Theatre, Opera Queensland, La Boite, Griffin Theatre Company, QLD Camerata, JUTE, Harvest Rain, Expressions Dance Company, Queensland Music Festival, shake & stir, QUT, The Good Room, Little Red, Dead Puppet Society, Hothouse and Zen Zen Zo to name a few. For more information- www.jasonglenwright.com