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September 2, 2016

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Second single release for Screaming Jets

Cash in Your Ticket hits
radio airwaves nationwide
REVERED Aussie rockers The Screaming Jets are continuing their legendary reputation with the release of the second single from their recent seventh studio long player, Chrome.

The single, Cash In Your Ticket, demonstrates a songwriting nuance the band has become known for, thanks to the talent of bassist and key songwriter Paul Woseen who has credits such as Helping Hand under his belt.… Members read the rest!

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August 29, 2016

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Dream Lover rehearsals underway in Sydney

David Campbell to star as Bobby Darin
REHEARSALS are now underway for the World Premiere production of Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical, which plays only in Sydney at the Sydney Lyric Theatre from September 22 for a strictly limited season.
David Campbell stars as the Grammy award-winning singer and Oscar nominated actor, Bobby Darin, opposite Caroline O’Connor in the dual roles of Darin’s mother Polly and Sandra Dee’s mother Mary, Hannah Fredericksen as Sandra Dee, Bert LaBonte as Charlie, Martin Crewes as Darin’s longtime manager Steve Blauner, and Marney McQueen as Nina, Darin’s sister (later revealed to be his real mother).… Members read the rest!

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August 28, 2016

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Icehouse leads 2017 Red Hot Summer Tour of Stars

2017 LINE-UP – ICEHOUSE, JAMES REYNE, DARYL BRAITHWAITE,
SHANNON NOLL, DRAGON AND PSEUDO ECHO
TICKETS ON SALE AUGUST 29
FOR almost a decade the RED HOT SUMMER TOUR has been smashing records across regional Australia, bringing some of the biggest Aussie Rock headliners to Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania, Queensland and South Australia.

After a swag of sell-out shows throughout the summer of 2016, the iconic festival tour is back in 2017 with another stellar bill featuring the legendary ICEHOUSE, James Reyne, Daryl Braithwaite, Shannon Noll, Dragon and Pseudo Echo.… Members read the rest!

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August 28, 2016

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November tour for Ol’ 55 and Jo Jo Zepp & the Falcons

Rock’n’roll with Frankie, Wilbur and Joe
Tickets go on sale Monday August 29

The long awaited release of Ol’55′s Anthology 2CD set `Time to Rock `n’ Roll has been followed by the announcement that the band will share the spotlight with Jo Jo Zep & the Falcons for an unforgettable tour in November.

In a great line-up of Aussie rock ‘n’ roll, two of the land’s most iconic bands join forces for the special It’s Time To Rock ‘n’ Roll tour in Melbourne and Sydney.… Members read the rest!

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August 19, 2016

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2016 MO Award winners announced

2016 AUSTRALIAN ENTERTAINMENT MO AWARDS
Life Achievement MO Award winner Slim Dusty.

This year marked the 40th staging of the Australian Entertainment MO Awards in Sydney.
Following are the winners:

ENTERTAINER/S OF THE YEAR
Wayne Scott Kermo9nd & Alexander (Zan) Kermond
Versatile Variety or Harmony Act MO Award winner Toni Stevens.
JOHN CAMPBELL FELLOWSHIP AWARD
Johnny Nicol
THE `MO’ HALL OF FAME AWARD
Glenn Shorrock
BEST SOLO PERFORMER
Chris Bond
BEST DUO
The Happy Hippies
BEST JUNIOR AWARD
Bobby Harrison
DANCE BAND OF THE YEAR
Mr James Band
Pink Cadillac
BEST TRIBUTE SHOW
Sincerely Elvis – Wayne Cooper
J.O.K.… Members read the rest!

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July 17, 2016

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Dream Lover cast album planned to mark musical’s Australian premiere

David Campbell set to star
The producers of Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical and Sony Music Entertainment Australia have announced that Sony Music will produce a cast album for the World Premiere
musical, which will be released in August.
The single ‘Dream Lover’ was released on iTunes last Friday (July 15, 2016).
Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical’s World Premiere in Sydney stars stage and television favourite David Campbell as the iconic performer Bobby Darin, opposite Caroline O’Connor,
Hannah Fredericksen as Sandra Dee, Bert LaBonte, Martin Crewes and Marney McQueen.… Members read the rest!

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June 26, 2016

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POSITIONS VACANT

ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE
ON WITH THE SHOW is seeking ADVERTISING SALES EXECUTIVES to represent us in each State of Australia.
Would suit someone either in, or associated with the Entertainment Industry and who has the confidence to approach and successfully sell to potential clients.
Excellent commission is available to the right person.
For more information contact me by sending an email via the www.onwiththeshow.com.au website, on Facebook (for my Facebook friends) or on my mobile.… Members read the rest!

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June 19, 2016

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The Wolfe Brothers to embark on National Tour

NEW ALBUM `THIS CRAZY LIFE’ GOES TO #1 ON ITUNES COUNTRY CHART
This mini festival of the hot new wave of country music will be headlined by the Wolfe Brothers and feature Gord Bamford (Canada), Caitlyn Shadbolt, Troy Kemp, Christie Lamb, Craig Heath and Jody Direen (NZ).
October National Tour for The Wolfe Brothers,
AUSTRALIA’s popular country rockers The Wolfe Brothers have released their third album `This Crazy Life’ and the Tassie boys are also gearing up for a massive national tour with a difference, to hit the road this October.… Members read the rest!

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June 19, 2016

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Search on for `Side Show’ leads

Circus freaks turned megastars in Aussie premiere of Side Show
ONE Eyed Man Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co has announced the Australian premiere of the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical SIDE SHOW, due to play a strictly limited four-week season at Hayes Theatre Co, Potts Point from September 23.
This stunning tale of sisterhood from the composer of Dreamgirls is based on the remarkable real-life story of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton and their transition from ‘circus freaks’ to megastars.… Members read the rest!

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June 19, 2016

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We Will Rock You set to rock on in Brisbane

FINAL WEEK OF SYDNEY SEASON
 
SYDNEY has only one week to enjoy the breath-taking new Australian production of the worldwide smash hit musical WE WILL ROCK YOU before it leaves Sydney for Brisbane on June 26.
The new Australian tour of the epic Queen and Ben Elton musical WE WILL ROCK YOU exploded onto the stage at the Sydney Lyric Theatre on May 5, receiving rave reviews from critics and audience members alike, and standing ovations each performance.… Members read the rest!

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June 19, 2016

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Warren H Williams & Dani Young team up for new duets album

July launch at Rooty Hill RSL
ICONIC Indigenous country music artist Warren H. Williams has teamed up with rising star Dani Young for a very special album release, due to launch in Sydney next month.
The duet album – Desert Water – is a unique collaboration featuring world-class original, yet traditional-style songs. The album launch, to be held at Rooty Hill RSL on Friday July 22, will not only feature the new songs including the already acclaimed single Two Ships, but also a string of special guests.… Members read the rest!

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February 10, 2016

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Look what’s cooking for MKR co-host Manu

An Evening with Manu Feildel – Live on Stage
Plating up a treat for theatre goers
THE warm-hearted judge of My Kitchen Rules is set to take audiences on a journey through the gourmet specialties of regional France from an on-stage kitchen where there are no rules.
MKR’s Manu Fieldel to embark on National theatre Tour in May.
Lateral Events presents An Evening with Manu Feildel – Live on Stage in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane this May.… Members read the rest!

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January 26, 2016

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Magic of The Four Kinsmen returns with Pearson & Harvey at Jupiters

DON’T MISS THIS FABULOUS SHOW
ONE NIGHT ONLY
JANUARY 30, 2016
Robert Pearson and George Harvey bring The Four Kinsmen magic to Jupiter’s on January 30.
George Harvey and Robert Pearson (formerly of The Four Kinsmen) are returning to JUPITER’S CASINO SHOWROOM
on the Queensland Gold Coast in their new show “KINSMEN & CO.”
MANY will recall The Four Kinsmen’s successful seasons as headline act for Queensland Gold Coast’s JUPITER’S CASINO production shows ‘STARS’, ‘GALAXIES’ & ‘HOLLYWOOD LEGENDS’ during the 1990s.… Members read the rest!

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March 27, 2015

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Matt Henry – New song a crowd favourite

Home Every Time I’m
Gone hits the airwaves
The new single by country musician Matt Henry, which hits the airwaves today, is a frank and honest look inside his life and has become a favourite with fans.
The single, Home Every Time I’m Gone, from Matt’s debut EP Life By Proxy, wasn’t initially slated as a single release, but has been so warmly embraced by the fans that it has taken on a life of its own.… Members read the rest!

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October 21, 2014

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Gough Whitlam dies, aged 98

Gone but never forgotten

SHIRLEY’S BLOG

THE death of former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam today is a sad occasion especially for those of us who were privileged to have met him during his lifetime.
Our paths crossed when I was a young student attending Bonnyrigg High School in Sydney’s western suburbs during the 1970s. Mr Whitlam, his wife Margaret and their children lived in Albert Street, Cabramatta and he was a local champion of the Labor Party.… Members read the rest!

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October 13, 2014

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Joshua Robson wins prestigious award

2014 Rob Guest Endowment Award
Winners Announced at gala concert
THE winner of the 2014 Rob Guest Endowment Award was announced last night at a glamourous Gala Concert at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney.

Competing against five other outstanding Semi-Finalists with his performance of Soliloquy from Carousel and Let Me Dream, Joshua Robson took out the prestigious award after being chosen by an expert panel of judges which included Nancye Hayes, Todd McKenney and Guy Simpson.… Members read the rest!

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October 8, 2014

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Dozzi sisters take on X Factor’s Brothers 3

New single showcases
three part harmonies
and song writing skills

By SHIRLEY BROUN

IT appears X Factor favourites Brothers 3 have stiff competition from sister trio Dozzi who are wowing country music audiences with their breathtaking three part harmonies.
Dozzi’s new single Weakness.
The sisters – Andrea 30, Jesse 29 and Nina 25 – have just released their latest single `Weakness’ which follows on the success of their `I Need You Tonight’ which peaked at #1 on the Hot Country Network All Australian Top 20 and the Cool Country 2KA charts.… Members read the rest!

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October 7, 2014

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Russell Morris leads Twilight performances

Aussie music legends to kick off
Lakes Twilight Concert series
THE immensely popular Lakeside Twilights is back for 2014, kicking off with an incredible line-up of Australian talent for one special night in December.
Russell Morris
Featuring Russell Morris, Daryl Braithwaite, Mental As Anything and Pseudo Echo, this is the perfect event for end of year celebrations and offers fun for all the family.… Members read the rest!

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October 7, 2014

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Review: Dogwood Crossing

Latest single is hot hot hot!
SONG: Hold My Head Up High
ARTIST: Dogwood Crossing
DATE: October 7, 2014

Review by SHIRLEY BROUN

THE latest single from Queensland rockers Dogwood Crossing has captured the essence of early Aussie rock band icons but with a unique modern twist that is completely their own.
I spoke with lead singer Tim Earle last week and was so intrigued with the story behind the new single `Hold My Head Up High’ that I just had to download a copy and take a listen.… Members read the rest!

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October 6, 2014

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New album release for Rachel Collis

“I wanted strong songs that
represented the real me”

By SHIRLEY BROUN

WHEN it comes to putting together an album, singer/songwriter Rachel Collis is not about to rush into it. She believes “every song has to matter”.
Rachel Collis
Rachel has spent the past 18 months working on her highly anticipated second album `Nightlight’ which has been described as a combination of exquisite folk, ballad and pop sounds with breathtaking vocals and delicate piano to create a perfect storm of both beauty and dark sensitivity.… Members read the rest!

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October 5, 2014

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Dogwood Crossing launches new single

Emotions run high as band
pens verse to new release

By SHIRLEY BROUN

“FIVE grown men talking about life and emotions is an amazing experience. You get to see each other’s soul.”
This was the way Dogwood Crossing lead singer Tim Earle described the band’s experience when putting together their latest album `Here Lies Freedom’, released early last month.
Dogwood Crossing is rocking along since the release of their Fear of Change album in 2011.… Members read the rest!

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October 2, 2014

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International EP release for Dylan Meyer

Young Melbourne songwriter
shows US Movie and TV
producers what he can do

By SHIRLEY BROUN

AUSSIE singer/songwriter Dylan Meyer had his pen in hand On September 22 when his debut EP `When It’s Quiet’ was released worldwide.
Dylan Meyer
On With the Show’s SHIRLEY BROUN was speaking with the talented performer in his Los Angeles home just three minutes after he heard it for the first time and Dylan couldn’t contain his excitement: “When you look forward to something like this for so long and it finally happens … wow, I just can’t take it all in.… Members read the rest!

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September 25, 2014

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Chance to perform with Jess Holland

Top country singer to give local
talent chance to join her on stage
in Gawler and Ballarat

ON WITH THE SHOW supports anyone who can provide opportunities for our young and up-and-coming performers to gain exposure. Professional country music vocalist Jess Holland is doing just that by launching a competition to find talented local musicians to support her when she performs in Gawler, SA, and Ballarat, Vic.

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September 24, 2014

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Wicked reprise for Sydneysiders

Summer season begins tomorrow
AFTER four nights of Preview performances, Wicked is set to open to the public tomorrow, September 25, at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre.
WICKED Australia Co-Producer John Frost said, “We are thrilled to bring WICKED back to its home at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney as part of the 10th Anniversary tour of this Broadway blockbuster. Sydney locals and visitors flocked to Wicked during the last season, and the extraordinary advance sales prove they can’t wait to see it again.… Members read the rest!

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September 24, 2014

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Dirty Dancing with Mark Vincent

Australia’s Got Talent 2009 winner
to make his musical theatre debut
YOUNG classical music singer Mark Vincent will soon make his musical theatre debut in the role of Billy in the new Australian production of Dirty Dancing.
Mark Vincent will make his musical theatre debut playing the role of Billy in Dirty Dancing.
The leading roles of Johnny Castle and Baby will be announced in coming weeks.… Members read the rest!

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September 24, 2014

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Feast of Blues on the Agenda

THE DOCKLANDS BLUES MUSIC FESTIVAL runs from 11am – 9pm on Sunday October 5, 2014 at Harbour Town Docklands (Melbourne Star Observation Wheel and Wonderland Spiegeltent Precinct). This is a FREE all day music event and everyone is welcome.

THE Docklands Blues Music Festival is set to celebrate its biggest year yet with 10-hours of entertainment featuring 20 artists across five stages this October.… Members read the rest!

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September 24, 2014

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Blues music festival set to rock Docklands

International line-up includes
blues machine Jimi Hocking
WITH 20 bands and five stages, the Docklands Blues Music Festival is set to be one massive free music event.
Held on the first Sunday in October, the all day festival features an incredible line-up of some of Melbourne’s most accomplished blues musicians, as well as national and international favourites.
Blues guitarist Jimi Hocking.… Members read the rest!

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September 21, 2014

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Chocolate Starfish celebrate Meat Loaf classic

Bat Out of Hell music
set to rock Halloween

By SHIRLEY BROUN

EVEN Chocolate Starfish lead singer Adam Thompson agrees re-creating the sound of Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell album is a big sing for any vocalist.
Chocolate Starfish frontman Adam Thompson.
“It’s a massive album to cover and a huge challenge vocally but I’m up for it,” said Adam as he and his fellow Chocolate Starfish members prepare for a special one-off Halloween concert in which they will perform the Bat Out of Hell album in its entirety.… Members read the rest!

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September 18, 2014

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Dragon to launch Roses album

Beat goes on for iconic band
as Dragon releases new album

By SHIRLEY BROUN

DRAGON fans will be out in force tomorrow night when the band launches its latest album `Roses’ at The Basement in Sydney.
Taking time out to speak with On With the Show’s Shirley Broun, founder and bass guitarist Todd Hunter said the album was the 10th release since the reincarnation of the band in 2006 and would deliver exciting new tracks but with the trademark Dragon sound. … Members read the rest!

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September 6, 2014

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Amanda Bollinger students excel at BPAC

Young ballet dancers step up
to secure scholarship win

By SHIRLEY BROUN

EXCELLENCE in performance is a much admired trait of students at the Amanda Bollinger Dance Academy on the Gold Coast.
At the recently held Brisbane Performing Arts Challenge (BPAC), students excelled with 13-year-old Nae Kojimao winning the Intermediate Ballet Scholarship and Haylee Kirkwood, 9, runner up in the Junior Ballet Scholarship.… Members read the rest!

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September 1, 2014

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Anything Goes to feature all star cast

Frost announces key performers
for 2015 Australian tour
OPERA Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini AM and leading Australian theatre producer John Frost AM today announced the principal cast for their new production of Cole Porter’s smash-hit musical comedy Anything Goes, which will tour Australia in 2015.
Caroline O’Connor
Leading the all-star cast is Caroline O’Connor as evangelist turned nightclub singer Reno Sweeney.… Members read the rest!

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August 29, 2014

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Public to vote for best short film

Sydney film enthusiasts to help
in search for best short film
THE annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival returns to Glen Street Theatre as part of a global event when more than 100,000 people in over 300 cities across six continents gather in cinemas, galleries, universities, museums and cafes to view and vote for their favourite short film.
The event takes place around the world over one week and shortlisted films will be screened at Glen Street Theatre on Sunday September 28, from 3pm.… Members read the rest!

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August 29, 2014

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Bluegrass and honky tonk mix a winner

Kristy Cox tells how
chance meeting led to
recording contract

By SHIRLEY BROUN

BLUEGRASS sweetheart Kristy Cox and honky tonk new traditionalist Travis List are back in Australia singing their hearts out for audiences across the country but you must be quick.
Bluegrass singer/songwriter Kristy Cox
In an interview with On with the Show’s Shirley Broun this morning Kristy said their `Coming Home Tour’ was due to finish at the end of September.… Members read the rest!

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August 27, 2014

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Light the Night celebrates 10 years

Stars step up to support charity
event that raised over $400,000
for leukaemia research
IT was announced this week that LIGHT THE NIGHT (LTN) will celebrate 10 years with a final benefit concert at the City Recital Hall Angel Place on Monday October 27.
Jan van de Stool
The annual benefit has been raising money and awareness for leukaemia research over the past decade.… Members read the rest!

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August 27, 2014

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A Song to Sing O back by popular demand

Starring Christopher Hamilton
AFTER a sell-out performance at Glen Street Theatre in 2012, this feast of Gilbert and Sullivan gems is back by popular demand.
Performed in the dressing room of D’Oyly Carte’s Savoy Theatre in 1889, `A Song to Sing O’ is based on the life of legendary comic performer and original interpreter of the cheeky Gilbert and Sullivan patter roles, George Grossmith.… Members read the rest!

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August 23, 2014

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Rachel Gordon in lead role

DAYLIGHT SAVING CAST ANNOUNCED
THE cast for Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s next production `Daylight Saving’, the final play in their inaugural season at Eternity Playhouse, has been announced.
The deliciously fast-paced comedy about love, loneliness, food and friendship opens 4 November.
Written by one of Australia’s most-loved playwrights, Nick Enright (Cloudstreet, The Boy From Oz) and directed by renowned theatre director Adam Cook (The Motherf**ker with the Hat, A Doll’s House) the stellar cast is led by Australian actress and Logie Award-nominee Rachel Gordon (Blue Heelers, The Moodys) and multi award-winning actor Christopher Stollery (Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Gross und Klein) as husband and wife, Felicity and Tom.… Members read the rest!

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August 23, 2014

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Christine Anu sings Aretha

REWIND tour reaches new heights

By SHIRLEY BROUN

CHRISTINE Anu is a lady with a beautiful heart and a big voice to match. Her latest live performances in her hit show REWIND – The Aretha Franklin Songbook have been applauded across the nation since its debut two years ago.
It has been so successful in fact that the much loved singer decided to continue the tour but with a more intimate presentation to showcase both her captivating renditions of Aretha Franklin hits and her highly skilled musicians.… Members read the rest!

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August 19, 2014

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King and I scoops awards pool

Top honours at Helpmann Awards
AT the 14th Annual Helpmann Awards last night The King and I was crowned with three Helpmann Awards, including Best Musical.
Roger Kirk was awarded for Best Costume Design and Michael Waters was presented with the Helpmann for Best Sound Design.
At the same ceremony, John Frost AM received the 2014 JC Williamson Award in recognition of his contribution to the Australian live entertainment and performing arts industry.… Members read the rest!

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August 15, 2014

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McLachlan back in the Time Warp

Producers announce Rocky Horror Show
Funny, sexy and heading to Sydney
PRODUCERS Howard Panter and John Frost today confirmed that the new Australian production of Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show will play a limited season at the Sydney Lyric Theatre from April 2015.
Craig McLachlan will shed his Dr Blake persona to return to the stage as Frank N Furter in the Rocky Horror Show in 2015.… Members read the rest!

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August 14, 2014

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Amanda Bollinger students excel at BPAC

Young ballet dancers step up
to secure scholarship win

By SHIRLEY BROUN

EXCELLENCE in performance is a much admired trait of students at the Amanda Bollinger Dance Academy on the Gold Coast.
Nae Kojima
At the recently held Brisbane Performing Arts Challenge (BPAC), students excelled with 13-year-old Nae Kojimao winning the Intermediate Ballet Scholarship and Haylee Kirkwood, 9, runner up in the Junior Ballet Scholarship.… Members read the rest!

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August 13, 2014

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Monty Python icon to tour

Australian and New Zealand audiences
can see Michael Palin Live on stage
FRESH from filming the BBC drama ` Remember Me’ , acclaimed actor, writer, TV travel documentary presenter, iconic comedian and member of Monty Python Michael Palin has announced he is heading for Australia and New Zealand in February/March 2015.
The Python troupe in 1969 with Michael Palin front right.… Members read the rest!

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August 13, 2014

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Anything Goes on stage in 2015

Leading cast to be
announced September
LEADING Australian theatre producer John Frost and Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini today announced they will present a new production of Cole Porter’s smash-hit musical comedy Anything Goes next year.
Winner of three Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival and Choreography during its most recent Broadway revival, Anything Goes is a stunning nautical favourite.… Members read the rest!

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August 11, 2014

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Gritty comedy heads to Eternity Playhouse

Top Aussie talent on stage
in addictive romantic comedy
DARLINGHURST Theatre Company presents a high-octane verbal cage match about love, fidelity and a misplaced hat. The Tony Award-winning Broadway hit The Motherf**ker with the Hat plays from September 24 to October 19 at Eternity Playhouse.
The Motherf**ker and the Hat features at Eternity Playhouse Sept 24 to Oct 19.
Things are looking up for recovering alcoholic and ex-con Jackie and his girlfriend Veronica, until Jackie spots another man’s hat in their apartment.… Members read the rest!

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August 9, 2014

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Doc White takes blues to new heights

Blues, burlesque and a whole lot more
in a Doc White theatrical production

By SHIRLEY BROUN

EIGHTEEN months after the seed of an idea first formed in the mind of blues genius Doc White his latest production The Lowdown Hokum Orchestra & Burlesque Revue is set to open to audiences in Melbourne.
Aussie Blues great Doc White. Photo by Denis Fitzgerald
The Wonderland Spiegeltent will host the show’s debut performance which Doc says comes after many months of planning and a month of rehearsing the band.… Members read the rest!

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August 3, 2014

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The King and I spreads its appeal

Closed caption performances
announced in two major venues
OPERA Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini and leading Australian theatre producer John Frost have announced audio described and closed captioned performances of The King and I will be held in both Melbourne and Sydney.
The first closed caption performance is at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre next Friday evening August 8. The Sydney Opera House will host an audio described matinee performance on Wednesday September 24 followed by a closed caption matinee performance on Tuesday October 21.… Members read the rest!

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August 3, 2014

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Dirty Dancing ticket sales begin tomorrow

Book early and secure great seats
For hit musical’s Sydney opening

TICKETS for the 10th anniversary season of international hit musical Dirty Dancing will go on sale to the public tomorrow, August 4. Returning to Sydney a decade after its World Premiere, Dirty Dancing will play at the Sydney Lyric Theatre from November 28, 2014.
Dirty Dancing was first performed at Sydney’s Theatre Royal in November 2004.… Members read the rest!

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July 30, 2014

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August premiere for Hopelessly Devoted

Olivia Newton-John hits to
feature in new Glen Street
Theatre production
THE Sydney premiere of `Hopelessly Devoted’ will be presented at the Glen Street Theatre from August 26 to 31.
The musical `Hopelessly Devoted’ premieres at the Glen Street Theatre, Belrose, in August.
As the name suggests the two-hander musical is ideally set to appeal to all theatre-goers including Olivia Newton-John fans as it works its way through 15 of her big hits including Hopelessly Devoted to You, If Not for You, If You Love Me Let Me Know, Banks of the Ohio, Let Me Be There, You’re the One That I Want, Sam, I Honestly Love You, Magic, Physical and Xanadu.… Members read the rest!

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July 30, 2014

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Dance Moms in Australia

Abby Lee Miller master class
Tickets selling fast
TICKETS are selling fast for a chance to join a Dance Mom Masterclass with Abby Lee Miller at the Gold Coast Convention Centre on Sunday, August 3.
Dance Mom’s Abby Lee Miller.
Participants will also have a chance to win a trip to the Abby Lee Dance Company in the USA where they will join Abby, Maddie and Mackenzie for Bootie Camp.… Members read the rest!

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July 18, 2014

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Eurogliders hit right note with fans

Success sparks new album
And return to 80s dance moves
With Grace Knight on stage

By SHIRLEY BROUN

AWAKENING to the sad news of the Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 being shot down and the loss of 280 passengers and 15 crew including 27 Australians left Grace Knight speechless.
Grace Knight and Bernie Lynch, of the Eurogliders.
“I had only just got out of bed and heard the tragic news before you called for our interview.… Members read the rest!

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June 27, 2014

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Jazz it up at Glen Street Theatre

Something for everyone
As top performers present
Jazz in the Glen
JOIN the celebration of good food, fine wine and all that jazz at Sydney’s North Shore Glen Street Theatre when it presents a full day festival of jazz in August.
Jazz musician Geoff Power.
Kick off your Saturday morning with Live in the Glen, an exciting free event showcasing the talent of young musicians from the Northern Beaches performing on an outdoor stage.… Members read the rest!

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June 27, 2014

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Celebrity Sporting Link

Hate tag on Pele a major crisis
while in tennis Kyrgios shows top form
Celebrity Sporting Link
with Graham Wilson (ex-The Four Kinsmen)
AS I said in a previous column when we qualified for the Soccer (Football) World Cup in Brazil, the publicity this would generate would be enormous.
Graham Wilson
What is disturbing though is the resentment of a great deal of the Brazilian people who have opposed the event due to the amount of money spent on it.… Members read the rest!

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June 24, 2014

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List of Eisteddfods

QUEENSLAND EISTEDDFOD DATES
 
THE BRISBANE EISTEDDFOD (Arts in focus)
DANCE GROUPS: May 23-25, 29, 30 and June 1, 2014 CONVENOR: Heather Shaw dancegroups@brisbaneeisteddfod.org.au Venue: ERPAC Edmund Rice Performing Arts Centre 82 Stephens Road, South Brisbane 4101 www.slc.qld.edu.au
DANCE SOLOS: Sept 26 – Oct 6, 2014 CONVENOR: Heather Lane dancesolos@brisbaneeisteddfod.org.au Venue: Yeronga State High School Auditorium Oakwood Street, Yeronga. 4104 www.yerongashs.eq.edu.au
VOCAL: June 27-29 and July 4-6, 2014 CONVENOR: Leslie Martin vocal@brisbaneeisteddfod.org.au Venue: Queensland Multicultural Centre, 102 Main Street, Kangaroo Point.… Members read the rest!

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June 23, 2014

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Wicked extends to meet demand

New tickets released for Sydney season
DUE to extraordinary demand, new tickets have been released today for the Sydney season of the award-winning musical theatre blockbuster WICKED.
Wicked’s Lucy Durack & Jemma Rix.
The new seats are for performances from October 31 to November 16.
WICKED Australian Co-Producer John Frost said: “Audiences are flocking to WICKED in Melbourne, and bookings are very strong for the return of WICKED to Sydney – it really is the most successful Broadway musical of the past decade.… Members read the rest!

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June 23, 2014

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Dirty Dancing set for major tour in 2014

Auditions soon to begin
For hit musical 10 years
After its World Premiere in Sydney
AUDITIONS are soon to begin for the hit musical Dirty Dancing which is set to tour later this year.
Patrick Swayze starred in the movie version of Dirty Dancing.
Leading Australian theatre producer John Frost today announced the international hit musical Dirty Dancing would return to Australia late in 2014, a decade after its World Premiere in Sydney.… Members read the rest!

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June 22, 2014

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November tour for David Attenborough

Sir David’s `natural world’
blazes new trail in 3D
using latest technology
SIR David Attenborough will appear live on stage in Sydney and Melbourne in November in a brand new show titled Sir David Attenborough – The Third Dimension.
David Attenborough
A pioneer of the latest technological advances in program making, Sir David brings the natural world to audiences worldwide in ways not dreamt of just a few years ago.… Members read the rest!

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June 13, 2014

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Benn Gunn’s smokin’ hot award

Rock Gunn turns to country
With award-winning results

By SHIRLEY BROUN

FINDING your own niche when entering the world of live stage performance can be a little daunting especially when you are not quite sure where your talents could best be showcased.
MO Award Slim Dusty Country Artist of the Year Benn Gunn.
For this year’s recipient of the Slim Dusty Country Artist of the Year MO Award BENN GUNN the journey of discovery began singing in a rock band at Sydney venues as a teenager in the 1990s.… Members read the rest!

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June 5, 2014

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Dragon Trilogy Tour hots up

Iconic band’s music
Transcends generations
Founder Todd Hunter speaks with

On With the Show’s SHIRLEY BROUN

DRAGON may be long removed from its fire-breathing namesake but for over 40 years this iconic Australia rock band has been HOT, HOT, and now even HOTTER!
In a fan celebratory move Dragon has launched into a major Australian and New Zealand Trilogy concert tour set around the music that contributed to the band’s sensational rise to major success in the annals of rock history.… Members read the rest!

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June 4, 2014

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Sad farewell for The Angels lead singer

Doc Neeson loses battle with cancer
BERNARD `Doc’ Neeson, former lead singer of iconic Australian rock band The Angels, has died aged 67.
Doc Neeson
The founding member (with Rick and John Brewster) of The Angels had been diagnosed with a brain tumour in December 2012. He died in his sleep this morning.
Neeson who had also studied film and drama after an 18 month stint with the Australian army in Papua New Guinea during the late 60s will be long remembered for his role in The Angels which spawned many hits including Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again?… Members read the rest!

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May 30, 2014

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2014 MO AWARD WINNERS

2014 AUSTRALIAN ENTERTAINMENT MO AWARDS
AND THE WINNERS ARE …
PETER ALLEN PERFORMER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Phil Cass

Winner: PHIL CASS
For an outstanding performer or performers,
Rating the highest score, who have been
nominated in any of the previous categories.
JOHN CAMPBELL FELLOWSHIP AWARD
Winner: CARTER EDWARDS
For any individual who has made an outstanding
Contribution to the community outside his/her
normal career in the entertainment industry.… Members read the rest!

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May 27, 2014

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Review – The Ultimate Vegas Show

High energy show brings Vegas to Gold Coast
Venue: Jupiter’s Casino, Gold Coast Qld
Date: May 9, 2014

By Guest Celebrity Reviewer

SCOTT RADBURN, of The Four Kinsmen

IT was Saturday May 9, 2014 … the matinee show!
What better place to see a Las Vegas show than at Jupiter’s Casino on the Gold Coast?
Michael Boyd, one of Australia’s leading illusionists, has brought a high energy variety show in definite Vegas style to the lovely Jupiter’s Casino show room.… Members read the rest!

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May 25, 2014

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Get ready to laugh along with Col Elliott

Double album and new book
Aussie favourite continues
to deliver the laughs

BY SHIRLEY BROUN

COMIC genius Col Elliott says he will never retire. “I’d get too bored if I didn’t do a gig,” he said.
In July the man who brought us characters such as Guissepe Lasagna and roady Chooka Dennis turns 65 and to mark the occasion he has launched a new double CD set COL-FESSIONS and will soon release his book `In Between The Laughter’.… Members read the rest!

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May 23, 2014

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Call for entries in 2014 Rob Guest Endowment Awards

Search for young rising stars
Your chance to win $20,000
Young musical theatre performers, musicians and technicians are invited to enter the 2014 Rob Guest Endowment Awards which this year offer a prize pool in excess of $45,000.
The Rob Guest Endowment Award, now in its 6th year, is awarded annually to an emerging musical theatre performer selected by a panel of industry experts.… Members read the rest!

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May 21, 2014

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The Angels – Celebrating 40 years

National tour and two new albums
A new chapter begins …
On with the Show’s Shirley Broun

Chats with lead guitarist Rick Brewster about the music, how the industry has changed, members and the success that elevated them to Aussie rock royalty status

MENTION The Angels and generations of music fans immediately jump to their feet singing `Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again’ and its extended fan response “No Way, Get F*****, F*** off, which may have been a bit crude but nevertheless it became the chant of a nation whenever the song was played live.… Members read the rest!

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May 19, 2014

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Tim Mckew toasts Noel Coward in New York

Preserving the old magic
with a 21st Century twist
As only Tim Mckew can

By SHIRLEY BROUN

Top Australian cabaret performer Tim Mckew is set to open his acclaimed Noel Coward show in America’s Big Apple of New York this Saturday, May 24.
The show `Tim Mckew Toasts Noel Coward’ is a celebration of Coward’s musical genius, wit and elegance. “Although much of Coward’s material was written back in the 20s, 30s and 40s, it is still as fresh and resonant today,” said Tim who is fast gaining the tag of Australia’s Noel Coward.… Members read the rest!

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May 19, 2014

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Isabella Ardley – ballerina extraordinaire

Star of the future Isabella Ardley.
Bell of the ball
and just 8 years old

By SHIRLEY BROUN

WHEN Isabella Ardley was just 6 months old she was featured on the cover of `My Child’ magazine and she has been smitten with the world of modelling and dance ever since.
In fact, it is rare for anyone to see her doing anything else … for she spends every waking moment dancing, training, learning her lines and preparing for performances in everything from eisteddfods to television commercials.… Members read the rest!

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May 17, 2014

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Comedian Jenny Talia set to tour

Kevin Bloody Wilson’s daughter
`chip off the old block’

By SHIRLEY BROUN

LOOK out Australia … Kevin Bloody Wilson’s daughter Jenny Talia is heading to town and it is fair to warn you she is every bit a `chip off the old block’.
Jenny Talia is taking after her dad Kevin Bloody Wilson in the comedy stakes.
 
OK Kev’s not so old.… Members read the rest!

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May 15, 2014

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Col Elliott – Flashback to 1993

Col takes his humour to the Brits
On With the Show’s Flashback
to Variety Today 1993

By SHIRLEY BROUN

IN one short performance Col Elliott took his audience from hysterical laughter with his `roady’ Chooka Dennis to near tears as he sang the touching `Hankies from Nanna’.
Comedy Performer of the Year Col Elliott.
Such is the power of this performer who, although enjoying one of the most successful years of his career, remains unaffected and down to earth.… Members read the rest!

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May 11, 2014

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One woman play turns heads

Singer/songwriter puts on her actor’s hat
to tell grandmother’s inspiring story

By SHIRLEY BROUN

WHEN singer/songwriter Roz Pappalardo was challenged to put her grandmother’s story down on paper she went one step further and made it the focus of a brilliant one-woman play that is turning heads wherever it is performed.
The play received rave reviews when it was presented for a special season at JUTE Theatre in 2011 and now the gifted writer has taken it to a new level by transforming it into a live concert experience `Rosa – The Concert Version’ which will be seen `live’ at the Queensland Cabaret Festival in June.… Members read the rest!

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April 25, 2014

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Star Birthdays – Luke Bracey

CELEBRATING A BIRTHDAY
APRIL 26, 2014
 
APRIL 26 Star Birthday: Former Home & Away star Luke Bracey who played Trey Palmer (John Palmer’s step son) turns 25 today. Luke was also seen as Aaron in Dance Academy and alongside Selena Gomez and Leighton Meester in Monte Carlo (2011).
Former Home&Away actor Luke Bracey.
Other celebrities celebrating birthdays today are Carol Burnett who turns 81, Bobby Rydell 72, Duanne Eddy 76, and soap opera star Michael Weir 52.… Members read the rest!

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April 23, 2014

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Women in Docs on the road again

New album sparks national tour
And interest from overseas

By SHIRLEY BROUN

THE launch of `Carousel’, the latest album for the highly revered folk pop duo Women in Docs, has been so successful the talented singer/songwriters have found themselves on a national tour.
Women in Docs’ Roz Pappalardo and Chanel Lucas.
This week, from April 25 to 27, the girls will be featured performers at the Fairbridge Festival in the southern WA suburb of Pinjarra, about an hour’s drive from Perth.… Members read the rest!

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April 8, 2014

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Mickey Rooney was a true star

Final curtain call for a legend
World has lost an enduring star
But chance meeting will be remembered

By SHIRLEY BROUN

IT IS all over the news around the world. One of Hollywood’s biggest stars Mickey Rooney has died aged 93. And do you know I think that is how the star would have liked it … a fanfare befitting his amazing career that spanned virtually his whole life.… Members read the rest!

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April 6, 2014

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Stones magic re-created in top stage production It’s Only Rock n Roll

Rolling Stones `Rockumentary’ on tour
50 years of hits
Fun, high energy performance

By SHIRLEY BROUN

WHILE fans of the Rolling Stones were disappointed recently with the postponement of the iconic group’s national tour there is a highly energised alternative that just happens to be touring the country as you read this with the next show scheduled for the Nautilus Theatre, Port Lincoln, South Australia tomorrow night.… Members read the rest!

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March 29, 2014

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Can You Feel It – Motown at its best

EDITOR’S BLOG
CAN YOU FEEL IT … The best of Motown Era
REVIEW: Jupiters Casino, Broadbeach, Qld
March 28, 2014

By SHIRLEY BROUN

A FRIEND called me out of the blue last night and asked if I would like to see a new show at Jupiter’s Casino which started in less than an hour. Apparently she had an extra ticket as one of her party of show goers hadn’t been able to make it.… Members read the rest!

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March 27, 2014

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Eddo … a little bit country is `stand-up’ success

Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Comedy and music go hand in hand for Eddo
Interview with Comedian/Writer/Country Music performer Anne Edmonds

By SHIRLEY BROUN

BANJO playing comedian Anne Edmonds was a country music artist before she walked on to centre stage for her first real stand-up comedy gig almost six years ago.
Comedian Anne Edmonds stars in `It’s Eddo’ at the 2014 Melbourne Comedy Festival.… Members read the rest!

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March 26, 2014

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Return season for Wicked in Melbourne

Wicked stage musical is back
Melbourne season begins in May
Then it is off to Sydney
MELBOURNE audiences are gearing up for the return of the highly successful stage musical `Wicked’ from May 7.
Demand for tickets paved the way for the return of the award-winning show at the Regent Theatre.
Australian Co-Producer John Frost said that after its Melbourne season Wicked would head north for its Sydney performances which begin at the Capitol Theatre on September 20.… Members read the rest!

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March 26, 2014

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Will the real Paul McCarthy please stand up

Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Popular impersonator turns tables on himself
Interview with Comedian/Impersonator/Writer Paul McCarthy

By SHIRLEY BROUN

BACK in 2009 `Double Take’ television audiences saw internationally acclaimed comedian Paul McCarthy as David Koch, Kevin Rudd, Bert Newton, Jerry Springer and Rove McManus but this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival will bring out a new side to the seasoned professional.
Paul McCarthy who starred in TV’s Comedy Inc and Double Take impersonating political leaders stars in `Identity Crisis’ at this year’s Melbourne Comedy Festival.… Members read the rest!

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March 14, 2014

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Fiona O’Loughlin pushes the boundaries for a laugh

Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Stand-up sees the funny side of life
Interview with Comedian FIONA O’LOUGHLIN

By SHIRLEY BROUN

 
COMEDIAN Fiona O’Loughlin admits she likes to push the boundaries whenever she performs.“There is always one more story to be told on stage. No one could ever say they have heard every one of them,” she told On with the Show’s Shirley Broun as she prepared for this year’s Melbourne Comedy Festival which kicks off on March 26.… Members read the rest!

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February 26, 2014

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Eurogliders reunite for special tour

Lizottes host Eurogliders live on stage
Old hits and new

By SHIRLEY BROUN

 
IT has been 30 years since Grace Knight charmed audiences as lead singer in the 80’s hit band the Eurogliders and now she is set to do it all over again.
The Euroglider’s have announced they are back on the road for a limited season with tickets selling fast at popular venues Lizottes Newcastle, Kincumber and Dee Why.… Members read the rest!

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February 13, 2014

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Sporting Link with Graham Wilson

WHO WILL BE THE NEXT HOME GROWN AUSTRALIAN OPEN WINNER?
SPORTING LINK
By Graham Wilson

A big WELCOME BACK to former Variety Today `Sporting Link’ Columnist GRAHAM WILSON (ex the multi-award winning The Four Kinsmen) who’s uncanny knack for remembering dates, names and even scores of sporting fixtures around the world, made him a valuable asset to the Variety Today team and, now, we are delighted to have him on board for On With the Show Entertainment.

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February 8, 2014

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Queens of the Outback to hit the road

Top choreographer takes show around Australia
Dream come true for Simon Vowels
By SHIRLEY BROUN
VISITORS to Melbourne Zoo tonight (Saturday, February 8) will be in for a real treat … and not of the animal variety.
Simon Vowles production `Queens of the Outback’ to tour Australia.
 
The cast and crew of the extraordinary `Queens of the Outback’ musical production will be treating Twilight Zoo audiences to a fun new interpretation of the hit movie Priscilla Queen of the Desert.… Members read the rest!

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January 27, 2014

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Women in Docs kick off 2014 with new album

Latest release ends eight-year recording hiatus
FANS of the indie folk-pop duo Women in Docs are anxiously awaiting the February 7 release of their latest album.
After an eight-year hiatus from the recording studio the talented duo consisting of Chanel Lucas and Roz Pappalardo has returned with a host of infectious new tunes and fresh enthusiasm.
When On with the Show’s Shirley Broun spoke to Chanel late last year the pair were busy organising a string of tour dates, the first since they had taken some time off for a well-earned break.… Members read the rest!

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December 19, 2013

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Greetings from Jade Hurley

LETTER FROM JADE HURLEY
Busy time for performers around the globe
But still they find time to keep in touch

A Letter to ON WITH THE SHOW readers from Australia’s rock’n’roll legend JADE HURLEY

Rock’n’roll great Jade Hurley will be performing in Tamworth during the annual Country Music Awards.
GEE, the past three years or so have been a real `BUMMER’… two new knees and other complications (one of the lucky one’s to still be here) that have seen me almost being a permanent resident at St Vincent’s Hospital then Woronora Cemetery in Sydney … but as they say `the show always goes on’.… Members read the rest!

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December 19, 2013

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Greetings from Tony Pantano

LETTER FROM TONY PANTANO IN MELBOURNE
Busy time for performers around the globe
But still they find time to keep in touch

A Letter to ON WITH THE SHOW readers from Dynamic Vocalist TONY PANTANO in Melbourne

Tony Pantano

I WOULD love to wish all your readers of “On With The Show” Magazine all the very Best for Christmas and the NEW YEAR 2014.… Members read the rest!

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December 19, 2013

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Greetings from Price & McCoy in Paris

LETTER HOME FROM PRICE & MCCOY
Busy time for performers around the globe
But still they find time to keep in touch

A Letter to ON WITH THE SHOW readers from TERRY PRICE in Paris

Price & McCoy’s Terry Price with Iya Traore.
LEADING up to Christmas is always a busy time for us, and this last week has been crazy for me.… Members read the rest!

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December 11, 2013

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The Project ends for Dave Hughes

As a new chapter begins
Hughes gives stand-up the nod
 
VIEWERS of The Project on Channel 10 this week would be forgiven for having a tear in their eye following the departure of host Dave Hughes last night.
Dave Hughes
 
After more than four years on the hit show the comedian announced this week that he would be leaving to concentrate on his other `love’ – stand-up comedy.… Members read the rest!

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November 19, 2013

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Catch Scoundrels while you can

Sydney Season to end December 8
THE Sydney season of the devilishly cheeky, fun-filled Broadway musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels will end on December 8, it was announced this week by producer George Youakim from James Anthony Productions.
The season had already been extended due to popular demand and wide-spread critical acclaim; however all good things must come to an end, with the final performance on Sunday December 8 at the Theatre Royal.… Members read the rest!

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November 16, 2013

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Magic Master Joe Labero – Flashback to 1997

Daring to be different
On With the Show’s Flashback
to Variety Today 1997

By SHIRLEY BROUN

JOE Labero has delved into the depths of his amazing imagination to bring to life the multi million dollar production of `Illusions’, launched at Jupiter’s Casino on Saturday, July 19, 1997.
`Illusions’, starring Joe Labero – Variety Today Cover Story 1997.
The focus of over 1000 guests on opening night, this magnificent spectacle dared to be different.… Members read the rest!

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October 30, 2013

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Theatre opens with Arthur Miller classic

Stellar cast star in All My Sons
It’s something really special – Anthony Gooley tells

By SHIRLEY BROUN

OPENING night of Arthur Miller’s celebrated play `All My Sons’ next week is set to be a history-making event as it will also represent the inaugural production for Sydney’s newest theatre venue Eternity Playhouse.
Anthony Gooley plays the role of George Deever in Arthur Miller’s `All My Sons’, opening November 5.… Members read the rest!

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October 28, 2013

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Extended season for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Tickets on sale from Friday
Sydney audiences lap up the laughs
DUE to popular demand and wide-spread critical acclaim the cheeky, fun-filled Broadway musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels has been extended to December 8 at Sydney’s Theatre Royal.
Producer George Youakim from James Anthony Productions said the new performances go on sale on Friday.
It’s a show that has the critics raving.… Members read the rest!

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October 28, 2013

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Amber Lawrence – Australia’s sweetheart of country

Career sparked by a broken heart
Now teaming up with X Factor heart throb Jason Owen

By SHIRLEY BROUN

A BROKEN heart and a new guitar for Christmas was the recipe that created one of Australia’s exciting country music sweethearts Amber Lawrence.
Amber Lawrence
Amber admits singing wasn’t even a consideration when she was young but breaking up with her boyfriend who had given her a guitar for Christmas broke her heart and gave her a reason to write songs.… Members read the rest!

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October 27, 2013

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Performers hook up for lunch

Impromptu `showbiz’ reunion
On With the Show
Editor’s Blog

By SHIRLEY BROUN

ENTERTAINERS rarely get a chance to be at the one place at the same time … especially if it is to enjoy what many of us take for granted, a simple meal with friends and family. These wonderful human beings are usually entertaining people as they dine or, alternatively, they are busy rehearsing to go on stage.… Members read the rest!

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October 23, 2013

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Women in Docs to tour

New album sparks return to the road

By SHIRLEY BROUN

WOMEN in Docs fans are already booking their seats with the news the indie folk-pop band is hitting the road next month for a string of tour dates, the first in two years since its founders Chanel Lucas and Roz Pappalardo decided to take a well-earned break.
Women in Docs’ Roz Pappalardo and Chanel Lucas.… Members read the rest!

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October 20, 2013

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Jason Owen – Life after X Factor

East Coast tour, song writing and recording
By SHIRLEY BROUN
CHARISMATIC 2012 X Factor runner-up Jason Owen is well on the way to strengthening his position within the entertainment industry and although he admits it is a challenge he sees the hard work he is putting in right now as a positive investment in his future.
X Factor 2012 runner-up Jason Owen.… Members read the rest!

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October 17, 2013

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Review – Grease the Musical

Its a Ramma lamma lamma ka dingity ding da dong Great Time!
Venue: The Lyric Theatre, Star Casino, Sydney
Date: October 16, 2013
By Guest Celebrity Reviewer
SCOTT RADBURN, of The Four Kinsmen
TO preface my review … let me be honest and say that over the years I have never been vaguely interested in seeing the live musical `Grease’. I have always preferred the huge, deep, gutsy, emotional musicals like `Les Miserables’, `Kiss of The Spider Woman’ and `The Phantom of The Opera’ with a touch of `The Jersey Boys’ thrown in.… Members read the rest!

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October 13, 2013

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Lisa McCune and Teddy Tahu Rhodes to star in King and I

From South Pacific to Siam
OPERA Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini and leading Australian theatre producer John Frost today announced the principal cast for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic Broadway musical The King and I.
Lisa McCune to star in the 2014 Australian production of the King and I.
Lisa McCune and Teddy Tahu Rhodes will co-star in the Tony Award-winning Australian production, which is being revived next year by the Gordon Frost Organisation and Opera Australia.… Members read the rest!

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October 12, 2013

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Laugh along with Aussie icon Hoge’s

Top stars to perform at Jupiters
Festive feast of entertainment
FEELS like Christmas already at Jupiters Hotel and Casino on the Queensland Gold Coast where Santa himself could be forgiven for taking time out to see the exquisite line-up of top artists scheduled to appear in the lead up to the Festive season.
Australia’s loveable larrikin Paul Hogan will appear at Jupiters for four big shows.… Members read the rest!

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September 17, 2013

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Review: Swing Central delivers

Swing Central jazz it up at brunch
VENUE: Jupiter’s Casino, Gold Coast
DATE: September 15, 2013

Review by SHIRLEY BROUN

SWING Central was the icing on the cake for hundreds of guests who attended a special brunch set in the beautiful lush green gardens of Jupiter’s Casino on the Queensland Gold Coast on Sunday.
An outdoor vista warmed by a beautiful September sun, shaded by resort-style umbrellas both over the tables and as a temporary cover for the band, was the ideal setting to take in the relaxing tones of the group’s lead singer Brad Leaver.… Members read the rest!

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September 8, 2013

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Star couples – where they met! – Flashback to 1995

Finding love in the most unexpected places
On With the Show’s
Flashback to 1995

Love can blossom at the most unexpected times but when the arrow hits, it is an experience many cherish. Guest writer Marcus Kuczynski asked six celebrities how they met the love of their life.

Jane Scali and Paul Martell met on a   children’s Telethon.
 

Jane Scali and Paul Martell
JANE Scali, a former Young Talent Time member, and comedian Paul Martell met when they were doing a children’s telethon in Tamworth in 1984.… Members read the rest!

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September 3, 2013

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The Empire Theatre, Toowoomba – Flashback to 1998

THE EMPIRE THEATRE
On With the Show’s
Flashback to 1998
EXPERIENCING the magic of live theatre surrounded by a true work of art is the treat for audiences flocking to the beautifully restored art deco Empire Theatre in Toowoomba.
On Saturday, June 28th 1997, the Empire Theatre became Toowoomba’s premier performing arts centre and a new era of entertainment and performing arts began on the Darling Downs.… Members read the rest!

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September 3, 2013

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The Burdekin Theatre, Ayr – Flashback to 1997

Thousands visit each year
On With the Show’s
Flashback to 1997
WHEN you are next travelling to North Queensland along Highway One – the Bruce Highway – don’t hesitate to call into the Burdekin Theatre. Thousands of visitors do so each year!
Once you have looked at, and photographed (which you will) the brilliant Stephen Walker sculpture of `The Living Lagoon’, situated just as you enter the Theatre forecourt, make your way across the plaza to the Theatre itself.… Members read the rest!

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August 28, 2013

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New series sparks song release

Smith & Western create musical Wonderland
Collaboration produces catchy new song
THE debut of TEN’s new drama Wonderland on August 21 has not only introduced an exciting new television series to our screens but also provided a catchy new theme song, currently available to fans for free download from the Wonderland Facebook page.
Sydney collective Smith & Western released the theme song ‘(Come On) Come Inside’ ahead of its network debut.… Members read the rest!

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August 24, 2013

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The Four Kinsmen – Flashback to 1994

Innovative Four Kinsmen set `MO’ winners record
On With the Show’s
Flashback to 1994
THE Four Kinsmen are very much the quiet achievers when it comes to winning awards. They are believed to hold a record for `MO’ Award wins, having amassed 19 of the prestigious statuettes in the 19-year history of the awards.
The wins include their most recent at this year’s Australian Entertainment `MO’ Awards held at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Sydney where they won two of the three categories in which they were nominated, namely, Peter Allen Variety Performers of the Year and Variety Group of the Year.… Members read the rest!

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August 22, 2013

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Delltone’s Nevin McLean – Flashback to 1994

Night the `Bassman’ got tough on Nevin
On With the Show’s
Flashback to 1994

By SHIRLEY BROUN

THE tears swelled, the emotions ran high and it took every bit of strength that Nevin McLean could muster to sing a duet with Ian `Pee Wee’ Wilson – one which they had sung together for almost a decade.
Flashback to Nevin McLean in The Delltones 1994.… Members read the rest!

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August 20, 2013

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Teamwork reaps rewards – Gold Coast Eisteddfod

A.B. Paterson College excels
32nd Gold Coast Eisteddfod
STUDENTS at the Gold Coast’s A.B. Paterson College proved teamwork can reap great rewards when they excelled at this year’s Gold Coast Eisteddfod as part of the Schools Choirs section.
A.B. Paterson Music Teacher Rachel Newcombe
The College’s Junior School choirs also took out the Primary School Aggregate Trophy at the Eisteddfod.
The prep choir of enthusiastic 5-year-olds won third place in the Novelty section, singing `Wheels in the Bus’; The Year 1 choir came second in the Novelty section with their performance of `In The Dark’, written by Candace Kruger and Rachel Newcombe; and Year 2 students, who were split into two groups due to its extensive size of 92 members, saw both groups take the top placings of first and second.… Members read the rest!

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August 17, 2013

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Top harmony wins applause – Gold Coast Eisteddfod

Tamborine Mountain State School shines
32nd Gold Coast Eisteddfod

By SHIRLEY BROUN

Some of the 46-strong members of the Tamborine Mountain Lyrebird Chorale which was Highly Commended with Honours at the 32nd Gold Coast Eisteddfod.
THE Tamborine Mountain Lyrebird Chorale proved a strong competitor in this year’s Primary School Choir – B Grade – Years Prep to 7 at the 32nd Annual Gold Coast Eisteddfod, held at the Arts Centre this week.… Members read the rest!

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August 12, 2013

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Big night for Dale Barlow – Flashback to 1992

Dual win at MO Awards
On With the Show’s
Flashback to 1992

By SHIRLEY BROUN

ACCLAIMED saxophonist, writer and bandleader Dale Barlow had cause for a dual celebration at this year’s 17th Annual Entertainment MO Awards in Sydney.
Dale Barlow at the 17th Annual MO Awards. (Photo by Shirley Broun)
Dale was voted Best Jazz Instrumentalist and Ricky May Jazz Performer of the Year, beating challenges from Vince Jones, James Morrison and Paul Grabowsky in both categories.… Members read the rest!

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August 12, 2013

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Harii Bandhu excels with `I Wonder’ – Flashback to 1996

Songwriter scoops the pool at Song Contest
On With the Show’s
Flashback to 1996

By SHIRLEY BROUN

EXCITING new song writing discovery, Harii Bandhu, has surpassed contemporaries from around the world to score a major win in the inaugural South Pacific International Song Contest.
Harii Bandhu – 1996 South Pacific International Song Contest winner. (Photo by Shirley Broun)
Held on the Queensland Gold Coast as an official event of the IndyCar Grand Prix, the event offered $10,000 in prize money and attracted entries from Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Denmark, Holland, Papua New Guinea, Sweden, Slovenia and Kuwait.… Members read the rest!

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August 11, 2013

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Book Review: The Three Keys

Your Hand-e-book to `life’
E-Book Review: `The Three Keys’, by Tim Mullins

By SHIRLEY BROUN

Tim Mullins

SINCE I first obtained a copy of this book, The Three Keys, I have had it within easy reach for repeated reference. It’s like my handbook for `life’ and each time I refer to it I find I am injected with a renewed enthusiasm for life and simply, getting on with it!… Members read the rest!

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August 7, 2013

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Gold Coast Eisteddfods set to begin

Stage set to showcase talent

By SHIRLEY BROUN

THE massive 32nd Gold Coast Eisteddfod kicks off tomorrow, August 8, with the Strings, Wind, Brass and Piano sections to be held at the Robina Community Centre.
Gold Coast Eisteddfod General Manager Judy Ferber and her team were busy today finalising preparations for the staging of what is Australia’s largest Eisteddfod event.
Due to the high level of entries the eisteddfod has been spread over three major venues including the Robina Community Centre, Gold Coast Arts Centre and the Albert Waterways Community Centre.… Members read the rest!

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August 5, 2013

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Breathless Terry Kaff on the comeback trail

Shock operation for our beloved session singer

By SHIRLEY BROUN

SYDNEY-based entertainer Terry Kaff, who was hospitalised last week after sparks started to fly inside his chest while playing a round of golf, is back home and on the road to recovery.
WP Brennan snapped this `telling’ photo of Terry Kaff, post-operation today. It’s Terry to a Tee!
 
The usually fit and healthy vocalist and top session singer, now in his 60s, received an aortic stenosis after being diagnosed with a malfunctioning aortic valve.… Members read the rest!

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August 5, 2013

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Keiley brings home 7 World Championships

Aussie talent shines on world stage

By SHIRLEY BROUN

KEILEY West must be one of the hardest working and successful young performers in the country.A triumphant Keiley West with her latest haul of performing arts awards.
At 13, this multi-talented teen (also known as Miss Kew) is turning heads and winning acclaim throughout the world with her latest achievement on the international stage at the 2013 World Championships of Performing Arts in Los Angeles.… Members read the rest!

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August 5, 2013

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On With the Show thanks supporters

Members and Advertisers please take a bow
On with the show UPDATE, August 2013
From the Editor’s Desk
ON behalf of On With the Show Entertainment and Shirley Broun, I would like to thank you all for supporting our website www.onwiththeshow.com.au . It really means so very much.Shirley Broun
The good news is that the website is growing rapidly and achieving some great results, with visitors from around the world and from a wide range of areas within the performing arts and entertainment industries.… Members read the rest!

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July 22, 2013

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Review – Bee Gees `How Deep is your Love’ tribute

Talent shines in a night to remember
Venue: Brisbane City Hall
Date: July 20, 2013

Review by SHIRLEY BROUN

I EXITED the Brisbane City Hall on Saturday night thinking `wow’ what a tremendous show and what a shame the rest of Australia couldn’t have been with me to witness the event.
Tina Arena, Doug Parkinson & Christine Anu. Photo by Shelley Garrod.… Members read the rest!

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July 17, 2013

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Wayne Horsburgh yodels to success

Yodelling great keeps getting better
Venue: Nerang RSL
Date: July 17, 2013

Review by SHIRLEY BROUN

POPPED into Nerang RSL on the Qld Gold Coast today and who should be performing but multi-award winning country and yodelling great Wayne Horsburgh and the Howie Brothers.
Wayne Horsburgh
As one would expect, the auditorium was packed with only standing room for late-comers like me but I didn’t mind.… Members read the rest!

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July 14, 2013

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Stars to present Bee Gees tribute

Brisbane to host music’s top artists
THE music of the Bee Gees, presented by some of Australia’s top performers will be a major highlight of the City of Brisbane’s Queensland Music Festival this weekend.
Anthony Callea
Event producer and musical coordinator Ken Laing has brought together some of the country’s finest musicians for the performance on Friday and Saturday night, July 19 and 20 at which Australia’s top stars will present the hits of the Bee Gees in the `How Deep is Your Love’ concert at Brisbane City Hall.… Members read the rest!

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July 13, 2013

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Adam Scicluna – big voice, big laughs

… and a Big MO Award for the mantle

By SHIRLEY BROUN

2013 MO Award Entertainer of the Year Adam Scicluna.
KEEPING audiences guessing on what will come next could be the secret to a long and successful career on the stage.
At least that’s what this year’s Entertainer of the Year Adam Scicluna believes and his brilliant mix of comedy and vocals is proving him right.… Members read the rest!

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July 8, 2013

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Gold Coast Eisteddfod breaks records

70,000 aspiring performers on stage

By SHIRLEY BROUN

THE Gold Coast is set for an influx of talented young performing arts students, teachers and families for the 32nd Annual Gold Coast Eisteddfod which runs for seven weeks from August 8.
Over 70,000 competitors have signed up for this year’s Gold Coast Eisteddfod which began modestly as part of the Tropicarnival Festival in 1982 with just 600 entries and has grown to be the largest in the country.… Members read the rest!

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July 5, 2013

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Johnny Depp’s Tonto is top honcho

The Lone Ranger rides a new trail

By SHIRLEY BROUN

I HAVE seen the trailers, various media outlet interviews and countless reports over the internet but I am still yet to see the latest Disney blockbuster, The Lone Ranger.
Johnny Depp as Tonto in The Lone Ranger
It opened yesterday around Australia and I, for one, can’t wait to take my seat in the closest movie cinema complex to see what producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp as Tonto have created for our on-screen pleasure.… Members read the rest!

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July 4, 2013

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Sporting Link by Graham Wilson

PLAYER PROFILE HELPS A LEAGUE!

A big WELCOME BACK to former Variety Today `Sporting Link’ Columnist GRAHAM WILSON (ex the multi-award winning The Four Kinsmen) who’s uncanny knack for remembering dates, names and even scores of sporting fixtures around the world, made him a valuable asset to the Variety Today team and, now, we are delighted to have him on board for On With the Show Entertainment.

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July 1, 2013

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Album release for former Rose Tattoo member

Top musicians form Mamas New Bag
as Geordie bows out of Rose Tattoo
FORMER Rose Tattoo bass player Geordie Leach is set to launch the debut album for his new band, Mamas New Bag at the Gold Coast’s Coolangatta Hotel on July 13.
Former Rose Tattoo bass player  Geordie Leach with his new Mamas New Bag Band members.
Geordie is best known for playing bass in Rose Tattoo for the past three decades.… Members read the rest!

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June 30, 2013

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`The Olivia Newton John Story’ captivates audience

REVIEW: Greg & Laura Doolan, Rob Rosenlund
Venue: Tweed Heads Bowls Club
June 29, 2013

By Shirley Broun

TRIBUTE shows are a major part of the live performance arena these days and when a friend invited me to join her to see the `Olivia Newton John Story’ at Tweed Heads Bowls Club on the Queensland Gold Coast last night (June 29, 2013) I thought `why not’ – it ticks all my boxes (I love Olivia Newton John, I love live shows and I was really in the mood to be entertained).… Members read the rest!

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June 29, 2013

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New album on iTunes – Harrison Craig

`More Than a Dream’
Harrison Craig, 2013 winner of The Voice, has released his debut album, available on iTunes.
HARRISON Craig has followed up his latest achievement in being named the 2013 Voice of Australia by releasing his debut album, now selling on iTunes.
The talented performer’s many fans will be delighted with the wide choice of songs included on the album entitled `More Than a Dream’, aptly named because being a contestant and going on to win the latest series of `The Voice’ was definitely more than a dream for Harrison.… Members read the rest!

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June 26, 2013

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Dutch Tilders – Flashback to the 1990s

Blues great to perform
On With the Show’s
Flashback to 1990s
HE is known as the `Godfather of Australian Blues’ and Matthew `Dutch’  Tilders will show audiences just why he has been given this grand title when he performs at the Gold Coast Art Centre later this month.
Dutch Tilders and the Blues Club
Dutch Tilders and the Blues Club is gathering a new momentum of blues fans throughout Australia and it is no wonder with its namesake Matthew `Dutch’ at the helm.… Members read the rest!

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June 24, 2013

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Rex Dallas – Flashback to 1992

Mining tour after Rex wins `Gold’
On With the Show’s
Flashback to 1992
AFTER 14 nominations in 20 years Rex Dallas has won the prestigious Heritage Award and now plans an extensive `Miner’s Tour’ throughout Australia.
Rex Dallas in Tamworth, 1992. (Photo by Shirley Broun)
 
The yodelling extraordinaire, who captured the essence of mining life in his songs, confessed he had been writing towards the Heritage Award for many years.… Members read the rest!

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June 23, 2013

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Bobby Dennis – Flashback to 1994

Parachute landing sparked career
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Flashback to 1994
IT says much for the British entertainer Bobby Dennis that his 1990 Australian Entertainment MO Award win as `Comedian of the Year’ has been followed by yet another nomination in 1994 – this time for Variety Comedy Performer of the Year.
Bobby Dennis
As he likes to tell it, he decided to become a comedian when he landed on his head following a parachute jump during his four years with the British Army as a paratrooper.… Members read the rest!

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June 22, 2013

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Hollywood choreographer Paul De Rolf

`Don’t hurry to leave dance school’
On With the Show’s
Flashback to 1995

HOLLYWOOD actor/choreographer Paul De Rolf’s tips for young performers back in 1995 are just as relevant today as ever.

Hollywood choreographer Paul De Rolf

PAUL De Rolf, born December 6, 1942, has been a part of the Hollywood movie and small screen industry from a very young age.

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June 21, 2013

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Frankie Davidson – Flashback to 1993

`I’ve come of age’, says Frankie
On With the Show’s Flashback
to Variety Today 1993

By SHIRLEY BROUN

THERE was not a sound as Frankie Davidson commanded the audience’s attention in his captivating rendition of the Barcelona Olympics theme song `Friends for Life’.
Frankie Davidson and wife Helen – his records sold out after a performance on the cuise ship Fairstar.… Members read the rest!

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June 20, 2013

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2013 APRA AWARD WINNERS

WINNERS ANNOUNCED

TAME Impala has recorded this year’s top APRA Awards Song of the Year `Feels Like We Only Go Backwards’, written by Kevin Parker.

The full list of winners on this gala night which celebrates Australia’s music industry follows:

WINNERS

SONG OF THE YEAR: Feels Like We Only Go Backwards (Tame Impala), writer Kevin Parker
BREAKTHROUGH SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR: Matthew Colwell and Kaelyn Behr
MOST PLAYED AUSTRALIAN WORK: Set it Off (Timomatic), writers Anthony Egizii, David Musumeci, Timomatic
COUNTRY WORK OF THE YEAR: Piece of Me (The McClymonts), writers Samantha McClymont, Frank Myers, Lindsay Rimes
BLUES & ROOTS WORK OF THE YEAR: Longtime (Ash Grunwald), writers Ash Grunwald, Colin O’Reilly
DANCE WORK OF THE YEAR: In My Mind (Feenixpawl and Ivan Gough feat.… Members read the rest!

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June 19, 2013

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2013 Voice of Australia – Harrison Craig

His music overcomes all obstacles

By SHIRLEY BROUN

HARRISON Craig is living proof music can overcome all obstacles after winning the star-studded 2013 Grand Final of Australia’s prestigious The Voice, effectively becoming the Voice of Australia.
Winner of The Voice 2013 Harrison Craig
When audiences first saw 18-year-old Harrison, he punctuated his opening address to judges with a stutter, something he says he has done ever since he could talk.… Members read the rest!

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June 17, 2013

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Price & McCoy keep Aussie Flag flying in Europe

On With the Show’s French connection

By SHIRLEY BROUN

OWNING a website is a wonderful tool to track down lost friends, colleagues and entertainers. The internet’s coverage is worldwide and it’s accessible by anyone who has a working internet connection. Recently, we published a Flashback to Frank Ifield’s Column in Variety Today (1990) and were delighted to receive an email from Australia’s Price and McCoy who Frank had bumped into and mentioned during a trip to Madrid.… Members read the rest!

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June 15, 2013

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Melbourne to host 2013 APRA Music Awards

BERT NEWTON, JESSICA MAUBOY Lead star-studded line-up
SOME of the biggest names in Australian music will bring their considerable talents to the stage at the 2013 APRA Music Awards.
Jessica Mauboy to make a special appearance
 
According to the official APRA website, 2012 Song of the Year winner and worldwide pop sensation Wally de Backer (Gotye) will be joined by APRA Ambassador and all-round Australian music sweetheart Jenny Morris at the APRA Music Awards this year.… Members read the rest!

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June 14, 2013

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Ex-Wiggle launches TV show

Sam Moran tells: Kids still his top priority

By SHIRLEY BROUN

AFTER five years as the Yellow Wiggle and five more behind the scenes of this much adored multi-million-dollar children’s entertainment phenomena, Sam Moran is blazing a new trail for himself but … don’t despair … his tiny fans will not be left behind.
Ex-Wiggle Sam Moran is back doing what he loves best – entertaining children in a new TV series on Foxtel’s Nick Jnr Channel.… Members read the rest!

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June 10, 2013

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Suitcase Circus – Flashback to 1994

Reg Bolton elected president
On With the Show’s
Flashback to 1994
WESTERN Australia-based Reg Bolton has been elected Honorary President of the British National Association of Youth Circus.
At the inaugural meeting in Warwick, England, the association unanimously elected Reg to the top position, in view of his pioneering work in the field, his influential books, his achievements in Australia and his continued interest in developments in Youth Circus around the world.… Members read the rest!

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June 7, 2013

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Arthur Blanch – Flashback to 1992

New album hits the right note
On With the Show’s
Flashback to 1992

By SHIRLEY BROUN

RENOWNED as being one of Australia’s most loved country music ambassadors in the USA, Arthur Blanch, is currently attracting rave reviews for his latest album `You Don’t Know Me’.
Arthur Blanch
Arthur, who recently visited his beloved homeland of Australia with lovely wife Berice, has long been a key figure in the country music scene both in Australia and his current base in Nashville, Tennessee.… Members read the rest!

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June 7, 2013

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Ron Blaskett and Gerry Gee – Flashback to 1993

Gerry Gee ‘Wood’ but Ron not ready to retire
On With the Show’s Flashback
to Variety Today 1993

By SHIRLEY BROUN

RON Blaskett has been making people smile throughout Australia for an amazing 57 years and , at 71 years of age, there is no sign of him retiring from his first love – entertainment.
This picture by L.Sterne of Ron Blaskett and Gerry Gee in the early days hangs in the Victoria Museum.… Members read the rest!

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June 5, 2013

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Pantano leaves lasting impression

Bennett and Lewis among his fans

By SHIRLEY BROUN

JERRY Lewis led the standing ovation and Tony Bennett picked him out of the crowd at a London night club for his performance on Australia’s legendary television show `Bandstand’ – such was the talent of Melbourne-based vocalist and entertainer Tony Pantano.
Tony Pantano – 2013 MO Award Male Vocalist of the Year – making it a record 12 wins
 
Last week named Australia’s Top Male Vocalist (for the 12th time) at the prestigious Australian Entertainment MO Awards in Sydney, Tony has a long record of achievement to his credit.… Members read the rest!

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June 3, 2013

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Yothu Yindi lead singer dies, age 56

Mandawuy Yunupingu legacy will live on
AUSTRALIAN of the Year 1992 and Yothu Yindi lead singer Mandawuy Yunupingu has died at his Yirrkala, Eastern Arnhem Land home, aged 56.
Yunupingu had been suffering with kidney disease for several years.
Biographer Robert Hillman said Yunupingu has become a legend in Australia’s music history and will be remember for bringing Indigenous issues to a larger stage.… Members read the rest!

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June 1, 2013

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International dancer gives tips to success

Love what you do to succeed
By SHIRLEY BROUN
Julie Jobson
YOUNG performers need dedication and a will to succeed to carve a future as a dancer on the world stage, according to Gold Coast dancing school proprietor Julie Jobson. “It is hard work, but that comes easy if you have a passion for dance and love what you do.”
Originally from Melbourne, Julie has toured the world as a dancer and choreographer.… Members read the rest!

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May 31, 2013

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Industry pays tribute to Tommy Tycho

The Maestro lives on through his music
By SHIRLEY BROUN
Maestro Tommy Tycho … lives on through his music.

“Tommy Tycho had the ability to bring out the best in performers and encourage them to rise above their abilities. He was the ultimate Musical Director, conductor, arranger, performer, composer and Maestro,” said Ken Laing, friend and manager for over 30 years.… Members read the rest!

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May 29, 2013

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2013 MO Award winners

Top performers take a bow
By SHIRLEY BROUN
THE 37th Annual Australian Entertainment `MO’ Awards, held at the Bankstown Sports Club on Tuesday, was a glittering night of star-studded performances, nostalgia and heartfelt tributes.
Peter Allen Performer of the Year Adam Scicluna
More than 500 industry members, family, friends and fans attended the gala evening at which celebrities were feasted, entertained and awarded in recognition of their achievements and contribution to the world of show business.… Members read the rest!

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May 28, 2013

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On the road with David Hobson, Marina Prior, Dee Donavan

Sell out concerts
Special celebrity report by Dee Donavan

Tour: Some Enchanted Evening

Dee Donavan
THE 5-day country NSW tour was extremely successful and we played to sold out venues. The orchestra under the direction of John Martin was superb. It was nice to have the opportunity of using my frontline parts. From my work in Europe I carry 15 piece arrangements so it was nice to be able to dig them out again!… Members read the rest!

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May 23, 2013

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Julie Anthony – Flashback to 1995

There was a time when she couldn’t sing
Julie celebrates 25 great years in show business
On With the Show’s
Flashback to 1995

By SHIRLEY BROUN

Julie Anthony … stirs a nation.
JULIE Anthony has come a long way since her first appearance on stage singing `He’ll Have to Go’ for a high school dance at Waikerie in the South Australian Riverland district.… Members read the rest!

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May 20, 2013

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Penne Hackford-Jones dead at 63

Popular actress loses battle with cancer

By SHIRLEY BROUN

POPULAR actress and author Penne Hackforth-Jones, diagnosed with lung cancer several months ago, died on Saturday aged 63.
Penne Hackford-Jones
Born in Greenwich in the US State of Connecticut and raised in Australia, Hackforth-Jones had been a familiar face on the small screen appearing in iconic Australian television series including Bellbird, Homicide, Cash and Company, Young Ramsay, Mother and Son, All Saints, Division 4, Matlock Police, A Country Practice and Bellamy.… Members read the rest!

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May 17, 2013

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Star Bound Eisteddfod – Brodie Stinson

At 2 Brodie knew she wanted to dance
By SHIRLEY BROUN
A VIDEO posted on You Tube led to talented teen dancer Brodie Stinson being invited to successfully audition for a highly sought after chance to join the coveted RGDance.
Brodie Stinson
“Brodie can now participate in their classes and workshops at any time of the year and she will also receive invitations to special events such as the most recent visit from Hollywood choreographer Kevin `Tokyo’ Inouye,” said her mother Karen Stinson.… Members read the rest!

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May 17, 2013

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Drug-free path to combat stress and illness

Performers among those at risk

By SHIRLEY BROUN

THE entertainment industry has long been identified as a place where its members suffer a great deal of stress.
Angela Wilson
Long hours travelling on the road or in the air to get to the next `gig’, late nights performing on stage followed by signing autographs and socialising with friends and fans, then up early to rehearse for the next show … it all takes its toll on our much-loved performers.… Members read the rest!

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May 17, 2013

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Star Bound Eisteddfod – Brandon Stoddart

Swapping a cricket bat for the ballet
By SHIRLEY BROUN
BRANDON Stoddart loves his footy and cricket but he is even more passionate about pursuing a career in the highly competitive field of ballet.
Brandon Stoddart
“He is really passionate about ballet and his ultimate goal is to do it professionally,” said his mother Lynne Stoddart.
Sure… young Brandon was ribbed at school for a while about his dancing but after he created his own routine and performed it for his mates, the ribbing stopped.… Members read the rest!

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May 17, 2013

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Star Bound Eisteddfod – Sasha Gubbins

Dreaming of a career on stage
By SHIRLEY BROUN
AT just 15 years old Sasha Gubbins has an impressive resume which includes model, actor, musician and dancer.
Sasha Gubbins
“She is a seasoned performer and just loves being on stage. She dreams of a stage career,” said her mother Sonya Gubbins.
The Year 11 Tamborine Mountain College student, who began dancing lessons at the tender age of four, spends most of her time these days either singing or dancing and is currently preparing for her Advanced 1 RAD Exams.… Members read the rest!

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May 11, 2013

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Marina Prior, David Hobson, Dee Donavan on tour 2013

Regional tour kicks off

MARINA Prior, David Hobson and Dee Donavan will embark on a 5-day Country NSW tour on Thursday, May 16.

The tour schedule will see this talented trio of performers playing at Regional Centres throughout the state, backed by a 9 piece orchestra.
“It’s a gig we are looking forward to,” said master of ceremonies Dee Donavan. “The tour will include two nights in Dubbo and then onto Bathurst and Orange.”
David Hobson
Marina Prior
Dee Donavan
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May 8, 2013

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Star Bound Eisteddfod – Amy Woodhouse

Passion drives a busy schedule for Amy
AMY Woodhouse is an energetic 11-year-old who just loves to sing and dance and it’s a good thing because her classes keep her busy for over nine hours each week. She learns tap, jazz, ballet, performance and singing.
Amy Woodhouse at the Star Bound Entertainers Festival Eisteddfod, Nerang.
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May 3, 2013

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Darren Williams – Flashback to 1996

`MO’ winner to star In new musical
On With the Show’s
Flashback to Variety Today 1996
AUSTRALIAN Entertainment `MO’ Award winner Darren Williams is to star in a new musical at the Footbridge Theatre, Sydney, opening on October 23 (1996).
The Rogers and Hammerstein musical `Grand Night for Singing’ is a collaboration of all the composer’s songs, presented by a five-part ensemble of which Darren, 32, is one.… Members read the rest!

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May 2, 2013

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About Us

On With the Show Entertainment
Shirley Broun
For a decade, Award-winning National Entertainment Magazine Variety Today was published to provide a voice for Australia’s Entertainment Industry. Many entertainers were actively involved in its publication.
On With the Show Entertainment continues this tradition but in a way that incorporates the modern love-affair with stage, screen and the showbiz world in general.
On with the Show Entertainment is led by Shirley Broun, Founding Editor/Publisher of Variety Today.… Members read the rest!

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May 1, 2013

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Flashback – letters to the editor 1993

Letters to the Editor

On With the Show’s

Flashback to Variety Today

Letter to the Editor 1993

Dear Shirley – Congratulations on your 2nd Birthday. Have a wonderful evening and best wishes for the magazine’s success from the Executive Committee and all the members of the British Music Hall Society. We will all be delighted to meet you when you come over to the UK and we hope any of your people will contact us if they are here at any time.… Members read the rest!

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May 1, 2013

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Anne Kirkpatrick – Flashback to 20th Australasian Country Music Awards

Anne wins Album of the Year

On With the Show’s

Flashback to 1992 SNIPPET

Anne Kirkpatrick 1992
ANNE Kirkpatrick takes out Female Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year. `Out of the Blue’ was Anne’s first album for ABC Music and in 1992 it was her most successful in a solo recording career that had spanned over 15 years.… Members read the rest!

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May 1, 2013

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Keith Urban – Flashback to 20th Australasian Country Music Awards

Urban voted Male Vocalist of the Year

On With the Show’s

Flashback to 1992  SNIPPET

Keith Urban (1992)
KEITH Urban breaks new ground as the first act to receive five Golden Guitar nominations from his first album, and follows James Blundell as the second artist to win the prestigious Star Maker Quest, the New Talent Golden Guitar and the Male Vocalist Golden Guitar in successive years.… Members read the rest!

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April 29, 2013

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Industry salutes Peter Allen (1992)

An Australian legend takes his final bow

On With the Show’s

Flashback to Variety Today 1992

and its Gold Coast Media award-winning tribute to Peter Allen

Peter Allen – the ultimate entertainer

THERE is no denying Peter Allen was the ultimate showman. His untimely death on June 18, 1992 from cancer at the early age of 48 shocked the world and left his Australian entertainment industry peers stunned.

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April 27, 2013

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MO Award Nominees 2013

Industry to be applauded at Awards night
By SHIRLEY BROUN
AUSTRALIAN performers will be showcased at what has become a much looked forward to night of celebrities and salutations when the industry gets together for the 37th Annual Australian Entertainment `MO’ Awards to be held at Bankstown Sports Club, Sydney, on May 28.
Television, radio, club and movie performers, actors and personalities will be among the throng of talented performers expected to attend the glittering event which is held each year to award excellence across a wide range of categories ranging from Best Venue to the Peter Allen Performer of the Year.… Members read the rest!

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April 25, 2013

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Top 80 Best selling singles in Australia

GUY Sebastian, Justice Crew, Psy, Taylor Swift and Cold Play are among artists who have excelled on Australia’s best-selling singles list, according to the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).

But it was Elton John’s double A-side charity single “Candle in the Wind 1997″/”Something About the Way You Look Tonight” (1997), a tribute to the late Diana, Princess of Wales, that records state is “the biggest-selling single since UK and US singles charts began in the 1950s, having accumulated worldwide sales of 33 million copies”, making it the second best-selling single of all time.

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April 24, 2013

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Dee scored enviable role on Moulin Rouge

A slap but no tickle for Nicole

BY SHIRLEY BROUN

DEE Donavan was the envy of cast and crew involved in the making of the movie Moulin Rouge, so much so that he was offered $50 to trade places.
Dee Donavan and his Australian Entertainment  MO Award for Compere of the Year.
 
“It was all a bit of fun really,” said the debonaire Sydney-based actor.… Members read the rest!

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April 24, 2013

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Entertainers march under one banner on Anzac Day

Spirit of Anzacs sees banner held high

By SHIRLEY BROUN

Entertainers Sylvia Raye, Jacqui De Paul, Little Patti, Dinah Lee and Lorrae Desmond with the Anzac Day Entertainer’s banner.

ENTERTAINERS Dee Donavan, Sylvia Raye, Lorrae Desmond, Dinah Lee, Jacki De Paul, Lynne Fletcher and Little Patti have given Australian performers who entertained the troops in war zones a special place in Sydney’s annual April 25 Anzac Day march.

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April 22, 2013

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Aussie-born Divinyls singer dies in New York

Chrissy Amphlett loses battle with cancer

FORMER Divinyls singer Chrissy Amphlett has lost her battle with breast cancer. The singer, songwriter and actress died in hospital in New York City yesterday, aged 53.

Chrissy Amphlett

Because she also suffered from multiple sclerosis, Amphlett had been unable to have radiation treatment or chemotherapy for the cancer.

Cousin to Australia’s Stompy Wompy Surfer Girl hitmaker and Bandstand favourite `Little Patti’  Thompson, Amphlett – born Christine Joy Amphlett on October 25, 1959 in Geelong, Victoria – carved her own name into music history as a member of the highly successful Divinyls.

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April 22, 2013

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Judy Stone and Peter Allen (1992)

They gave each other strength

On With the Show’s

Flashback to Variety Today 1992

By SHIRLEY BROUN

WHEN Peter Allen discovered he had terminal throat cancer earlier this year, one of his major concerns was not for himself but the fact that he had to cancel his season at Twin Towns Services Club, on the Queensland Gold Coast.

Judy Stone and close friend Col Joye.… Members read the rest!

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April 21, 2013

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Star Bound Eisteddfod – Sophie Moman

Sophie shines in new film role

By SHIRLEY BROUN

SINGING and dancing come naturally to young Daisy Hills (Brisbane) performer Sophie Moman, 9, who last year played one of the orphans in the hit musical Annie at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s Lyric Theatre in Brisbane.

Sophie Moman

“We put Sophie into dancing as soon as she could walk because she possessed a natural rhythm.

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April 20, 2013

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Star Bound Eisteddfod – Ellie Matzer

Ellie’s passion is to dance

By SHIRLEY BROUN

ELLIE Matzer is a talented 12-year-old with a passion for dance. Already she is turning heads in the competitive world of performing arts successfully auditioning for the elite RGDance in Melbourne.

Ellie Matzer

“The RGDance vision is to train and display the finest, strongest, fittest dancers, who ooze their love of dance and life in everything they do,” said Ellie’s mother Sharon Matzer.

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April 20, 2013

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Star Bound Eisteddfod – Nadine Chia

The ultimate achiever

By SHIRLEY BROUN

NADINE Chia is the ultimate achiever. In the recent Star Bound Entertainer’s Festival Eisteddfod at Nerang on the Queensland Gold Coast she achieved the `perfect score’ – six placings from six events entered.

Nadine Chia

The 11-year-old scored a first in Classical Ballet, second in drama 12yrs and under, lyrical modern solo dance and musical theatre, a third in tap solo and highly commended for popular solo in jazz.

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April 18, 2013

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Star Bound Eisteddfod – Giving birth

The show must go on

WHEN Pam Taylor launched the Star Bound Entertainers Festival Eisteddfod with sister Julie Jobson this year it was like giving birth all over again … literally!

The `Spotlight Baby’ Brittney with her mum Pam Taylor at this year’s Star Bound Entertainer’s Festival Eisteddfod.

“Twelve years ago I was at the Spotlight Entertainers Festival which our eisteddfod now replaces to support my daughter Kerene and I was heavily pregnant,” Pam explained.

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April 17, 2013

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Star Bound Eisteddfod – Jack Watson

Off to Disneyland

By SHIRLEY BROUN

JACK Watson is set to go from the Star Bound Entertainers Festival Eisteddfod at Nerang to the big stage of the world renowned tourist mecca Disneyland.

Jack Watson to perform at Disneyland in June

The young vocalist will be among the Young Talent Time School team of 15 young performers who are booked for three days of shows at Disneyland in June.

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April 16, 2013

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Scouts seek talented performers

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS OF PERFORMING ARTS

By SHIRLEY BROUN

TIME is fast running out for talented Australians to join an elite group of performers set to head to Hollywood to compete in the 17th Annual World Championships of Performing Arts.

World Championship of Performing Arts `Gold’ winner Keiley West

Australian talent scout Shaun West said this year’s contingent had reached 43 but more were welcome to apply for an audition if they thought they had what it took to compete on a world stage.

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April 16, 2013

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Star Bound Eisteddfod – Sherene & Miranda Coyle

Dancing to a new beat

By SHIRLEY BROUN

THE beat of their father’s drum may not have inspired Sherene, 12 and Miranda Coyle, 10 to learn music but it could well have influenced their love for dance.

According to their mother , Chris Coyle, the girls started beginners classes when they were about four or five but only began competing in eisteddfods this year.

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April 16, 2013

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Star Bound Entertainers Festival Eisteddfod – Shanti Barlow

Shanti is a `natural!’
By SHIRLEY BROUN

JADE Barlow was a dancer when she was young so when her daughter, Shanti, showed an interest in ballet at the tender age of 4 the weekly ritual of dance lessons was something that came easily.

Shanti Barlow
 

Five years later and nine-year-old Shanti now attends classes six days a week learning ballet, jazz, tap, modern, singing and aerial acrobatics and loves it all with a passion.

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April 13, 2013

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Star Bound Eisteddfod – Mums in profile

Life of a dancing school mum
By SHIRLEY BROUN

THE life of a dancing school mum can be hectic … even chaotic at times but ask most of them and they will tell you it is all worth it to see their children with big smiles and doing what they love to do.

Naomi Murphy, Melisa Wyatt and Samantha Wilson.

Just trying to talk to some of the mothers backstage at the Star Bound Eisteddfod while they prepared their children aged from 4 to 17 for their big moment on stage presented a huge challenge.

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April 13, 2013

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Star Bound Entertainer Festival Eisteddfod coverage

More stories and photographs to come

THE First Annual Star Bound Entertainer Festival Eisteddfod has showcased some of South Queensland’s finest young performers, a representation of which will be featured in the On With the Show Membership Site during the coming weeks together with photographs.

In the meantime tonight, from 6.30pm, the championship winners, special award winners, participating studio groups and outstanding routines seen throughout the competition will feature in a special Star Bound Variety Concert .

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April 13, 2013

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Star Bound Entertainers Festival Eisteddfod results

Keiley West
And the winners are …
RESULTS: Thursday to Saturday, April 11-13

TAP SOLO 12yrs & Under: Riley Johnston, 1st; Hannah Soda, 2nd; Karin Mochizuki, 2rd; Highly Commended went to Ellie Matzer, Keiley West, Hannah Millott.

THEATRICAL SOLO A 10yrs & Under: Jayden Murphy, 1st; Jamieson Schmitzer, 2nd; Jayda Colson, 3rd; Highly Commended went to Kyla Lambeet, Zoe Gaffey, Midori Kaye, Zarah Carmichael.

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April 11, 2013

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Youth puts on a great show

Eisteddfod attracts top class entries
By SHIRLEY BROUN

YOUNG performers took over the Nerang Bicentennial Hall once again today for what is shaping up to be one of the best showcases for Queensland’s potential stars of the future.

Boy soprano Jack Watson placed 1st at his first eisteddfod.

The children, ranging from tiny tots through to teenagers, were dressed in their finest costumes to display their talents and vie for a top placing in their respective heats as part of the First Annual Star Bound Eisteddfod.

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April 10, 2013

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Starbound Eisteddfod entrants exceed expectations

Young performers impress top judge
(Results of Day 1 at end of story)

BY SHIRLEY BROUN

THE new generation of performers are reaching higher skill levels at a much younger age than ever before, according to renowned dancing teacher Marlene Bowie.

Adjudicator Marlene Bowie

Mrs Bowie is the guest adjudicator at the First Annual Star Bound Entertainer Festival Eisteddfod at Nerang on the Queensland Gold Coast which kicked off yesterday and runs until next Sunday, April 14.

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April 4, 2013

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Death of Maestro Tommy Tycho

By SHIRLEY BROUN

AUSTRALIAN showbusiness has lost one of it’s most supreme talents with the death of Maestro Tommy Tycho, aged 84, in Sydney this morning – just a week before his 85th birthday. The well respected and much loved pianist, conductor, composer and arranger died of complications associated with pneumonia.

Maestro Tommy Tycho 1928-2013

A child prodigy who played piano with the Budapest Philharmonic orchestra at the age of 10, Tommy moved to Australia in 1951 and began to build a new life for himself and Hungarian wife Eve doing what he did best – music.

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April 4, 2013

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Tom T Hall Down Under (1994)

Lawson inspires story teller Tom
T. Hall to set his poetry to music
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Flashback to Variety Today 1994

By SHIRLEY BROUN

WHEN Tom T. Hall tours Australia in September (1994) he’ll be bringing a few words from one of the nation’s most renowned story tellers Henry Lawson.

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April 1, 2013

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Wickety Wak farewells a `brother’

Greg Doolan pays tribute to Wak’s Magic Moari
Greg Doolan
By SHIRLEY BROUN
Pahnie Jantzen

THE Easter weekend was a time of reflection as tears welled in the eyes of renowned entertainer Greg Doolan, following the death on Thursday of Wickety Wak co-star and long time mate Pahnie Jantzen.

Pahnie Jantzen and the many faces of Wickety Wak

“Just thinking about him chokes me up,” said Greg as he struggled to gain composure.

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March 31, 2013

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Phil Cass – the ultimate performer (1994)

Phil’s magical comedy is a winner
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Phil Cass – his magic and comedy set him apart
Flashback to Variety Today 1994

HIS `comedy’ sets him apart from other magicians and his `magic’ sets his apart from other comedians. This is how the Variety Arts Theatre in Los Angeles described a performance of Phil Cass – and anyone who has seen him work, must certainly agree.

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March 31, 2013

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Dee Donavan – gentleman of showbiz (1994)

Silver Baron wins the ladies’ votes
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MO Award-winning Dee Donavan
Flashback to Variety Today 1994

THE entertainment industry’s `Silver Baron’ – alias Dee Donavan – is enjoying quite a bit of attention from Australia’s female population, according to a Sydney Morning Herald columnist.

Dee, who is affectionately known as the Silver Baron, because of his silver hair and distinguished looks, has earned himself another title it seems – as Prince of the Ladies Day Shows.

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March 29, 2013

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Death of Wickety Wak star

PAHNIE Jantzen, who thrilled audiences with his Louis Armstrong tributes as part of Brisbane’s highly successful Wickety Wak showgroup, died yesterday after a long illness.

Pahnie Jantzen

Just two weeks earlier, Pahnie had joined his former Wickety Wak co-stars on stage at Twin Towns Services Club after Greg Doolan invited him to join them for an impromptu performance of Louis Armstrong’s `What a Wonderful World’.

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March 29, 2013

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Fabulous Photo Flashback

Look who’s on stage …
Talented trio at the 1992 MO Awards in Sydney – Terry Willesee, Rhonda Burchmore and Larry Emdur

DEBONAIRE Terry Willesee, stunning Rhonda Burchmore and suave Larry Emder share the stage at the Australian Entertainment MO Awards in Sydney in 1992.

TERRY WILLESEE

TERRY was attending the awards just prior to jetting off to the United States to work as a reporter for the American A Current Affair (not related to Nine Network’s program of the same name).

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March 26, 2013

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Session singer Kaff unmasked

Terry Kaff
Terry set to return to recording for Four Tops tribute
By SHIRLEY BROUN

SYDNEY performer Terry Kaff has the distinction of being Australia’s most recorded session singer between 1968 and 1978.

As a session singer earlier in his career much of Terry’s work has – to the uninformed public – gone largely without acknowledgement, despite his voice dominating our early television broadcasts and compilation albums of themes such as Farewell Aunty Jack (singing the theme from the Aunty Jack Show) and 70s hit, Class of ’74,  plus a host of commercials including Coca Cola.

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March 16, 2013

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Hazel Phillips – Brush with Fame

I MET Hazel Phillips officially at one of the Gold Coast Independent Film Nights at the Art’s Centre…she was a special guest and since then we have become great friends.

Shelley Lynn Dane Garrod, left, with Hazel Phillips.

We have since had afternoon tea at her home to hear her play the piano, polish her Logie, cuddle her pup, and swap scripts to read and review.

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March 12, 2013

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On the prowl

Keating and McFadden
Ronan Keating

SPIED X Factor judge Ronan Keating and former Australia’s Got Talent judge Brian McFadden at Jupiter’s Casino on the Queensland Gold Coast this week where the multi-talented duo were performing for one night only.

It was one of those `chance meetings’ where I turned the corner towards the lifts and ran slap bang into Ronan and his expansive entourage who appeared to be in somewhat of a dilemma over whether to jump into the lifts or proceed in another direction.

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March 9, 2013

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Rising talent on show at Festival

Performers flock to new eisteddfod
By SHIRLEY BROUN

DANCERS, singers and actors are gearing up to compete in the first annual Star Bound Entertainers Festival to be held at the Nerang Bicentennial Community Centre, in Nerang Southport Road, Nerang from April 8 to 14.

Providing a platform for talented performers of all ages, this exciting new variety competition was launched after the Spotlight Entertainers Festival announced this year it would cease staging their annual event, following an amazing 42 year-run on the Queensland Gold Coast.

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March 1, 2013

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Guy Sebastian – Brush with Fame

MY Brush with fame was years ago I was in high school, after a multimedia class I found myself speaking to two girls from my class. Midway through conversation their faces froze and one yelled in my face “That’s guy from Australian idol!!” Of course this was the year of the first season of Australian idol so it was a very big deal however I had never watched an episode.

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March 1, 2013

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Terra Nova – Brush with Fame

IN 2011, I was working as an extra on the US TV series Terra Nova, that filmed in the Gold Coast Hinterland. One particular day on set I was bumped up to a featured extra and got to be in a scene with Stephen Lang (Avatar). It was the middle of winter and we were filming in the middle of the night so all of us (cast, crew and extras) were all freezing.

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February 25, 2013

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Aussies feature but no Oscars for the mantle

Jackman, Watts and Weaver do us proud
Hugh jackman – Best Actor Oscar nominee 2013. Photo by Eva Rinaldi.
By SHIRLEY BROUN

HUGH Jackman, Naomi Watts and Jacki Weaver did Australia proud alongside Hollywood’s movie elite as each waited with anticipation for the announcement of winners at the 85th Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, millions of  Aussies were switched on to the live broadcast to back their immensely talented `home-grown’ stars to take out the `big one’ in each of their respective categories, but alas it was not meant to be … well, not this year anyway.

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February 24, 2013

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Recording news and reviews – Tim McGraw (1994)

Tim’s album arrives `not a moment too soon’
Tim McGraw 1994
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Flashback to Variety Today 1994
By SHIRLEY BROUN

I MUST admit, when Tim McGraw’s latest album `Not A Moment Too Soon’ arrived on my doorstep, I was apprehensive about just what it would sound like … not being familiar with his music. But this talented man, voted `Most Likely to Succeed’ and one of the 12 best singers of 1993 by Country American Magazine, won me over from the first track.

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February 24, 2013

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Star-studded line-up to help children in need (1994)

Performers help raise $10,000
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Flashback to 1994
Variety Today 1994

ENTERTAINERS came out in force to raise money for the Handicapped Children’s Centre of New South Wales when St George Leagues Club hosted the `Stars on Sunday’.

Backed by the terrific sound of Jupiter and The Rocky Thomas Band, some of Australia’s top performers took to the stage.

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February 18, 2013

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Victorian filmmaker wins top Award

Tropfest winner off to LA

VICTORIAN filmmaker Nicholas Clifford is `over the moon’ after being presented with the 21st Tropfest fruit bowl trophy from Avatar actor Sam Worthington last night in Sydney.

Clifford’s success was for his short film `We’ve All Been There’ which also won best female actor for Laura Wheelwright.

On Channel Seven’s Sunrise, Clifford said he had been more confident with `last year’s entry’ thinking it may have won the award that year but his latest success was a `great surprise’.

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February 14, 2013

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Simon Baker joins stars on Walk of Fame

Baker’s career on a roll
Simon Baker in a scene from The Mentalist
By SHIRLEY BROUN

TASMANIAN-born star of television series The Mentalist Simon Baker, 43,  has joined the growing list of Aussie actors to be honoured with his own `Star’ on the famous Walk of Fame in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

In an emotional speech at the ceremony, held outside Beso Restaurant, owned by Desperate Housewife’s Eva Longoria, yesterday (USA time) an emotional Baker spoke of his wife Rebecca Rigg and his children Stella Breeze, Claude Blue and Harry Friday.

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February 13, 2013

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Fans on `Babe’ watch as Hasselhoff tours

Chance to see the `Hoff’ live
David Hasselhoff on tour in Australia
By SHIRLEY BROUN

THE star of Knight Rider and Baywatch, David Hasselhoff will kick off his National Tour of Australia tomorrow, February 14, at The Corner Hotel, Melbourne.

Channel 7 Sunrise viewers were given a glimpse into the humorous side of this international artist when he stood in for Kochie with `his angels’ segment and exchanged repartee with Entertainment Editor Nelson Aspen in New York.

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February 11, 2013

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2013 Grammy Award Winners

Aussie scores triple Grammy win

THE Aussies shone once again at the 55th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles with home-grown talents Gotye winning all three awards in his nominated categories – Record of the Year, Best Alternative Music Album and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

And the winners are:

Record of the year: “Somebody That I Used to Know,” Gotye featuring Kimbra.

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February 8, 2013

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`Jacko’ set to rock a nation in November (1996)

Jackson fans queuing for tickets
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Flashback to Variety Today 1996
Michael Jackson

BEFORE he even arrives in Australia, Michael Jackson fans are queuing for hours to buy tickets to his long-awaited concerts in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth. And, already, four more concerts have been added to his hectic program on the HIStory World Tour 1996.

Concert dates are: Sydney Cricket Ground Nov 14, 16; Brisbane ANZ Stadium Nov 19; Melbourne Cricket Ground Nov 22, 24; Adelaide Oval Nov 26; Perth Burswood Dome Nov 30 and Dec 2, 4.

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February 6, 2013

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Cricket ‘over-kill’ is a shame

Sporting Link
By GRAHAM WILSON (The Four Kinsmen)

I HAVE been a cricket fan all my life. My father played into his 40s and an older brother was a very good opening bowler and batsman, who grew up playing with the former Australian wicketkeeper, Brian Taber.

My father actually saw Don Bradman play at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) many times.

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February 6, 2013

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Garth Brooks Downunder (1994)

Dedicated fans make it easy work for Garth
Australian songwriter Allan Caswell
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Flashback to Variety Today 1994

By ALLAN CASWELL

IN the weeks leading up to the Garth Brooks Concert in Sydney, I must admit to having been a little `Garthed-out’ by all the pre-publicity and media hype, but even the traditional `60 Minutes’ interview failed to completely drain my enthusiasm for the concert.

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February 5, 2013

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Hangin’ Five with Delltones’ `Peewee’

Peewee tells the story of The Delltones – March launch
By SHIRLEY BROUN

`HEY Surfer Girl, ‘Come a Little Bit Closer`’ and `Get a Little Dirt on Your Hands`’ so you can `Get a Job’ and be `Tickled Pink’ in a `Papa Oom Mow Mow’ way to `Hangin’ Five’ with me later.

HAVE you ever known a group whose hits have been able to capture the very essence of several generations in one sentence?

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February 3, 2013

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Hard work reaps rewards in LA (1992)

G’day Hollywood
By columnist Jenifer Green
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Jenifer Green
Flashback to Variety Today 1992

WHEN Shirley asked me to write a column from Los Angeles, I was delighted and thrilled that perhaps my side of the entertainment scene could shed some positive light and help people in our industry which has had such a downslide in the past few years.

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February 3, 2013

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Career high for Gerry O’Connor (1993)

Award was a surprise
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Flashback to Variety Today 1993
Gerry O’Connor and his wife Sue with his `surprise’ Award.

ACTOR, singer, compere extraordinaire Gerry O’Connor experienced a high point of his career when he was presented with a Wallace Award for Theatre Restaurant Performer of the Year.

The honour caught Gerry by surprise. As co-producer of the Wallace Award gala three-and-a-half hour entertainment program which involved about 130 performers, Gerry was busy directing from backstage when the announcement came.

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February 3, 2013

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Dean’s popularity soars (1993)

Busy schedule after award win
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Flashback to Variety Today 1993
Dean Daniels is congratulated by top Aussie Star Normie Rowe.

DYNAMIC young vocalist, Dean Daniels, has never been busier. Since winning the top male vocalist category of this year’s Queensland Variety Wallaces Awards, the offers have been rolling in to perform at venues throughout the State.

“The awards give your profile a bit of a boost and make people more aware of what you have to offer,” said Dean.

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February 3, 2013

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Unique Nightflight takes off (1993)

Top single for Mary-Anne Sterling
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Flashback to Variety Today 1993
Nightflight’s Andrew Hobler, Mary-Anne Sterling and Rhett Bolton.

By Shirley Broun

GOLD Coast Music Award judges were impressed with their sound and 12 months later Nightflight are set to take off in a big way.

The music of Nightflight covers a variety of styles from layback dinner music, funk and jazz (including original compositions) through to some of the most exciting Top 40 and rock and roll from the 60s.

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February 3, 2013

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Marisa Lee set to wed (1993)

Spring wedding for top vocalist
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Flashback to Variety Today 1993
The Gold Coast’s reigning top female vocalist Marisa Lee.

OUTSTANDING vocalist Marisa Lee achieved a goal last year when she was named Best Female Vocalist in the inaugural Gold Coast Music Awards. “When I first moved from Melbourne to Queensland five years ago my goal was to be the best female singer on the Gold Coast,” said Marisa.

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February 2, 2013

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Letters to the Editor – Variety Today (1992)

Chris Kirby
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Flashback to Variety Today 1992

Dear Shirley,

I must congratulate you on VARIETY TODAY. In so many ways variety seems to have been relegated to the back bench of show business in recent years but your magazine is helping bring it to the forefront again. It is important for performers to have this kind of means of communication and there’s been nothing since Encore went `arty’.

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February 2, 2013

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ALVABUZZ – comradry stronger than ever (1991)

Yodelling sensation Mary Schneider and daughter, Melinda.
Frank Ifield lends a hand
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Flashback to Variety Today 1991

By ALVA Queen Bee Mary Schneider

WELL, here we are again … another year over … boy that was quick! Maybe I fitted too much into it. It has been a good year for ALVA (Australian Ladies Variety Association).

The committee’s aim this year was to continue with our fundraising but more importantly, to highlight the comradery of which ALVA is so proud.

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February 2, 2013

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Hat-trick for Mike Preston (1991)

Voted top Male Vocalist 3 years in a row
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Flashback to Variety Today 1991

BRISBANE-based entertainer Mike Preston scored a `hat-trick’ at this year’s Wallace Awards by winning the Male Country Vocalist Award for the third year in succession. And, in it’s introductory year, Mike was also voted the top vocal/instrumentalist of the year.

The Perth born entertainer has notched up about 20 years in the industry, which began at the age of 17 when his fellow Army buddies threw him into a talent quest.

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January 30, 2013

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AACTA Award winners announced

The Sapphires scoops the pool winning six

THE Sapphires sang their way into history at the 2nd Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards, held last night (January 30, 2013) in Sydney, scooping the pool with six big wins.

The movie, which is about four Aboriginal girls who formed a singing group in the 1960s has been a real hit at the box office.

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January 30, 2013

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Stars come home for 2nd AACTA awards

Kidman, Crowe to star at AACTA Awards in Sydney

IT was a happy reunion for Keith Urban when he greeted his wife, Nicole Kidman, and children who flew in this morning for Nicole’s special appearance at the 2nd Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards to be held tonight at the Star Event Centre, in Sydney.

Still very much in love, the showbiz couple have to endure time apart as each fulfils the requirements of their individual careers – Nicole as an actor, and Keith on tour with his highly successful recording and live performances.

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January 29, 2013

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Stars tell – Most Memorable Christmas (1990)

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Flashback to Variety Today 1990
Kerri-Anne Kennerley
Kerri-Anne Kennerley loved Christmas with her in-laws in England.

GOODMORNING Australia host Kerri-Anne Kennerley goes back just two years to her most memorable Christmas.

“Celebrating with my husband John’s family at The Bear Pub at Woodstock, England, would have to be the most memorable,” she said.

“After enjoying a traditional hot Christmas dinner, we all sat in front of a log fire and sang Christmas Carols with my sister-in-law Emmy Lou Harris (married to John’s brother Paul).

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January 24, 2013

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Nevin McLean and his tips for young performers

Cabaret is place to start – Nevin tells
Former Delltones lead singer Nevin Mclean believes young performers could learn a lot from seasoned cabaret/stage artists.
By SHIRLEY BROUN

IF you want to become a recording artist or to pursue a career in the entertainment industry take time to learn how to read music. This is the advice of long time entertainer and former Delltones lead singer, Nevin McLean.

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January 22, 2013

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Frank Ifield targets Aussie talent in UK (1990)

SHOWCALL UK Column
Frank Ifield

By Frank Ifield
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Flashback to Variety Today 1990

THIS year while recuperating in England I have been busying myself doing lots of radio shows the length and breadth of the UK featuring Australian Country Music

The British listeners have been enchanted by the diverse talents of bush balladeers, Slim Dusty, Smokey Dawson, etc, to the modern country stylists such as Doug Ashdown and Graeme Conners.

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January 19, 2013

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Val Doonican celebrates with Max Bygraves (1992)

Teeing off for another year
Max Bygraves joins Lynn and Val Doonican on the golf course for a fun day out to celebrate Val’s birthday.
 
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Flashback to Variety Today 1992

By SHIRLEY BROUN

SINGALONG star Max Bygraves has put down even deeper roots in Australia (having spent every summer here for the past 20 years) and has now applied for a permanent resident’s permit to save applying each year.

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January 18, 2013

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Tell us about your brush with fame

Share your special memories

WHEN you look at what entertainers contribute in their bid to make our days, special occasions and lives so much more fun and memorable, then I can understand why the industry has such a strong following worldwide. And, I bet just about everyone has a special memory to share about how a performer – whether it be an actor, singer, dancer, personality, musician or another from the industry – has touched their lives.

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January 18, 2013

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5 mil people flock to Branson each year (1993)

Entertainment mecca grows up  òvernight’
John MacNally with Glen Campbell, who owns one of the major theatres in Branson, USA.
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Flashback to Variety Today 1993

Special report By JOHN MacNALLY

BRANSON … Where? Well you might ask, as not only is it a mystery to the majority of Australians and Irish people, and the rest of the world but also to the majority of Americans.

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January 17, 2013

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Dave Reynolds set for big night (1994)

Sunnie winner to perform for peers
A big night for Dave Reynolds who was a triple Sunnie Award winner this year.
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Flashback to Variety Today 1994

MULTI BASF Sunnie Award winner Dave Reynolds will be a special guest performer at this year’s presentation evening at the Brisbane Sheraton.

Last year, Dave stole the show by winning three major Sunnie awards including Best Single (Middle of the Road) for `Stop Smell The Roses’, Best Single (Country) `She Put the Music In Me’ and Best Album (Country) `Music In Me’.

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January 17, 2013

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Johnny Holmes releases pre-election song (1993)

`They’re Gonna Get Ya’ hits market
Wally the Worker, alias Johnny Holmes, release of pre-election song `They’re Gonna Get Ya’ has been so successful it is now on an album.
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Flashback to Variety Today 1993

By SHIRLEY BROUN

WALLY the Worker (alias Johnny Holmes) has come up with a pre-election recording to which just about every Australian could relate.

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January 17, 2013

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Days of Our Lives comes to Melbourne (1993)

Steve and Kayla drop in
Days of our Lives stars Stephen Nichols (Patch) and Beth Evans (Kayla) with TV host John Burgess at Westfield, Doncaster. Photo by Detlev Rueff
 
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Flashback to Variety Today 1993

WESTFIELD Shopping Town in the Melbourne suburb of Doncaster gave shoppers a real treat recently when they invited Days of Our Lives stars, Patch and Kayla, to visit.

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January 17, 2013

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Aussies team up with Andy Williams (1998)

Price & McCoy attract rave reviews
By EDDIE TRIGG

IT appears that the `Speciality Act’ so popular with audiences in `variety’ days is alive and kicking. It was cheering to learn that an Australian Duo/Acrobatic act is flourishing and receiving rave notices overseas.

Price & McCoy, having conquered Germany, French and British audiences and overcoming the many obstacles that are in force, have succeeded in breaking into the American entertainment business.

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January 17, 2013

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Starring role for Craig McLachlan

Mystery surrounds our lovable larrikin

By SHIRLEY BROUN

Dr Lucien Blake (Craig McLachlan) starring in ABC1′s new 10-part murder mystery series `The Dr Blake Mysteries’.

THE countdown is on for the return of quick-witted lovable larrikin Craig McLachlan to our television screens but his new role is one of mystery and murder.

On February 1, the ever-versatile McLachlan, 47, will star in the 10-part murder mystery series `The Doctor Blake Mysteries’, airing for the first time on ABC1, February 1 at 8.30pm.

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January 15, 2013

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ALVABUZZ – New year begins in style (1994)

Surprise for Frankie Davidson
On With the Show’s
Flashback to Variety Today 1994

By LIZ LAYTON

Talk about stand up comedy! Frankie Davidson (third from right) is surrounded by his showbiz peers including (from left) Mike Harris, Johnny Smythe, Lucky Grills, Johnny Pace, Bobby Dennis, Peter Dean, Barry Crocker, Peter Colville and (back row) Rex Allison, Dave Burke and Jacque Renay.… Members read the rest!

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January 15, 2013

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From the Editor’s Desk (1994)

Thanks `Hoges’
Shirley Broun
On With the Show’s
Flashback to Variety Today 1994

CONGRATULATIONS to Paul Hogan (and the many Australian shareholders) on the success of his latest film, Lightning Jack. I, for one, have been a fan of Paul’s since seeing him in his first television appearance on New Faces – that must be one or two years ago now.

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January 15, 2013

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Humour amid tragedy at Changi Prison (1992)

Slim De Grey brought smiles when life was a struggle
On With the Show’s
Flashback to Variety Today 1992
Slim De Grey relives the `funny side’ of life as a POW in his latest book Changi, The Funny Side.

By VALERIE JONES

IT’S hard to believe there could possibly have been a `funny side’ to life as an inmate of Singapore’s notorious Changi Prison under Japanese rule during World War II.

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January 15, 2013

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Shane Warne’s tantrums may hold him back (1994)

Sporting Link with Graham Wilson
(of The Four Kinsmen)
On With the Show’s
Flashback to Variety Today 1994

HAS Shane Warne lost the plot? It would appear so after watching Shane’s amazing antics after dismissing Andrew Hudson in the 2nd innings of the First Test in Johannesburg.

Here is a guy who has captured the imagination of all cricketing fans young and old alike with his incredible talent at such a young age.

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January 15, 2013

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Jimmy Barnes – My Brush with Fame

Jimmy Barnes is quite a Dad

Back in 2005 I was working as a journalist in Lismore and was sent to interview Jimmy Barnes in Bangalow (near Byron Bay ). The story had been set up to have Jimmy in a photo with a local guy of the same name, for which he obliged. But since he was performing for a Father’s Day concert it was a great opportunity to find out his thoughts on being a dad.

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January 14, 2013

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Variety Today turns two (1993)

The Variety Today Second Birthday cake cutting ceremony attracted some eager starters (l-r) Legalese columnist Anthony Colavitti, Susie Broun, Olaf `Westy’ Harris, Managing Editor Shirley Broun, Robert Pearson and George Harvey (of The Four Kinsmen), Greg Doolan (ex-Wickety Wak), Frank Ifield and – kneeling ready for the first slice – fellow Kinsmen, Scott Radburn.

VARIETY Today and 150 dedicated supporters saw the new year off in fine spirits as they joined together at top Gold Coast venue, Paradise Country, to celebrate the publication’s Second Birthday.

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January 14, 2013

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First Golden Globe for Jackman

`Our Hugh’ continues to shine
By SHIRLEY BROUN

Hugh Jackman has won his first Golden Globe for his performance in Les Miserables, capping off a remarkable run of major career achievements in the past few months.

After being immortalised on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame Jackman has backed it up with the Golden Globe win which puts him well and truly in the running for an Academy Award, behind frontrunner Daniel Day-Lewis.

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January 14, 2013

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Big year for young tenor (1997)

Stephen Fisher-King reels in the big one
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Flashback to Variety Today 1997
Stephen Fisher-King (top left) is surrounded by his peers at the 1997 Australian Entertainment MO Awards in Sydney.

FOLLOWING rave reviews in The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Fisher-King has won the most prestigious award in Australian variety entertainment.

Stephen actually picked up two `MO’ Awards at the gala ceremony at Sydney’s Entertainment Centre on June 18.

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January 14, 2013

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New Country Star on the horizon (1998)

Introducing Adam Harvey
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Flashback to Variety Today 1998
Adam Harvey

By SHIRLEY BROUN

JUST happened to tune into Foxtel’s country station recently to find a duet between Adam Harvey and Tanya Self.

I’ve never really seen or heard Adam before, but I admit I will look for this handsome, young performer in the future.

I like the analogy presented by his management, Gordon Stahl, in stating: `Roll together the voices of American country legends George Jones, Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty and Johnny Cash, throw in a unique Australian personality and presentation, add movie star good looks, and you have Adam Harvey!

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January 14, 2013

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Close shave for Jade Hurley (1998)

Rock’n’roller tumbles as heart skips a beat
On With the Show’s
Jade Hurley – felt the pains coming on but thought he could last until the end of the show.
Flashback to Variety Today 1998

By SHIRLEY BROUN

JADE Hurley is one of rock’n’roll’s most determined survivors. He has been down for the count more than once, with the latest scare at Newcastle Workers Club being among the closest shaves yet experienced “This one was bad”, recalls a much relieved Jade from his resting bed at a friend’s home in Sydney.

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January 13, 2013

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Music industry set to hit awards high (1994)

Stars gather for Gold Coast awards
Country Music Legends John McSweeney and Reg Lindsay are among the guests at the awards night.
On With the Show’s
Flashback to Variety Today 1994

THIS year’s Gold Coast Music Awards proudly presented by Gold Coast Music promises to be a star gazer’s delight.

Scheduled to appear at this year’s event are former `Laugh-in’ star Chelsea Brown, Venetta Field from John Farnham band, Hey Hey It’s Saturday’s Shane Bourne, Queensland Entertainer of the Year Greg Doolan, country music legends Reg Lindsay and John McSweeney, Syd `Cookie’ Heylen from À Country Practice’, Vic Rooney from E Street, Variety Today’s Shirley Broun and many more.

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January 13, 2013

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Peewee keeps Delltones bopping (1994)

Delltones stand test of time
The Delltones (from left) Woody Finlayson, Ian `Peewee’ Wilson (back), Danny Mayers (front) and Merv Dick.
On With the Show’s
Flashback to Variety Today 1994

WITH more than three decades of performances under his belt, Ian `Peewee’ Wilson is continuing the tradition of fabulous show group, The Delltones. Recently, he welcomed the return of Danny Mayers after lead singer, Nevin McLean left the group in June this year.

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January 11, 2013

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Greg’s award-winning `Life after Wak’ (1991)

Greg Doolan goes it alone
TV host John Burgess congratulates Greg Doolan at the Wallace Awards 1994.
On With the Show’s
Flashback to Variety Today 1991

By SHIRLEY BROUN

The 1991 Wallace Awards Male Cabaret Vocalist of the Year Greg Doolan could not be more delighted. “Having always worked in a group, it was a very important award for me to win.

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January 10, 2013

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Multi-talented Deana Peher scoops pool (1991)

Deana Peher was the first female Entertainer of the Year in the 18-year history of the Queensland Variety Wallace Awards.
Deana carves her name into history books
On With the Show’s Flashback to Variety Today 1991

By SHIRLEY BROUN

ATTRACTIVE and multi-talented performer Deana Peher has scooped the pool at the 18th Annual Wallace Awards in Brisbane and carved her own name into the entertainment history books at the same time.

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January 9, 2013

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Morning Wak Attack debuts on Radio-97 (1993)

Wickety Wak stars hit the airwaves
On With the Show’s
Flashback to Variety Today 1993

By SHIRLEY BROUN

THAT zany, fun-loving motivator of Wickety Wak fame, Greg Doolan has come up with the ideal cure for those early morning `workday’ blues.

Together with former `Wak’ co-star Peter Mackay, Greg has invaded the airwaves of Gold coast-based Radio-97 with an hilarious spoof on those good old souls, Robin Hood and his merry (sometimes tiddly) men, dubbed `The Morning Wak Attack’.

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January 8, 2013

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Devotion pays off for Jane & Paul (1993)

Jane Scali started her career on Johnny Young’s Young Talent Time.

Paul Martell with one of his Australian Entertainment MO Awards for Comedy Performer of the Year.
`MO’ winners Jane and Paul make success look easy
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Flashback to Variety Today 1993

JANE Scali and Paul Martell make a formidable team within the entertainment industry to which they have devoted so much of their lives.

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January 8, 2013

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Tony & Juleen on magic tour to Vegas (1993)

Duo simply `magic’
Tony & Juleen Laffan – turning heads with their `magic’ performances.
On With the Show’s
Flashback to Variety Today 1993

By SHIRLEY BROUN

TONY and Juleen Laffan have come a long way since their first `gig’ together supporting Julie Anthony and The Seekers on a Queensland tour five years ago.

It is no illusion or magical feat that these two talented artists have won the hearts and support of audiences throughout the country, purely based on the immense entertainment value their performances exude.

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January 8, 2013

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Wallaces tribute as top talent awarded (1993)

Rare home-movie footage of George Wallace
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Flashback to Variety Today 1993
Wallaces Award winner Gerry O’Connor co-produced the special tribute to the Wallaces at the Ipswich Civic Hall in 1993.

A TRIBUTE to the Wallaces – George Wallace Snr and George Wallace Jnr – will be a major highlight of the 20th Queensland Variety Wallaces Awards at the Ipswich Civic Hall on Monday, June 28.

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January 7, 2013

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`Days’ fans want Tony DiMera back (1997)

Thaao Penghlis in big demand
On With the Show’s
Flashback to Variety Today 1997
By SHIRLEY BROUN

FANS in the United States have voted Aussie actor – and eligible bachelor – Thaao Penghlis `Most Wanted’.

It seems a survey was undertaken to see which character from the popular `Days of Our Lives’ soapie they would most like to return. Thaao was at the top of the list, and there were no complaints.

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January 7, 2013

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Gibb family on the move (1997)

Bee Gees set to tour Australia
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Flashback to Variety Today 1997
Letter to Variety Today’s Shirley Broun from Barbara Gibb

Dear Shirley,

We have been on the go since last December. I am now home for about a month, then off again. Did you manage to send Noelene Batley a `Variety Today’, cos Barry gets mine.

Noelene is very well known in Australia, and goes over nearly every year and gets to work a few clubs around Sydney, where her folks still live.

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January 7, 2013

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Local songwriter in big demand in UK (1991)

Cilla Black takes 12 songs for new album as Allan Caswell’s career hits a high note
Australian singer/songwriter Allan Caswell is a multi Golden Guitar award winner at the Country Music Awards in Tamworth.
On With the Show’s
Flashback to Variety Today, 1991

By SHIRLEY BROUN

SINCE 1979 when he wrote Lyn Hamilton’s big hit `On The Inside’ Australian songwriter Allan Caswell has had 350 of his songs recorded.

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January 6, 2013

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Barron Knights slip into town (1991)

Frank Ifield with the Barron Knights (1991) – Peter, Nigel, Duke, Garth and Butch.
Old friends reunite
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Flashback to Variety Today 1991

By SHIRLEY BROUN

ONE of the UK’s most loved exports, The Barron Knights slipped quietly into the Gold Coast recently to perform at a convention for IBM at the newly opened Royal Pines Resort.

New member Garth, who notched up his sixth performance with the popular UK group on the Coast and is on his first trip to Australia, was a little over-eager to take home a tan.

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January 6, 2013

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Aussie Jazz great to tour US/Europe (1991)

James Morrison heads overseas
MO Award winner James Morrison.
On With the Show’s
Flashback to Variety Today, 1991
By SHIRLEY BROUN

JAMES Morrison never ceases to amaze his peers and audiences. In just three years he has been the recipient of seven prestigious `MO’ Awards, with the latest two including the Ricky May Jazz Performer of the Year and Male Jazz Performer of the Year.

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January 2, 2013

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World first for Rolf (1991)

On With the Show’s
Flashback to Gold Coast Sun, Nov 27, 1991
Shirley Broun and Rolf Harris celebrating a world first for the Aussie entertainer who has designed the front cover of Miss Broun’s First Birthday publication of Variety Today.

THE art of Rolf Harris, which normally commands five figure fees, will be available to the general public for just $3 early in the new year.

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January 1, 2013

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Tell us about your `brush with fame’

Readers invited to share story of meeting a celebrity

By On With the Show’s SHIRLEY BROUN

THE start of a brand new year comes with all my wishes for a fabulous, entertainment and success-filled 2013 to you all. I also hope all those New Year’s resolutions reach fruition and we don’t let anything sway us from our goals and ambitions.

I saw the New Year in watching Kylie Minogue push the button to spark the beginning of the $6.5 million fireworks display over Sydney Harbour.

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December 28, 2012

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`I did it for my dad’ – Johnny Logan tells (1994)

Johnny Logan – he flew his family home to Ireland for Christmas.
Special Christmas for Eurovision Song Contest winner
Flashback to Variety Today 1994
By SHIRLEY BROUN

WHEN Johnny Logan returned to his family on the Queensland Gold Coast in Australia recently (1994), he had one major goal in mind – to take them all back to Ireland for Christmas.

“That’s what dad would have wanted,” said Johnny.

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December 27, 2012

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Echidnas Corner (1993)

Flashback to Variety Today 1993
Echidnas Corner (Comedians club) by MARTY MORTON
Marty Morton hams it up with Chris Castle.

GREAT news – Echidna Johnny Holmes (Alias, Wally the Worker), has hit the Australian airwaves with his pre-election comedy song “It Don’t Matter Who You Vote For, They’re Gonna Get Ya”, penned by his good buddy, Carter Edwards.

Radio Personality, John Laws, first heard the song two months ago and liked it so much he played it every morning on his radio show.

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December 27, 2012

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The Galloping Grandmas take their final bows (1993)

And so ends an era
Flashback to Variety Today 1993

By EDDIE TRIGG

DECEMBER 10 last year (1992) should have been the end of an era as far as Brisbane and the south-east corner of Queensland were concerned because it was to have been `positively the final performance’ of a group of ladies who had become affectionately known as `The Galloping Grannies’.

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December 21, 2012

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Can you help identify these photographs?

Flashback to 1993 Wallaces Awards, Brisbane

WE are seeking help to identify these photos taken at the 1993 Wallaces Awards in Brisbane. Many are talented artists who won top awards on the night. If you can help, please email us at shirley@onwiththeshow.com.au or phone (07) 5564 7499 and leave a message. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

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December 21, 2012

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Audrey Hepburn and her Aussie connection (1993)

Flashback to Variety Today 1993
By SHIRLEY BROUN

RECENTLY the industry farewelled one of its most revered leading ladies in Audrey Hepburn when she was laid to rest after a long illness.

Successful Australian actor and industry icon, Michael Pate, who worked with Audrey in `Green Mansions’, shot in the early 1960s by MGM, said the industry had lost a charming, well educated, gracious person whom he admired.

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December 20, 2012

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Rolf dedicates mural to Pixie O’Harris (1993)

Rolf and his uncle, Olaf Harris, with the mural, dedicated to Pixie O’Harris.
Flashback to Variety Today 1993
Rolf and Olaf Harris with Rolf’s mural at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney, 1993.
 
By SHIRLEY BROUN

IN painting murals at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney, Rolf and Olaf Harris have carried on a family tradition.

Rolf’s aunty and Olaf’s sister, Pixie O’Harris, was renowned for the hundreds of murals she painted in hospitals throughout the country.

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December 15, 2012

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Standing ovation for Human Nature

REVIEW: Human Nature and the Australian Philharmonic Orchestra
Jupiters, Gold Coast
December 15, 2012
By On With the Show’s Shirley Broun

HUMAN Nature had the crowd jumping to their feet when they performed to a packed house at the plush Jupiters Casino on the Queensland Gold Coast last night. Rarely do you see an entire room of people stand with such enthusiasm.

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December 13, 2012

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Hugh Jackman’s star shines

A week dreams are made of for Hugh
It’s Hugh Jackman Day
By SHIRLEY BROUN

Hugh Jackman fell to his knees as a new star was born on Hollywood’s famous Walk of Fame … a star bearing the name of Australia’s world-wide success story and much loved actor/entertainer.

Hugh was on his knees to be closer to the new `Star’ in his life which was set in stone at his feet.

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December 12, 2012

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A note from Slim Dusty (1996)

Rolf Harris joins Slim Dusty to record `Duncan’ in 1996.
Final session in Studio `A’
91st album inspires a Note from Slim …
Flashback to Variety Today 1996

LEGENDARY country singer Slim Dusty was so inspired by his 1996 album release that he wrote the following note to all his fans and supporters.

Slim Dusty

“NINETY One albums! It’s a bit hard to believe, but I must say it’s been great doing them all, Slim wrote.

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December 11, 2012

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Lance Burton draws Aussie stars (1996)

Rolf Harris, The Four Kinsmen (except George who is behind the camera) and Lance Burton in Las Vegas.
Flashback to Variety Today 1996

HERE’S a line up of talent you wouldn’t want to miss – Rolf Harris, three of The Four Kinsmen – Scott Radburn, Graham Wilson, and Robert Pearson – with the $100 million man, illusionist Lance Burton.

Lance, who scored a huge contract to star at the fabulous, newly opened Monte Carlo Casino in Las Vegas for well into the next century, hosted these Aussie ambassadors in his dressing room after the show.

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December 10, 2012

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Jacksons to tour Downunder

Jacksons set to delight Aussie audiences

MICHAEL Jackson may have `left the room’, but Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon Jackson will tour Australia in March next year with their Unity Tour, paying tribute to their late brother on stage.

A whole new generation of fans will be able to enjoy the music which took the world by storm when the Jacksons, as The Jacksons and then the Jackson Five, first kicked off their careers as early as 1964 and ultimately became one of the biggest pop music acts of the 1970s.

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December 9, 2012

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The Inside Story on life in Michael Jackson’s shadow (1995)

Joy, Chantal and Wade Robson in LA.
Wade with Michael Jackson in a commercial for LA Gear.
Wade Robson and Michael Jackson
An Australian family’s courage to beat the odds
Flashback to Variety Today 1995
EXCLUSIVE by SHIRLEY BROUN

AT the House of Blues in Hollywood – with Dirty Dancing’s Patrick Swayze in the audience – young fans queued around the building to get Wade and De Wayne’s autographs, following the release of Quo’s debut album.

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December 9, 2012

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ALVA plans a big year ahead (1995)

News from The Australian Ladies Variety Association president Liz Layton (1995)
By Liz Layton
Liz Layton

WELCOME to 1995. Would someone tell me why the years are going so fast. Before we know it, it’s going to be the year 2000, and I’m just not ready.

Thank goodness I was wrong about everything when I was young. Can you believe that I used to think that once you turned 35 years of age, you were ready for the pension and that no man would ever even look at you!

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December 8, 2012

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Helen Zerefos’s `Love and Music’ makes history (1995)

Album features historic Grand Organ
Flashback to Variety Today 1995
Helen Zerefos with organist Robert Goode and sound engineer Marcus Nassner – their `Love and Music’ album is a gem.
By SHIRLEY BROUN

COLORATURA soprano Helen Zerefos has presence and voice which commands your attention.

Moving renditions of such international hits such as The Phantom of the Opera, Music of the Night, Amazing Grace and Danny Boy are just a few of the treats in store for those who have a copy of Helen’s recent `Love and Music’ album.

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December 7, 2012

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Awards hat trick for Graeme Connors (1995)

Graeme Connors took the hat trick at the 1995 Australian Country Music Awards in Tamworth.
Female Vocalist of the Year 1995 Gina Jeffreys.
Latest awards are `icing on the cake’ for major talent
Flashback to Variety Today 1995

TAKING the hat trick at this year’s Australian Country Music Awards in Tamowrth is the icing on the cake for singer-songwriter Graeme Connors.

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December 7, 2012

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Everyone’s favourite Beast turns 70 (1995)

Stage comedy was always Stuart Wagstaff’s first love.
Stuart Wagstaff turns 70 at gala celebration
Flashback to Variety Today 1995

HE HAS been a `Beast’ and cavorted with his fair share of `Fair Ladies’ but to his loyal fans and dedicated followers Stuart Wagstaff will always be a `true gentleman of the stage’.

On February 13 about 200 former leading ladies, fellow actors and friends gathered at Sydney’s exquisite Marriott Hotel to help Stuart celebrate his 70th birthday.

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December 7, 2012

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Superb new album for Marty Rhone (1998)

Flashback to Variety Today 1998

THE hitmaker of songs such as `Denim and Lace’ and `Mean Pair of Jeans’, Marty Rhone has released a new album of love songs, which is superb. His first CD in several years `Marty Rhone First Love’ consists of songs that touch hearts and spark emotions.

Popular and ever-memorable hits like `Unchained Melody’, `Crying’, `All By Myself’, `Right He

Marty Rhone

re Waiting’ and `You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me’.

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December 7, 2012

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Hugh Jackman as OO7!

Vote 1 for Hugh Jackman

By SHIRLEY BROUN

NEWS reports have today revealed multi-talented Hugh Jackman’s desire to be the `new’ James Bond.

Not that the producers are looking for a new 007 at the moment, but it never hurts to let them know of any possible interest. And, our handsome and captivating Hugh would have to be a fore-runner if or when the occasion were to arise.

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December 6, 2012

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Sad loss with death of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch at 103

By SHIRLEY BROUN

TRIBUTES have flowed in from around the world after the death yesterday, December 5, of philanthropist Dame Elisabeth Murdoch.

Dame Elisabeth was married to pioneering Australian journalist Keith Murdoch. The couple had four children including Helen, media baron Rupert, Anne and Janet.

I had the pleasure of meeting this wonderful, warm, graceful and humorous woman while Magazine and Womens Editor of The Land Newspaper in Sydney over 20 years ago.

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December 4, 2012

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King of Cabaret is back! (1998)

Don Lane is the King of Cabaret!

Standing ovation for Don Lane
Variety Today 1998

By SHIRLEY BROUN

THE audience jumped to their feet in an excited revelry of approval … the former `King of Cabaret’ is back!

When Don Lane stepped out on the stage at Twin Towns Services Club recently to re-launch his cabaret career after almost eight years away, both he and the audience were unsure of what the evening would hold.

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December 4, 2012

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Don Lane hosts MO Awards (1998)

Don Lane shows Variety Today founder and long time friend Shirley Broun a special `Thank You’ plaque from the MOs.
Warren Williams and Frank Newall were a load of laughs at the 1998 MO Awards.
John Campbell Fellowship winner Toni Stevens with Australian Performers of the Year Human Nature (1998).
Welcome return
Variety Today 1998

DON LANE, who co-founded the Australian Entertainment `MO’ Awards 23 years ago with entertainment greats such as Johnny O’Keefe, made a welcome return this year to host the major event.

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December 4, 2012

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`Cookie’ in hot seat at celebrity roast (1996)

Pictured (from top left): Performings on stage to `roast’ Syd Heylen, and guests included Bernie Stahl, Ken godfrey, Terry Gordon, Patti and son Syd Jnr, and Syd Heylen Snr with friends at Dracula’s, Gold Coast, 1996.
Syd Heylen at his `Roast’ in 1996
Industry salutes Syd Heylen
Variety Today 1996

By Shirley Broun

WHEN the devil (alias Slim De Grey) arrived to host Syd Heylen’s Celebrity Roast at Dracula’s on the Queensland Gold Coast recently, guests knew they were in for a `hot’ time.

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December 3, 2012

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Joey wins two in a row (1996)

Variety Today 1996

RECIPIENT of the Vocal/Instrumental Performer for the second consecutive year, Joey Fimmano says it was great to know of his success first hand this year. “The circumstances were quite funny surrounding my win last year,” said Joey.

“I was away working on the Fairstar on the night of the awards. The next morning there was all this gossip about someone winning an award.

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December 3, 2012

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Entertainment Industry pays tribute to Angry Anderson (1996)

Variety Today 1996
By Shirley Broun

COMBINE passion with opinion, add heart – it’s a highly combustible mix, and makes up just some of the ingredients for Ray Martin’s potent `Angry Anderson cocktail’.

“There aren’t many Aussies who deliver so much good as Angry does with everything from kids’ cancer clinics to little Annie who died almost in his arms,” said the much-loved host of TV’s Current Affair.

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December 3, 2012

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Human Nature to perform at Jupiters

Human Nature
Direct from Vegas to Jupiters, Gold Coast
AUSTRALIA’s leading pop vocal group and masters of Motown, Human Nature, will
light up the lead in to Christmas performing in Jupiters Hotel & Casino’s $20
million redeveloped theatre on Friday December 14 and Saturday December 15,
2012.
The chart-topping, multi award-winning quartet of Andrew Tierney, Mike Tierney,
Phil Burton and Toby Allen along with their band will bring their Christmas,
Motown & More Show to Jupiters Theatre, accompanied by full symphony
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December 2, 2012

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What they are saying (1996)

Letters to the Editor:

Dear Shirley,

Thank you for your continued support for Michael Gant. The exposure in `Variety Today’ is certainly paying off for Michael. Since advertising in the magazine and appearing in several write ups about the Wallace Awards Michael has been booked by major clubs interstate. I always ask where they have found Michael’s name and most times they refer to Variety Today.

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December 1, 2012

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Bert’s Christmas single

A note from Bert Newton (1994)
Variety Today 1994

Dear Shirley – It was great to hear from you. I hope life is good for you Shirley and the magazine is still looking fantastic! My best wishes always.

Bert Newton

Is there anything Bert hasn’t done?
Bert Newton on the set of New Faces in 1993

2012 UPDATE by Shirley Broun: Bert Newton’s latest visit to hospital for quadruple heart surgery has generated plenty of well wishes from around the world.

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November 30, 2012

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We are now on twitter and facebook

As well as staying up to date with us here on the website, you can also find us at http://www.facebook.com/varietytoday and https://twitter.com/varietytoday.
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November 30, 2012

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Ian McKellar teams up with Hale & Pace (1996)

On the road with Aussie funny man Ian McKellar
Variety Today 1996
By Ian McKellar

WELL, I am just back from my third tour around the country as opening act for HALE and PACE – and what a great tour it was! A lot of shows, a lot of laughts, probably a few too many beers but most importantly, a lot of happy punters.

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November 30, 2012

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Roland rocks on home with new bride (1996)

Variety Today 1996

ROCK and roll legend, Roland Storm, will return from South Africa to Australia in April for a hectic tour. Joining Roland on his trip will be his new wife, Cheryl. The couple were married in South Africa on December 2, 1995.

Roland is eager to return to his native Australia. “We have plans to relocate to Brisbane in mid 1997,” said Roland, who lives in Johannesburg.

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November 30, 2012

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Star facts – Did You Know?

JULIE Anthony, born in Galga, South Australia in 1951, performed in Las Vegas as a support act to famous comedian Bill Cosby.

MEL Gibson was born in New York State, USA, in 1956. He moved to Sydney when he was 12 years old, but still regards Australia as his `home’. Mel was only 21 when he was offered the lead role in Mad Max, which attracted a cult following all over the world.

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November 29, 2012

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`Yodel Antics’ hits high note (1996)

Wayne Horsburgh
Horsburgh tours Australia (1996)
Flashback to Variety Today 1996

WAYNE Horsburgh is back from Nashville toting a brand new album `Yodel Antics’. Recorded on his own label, Rotation Records in Nashville, the album features 11 yodelling numbers which are certain to be a big hit with Wayne’s many fans.

The tracks include one of Merle Haggard’s first big hits (and Wayne’s favourite song on the album) called Sing a Sad Song, along with Arizona Yodeller, there’s a Rainbow in every Teardrop (previously recorded by “Slim Whitman), Oh Leo Lady (written by Ray Stevens), song of the Old Water Wheel (which Wayne has wanted to record for many years), Chime Bells, Starting Tonight, Rockonover River, North Wind, Swiss Lullaby and Aussie song High Mountain Yodel.

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November 24, 2012

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Hugh Jackman is a `Bunny’

Hugh hops into a new role

THE December 13 release of Hugh Jackman’s latest movie, Rise of the Guardian, is the culmination of three years work for our much-loved Aussie star, soon to be known as Bunnymund or `Bunny’ (the Easter Bunny) for short.

In an interview with Channel 9′s Richard Wilkins, Hugh said he first began work on the animated production three years ago and was then called back from time to time as rewrites necessitated updated dialogue.

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November 24, 2012

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Larry Hagman takes final bow

Dallas star succumbs to cancer

LARRY Hagman, who starred in top rating television series Dallas and I Dream of Jeannie, has died of cancer, aged 81.
Born in Fort Worth, Texas  in 1931, Hagman enjoyed a long and successful career as an actor, producer and director in film and television. His mother was Mary Martin, a star of Broadway.

Larry was in the middle of filming the Dallas comeback series at the time of his death.

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November 24, 2012

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Pokies launch Qld clubs into new era (1991)

… but their introduction sparks mixed reactions
Flashback to Variety Today, 1991
By Steve Pattrick

THE year of the poker machine for Queensland has arrived. After lengthy delays through government legislation and legal loops which have dragged on since last July, poker machines are almost here.

Almost all clubs in Queensland are geared up for them, have been for a year and, with the February legislation and current tendering and training the only hold-ups, we can expect the first machines to be rolling their reels in May, 1992.

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November 24, 2012

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Bert Newton recovering after major heart surgery

UPDATE: BERT Newton is recovering in intensive care after quadruple bypass heart surgery at Richmond’s Epworth Hospital. The hospital confirmed that the five-and-half-hour surgery went according to plan.

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November 23, 2012

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Bert Newton undergoes heart surgery

ONE of our all time favourite Showbiz Personalities, Bert Newton, is about to undergo major heart surgery in Melbourne. Bert will have quadruple heart surgery today, November 24, and he will take the best wishes of a nation into the operating theatre with him.

And, the professional that he is, Bert still wears that winning smile in anxious anticipation of the over 5-hour ordeal ahead.

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November 23, 2012

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The Mystery of the missing laptop!

Happy-ish ending for Rob
On the road with Pearson & Harvey

Following a great show last Wednesday morning at ‘Across The Waves’ in Bundaberg, we packed the gear as normal and started the 5-6 hour drive home to the Gold Coast. About 3 hours from Bundy, Rob made the heart-stopping discovery that he’d left his laptop computer on the loading dock.

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November 23, 2012

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On with the show

A great day for the OZ Variety Industry
From website of Pearson & Harvey

We’ve just received the word that a long-awaited website is up and running. Shirley Broun, former publisher/editor of the ‘VARIETY TODAY’ magazine (and one of the best friends the Australian Variety Industry has ever had) has launched her new website. Check out www.onwiththeshow.com.au to see some great ‘blasts from the past’ and great news stories about our business.

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November 18, 2012

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Tribute to `King’ Arthur of the Gold Coast

Arthur Coghlan inspired Ian McLeod’s latest single `King Arthur of the Gold Coast
Songwriter Ian McLeod (Rockarama) pays tribute to Escapologist, Arthur Coghlan

Ian McLeod wrote:

“When my good friend, Arthur Coghlan, told me he was coming out of retirement to do one last daring underwater stunt, I decided it was time to pay tribute to one of Australia’s all-time Masters of Escapology.

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November 17, 2012

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Kerri-Anne to host new-look GMA (1990)

Flashback to Variety Today 1991

KERRI-ANNE Kennerley, the vivacious co-host of the nation’s premier early morning television program, Good Morning Australia (GMA), has a simple philosophy – `live life to its fullest, and take each day as it comes’.

In February GMA, the show that awakens thousands of viewers around the country each morning with news, interviews, entertainment and bright chatter, celebrates its first decade.

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November 16, 2012

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Kinsmen’s off-stage antics!

Away from the Spotlight
Rob Pearson, Graham Wilson & Scott Radburn devise a unique play!

HAVE you ever wondered what entertainers do in their `spare time’?

Well there is something to be said for performing in a group because immediately there is a `team spirit’ to inject into outside activities, putting a `group’ a step ahead.

Such was the case for this soccer `super group’ - namely, three members of The Four Kinsmen (Robert Pearson, Graham Wilson and Scott Radburn) - seen here kicking around a soccer ball as part of the Gold Coast’s Jupiters Casino Soccer team in the 1990s.

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November 15, 2012

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Audience laps it up at Tap Dogs

REVIEW: Tap Dogs, Jupiters, Gold Coast, November 2012
By Shirley Broun
 

AS a former scholar of tap dancing, I could not pass up an opportunity to see some of Australia’s top `tappers’ first hand on the fabulous Jupiters stage.

I couldn’t help but wonder what these talented dancers would do in a 80 minute non-stop show that just focused on `tap dancing’, but was pleasantly surprised at the innovative ideas that flowed on the stage before us.

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November 14, 2012

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Coghlan pays tribute

Magic Castle founder farewelled
Arthur Coghlan wrote:

Hello Shirley – You asked what news I could tell you. Firstly, some very sad news, my very good friend, George Carrett, passed away in July this year. In early 1977, I approached George when he first built a castle on the hill at Nobby Beach and it was reported in the press that he was not sure what he was going to do with it.

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November 10, 2012

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Dean Semler’s director debut (1992)

THE KANGAROO KID
Flashback to Variety Today (1992)

AWARD-winning cinematographer Dean Semler will make his directing debut with the major Australian/American motion picture,The Kangaroo Kid, with shooting scheduled to begin in central and south-east Queensland in April.

After nine weeks, the filming will move to Dallas, Texas for the final two weeks.

President of Village Roadshow Pictures, Greg Coote, was excited when announcing the new project: “Once or maybe twice in a lifetime a script like this comes along.

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November 10, 2012

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On the Screen (1992)

THE LATEST MOVIE NEWS
Variety Today (1992)

Recently, CILLA BLACK picked up the glittering prize as Showbiz Personality of the Year. The Liverpool, England, superstar of TV’s Blind Date was delighted as she clutched her British Variety club Silver Heart Award. However, she was outnumbered by the winners of the ITV personality award which went to four members of The Larkin Family from TV’s smash success `The Darling Buds of May’.

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November 9, 2012

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Tivoli fire tragedy of 1945

A Hero’s Personal Account
Variety Today, 1992
(NB: The Tivoli was the major outlet for variety theatre and vaudeville in Australia for over 70 years after its establishment in 1893)
FRANK (TEX) GLANVILLE, considered in his time to be one of the best rope spinners in Australia, has also etched his name in history as a `hero’ in the tragic Tivoli Fire of 1945.… Members read the rest!

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November 9, 2012

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Keith Urban leads a new breed of Music Star -1992

Tamworth Salutes songwriter
Keith Urban is leading the way for a new breed of country performer.
who dares to be different
Variety Today 1992
By Shirley Broun

KEITH URBAN is leading the charge of a new breed of performer who commands the attention of music lovers across the board.

Sure – to date his major recognition has come from the Country Music arena, but anyone who has seen this talented 24-year-old peforming `live’ will know his songwriting and musical abilities extend far beyond the `country’ tag.

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November 9, 2012

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Keith Urban – rapidly rising star 1992

Flashback to Variety Today Jan-Feb 1992
From the Editor’s Desk (Shirley Broun)

IN the next issue, we will spotlight country music with a full coverage on the 20th Australasian Country Music Awards in Tamworth.

Just recently, Frank Ifield and I attended a night of country entertainment which included Keith Urban, Gina Jeffries and the Danglin Bros. What a great line-up of talent, all with their own unique styles and each presenting a new country sound.

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November 6, 2012

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ELVIS Presley’s Drummer Speaks Out

14 Years on the Road with the `King’
Flashback to Variety Today 1996
Elvis’s drummer DJ Fontana 1996

IMAGINE spending 24 hours a day, seven days a week with the King of Rock and Roll, ELVIS PRESLEY. You share the highs and the lows, the happy times and the sad, the triumphs and the battles – and all in the name of `Entertainment’.

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November 4, 2012

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Where are they Now?

Benny King – old friends are new again!
CAN YOU HELP US FIND OUR MUCH-LOVED PERFORMERS?

TIME has a way of going by so quickly!

One minute you are the most `in demand’ of artists. actors, performers etc and the next … the appearances start to wane. But not because you are not equally as talented or in demand but because new artists keep emerging and there are only limited opportunities in the industry to be filled.

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November 4, 2012

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Special CD launch in presence of `Royalty’

A Right Royal Celebration
 

By Shirley Broun

 
Ian MacLeod, Arthur Coghlan and Bob Browne at the launch.

IT seems the King of the Gold Coast’s Magic Castle has woven a magical spell over songwriter Ian MacLeod.

The renowned Rockabilly Cowboy has penned a tribute to Australia’s much-loved escapologist/magician Arthur Coghlan, 80, which captures the essence of the man who has intrigued and thrilled audiences around the world.

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November 2, 2012

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Sporting Link Returns

MIXING IT WITH THE SPORTING GREATS!

A big WELCOME BACK to former Variety Today `Sporting Link’ Columnist GRAHAM WILSON (ex the multi-award winning The Four Kinsmen) who’s uncanny knack for remembering dates, names and even scores of sporting fixtures around the world, made him a valuable asset to the Variety Today team and, now, we are delighted to have him on board for On With the Show Entertainment.

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October 20, 2012

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Attention all Entertainers!

Membership Site
An invitation to contribute

By SHIRLEY BROUN

When I first started my National Entertainment Magazine Variety Today back in 1990, my aim was to promote Entertainers from all areas of the industry and provide them with a voice through its pages.

This was achieved by the industry not only reading and subscribing to the publication but also by contributing stories, columns, photographs, letters, updates, cartoons, jokes, funny annecdotes and so much more.

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October 17, 2012

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Andre scores hat trick at Coca-Cola Music Awards 1994

Variety Today – 1994
By Shirley Broun

PETER ANDRE’S Gold Coast-based family cried tears of joy as the successful recording artist scored his third big win at the 1993 Coca Cola Music Awards, held at Dreamworld recently.

While Peter, who began his professional career after winning New Faces just two years ago, was unable to attend due to his commitment as support act to Madonna in Melbourne, his parents, brothers Michael and Danny, and sister Debbie were among the thousands who attended the major music industry event.

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October 14, 2012

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Edwin Duff takes his final bow

SAD FAREWELL FOR A REAL TROUPER
Edwin Duff and Janet Mackenzie at the 1996 South Pacific Song Contest on the Gold Coast.

By Shirley Broun

Widely considered the doyen of Australia’s jazz singers, the death of Edwin Duff in July, 2012 marks the end of a wonderful career in showbusiness.

Edwin Duff was aged 84 and living in a nursing home in the Sydney suburb of Vaucluse.

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October 8, 2012

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Wade takes up offer to dance with Jackson

Flashback to Variety Today 1991
By Shirley Broun

DREAMS do come true … just ask nine-year-old Wade Robson, of Brisbane, who recently packed all his worldly possessions and moved to America to dance with his idol, International superstar Michael Jackson.

Wade, who won National acclaim on popular talent show Starsearch, has worked with Michael previously. the star was so impressed with the young dancer that he issued an invitation for him to return to the United States to work with him on a number of projects that will see Wade sharing the screen with his idol.

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October 4, 2012

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O’Connor taps into Twin Towns audiences

Donald O’Connor – the ultimate performer – toured Australia in 1994
Donald O’Connor tours Australia (1994)
By Shirley Broun

WHEN it comes to screen legends, few would surpass dancer, singer and actor DONALD O’CONNOR whom I had the great delight of meeting, along with his wife Gloria, during his Australian tour at Easter in 1994.
This multi-talented performer was a childhood favourite of mine.

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October 4, 2012

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Pass the Bottle! On tour with Pearson & Harvey

Harvey & Pearson - empty bottle ready for refill

Harvey & Pearson – Robert Pearson points to the empty bottle, hidden without trace.

Words & Photos contributed by Pearson & Harvey

It’s very hard to convince people that we’re working when we tell them we’re doing a cruise. Even though it’s a very, very nice way to make a living, we still work hard to make sure that a cruise audience of possibly 3000 over 4 or 5 shows gets our very best.

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September 30, 2012

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Stars tell favourite TV commercials

Variety Today 1995
Australian Commercials leave their mark
FRANK IFIELD has never forgotten the original Vegemite commercial which made a brief comeback in a re-edited version a few years ago. “I always liked it. It had one of those silly little tunes which never gets out of your head,” he said. Another attraction was the ad’s sepia treatment.
DELILAH fell in love with the short-lived but memorable commercial for Fuji film in which a Japanese mother is giving birth to a baby who pops out holding a camera and starts taking happy snaps.… Members read the rest!

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September 30, 2012

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Bobby Limb speaks frankly on life and career

Bobby Limb in 1991
Sound of Music’s Bobby Limb

Variety Today – May 1991

BOBBY Limb is an entertainer who vows never to retire. In this exclusive interview with Variety Today Managing Editor Shirley broun, this Australian showbusiness favourite talks frankly about the successes and the frustrations, the heartbreaks and the happy memories of a career that spans more than four decades.

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September 30, 2012

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Lots of laughs with Pearson & Harvey

Paul Martell, Robert Pearson, Jane Scali, George Harvey

 
REVIEW: Pearson & Harvey
Southport Sharks
September 20, 2012
By Shirley Broun
 

ON with the Show could not have kicked off its Show Reviews with a better example of what pure entertainment is all about than this delightful presentation by ex-The Four Kinsmen’s George Harvey and Robert Pearson.
Cheering them on in the audience were fellow performers Jane Scali and husband Paul Martell along with Jane’s mother Maria and Paul’s daughter Courtney.

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September 10, 2012

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John Williamson celebrates 25 years in Show Business (1992)

Variety Today 1996
JOHN WILLIAMSON celebrated 25 years in Show Business in 1996 and industry peers took the opportunity to pay tribute to the `boy from the Mallee’.

Shirley Broun wrote in 1996:

 A Bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. That may have been the case once, but John Williamson has rewritten the adage and turned a bird in the bush – Old Man Emu – into 25 years in show business.

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September 9, 2012

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Hugh Jackman in Beauty and the Beast (1996)

Variety Today 1996
Beauty and the Beast Celebrates

ON March 27, 1996, the cast and crew of the $12 million Australian production of Beauty and the Beast celebrated its 300th show.

No one was more excited than the man responsible for first approaching the Disney Organisation with the possibility of staging this major theatrical spectacle in Australia, successful entrepreneur Kevin Jacobsen.

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September 6, 2012

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The Four Kinsmen’s record-breaking season

Flashback to Variety Today Issue 1 – December 1990
After 20 months and 661 shows, multi award-winning entertainers The Four Kinsmen have taken their final bow as stars of Conrad Jupiter Casino’s multi million dollar production, Hollywood Legends.
In what was certainly one of the most lucrative contracts of their career, The Four Kinsmen sang, danced and clowned their way through 661 shows of the two-hour production, filling roles as the Marx Bros, Spike Jones and the City slickers, the `invisible dog’ trainers and their own 30 minute cabaret performance for a record-breaking 20 month season, the longest run for any show ever staged at the prestigious Gold Coast venue.… Members read the rest!

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August 31, 2012

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About Us

ON WITH THE SHOW
Shirley Broun
For a decade, Award-winning National Entertainment Magazine Variety Today was published to provide a voice for Australia’s Entertainment Industry. Many entertainers were actively involved in its publication.
On With the Show Entertainment continues this tradition but in a way that incorporates the modern love-affair with stage, screen and the showbiz world in general.
On with the Show Entertainment is led by Shirley Broun, Founding Editor/Publisher of  Variety Today.… Members read the rest!

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