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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)
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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.
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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
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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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