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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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