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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
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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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