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Review: Rockin’ good time as Ol’ 55 celebrates 40 years

November 28, 2016

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Audience jumping to sound of Ol’ 55

VENUE: Jupiter’s Casino, Gold Coast

DATE: November 26, 2016

Review by SHIRLEY BROUN

 
FROM the very moment Ol’ 55 first leaped onto centre stage, the audience were ready to relive the music of the 50s and 60s.
Ol’55 with Glen A Baker and On With the Show proprietor Shirley Broun at Jupiter’s Theatre.… Members read the rest!

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McLachlan back in the time warp

August 15, 2014

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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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Magic master Joe Labero – Flashback to 1997

November 16, 2013

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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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Amber Lawrence – Australia’s sweetheart of country

October 28, 2013

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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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Jason Owen – Life after X Factor

October 20, 2013

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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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Todd McKenney – the new Teen Angel

October 16, 2013

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Juggling TV, radio and theatre
All in a day’s work for Todd

By SHIRLEY BROUN

A DAY in the life of multi-award winning all-round entertainer and now Teen Angel Todd McKenney is far from boring and just as well because he hates being bored.
Todd McKenney plays Teen Angel in the latest million dollar production of Grease which opened in Sydney on Sunday.… Members read the rest!

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Wish come true for Rob Mills

October 14, 2013

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Hard work reaps rewards for Grease star

By SHIRLEY BROUN

Rob Mills stars as Danny in the Australian production of Grease.
HE is young, energetic, an all-round nice guy who can sing, act, dance (getting better with each new show) and lives life to the fullest … that’s former 2003 Idol finalist now in-demand stage performer, TV host and reality TV show star Rob Mills.… Members read the rest!

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Bert simply enchanting as Cogsworth (1996)

October 6, 2013

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Beauty and the Beast takes Melbourne by Storm
On With the Show’s
Flashback to 1996

By SHIRLEY BROUN

HAVING clocked more than 300 performances in the Premiere Melbourne production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast already, Bert Newton is revelling in the enchantment his role brings to the stage of the Princess Theatre.
Bert Newton as Beauty and the Beast’s enchanting Cogsworth.… Members read the rest!

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Rocky Horror cast ready for Time Warp

October 2, 2013

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Craig McLachlan takes lead as Frank N Furter
JOINING television and theatre star Craig McLachlan in the new production of Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show will be a fresh, exciting and talented cast of Australia’s best musical theatre performers.
Craig McLachlan will shed his Dr Blake persona to take on the Rocky Horror Show lead role Frank N Furter.
Producers Howard Panter and John Frost today announced cast members for the 2014 Australian tour of The Rocky Horror Show, which opens in January at the Lyric Theatre, QPAC, Brisbane followed by seasons at the Crown Theatre, Perth in February, the Festival Theatre, Adelaide in March, and the Comedy Theatre, Melbourne in April.… Members read the rest!

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Four Kinsmen reach new heights (1996)

September 27, 2013

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As Vegas audiences queue to see show
On With the Show’s
Flashback to 1996

By SHIRLEY BROUN

VISITORS to entertainment capital, Las Vegas, expect only the `best’ in the world when they see a show on the famous strip, and the current line-up is nothing less than spectacular. The fabulous shows include Paul Anka, Don Rickles, Neil Sedaka, Barry Manilow, Julio Inglesias, Earth, Wind and Fire, and … Australia’s own … THE FOUR KINSMEN.… Members read the rest!

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Review: Swing Central delivers

September 17, 2013

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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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Star couples – where they met! – Flashback to 1995

September 8, 2013

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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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The Empire Theatre, Toowoomba – Flashback to 1998

September 3, 2013

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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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The Burdekin Theatre, Ayr – Flashback to 1997

September 3, 2013

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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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New series sparks song release

August 28, 2013

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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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Toni Stevens puts Aunty Molly’s on the map

August 26, 2013

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Performer turns history into award-winning venture

By SHIRLEY BROUN

COOKING up a night of food, fun and top entertainment is the speciality of effervescent personality Toni Stevens.
Toni Stevens
Multi-talented performer Toni Stevens has successfully managed to combine her career as a much-loved comedienne, singer, guitarist, theatre restaurant producer and actress with her passion for helping others.
It is a skill that has been applauded on many occasions and it was also acknowledged by her showbiz peers when she was awarded the John Campbell Fellowship Award at the annual Australian Entertainment MO Awards in 1998 for services to the industry and her charity work.… Members read the rest!

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Michael Jackson’s Neverland – Flashback to 1996

August 23, 2013

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Where dreams are real and reality is FANTASTIC!!!
A letter home from Neverland
On With the Show’s
Flashback to 1996

World Exclusive by SHIRLEY BROUN

If all the people who knocked Michael Jackson could just see this place and the beautiful … `no’… magnificent job he has done here, they would find a beautiful soul underneath.
Michael Jackson’s Neverland – photographs weren’t allowed but one visit left an indelible impression on Jean Cullen’s heartfelt memory.… Members read the rest!

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Delltone’s Nevin McLean – Flashback to 1994

August 22, 2013

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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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New era dawns for Sex and Chocolate

August 18, 2013

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After struggling to deal with singer’s death

By SHIRLEY BROUN

AFTER 15 years as one of the Queensland Gold Coast’s leading and most in-demand show groups, Sex and Chocolate is about to launch an exciting new chapter which includes two new members and an exciting and fresh new repertoire of songs.
The new-look Sex and Chocolate 2.0 featuring l-r Luis Tapiki,  Paul Thompson and Kalvin Vaega.… Members read the rest!

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Ex-Wiggle Sam Moran says sincerity a key to success

June 14, 2013

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`See world through eyes of a child’

By SHIRLEY BROUN

Ex Wiggle, Sam Moran

YOUNG performers aiming for a career in children’s entertainment need to love what they do to succeed, according to ex-Wiggle Sam Moran.
“Success comes down to perseverance at the end of the day,” he said. “And to persevere you need to love what you do.”
After a decade with the Wiggles including five years as the Yellow Wiggle replacing Greg Page who had to leave due to illness in 2006, Sam knows what he is talking about.… Members read the rest!

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Ex-Wiggle launches TV show

June 14, 2013

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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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Hangin’ Five with Delltones’ `Peewee’

February 5, 2013

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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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Nevin McLean and his tips for young performers

January 24, 2013

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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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Val Doonican celebrates with Max Bygraves (1992)

January 19, 2013

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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.
 
On With the Show’s
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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Starring role for Craig McLachlan

January 17, 2013

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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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Humour amid tragedy at Changi Prison (1992)

January 15, 2013

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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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Rolf dedicates mural to Pixie O’Harris (1993)

December 20, 2012

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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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A note from Slim Dusty (1996)

December 12, 2012

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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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Kinsmen’s off-stage antics!

November 16, 2012

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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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Keith Urban leads a new breed of Music Star -1992

November 9, 2012

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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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Wade takes up offer to dance with Jackson

October 8, 2012

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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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O’Connor taps into Twin Towns audiences

October 4, 2012

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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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Pass the Bottle! On tour with Pearson & Harvey

October 4, 2012

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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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Bobby Limb speaks frankly on life and career

September 30, 2012

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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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Lots of laughs with Pearson & Harvey

September 30, 2012

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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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John Williamson celebrates 25 years in Show Business (1992)

September 10, 2012

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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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Hugh Jackman in Beauty and the Beast (1996)

September 9, 2012

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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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The Four Kinsmen’s record-breaking season

September 6, 2012

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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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