TODD MCKENNEY & GEORGIE PARKER
TOGETHER IN CONCERT
Todd McKenney and Georgie Parker, two of the most revered and respected names in Australian entertainment, unite this August and September for their first concert tour!
The gifted pair shares a mutual love of music and dance and have nurtured a strong friendship, encompassing 32 years. Meeting initially in a dance class, their careers took off in different directions, denying them the chance to work together until they starred in the musical production, ‘Crazy For You’ more than 20 years ago. “DUETS” is their first opportunity to take the stage together in their own standalone concert tour, singing, dancing and performing a wide range of their favourite duets.
A sneak look at the set list shows an exciting diversity of material earmarked for the live show – everything from Annie Lennox/Aretha Franklin to Elton John/Kiki Dee, Tina Turner/Jimmy Barnes, Dolly Parton/Kenny Rogers and many more delights, promising the ultimate night out!
Todd McKenney is thrilled to have the opportunity to tour with Georgie Parker, saying today, “When Georgie and I get together, we have so much fun – we laugh and laugh! We’ve been itching to get together for a tour and can’t wait for these shows. Whilst Georgie is widely recognised as an incredible actress, she’s actually one of this country’s best-kept secrets as a singer, she has the most amazing voice.”
Georgie is equally effusive, saying, “I’ve known Todd for 32 years. We first met in a pas de deux class at Ross Coleman’s Studio. He was an amazing partner, and my feet, literally, didn’t touch the ground. He never flinched when I jumped at his groin (part of the lift called The Fish). And I never doubted that he had my back! 12 years on from that we starred in ‘Crazy For You’, and it was SO exciting to share the stage with him in a leading role. It was an intense show, he was hardly off the stage, but again we had enormous trust, and with that came the fun. So 20 years on from that, here we are again. I sincerely cannot wait to not only share this show with the audiences, but to simply hang out with Todd. He’s a rare human being, plus he’s a bit naughty, like me! But the best people are don’t you reckon?”
Be quick to secure your tickets for this rare opportunity to see two of Australia’s finest talents live in concert – tickets go on sale on Monday, February 13.
SAT 5 AUG 2017
Her Majesty's Theatre
SAT 12 AUG 2017
Wrest Point Entertainment Centre
SAT 19 AUG 2017
SAT 26 AUG 2017
The Star Gold Coast
SAT 2 SEP 2017
SAT 9 SEP 2017
The Palms at Crown
SAT 9 SEP 2017
The Palms at Crown
ABOUT TODD MCKENNEY:
A household name in Australia, Todd’s versatile career has spanned three decades. Todd began dancing at the age of three at his mother’s dancing school in Perth, training in jazz, tap, acrobatics and ballroom dancing. He has represented Australia in ballroom and Latin American dancing, winning many international dance titles. Amongst his Australian awards for performance in musical theatre are two ‘Mo Awards’, the ‘Variety Club Heart Award’, the ‘Glug Award’, the ‘Green Room Award’, two ‘Australian Dance Awards’ and a ‘Helpmann Award’.
He was cast in his first professional musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song and Dance, in 1983. From here Todd’s career has followed a very neat trajectory with lead roles in Cats, 42nd Street, West Side Story, Crazy For You, Born Yesterday, Camelot, Pirates of Penzance, Cabaret, Strictly Ballroom, La Cage aux Folles, Singin’ In the Rain, Anything Goes, The Boy From Oz, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Orpheus In the Underworld for Opera Australia and more recently Annie the Musical, a return performance of La Cage Aux Folles in the lead role of Albin and Teen Angel in Grease.
It was landing the prized role of Peter Allen in the Australian hit production The Boy From Oz that confirmed his star status on stage. The Boy From Oz performed over 1000 shows nationally and is one of the longest running and most successful musical productions in Australian history.
Todd co-hosted Sydney’s MIX106.5FM breakfast radio program with Sonia Kruger in 08/09, fills in for Larry Emdur on Network Seven’s ‘The Morning Show’ with Kylie Gillies, has been a guest judge on ‘Australia’s Got Talent’ and played a starring role as a judge on ‘Dancing With The Stars’.
For the past 8 years Todd has been studying ‘Auslan’ sign language and has worked within the deaf community all around Australia. He also works with The Children’s Tumour Foundation to raise awareness and much needed financial support for people living with Neurofibromatosis. http://www.ctf.org.au
ABOUT GEORGIE PARKER:
With two gold Logies and five silver Logies to her name, Georgie Parker is one of Australia’s leading and most celebrated actors.
Georgie’s portrayal of Terri Sullivan in the long running television drama All Saints won her the hearts of the Australian public, who already knew her well from roles in GP and A Country Practice.
Other television credits include the Network Ten tele-movie The Society Murders (she received critical acclaim for her role as Emma), Step Father of the Bride (ABC), Emerald Falls (Network Ten), Scorched (Network Nine) and City Homicide (Network Seven).
She appeared alongside Susan Sarandon in the international feature film Irresistible and was the voice of Mrs Poulmer in the animated feature film, Santa’s Apprentice.
Georgie’s musical theatre credits include The Man from Snowy River: Arena Spectacular, High Society, Crazy for You and The Threepenny Opera. Her theatre credits include Scenes from a Separation, Chapter Two, Rabbit Hole, Let the Sunshine, Rhinestone Rex and Miss Monica and Rapture Blister Burn.
Georgie returned to series television in 2010 when she joined the cast of Network Seven’s Home and Away as Roo (Ruth) Stewart.
You can follow Georgie on: Instagram