Hailing from the south coast of NSW, 23 year old Natalie Abbott has been ‘singing since before she could talk’ – according to her mother. Natalie has competed in various singing eisteddfods and competitions throughout her high school years and in 2013, after winning the Bell Shakespeare regional performance scholarship with her monologue of Viola from the 12th Night, it solidified that performing was her dream. Much like Muriel Heslop, Natalie left her small coastal town and moved to the big smoke – Sydney, where she began her Bachelor of Music degree in Musical Theatre at the Australian Institute of Music (AIM) under the guidance of an array of illustrious industry professionals, like the wonderful Jennifer Murphy and Greg Crease, whose wisdom and passion has been an incredible inspiration to her. In 2015, Natalie was cast in the AIM production of The Witches of Eastwick as Jane Smart, directed by Tony Cogin. In 2016/2017 Natalie was lucky enough to be a part of Supply Evolutions production of Bare: A Pop Opera, directed by Hannah Barn where she was cast as one of her dream roles, Nadia McConnell. Natalie is so thrilled that her professional debut is in Muriel’s Wedding the Musical and would like to give a huge ‘Thank you’ to everyone who has helped her along on her journey.
Stefanie’s music theatre career began at the age of seven when she appeared as Young Eponine in Cameron Mackintosh’s 10th Anniversary Tour of Les Miserables. The following year she was cast in SEL & GFO’s production of The Sound of Music playing Brigitta. In 2011 Stefanie graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts having completed a Bachelor of Music Theatre, and whilst at the VCA received the Cassidy Bequest Fund Award on behalf of the University of Melbourne Trust. Stefanie has trained extensively in dance, having studied with the Queensland Ballet through their Junior Extension Program, and also holds her Associate Diploma in Music for Violin.
Professional theatre credits include Liesl in The Sound of Music (RUG/GFO), Jean MacLaren in Brigadoon (TPC), Dream Laurey in Oklahoma! (TPC), Dream Lover (GFO), Once The Musical (MTC/GFO), South Pacific (Opera Australia/GFO), Carmen Live or Dead (Oriel Entertainment Group), Giulietta in Aspects of Love for Walk This Way Productions and in 2016 was a finalist in the prestigious Rob Guest Endowment Awards.
Stefanie’s screen credits include Molly (M4Entertainment/Seven Network), The Divorce (Princess Pictures/Opera Australia) and the role of Megan Dennison in Neighbours. Stefanie is a proud member of Actors Equity.
In 2014, Prue graduated from the Ballarat Arts Academy with a Bachelor of Performing Arts in Music Theatre. While studying, Prue played the roles of Nicole in When Midnight Strikes, Ilse in Spring Awakening and in her graduating year Sally Bowles in Cabaret. Prior to this, Prue studied voice with Carolyn Bennett and trained in classical ballet from a young age at Carole Oliver School of Ballet. Between 2015-2016 she completed various tours of Peppa Pig’s Big Slash with Lifelike Touring. In 2016 she made her professional debut in TML’s production of Fiddler on the Roof. Prue is thrilled to be returning to Muriel’s Wedding the Musical!
Laura holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts from NASDA (NZ). Theatre and TV credits: The Overcoat (Various) 25A/Belvoir Downstairs; Gypsy (Louise) Luckiest & One-Eyed Man Productions; Calamity Jane (Katie Brown), Sideshow (Daisy) One-Eyed Man Productions; Assassins (Emma Goldman) Hayes Theatre; Wicked (Elphaba) GFO; Mary Poppins (Mary) Court Theatre NZ; RENT (Maureen) Highway Run Productions; Buddy (Maria Elena) Live Theatre Productions Australia; Mame (Gooch) Neglected Musicals, Hayes Theatre; Atomic, Australian workshop production; The New Black, The Follies Company; Cops: LAC (Cleo) Channel 9; Also a musician and songwriter, Laura was a finalist on Season 1 of The Voice (Channel 9). Cabaret/concerts: Painted from Memory (Adelaide & QLD Cabaret Festivals/Sydney Recital Hall); Rock Rhapsody: Queen in Concert (Cruise ships). Awards: Nominations for a Sydney Theatre award and a Glug award for Best Actress in a Musical (Sideshow); Glug nomination for Best Supporting Actress (Calamity Jane).
Singapore born, raised in Australia, Kaeng trained at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), graduating in 2002. Upon graduating, Kaeng made his television debut co-hosting the popular pre-school program Playhouse Disney for three successful seasons with Monica Trapaga and Colin Buchanan. The show aired on both the Seven Network in Australia and the Disney Channel across Australia & Asia. Kaeng has also recently joined ABC’s iconic Play School as one of its newest presenters.
Kaeng’s stage credits include P.J. Hogan/Kate Miller-Heidke/Keir Nuttalls’ World Premiere of Muriel’s Wedding the Musical (Sydney Theatre Company/Global Creatures); Kit Brookman’s new Australian play A Rabbit for Kim Jong-il (‘Chung Dae-hyun’- Griffin Theatre Company); Jonathan Biggins’s Australia Day (‘Chester Lee’- Melbourne Theatre Company/Sydney Theatre Company); Shakespeare’s Macbeth (‘Malcolm’- Singapore Repertory Theatre); Alex Buzo’s Macquarie (‘Ellis Bent’- The Alex Buzo Company/Riverside Theatre); Ruth Wolff’s The Empress of China (‘Shen Tai’- East Coast Theatre/Belvoir St B Sharp). Kaeng has also appeared in musicals which includes the world premiere of Jean Tay/David Shrubsole’s Pinocchio the Musical (‘Master Cricket/Coachman’- SRT/VizPro); Richard Thomas’s Jerry Springer the Opera (‘Demon’- Sydney Opera House); Mame (‘Ito’- The Production Company); Australian touring production of Miss Saigon (Louise Withers & Assoc.).
Kaeng’s other addition screen credits include the title role in the web series Ang Wilson: Your Man at the Scene (Asinpatti Films), Pack to the Rafters, Home & Away and even had a very brief stint as Captain Feathersword for the short lived Taiwanese Wiggles on their Big Red Car and The Wiggles Show DVD’s.
Rachel is a proud graduate of ED5 International in Sydney.
Most recently, Rachel appeared in Evita for Opera Australia alongside Tina Arena. Prior to that, she played The Acrobat in Tim Minchin’s Matilda the Musical, cover Miss Honey, Mrs Wormwood and Mrs Phelps (Royal Shakespeare Company). She also performed as Nessa Rose cover/Swing in Wicked (GFO), Chess (TPC) and Promises Promises (TPC). Opera Australia credits include La Boheme, The Marriage of Figaro, The Love of the Nightingale, Die Tote Stadt and La Forza del Destino.
Before her career in theatre, Rachel worked as a session singer and backing vocalist in Sydney. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The University of Sydney and is a qualified Property Investment Advisor. She is also a published writer. She wrote Australia’s most read theatre column, Stage Door Shrink, is published in the ABC arts magazine Limelight, and has written and performed stand up comedy for The Story Club at The Chaser’s Giant Dwarf in Sydney.
Zoe made her professional music theatre debut at age 18 in The Production Company’s sell out season of Gypsy. Since then she has toured Dubai with Thomas and the Hidden Treasure (Gary Young), performed in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (James Anthony Productions), Guys and Dolls, Nice Work If You Can Get It (The Production Company), the Australian Tour of TML Enterprises Fiddler On The Roof where she understudied the roles of Chava and Tzeitel and Follies in Concert (Storeyboard Entertainment). Zoe most recently played the role of ‘Bambi’ in The Production Company’s Curtains along with their production of Jesus Christ Superstar and The Boy From Oz.
Zoe studied all facets of dance at Michelle Slater Coyne Performing Arts. She would like to thank her Mum, Dad, Sisters and Nan for their unconditional love and Helen Pandos Management for their ongoing support.
Zoe is so thrilled to be part of this Australian musical with an incredible cast and creative team.
Colin Dean is a proud Tasmanian. In Hobart’s magnificent Theatre Royal, Colin has played leading roles such as Bill Snibson Me & My Girl, Sky Masterson Guys n Dolls, Archibald Craven The Secret Garden and Captain Von Trapp The Sound Of Music. Other favourites include Javert Les Miserable and Sweeny Todd Sweeny Todd.
Colin performed in the ensemble of Billy Elliott the Musical, whilst understudying/performing the roles of Dad and George, he was also in the ensemble for Jekyll & Hyde, the Taiwan tour.
2012 saw Colin play Squelch the Strong Man in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies and then in 2014 playing Billy in the multi award winning & Australian premiere of Once – A New Musical, for which he was nominated for a Helpmann Award.
2015 saw Colin touring with the Palladium Anniversary production of The Sound of Music.
Between contracts Colin tells the story of his convict heritage through his own award winning theatrical tour, Settlement Secrets at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.
Colin has been a member of Equity since 1994.
Dave Eastgate is an actor, stand-up comedian, writer and musician who lives in Sydney, Australia. In 2017 he starred in the ABC/BBC/Comedy Central US smash hit, Ronnie Chieng: International Student and was nominated for a Logie Award for his portrayal of a cancer patient in Channel 9’s critically acclaimed drama series, Doctor Doctor.
In 2015, Dave starred alongside his comedy idols, Glenn Robbins, Magda Szubanski, Gina Riley & Jane Turner in the Comedy Channel’s flag ship, sketch comedy series, Open Slather. The series ran for 20 episodes and featured Dave in sketches alongside, UFC Champ Ronda Rousey & Grammy Award Winner, Sting.
Other credits include the multi-award winning ABC comedy series, A Moody Xmas & it’s sequel, The Moody’s, as well as Maximum Choppage, Soul Mates, and Channel 9’s hugely successful comedy, Here Come The Habibs.
Stand-up comedy remains Dave’s staple as he tours extensively around Australia and internationally in NZ, UK, US, Singapore and even in the Middle East for the Australian Defence Force. In 2012 Dave shared the stage with Academy Award Winner, Robin Williams during his Australian tour and considers it a career highlight. Other highlights include playing sold out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2011 & 2012 & performing at the UK’s biggest heavy metal festival ‘Download’ in 2012. In addition to this Dave has supported touring international comics such as Arj Barker, Rich Fulcher, Jim Jefferies, Jeff Ross and Ross Noble. Dave has appeared as a stand-up comedian on Channel 9’s Mornings, SBS’s The Full Brazilian, Channel 10’s Thursday Night Live and the Comedy Channel’s Stand Up Australia and Just For Laughs at The Sydney Opera House.
Dave has truly cemented himself as one of the best live comedy acts in the country. It’s this reputation that landed him gigs as the audience warm-up for Big Brother, Australian Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With The Stars, Australia’s Got Talent, The X-Factor & The Voice. His corporate clients now include Westpac, NAB, McDonald’s, P&O, Jim Beam Global, Microsoft Australia, Virgin Mobile (UK), Irun Bru (UK), Blundstones, ALH Group and The Gold Coast Titans Rugby League Club.
Outside of comedy and acting however is Dave’s passion for rock n’ roll. In 2013, his band, Dave Eastgate & Boner Contention, were the house band for the ABC sketch comedy show, Wednesday Night Fever, performing the opening and closing titles, stings and original numbers written by Dave, himself. For the past two years they have held a weekly residency at Australia’s premiere rock venue, Frankie’s Pizza by The Slice, where they host LIVE Hard Rockin Karaoke, a night when regular punters can sing their favourite rock tunes, with arguably, the hardest band in Australia!
A penchant for performing began as a child growing up in Papua New Guinea where his father was stationed as a diplomatic attaché with the Australian Defence Force. The family moved to the Gold Coast when Dave was a teenager and the self confessed “black sheep” began his professional career performing characters, stunts and music in the Queensland resort town’s
famous theme parks, theatre restaurants and comedy clubs from the age of 16.
In 2001 at the age of 21 Dave headed to Osaka to work as a street/stunt performer at Universal Studios Japan. Immersed in the language and the culture of Japan, Dave spent 5 years performing his own characters, stunts and music. During this time Dave also toured the country as a singer/guitarist with a Japanese punk band, performed Japanese stand-up comedy and made several television and radio appearances… IN FLUENT JAPANESE!!!
A short stint backpacking and performing open-mics in NY, LA, Toronto and the UK followed before Dave would return to Oz in 2006 determined to “work his ass off” touring stand-up clubs and pubs around Australia, audition for anything he could get and form the greatest band on earth. In the ten years since, that decision has truly paid off.
“…bracingly demystifies musical comedy to the point that Flight of the Conchords appear corporate scum next to him”
**** Fest Mag UK
“…a genius to his timing – a talent not to be underestimated…”
**** Three Weeks UK
“…unleashes musical thunder with a laughter-packed set of songs…”
**** Metro UK
“F***ing Beautiful, man!”
Academy Award Winner Robin Williams
Pippa’s already a familiar face in the Muriel’s Wedding world, having played Nicole in the original film. Her stellar career has seen her playing lead roles in musical theatre as diverse as 60’s pop sensation Judith Durham in the world premiere production of the musical Georgy Girl, to Mrs Banks in the Disney/Cameron Mackintosh blockbuster musical Mary Poppins and Elphaba in Wicked for GFO. Prior to this she starred in Kookaburra’s production of Company, Michael Coppel’s We Will Rock You, The Production Company’s The Pajama Game, Jacobsen Entertainment’s The Witches of Eastwick, Ensemble Theatre’s production of Mary Bryant, and for Sydney Theatre Company Into the Woods and A Little Night Music. Pippa’s more recent theatre credits include Boys Will Be Boys for The Street Theatre, The Graduate alongside Jerry Hall in Melbourne, and Europe at the Seymour Centre.
A selection of Pippa’s television credits: Here Come the Habibs!, Home & Away, Mr & Mrs Murder, Underbelly: Razor, Magical Tales, All Saints, Balmain Boys, South Pacific, Twisted Tales, Water Rats, E Street, GP, Brides of Christ, Golden Fiddles, A Country Practice, and Come in Spinner.
Pippa has recently been finished shooting the feature films: Book Week and Akoni. Other film appearances include: Mr Accident, A Change of Heart, Hotel de Love, Dating the Enemy, Over the Hill and, of course, Muriel’s Wedding!
Jarrod spent the majority of his upbringing in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, having moved to Australia at a young age after being born in Malaysia.
Currently in his graduating year at WAAPA for Music Theatre, Jarrod had previously studied at the VCA and NIDA before making the long trip to Perth.
While at WAAPA, Jarrod played Andrew Jackson in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (dir. Shaun Rennie), Jules in Sunday in the Park with George (dir. Tyran Parke), Piggy in Lord of the Flies (dir. Crispin Taylor), and other various ensemble roles in 42nd Street, Carousel, and In The Heights.
In 2017, Jarrod was presented with the Bill Warnock Award by the WAAPA faculty for the Most Promising Music Theatre Student.
Jarrod is extremely excited to be making his professional debut as Brice Nobes in Muriel’s Wedding the Musical.
Manon is a bright new performer. Most recently, Manon played Mona “Hatchetface” Malnorowski in the Australian premiere of Cry-Baby at the Hayes Theatre. She also competed in the semi finals of the 2018 Rob Guest Endowment Award. Manon made her professional debut playing Cheryl and understudying Rhonda in the world premiere of Muriel’s Wedding the Musical for Sydney Theatre Company/Global Creatures in 2017/18. Manon graduated from the Australian Institute of Music (AIM) in 2015, where she completed a Bachelor of Music, majoring in musical theatre. While at AIM, Manon was cast as Sukie Rougement in The Witches of Eastwick, directed by Tony Cogin. She performed as a soloist for both Matthew Lee Robinson’s New Voices Showcase and John Bucchino’s The Songs of John Bucchino that same year. Manon then completed a Diploma of Musical Theatre at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 2016. While at NIDA, Manon was cast as Nessarose and understudied the role of Glinda in Packemin’s production of Wicked. Manon has also recently been involved in workshops/reads for new musicals Good Omens, Match of the Century, The Lovers and Dot and the Kangaroo. Manon is also a talented lyre player and a member of the esteemed Sydney Lyre Ensemble. She is delighted to return to Muriel’s Wedding The Musical in the role of Joanie Heslop.
Jaime Hadwen hails from Rockhampton, Queensland. She graduated from The Australian Institute of Music with a Bachelor of Musical Theatre in 2013. After graduating she was cast in musicals such as Spring Awakening, HAIR, Bring It On- The Musical and The Goodbye Girl. In 2016 Jaime starred as Kira in Xanadu – The Musical, directed by Nathan Wright and produced by Matthew Management at The Hayes Theatre. She then played the title role of Cinderella in the Bonnie Lythgoe Pantomime Cinderella at Sydney’s State Theatre. Jaime then went on tour around QLD and NSW with the ABC and Live Nation for the Giggle and Hoot live Christmas show, directed by Luke Joslin. In 2017 she toured with Bonnie Lythgoe’s family pantomime again, playing Tinkerbell in Peter Pan and Tinkerbell Return to Neverland in Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast. Later that year a dream came true when she was to be cast in Muriel’s Wedding – The Musical with Sydney Theatre Company and Global Creatures directed by Simon Phillips. Being part of an original cast, in such an iconic Australian story, is by far her proudest moment. In early 2018 Jaime played Ariel in Disney’s The Little Mermaid produced by Birdie Productions before setting off to the USA with Royal Caribbean Cruise lines where she spent 6 months on the Independence of the Seas starring as Sandy in Grease.
Catty is thrilled to be walking down the aisle with you for Muriel’s Wedding the Musical 2019!
Having graduated with a Bachelor of Music majoring in Music Theatre from The Australian Institute of Music (AIM) Catty went on and studied dance at Brent Street Studios and Broadway Dance Center in NYC.
Her professional performing credits include The Monster Rock Show (Universal Studios Singapore), Xanadu (Hayes Theatre Co), The Eighth Wonder (Opera Australia), Spiegelesque (Kermond Creative), The Shoppies Live and Thomas and the Hidden Treasure (MEI Entertainment), and The Diamonds Live corporate show (SMA Entertainment).
Most recently she made her national touring debut in the 2017/18 Australian Tour of MAMMA MIA! (Michael Coppel, Louise Withers & Linda Bewick)
Catty is represented by T&E Management and is a member of M.E.A.A.
A NIDA graduate, David has worked with most of Australia’s leading theatre companies. Recent stage appearances: The Boy from Oz, And I’m the Queen of Sheba, The Sound of Music, The Speechmaker, When Dad Married Fury, Australia Day, All About My Mother, Avenue Q. TV credits include: Jack Irish, True Story (1 and 2), Hopelessly Devoted to You, Offspring, The Hollowmen, Play School, Childhood’s End, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries & It’s a Date. Films: The Whistleblower, The Healing, Any Questions For Ben.
Evan graduated with a Bachelor of Music Theatre from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2011. His credits include Rent (James Terry Presents) as Mark, Scooby Doo Live! Musical Mysteries (Life Like Touring) as Walt, Anything Goes (Opera Australia) as Henry T Dobson, La Cage Aux Folles (The Production Company) as Francis, Dreamsong (Red Heifer Productions) as Neville, and Cat Steven’s Moonshadow the Musical as Stormy u/s. Evan is a recipient of the Ron and Margret Dobell Foundation Music Theatre Award which allowed him to tour his original work Aznavourian to the New York Music Theatre festival in 2014. In 2017 Evan developed and performed in new Australian work, Songs From the Pavement written by Hugo Chiarella, and directed by Gary Young.
Stephen originated the role of Alexander Shkuratov in the Sydney Theatre Company season of Muriel’s Wedding the Musical. His theatre credits include Alan in Torch Song Trilogy (Darlinghurst Theatre Company), Patrick in the Australian Premiere of The View UpStairs (Hayes Theatre), Ruckly in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Sport for Jove), J.D. in the Australian Premiere tour of Heathers (Showwork) and Mark in Rent (Hayes Theatre).
He is a three-time Sydney Theatre Award nominee. After winning the TDP/ ASCAP Bound for Broadway Scholarship he travelled to New York to perform at Birdland and Don’t Tell Mama and invited to return to headline a concert in ASCAP’s Broadway Tomorrow series at the Kennedy Centre in Washington, D.C.
He appears in the independent film Marley, Someone and the short films Maidens, A Bigger Splash, Organic and A Place in Space and Time. Television credits include Miss Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries and Dr. Max.
Noni McCallum studied Music Theatre at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (2004) and more recently Improvisational Comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York. Noni travelled the world as understudy to children’s pop group Hi-5 and can be seen in Series 9 and 10 as Chatterbox and Jup Jup. Other credits include Sunday In The Park With George (Victorian Opera,2013), Pacific Overtures (Watch This/Manilla Street Productions), Into The Woods (Victorian Opera 2014), Peppa Pig Treasure Hunt (Life Like Touring), Sydney Theatre award winning cabaret Love and Death and an American Guitar (Highway Run Productions) and Sweeney Todd (Victorian Opera, 2015). In 2015, she won the Your Theatrics International Cabaret Competition and made her solo cabaret debut at the 2015 Melbourne Cabaret Festival with Tinderella. Noni has recently returned from Europe, where she performed the roles of Shirley and Diva in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert aboard the Norwegian Epic.
A 2014 VCA (BFA Music Theatre) graduate, Imogen’s credits include Oklahoma! and Hello Dolly! (Minnie Faye) for The Production Company, Anything Goes for OA and John Frost (Hope Harcourt understudy/performed), Disney Under the Stars for Live Nation, Antarctica for Tas Theatre Co., A Fine Romance – The Magic of Fred Astaire for JTM Productions, Follies – In Concert for Storeyboard Entertainment, Avenue Q for Prince Moo Productions, Scooby Doo Live! – Level Up and Musical Mysteries for Life Like Touring, and Elevate! for The Dizzy Biz.
Imogen is a proud member of Actors Equity and would like to thank her family, friends, and IWM for their support.
Kenneth Moraleda is of Filipino descent. He trained as an actor at NIDA graduating in 1995. Theatre credits include An Enemy Of The People (Belvoir St), Muriel’s Wedding the Musical, Australian Graffiti, Talk, A Man With Five Children and Cyrano De Bergerac (Sydney Theatre Company), Kulygin in Three Sisters (Sport for Jove) , as Banzai in the Australian & Asian tour of The Lion King Musical (Disney Theatrical) The Australian tour of War Horse (National Theatre UK/Global Creatures) , a regional tour of Australia Day (HIT) written and directed by Jonathan Biggins, The White Divers of Broome (Black Swan) as Bill Fordham in’ August: Osage County, (Repertory Philippines) David Williamson’s Cruise Control (Ensemble Theatre) and Yellow Moon: The Ballad of Leila and Lee for Belvoir/B Sharp.
Films include playing Arun in the iconic Australian comedy Lucky Miles (which won him Best Actor – Cinemanila International Film Festival), The Great Raid, Banana Boy, Legacy and The Fence, and the upcoming feature Locusts.
Numerous television credits include The Family Law, Janet King, Schapelle, East West 101, City Homicide, Stingers, City Life, Water Rats, Wildside, White Collar Blue, Comedy Inc, Maximum Choppage, and the voice of C-MOR in 4 seasons of Jay’s Jungle.
His directing debut was an immersive theatrical/cinematic/live music show They Say She’s Different. with seasons in Melbourne and Adelaide Cabaret Festival receiving rave reviews.
He was a leading artist in This Here. Land. – an experimental performance part of Liveworks Experimental Arts Festival 2017 for Performance Space. With the same collaborators, they previously created Within and Without for Performance Space and Blacktown Arts Centre. At the beginning of 2019 he will be the assistant director on How The Rule The World at the STC.
Kenneth is one of the writers developed by Playwriting Australia and CAAP’s Lotus Program, facilitated for PWA’s National Outreach program, narrated the Andrea Hirata novel The Rainbow Troops for Bolinda Publishing and a proud member of MEAA Actor’s Equity since 1995.
Laura is delighted to be back in Porpoise Spit after originating the role of ‘Janine’ in Muriel’s Wedding with STC. Her performing credits include: ‘Tina’ in Alice in Slasherland at the Old Fitz Theatre, ‘The Witch’ in Into The Woods with Bloom Creative, ‘Lenora’ in Cry Baby at Hayes Theatre (for which she was nominated for a Sydney Theatre Award), ‘Sally Brown’ in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown at Hayes Theatre (for which she won a Sydney Theatre Award) ‘Emma’ in Funny Girlwith Sydney Symphony Orchestra, ‘Fiona’ in Shrek The Musical with Free-Rain Theatre Company, ‘Jan’ in the Australian and Singapore tour of Grease with GFO, ‘Gabriel’ in An Act Of God with Darlinghurst Theatre Company, ‘Glinda’ in Wicked with Free-Rain Theatre Company, originating the role of ‘Emma’ in Three In The Bed by Jonathon Holmes and ‘Dorothy’ in The Wizard of Oz with Packemin Productions. Laura is also a composer for theatre and television. Laura’s composing credits include William and Sparkles’ Magical Tales, Magical Tales: Surprises, Imagination Train (all with The Nine Network) and The Dismissal, an original Australian musical that premiered at the Seymour Centre in June 2019.
Training in dance from a young age, David went on to study at the Australian Dance Performance Institute and the Queensland University of Technology, culminating in his graduation from Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) with a Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre).
Since graduating, David has performed in The Production Company’s Showboat, New Theatre’s production of Privates on Parade and Opera Australia’s Anything Goes at the Sydney Opera House. He appeared in the short film Meat, which received critical acclaim and nominated for an Australian Directors Guild Award in 2015.
David has performed in the 2016 tour of Hairspray – The Arena Spectacular, as Marilyn King/ Cook in Hidden Sydney and starred as Thuy/Engineer Cover in Packemin’s Production of Miss Saigon.
Most recently, David was apart of the world premiere of Muriel’s Wedding with Sydney Theatre Company/ Global Creatures. He’s excited to be returning back and wishes to thank his family, friends and agent for their love and support.
Jan’s musical theatre credits include Dream Lover, Singin’ In The Rain, Bert in Mary Poppins, Anything Goes, The Producers, Sweet Charity, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Promises Promises, The Boy From Oz, Music Man, The Mikado, and Pirates Of Penzance.
Jan is Resident Playwright with leading independent theatre company Q44 Theatre where his original work Tuntable Ck will make its world premiere in 2019.
Jan holds a Bachelor of Communication from Griffith University, and is now completing Honours in the same field. His ongoing work is in transmedia experimental fiction.
Jan is a proud member of the MEAA and the AWG.
Chelsea Plumley is a multi-talented award-winning musical theatre and cabaret performer, television actor, producer, writer, master teacher, musician, host and musical director.
Television credits include seven seasons as the Queen of the Fairies on Channel 9/GO!’s William and Sparkles’ Magical Tales, The Ex-PM, I Will Survive, and Offspring.
Musical theatre highlights include The Light in the Piazza, Blood Brothers, Guys and Dolls, Sunset Boulevard, Grease, City of Angels, Promises Promises, Kismet, Company and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
She has toured her one woman cabaret shows to New York, London and India and hosted worldwide phenomenon Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music for thirteen years.
Chelsea lives in Melbourne with her husband, James Roche – Multi ARIA Award-Winning Producer and Artist of Australian band “Bachelor Girl” – and her two young sons.
Caitlin is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (BMus [MT]). She has performed internationally as Marion in Priscilla Queen of the Desert and as a lead vocalist in the ballroom spectacular, Burn The Floor (Norwegian Cruise Line). Other recent credits include You Will Be Found (KProductions), Athena in the late John English epic rock opera PARIS: A Rock Odyssey (Music Theatre Melbourne) and The Little Mermaid Tale (Pen2Stage Productions). While at the Conservatorium Caitlin played Little Red in Into the Woods, Crissy in Hair, Louise Bigelow in Carousel and prior to studying, she originated the role of Suzi in John-Michael Howson’s Pyjamas in Paradise (David Spicer Productions).
Caitlin is thrilled to be heading to Porpoise Spit and would like to thank her family and Emma Raciti Management for their unwavering support.
Since graduating from Victorian College of the Arts Joshua has forged a strong career establishing himself as a versatile stage performer, winning the Rob Guest Endowment Award in 2014. His credits include the Australian tour of Les Miserables (Courfeyrac), King Kong: Live on Stage, The Threepenny Opera (Macheath), You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Schroeder), Dream Lover, (Sydney & Melbourne seasons), and My Fair Lady, directed by Julie Andrews.
Joshua is one of two Producers for the theatrical award-winning company Blue Saint Productions, whose credits include Guilty Pleasures, Violet, Songs for a New World and In The Heights.
Born in Sydney, Ashleigh graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre from WAAPA in 2014. A member of the Talent Development Project, Ashleigh studied and performed in New York City as a recipient of the 2015 TDP/ASCAP Bound for Broadway Scholarship, and in the same year was a finalist of the ANZ Trustees Rob Guest Endowment.
Ashleigh was also invited to return to the U.S in 2016 to headline a concert for ASCAP’s Broadway Tomorrow series at the John F Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.
Ashleigh made her professional theatre debut in Gordon Frost Organisation / Opera Australia’s 2015 national tour of Anything Goes, covering the role of Hope Harcourt. Since then, she has toured Australia with GFO’s The Sound of Music, understudying and performing the role of Maria numerous times, and GFO/OA’s production of My Fair Lady directed by Julie Andrews. Most recently, Ashleigh starred as Allison Vernon-Williams in Cry-Baby at the Hayes Theatre.
Muriel’s Wedding the Musical is Andy’s professional theatre debut. As a teenager, Andy was involved in community theatre where he performed in numerous musicals. Theatre credits include the encore season of Let it Be – Songs of Lennon and McCartney at Chapel off Chapel for Flourish Productions.
He studied Musical Theatre and Performing Arts at Patrick Studios Australia. He most recently played Billy Flynn in Patrick Studios production of ‘Chicago’. He would love to thank his friends and his ever-supportive family!
Andy is ecstatic and overjoyed to be part of such a hilarious cast who are bringing new life to an Australian classic.
Tom returns to Muriel’s Wedding the Musical having been an original cast member in the world premiere for Sydney Theatre Company. He subsequently appeared in the ABC documentary Making Muriel and can be heard on the show’s original cast recording. Tom most recently performed in the 10th anniversary Australian tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Michael Cassel Group). He previously toured Europe performing in Priscilla for Norwegian Cruise Lines. His other theatre credits include Only Heaven Knows (Luckiest Productions); The Drowsy Chaperone (Squabbalogic) – Glugs Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical; Pete the Sheep (Monkey Baa); Happy People (Chapel Off Chapel); Nick & Nora and Seesaw (Neglected Musicals). He has also toured Australia and internationally in concert with Boys in the Band (SMA Productions).
Tom won the prestigious Australian Cabaret Showcase in 2009 and has since toured his one-man shows Que Sera, Sharah and It’s Raining Me to sell-out theatre and festival seasons all around Australia. He premiered That 90’s Show to critical acclaim at Hayes Theatre Co and received a Sydney Theatre Award nomination for Best Cabaret Performance. After coming to wider national attention as a star finalist on Channel Ten’s I Will Survive, he became a regular segment host on Channel Nine’s Mornings and contributor to ABC’s Movieline podcast.
Maxwell Simon is a graduate of the Music Theatre programme at Victorian College of the Arts. Maxwell made his professional Musical theatre debut in Company 16’s production of How To Disappear Completely And Never Be Found. Fresh from VCA, Maxwell joined the cast of Assassins at The Hayes Theatre and the Sydney Opera House as ‘The Balladeer / Lee Harvey Oswald’, receiving generous critical acclaim. He also performed in Green Day’s American Idiot and most recently, The Production Company’s The Boy From Oz (Greg Connell). Maxwell is a Glug Award recipient for Most Outstanding Performance by a Newcomer for Assassins.
Caleb is a graduate of WAAPA, having most recently appeared in the national tour of The Wizard of Oz (Suzanne Jones & John Frost).
Other theatre credits include the lead role of Hiccup in How to Train Your Dragon (DreamWorks Animation/Global Creatures, *China), The Prince in Cinderella (Music Hall, *Belgium/Singapore), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (James Anthony Productions, *Sydney Premiere), Follies: in Concert (Storeyboard Entertainment) and as a soloist in A Cole Porter Celebration Concert at The Sydney Opera House (Sydney Philharmonia).
Film credits include featured roles in Ascension (ACMI) and St Elmo (MIFF).
Caleb is a proud member of Actor’s Equity.
Jacob’s theatre credits include: Luna Gale for Ensemble Theatre, The Merchant of Venice and Romeo and Juliet for Bell Shakespeare, On the Shore of the Wide World for Griffin Theatre Company/Pantsguys, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie for CDP Productions/Monkey Baa; Orfeo et Euridice for Spectrum Festival; Daylight Saving for Darlinghurst Theatre Company; The Block Universe for Old 505, and Puss in Boots for the City Recital Hall. Screen credits include the feature films Ride Like a Girl and Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge. On television Jake has appeared in Dr Feelgood and Sisters. In 2016 he received a Best Actor nomination at the Sydney Theatre Awards. Jacob is a graduate of the Actors’ Centre Australia, and a proud member of MEAA.
PJ is an Australian writer/director. His first short film, Getting Wet, won two Australian Film Institute awards including Best Short Film. His first feature, Muriel’s Wedding, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival to great acclaim in 1994. The film went on to become a worldwide box office success, launching the careers of its stars Toni Collette and Rachel Griffiths. It also garnered PJ a nomination for Best Original Screenplay at both the BAFTA and Writers Guild of America Awards and was nominated for 11 Australian Film Institute Awards, winning four, including Best Film. PJ’s first American film was the 1997 romantic comedy My Best Friend’s Wedding, starring Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz and Rupert Everett. My Best Friend’s Wedding went on to earn nearly $300 million worldwide and was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards including Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.
Since then, PJ’s work has ranged from fantasy, with the live-action film version of JM Barrie’s classic children’s story Peter Pan, to knockabout farce with 2009’s hit Confessions of a Shopaholic, to his most recent, the AACTA-nominated Mental, which reunited him with Muriel’s Wedding star Toni Collette. PJ frequently works with his wife, writer/director Jocelyn Moorhouse. Their last collaboration was the hugely successful 2015 film The Dressmaker, starring Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth and Hugo Weaving.
Kate Miller-Heidke is an award-winning singer-songwriter who traverses the worlds of contemporary pop, folk and opera.
She has released four albums in Australia, achieving multi-platinum status and appearing in the Top 10 album and singles charts numerous times. Her latest album, O Vertigo!, debuted at number 4 on the Australian album charts, broke Australian crowdfunding records and was nominated for an ARIA award. Her previous albums include Nightflight, which reached number 2 on the ARIA chart, and Curiouser, which reached double platinum sales in Australia and spawned the multi-platinum hits The Last Day on Earth and Caught in the Crowd.
In 2009, she became (along with her collaborator Keir Nuttall) the first Australian to win the grand prize in the International Songwriting Competition for Caught in the Crowd. Trained as a classical singer at the Queensland Conservatorium, Kate has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, in John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer. She has performed several roles for English National Opera, and appeared in Jerry Springer: The Opera at Sydney Opera House.
Her debut opera as a composer, The Rabbits (based on the book by John Marsden and Shaun Tan), was commissioned by Opera Australia and premiered at the Perth Festival in 2015, followed by sold-out seasons in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. It won four Helpmann Awards, including Best Score and Best New Australian Work.
In 2015, Kate broke into national television, featuring in The Divorce, a four-part comedy opera mini-series by Elena Kats-Chernin and Joanna Murray-Smith, broadcast by the ABC. Both The Rabbits and The Divorce were nominated for Best Soundtrack/Cast Recording at the 2016 ARIA Awards.
In 2016, Kate released the first retrospective of her work, The Best of Kate Miller-Heidke: Act One, a two-disc set which, alongside tracks from early EPs, all four studio albums and various other singles, features the new song You’ve Underestimated Me, Dude and a bonus disc of rarities, covers, live versions and previously unreleased material.
Kate performed a suite of her songs with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra at Mona Foma 2016 in Hobart, with visuals created by artist Amy Gerhardt. The show won the Helpmann Award for Best Australian Contemporary Concert for 2016, and has since been performed in cities around Australia throughout 2017. Her three concerts with Sydney Symphony Orchestra were recorded and the resulting album, Live at the Sydney Opera House, was released in August 2017.
Keir Nuttall began his career as a guitarist in numerous obscure and revolting indie bands including industrial metal purveyors Dogmachine and brief Triple J darlings Transport.
In 2002, he began collaborating with Kate Miller-Heidke. He arranged, co-produced and co-wrote her Nightflight and Curiouser albums, achieving Gold and Platinum status respectively. In 2008, their song Caught in the Crowd won the International Songwriting Competition and went on to attain Platinum sales. Their song The Last Day on Earth sold multi-platinum copies, which enabled him to get his first credit card.
As Kate’s guitarist, Keir has appeared on her entire catalogue to date and toured extensively with her. Kate has banned him from playing the Sweet Child O’ Mine riff in sound checks.
In 2009, he wrote and produced the electronic music project Fatty Gets A Stylist. The single Are You Ready? has been used in several high-profile commercial campaigns around the world. Keir believes it isn’t selling out if you write the song before the ad.
Keir performs comedy under the pseudonym Franky Walnut. The album The Franky Walnut Reflective Drink Coaster was nominated for an ARIA for Best Comedy Release in 2014 because it was hilarious. Not hilarious enough to win though.
He has recently completed a second Fatty Gets A Stylist album and is working on another Franky Walnut album but is open to offers.
Simon began his career in New Zealand before immigrating to Australia in 1984 to take up a position as lecturer and director at the West Australian Academy for Performing Arts. He was an associate director at Melbourne Theatre Company from 1987 to 1989 before being appointed Artistic Director of the State Theatre Company of South Australia from 1990 to 1993. He returned to Melbourne Theatre Company as Artistic Director from 2000 to 2011, overseeing the design and construction of the company’s new headquarters and the Southbank Theatre.
His directing credits range from new works to contemporary and Shakespearean classics to musicals to opera. He has directed works by most of the great contemporary writers: Albee (A Delicate Balance), Beckett (Happy Days), Brecht (The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui), Churchill (Cloud Nine, Serious Money), Hare (The Blue Room), McDonagh (The Pillowman), Orton (What the Butler Saw, Entertaining Mr Sloane), Shepherd (Buried Child, A Lie of the Mind) and Stoppard (Arcadia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Rock’n’Roll). He has also directed the premieres of many new works by leading Australian writers, including David Williamson, Hannie Rayson, Stephen Sewell, Matt Cameron and Joanna Murray-Smith.
Simon’s musical credits in Australia include Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (which has had numerous international seasons including the West End and Broadway), the new Australasian version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies (which was filmed by Universal, has had seasons in Tokyo and Hamburg, and is currently touring the US), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Twenty-Fifth Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Urinetown the Musical, Company, The Threepenny Opera, Cabaret, High Society (in an adaptation by his wife, Carolyn Burns, which also toured the UK), Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical and, most recently, Ladies in Black, the acclaimed new Australian musical which he created with Tim Finn and Carolyn Burns.
Simon’s opera credits include The Turk in Italy, L’Elisir d’Amore, Falstaff, La Bohème and Lulu for Opera Australia, The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni for Opera New Zealand and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Billy Budd for Hamburg State Opera.
He has received seven Green Room Awards and six Helpmann Awards.
Andrew won the 2015 Helpmann Award for Best Choreography in a Musical for Opera Australia’s Anything Goes following his 2014 Helpmann Award win for the Hayes Theatre’s inaugural production of Sweet Charity. He won the 2016 Sydney Theatre Award for Little Shop of Horrors (Luckiest Productions and Tinderbox Productions).
His theatre credits include Assassins (Hayes Theatre), Dream Lover (John Frost & Gilbert Theatrical), Sydney Opera House – The Opera and Two Weddings One Bride (Opera Australia), Ladies in Black (QTC/MTC), Rupert (Daniel Sparrow Productions), Dream Song, Shane Warne the Musical (concert), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and An Officer and a Gentleman. For the MTC, he has choreographed Rupert, which toured to the Kennedy Center in Washington, Private Lives, Egg, Hamlet, Next to Normal and The Drowsy Chaperone. Andrew co–choreographed the international production of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert for Broadway and its other worldwide seasons.
For The Production Company he has co-directed and choreographed The Producers and Anything Goes and choreographed Jerry’s Girls, La Cage aux Folles, The Pirates of Penzance, Gypsy, The Boy from Oz, Carousel, Mame and The Boyfriend. He co-choreographed The Music Man and Bye Bye Birdie.
Further choreographic credits include the original Australian production of Eurobeat – Almost Eurovision, which was revived for the Edinburgh Festival, West End and UK tour. Menopause – the Musical, Leader of the Pack – The Ellie Greenwich Musical (Betty Pounder Green Room Award winner for Best Choreography), Sideshow Alley, The Merry Widow for Melbourne City Opera, Wombat Stew and Prodigal.
Other live and cabaret shows include Doris Day – So Much More Than The Girl Next Door, Britney Spears the Cabaret, Newley Discovered, Todd McKenney – Songs and Stories of Peter Allen and Cry Me A River – The World of Julie London.
Andrew’s television credits include the Australian series of So You Think You Can Dance, ‘Indigeridoo’ and ‘Ja’ime’s Assembly Routine’ on the cult TV show We Can Be Heroes, Dead Gorgeous for ABC/BBC TV, The Librarians for the ABC and Mr and Mrs Murder for Fremantle Media.
Gabriela Tylesova is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed designer working across the full spectrum of the arts, designing sets, costumes, concepts and animation for opera, theatre, large-scale events, dance and film.
Gabriela was born in former Czechoslovakia and studied art in both Europe and Australia, graduating in Design at NIDA in 2000.
Gabriela has won multiple awards including: Helpmann Awards for Best Set Design in 2009, 2011 and 2014; Helpmann Awards for Best Costume Design in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2016; Green Room Awards for Best Set Design in 2003 and 2011, Best Costume Design 2002, 2006 and 2011; Australian Production Design Guild Awards for Best Set Design in 2012, Best Costume Design in 2012 and 2013, and Best Set Design in 2013. Gabriela’s work was exhibited at the Prague Quadrennial in 1999 and in the Moscow exhibition From Russia with Love: Costume at the Turn of the Century, followed by the Prague Quadrennial in 2015.
Some of her career highlights include designing Love Never Dies for Really Useful Group (Australia, Japan, Germany), Cosi Fan Tutte, Sweeney Todd, L’Elisir D’Amore, Baroque Masterworks, Salome, Il Turco in Italia, The Rabbits for Opera Australia; The Visit, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Pillowman, Urinetown, Tomfoolery for Melbourne Theatre Company; A Flea in Her Ear, Macbeth, Fireface, Attempts on Her Life, Volpone, This Little Piggy, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead for Sydney Theatre Company; Scheherazade, The Sleeping Beauty for The Australian Ballet; Boomerang, Of Earth & Sky for Bangarra Dance Theatre; Can We Afford This/The Cost Of Living for DV8 Physical Theatre (Sydney 2000 Olympics Arts Festival); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum for Gordon Frost Organization and the Broadway musical adaptation of First Wives Club (USA). Gabriela also designed the sets and costumes for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2006 15th Asian Games in Doha, Qatar. Gabriela has recently designed A Flea In Her Ear for Sydney Theatre Company. She has just published her first fully hand-illustrated children’s book, which is a collaboration with David McAllister and The Australian Ballet to accompany their recent and much acclaimed production of The Sleeping Beauty.
In 2017, Trent has designed for Talk (Sydney Theatre Company), Calamity Jane and Only Heaven Knows (Hayes Theatre), The Homosexuals, or ‘Faggots’ (Malthouse Theatre/Griffin Theatre), Carmen Melbourne Season (Opera Australia), Praying for Time – A Tribute to George Michael (Sydney Symphony Orchestra), Jesus Christ Superstar (The Production Company) and The Show Goes On starring Bernadette Robinson.
Trent’s designs for the Helpmann Award-winning Kate Miller-Heidke opera The Rabbits were seen in Festival seasons around the country. And, following that success, Opera Australia commissioned Trent for their new production of Carmen, directed by John Bell, as well as their first venture performing on the Opera House Forecourt steps with The Eighth Wonder. Other designs in 2016 included Hay Fever (Sydney Theatre Company), Dusty (The Production Company) and The Beast for Ambassador Theatre Group, marking his first collaboration with director Simon Phillips.
Trent has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Black Swan State Theatre Company in Western Australia, designing the lighting for over twenty productions for the company in recent years, including co-productions with Belvoir, Queensland Theatre and Melbourne Theatre Company. Highlights include Next to Normal, When The Rain Stops Falling, Shrine, Death of a Salesman, Boy Gets Girl, GASP! and Laughter on the 23rd Floor.
Other notable lighting credits include: The Sapphires, which toured nationally and internationally to South Korea and London; I Am Eora for Sydney Festival, the world premiere Indigenous epic; and Waltzing the Wilarra, the hit of the 2011 Perth Festival for Yirra Yaakin Noongar Theatre – all directed by Wesley Enoch.
Trent received a Mike Walsh Fellowship and a WA Young People Fellowship to travel to Amsterdam as assistant to Jan Versweyveld and Ivo van Hove on their Shakespearian epic Kings of War.
He is a graduate of WAAPA, the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, with a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Production & Design).
With over 30 years experience in theatre, opera, corporate events, spectaculars and global concert touring, Michael is a multi-award-winning sound designer from Sydney.
His original sound designs include: My Fair Lady, Dream Lover, Singin’ in the Rain, The Rabbits, Fiddler on the Roof, Anything Goes, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (worldwide), The King and I (Australia and China/Asia), Hot Shoe Shuffle, Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, An Officer and a Gentleman, Doctor Zhivago (Australia/Korea), Dead Man Walking, Orpheus in The Underworld, Dusty – The Original Pop Diva, ATOMIC – The Musical (Sydney/New York), Grease – The Arena Spectacular, David Campbell’s Wild With Style, Saturday Night Fever, MAMMA MIA! The Musical and Muriel’s Wedding the Musical.
As sound designer and mix engineer: Hugh Jackman’s Broadway to Oz, Direct from Broadway with Anthony Warlow and Faith Prince, Placido Domingo, The Boy from Oz, The Magic of the Music with Anthony Warlow and Lesley Garrett.
As associate sound designer: Disney’s Aladdin and The Lion King.
Prior to life in darkened theatres, Michael toured both bland and exotic parts of the world with artists such as Phil Collins, Keith Richards & the X-Pensive Winos, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney.
Isaac is one of Australia’s most exciting young music directors and orchestrators. He is the inaugural recipient of the Rob Guest Endowment Musician Award and has been nominated for a Helpmann Award and Sydney Theatre Award for his work.
Making his professional debut at age 17, Isaac toured as the co-creator, music director, arranger and multi-instrumentalist in The Rock Show, a touring revue show with the late Jon English. The show later went onto win a Mo Award for Best Rock Act and its live recording was nominated in 2012 for an ARIA for Best Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album.
He has previously worked with Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall as the music director of the Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane seasons of The Rabbits (Opera Australia), in which he played cello, piano and accordion. The live cast recording for this was nominated for an ARIA for Best Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album.
With Simon Phillips, he music directed and supplied additional orchestrations for the original production of Ladies in Black (Queensland Theatre), for which he was nominated for a 2016 Helpmann Award. Muriel’s Wedding the Musical is Isaac’s second show with Sydney Theatre Company after the recent revival of The Secret River, in which he music directed and performed Iain Grandage’s cello and prepared-piano score.
His 2017 credits include The Mikado (New Zealand Opera), for which he conducted Auckland Philharmonia and Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and the first professional concert version of Jon English and David Mackay’s rock opera Paris: A Rock Odyssey, for which he conducted, revised and re-orchestrated the score.
Other arranging and orchestrating credits include Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, The Idea of North, Sydney Jazz Orchestra and ABC TV. His orchestrations for Popstars: The 90s Musical are licensed internationally.
Other theatre credits as musician or assistant music director include The Light in the Piazza, Matilda, Little Shop of Horrors, Les Misérables, Passion, Show Boat, Guys and Dolls, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Grease, The Addams Family, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mary Poppins.
Daniel Puckey has undertaken studies at both the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and Box Hill Institute majoring in Classical and Contemporary Piano.
Most recently, he was the Assistant Musical Director and Associate Conductor of The Book of Mormon in Sydney. Further credits include; Associate Musical Director for the Australian Tour of The Wizard of Oz with Anthony Warlow; Assistant Musical Director and Associate Conductor on The Bodyguard Musical, Disney’s The Lion King, and the Anniversary Tour of Hot Shoe Shuffle; Keyboardist on Kinky Boots, We Will Rock You, Sound of Music, The Lion King, and King Kong and Musical Director on The Last Five Years, The Gathering, Dreamsong, and various other works for both The VCA and Federation University of Australia. He has also helped develop arrangements and conceive music for two new Australian works: The Gathering, and Dreamsong.
Daniel has also worked abroad as Music Director and Music Manager for the entertainment company AIDA Cruises based in Hamburg, Germany. Hel has also worked extensively within Performing Arts Education as a Music Tutor and Accompanist at The VCA, Federation University, Victorian State Schools Spectacular and Stage School Australia.