Todd McKenney is confirmed to kick off the weekend of exemplary entertainment replacing Rhonda Burchmore who is unable to travel from Melbourne due to lockdown.
The beloved heritage-listed Regal Theatre, situated on Kensington Road, Kensington Park, was built in 1925, previously known as the Chelsea Cinema, the Princess Theatre and the Marryatville Ozone Theatre. It has been lovingly and authentically refurbished to its original art deco glory.
One of Australia's most versatile performing artists, Todd McKenney is an award-winning and critically acclaimed performer on stage and screen. As an actor and the leading man of song and dance in musical theatre productions, he's entertained Australia for over 30 years from main stage to intimate venues.
Todd McKenney as the Boy From Oz. Photo credit: The Standard
It's not surprising that Todd McKenney is a household name. His stage credit roll and career highlights include his most notable role of Peter Allen in the Australian hit production The Boy From Oz in which he performed over 1000 shows nationally, and became one of the longest-running and most successful musical productions in Australian history.
Todd McKenney and Simon Bourke La Cage aux Folles. Image by Jeff Busby
Todd's first professional musical role was in 1983 in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Song and Dance. Todd's career followed with lead and headline 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, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Orpheus In the Underworld for Opera Australia, Annie the Musical, Grease and Anything Goes. In 2018 he stepped into the stilettos and successfully took on the role of Frank N' Furter in The Rocky Horror Show in Melbourne. More recently he appeared as Lord Farquaad in the Australian stage production of Shrek The Musical.
Todd Mckenney as Lord Farquaad. Photo Credit: Shrek The Musical
Amongst his Australian awards for performance in musical theatre he has two 'Mo Awards', the 'Variety Club Heart Award', the 'Glug Award', the 'Green Room Award', two 'Australian Dance Awards' and a 'Helpmann Award'.
This is definitely a cause for celebration on many levels, with our "Boy From Oz" Todd McKenney uplifting us during these challenging times. What better night out to remind us all why we "Still Call Australia Home."
The Regal weekend of entertainment will also feature entertainment by Michael Griffiths on Saturday evening the 17th of October, and a Sunday soiree with The Kym Purling trio featuring Katrina Ryan & Anita Wardell presenting the best swing, jazz and scat songs of legendary singers Peggy Lee and Ella Fitzgerald on the afternoon of Sunday 18th of October.