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Todd McKenney: Songs & Stories Of Peter Allen


Thu 15 Nov 2012, 8:00pm

Where: Her Majesty's Theatre, 17 Lydiard Street South, Ballarat, Ballarat and Western District

Restrictions: All Ages

He is the originator of the ultimate Peter Allen portrayal and that’s why one of Australia’s most versatile and critically acclaimed performers: Todd McKenney is returning to the stage with a brand new show “Songs and Stories of Peter Allen”, a live national concert tour from October to December 2012.

The two hour extravaganza featuring an eight piece band, singers and dancers is a brand new show and a different take on Allen’s life and career that will showcase the classics, some new songs and untold stories of McKenney’s time in Peter Allens sequins. This is a very personal show with an emphasis on outrageous fun.

Currently on stage with Annie The Musical and on Channel 7 as the controversial Dancing With the Stars judge, McKenney trained from the age of three in jazz, tap, acrobatics and ballroom dancing and first performed the role of Peter Allen in “The Boy From Oz” in 1998. Following nearly 800 shows to over 1.2 million people McKenney made it one of Australia’s most successful musical theatre productions and became a household name earning himself two Mo Awards, the Variety Club Heart Award, the Glugg Award, the Green Room Award, the Australian Dance Award and two coveted Helpmann Awards.

Todd reprised the role of Peter Allen in The Production Company’s production of The Boy From Oz in 2010 and 2011. There is an uncanny synergy between McKenney and Allen, much of which will be revealed within the show. Allen in fact had woven in and out of Todd’s life in his younger years, and has remained a constant inspiration and influence to this day. “To be totally honest I feel like I have been living with Peter Allen since 1998 and we get on really well. I love the man and I love his music,” says McKenney.

“Songs and Stories of Peter Allen” will showcase many of Peter’s hits including “Rio”, “I Still Call Australia Home”, “Not The Boy Next Door”, “Tenterfield Saddler”, “Everything Old Is New Again”, “Quiet Please”, “I Honestly Love You”, “Don’t Cry Out Loud”, “The More I See You” and more. "I think I've sung I Still Call Australia Home 2000 times, but I never get tired of singing it," McKenney says.

McKenney will also highlight songs from many of the artists who influenced Allen’s early years including Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Frances Faye, Judy Garland and Liza Minelli.

“Up Close and Personal” will be a special 45 minute pre show event to “Songs and Stories of Peter Allen” featuring a screening of the Peter Allen documentary “The Boy From Oz Special Edition” and McKenney on stage discussing Peter’s life and career along with his own personal experiences with Allen and his famous friends and career colleagues.

Todd McKenney might not be “The Boy Next Door”, however he continues to shine as one of Australia’s most celebrated, diverse and unique performers.

“He struts, prances, high-kicks, sweats buckets and yes, shakes those maracas” – Sydney Morning Herald

“McKenney is dynamic and versatile as Allen but he shares the lead with Allen's memorable songs” – The Daily Telegraph

“McKenney demonstrates what a pro and a genuine theatre talent he is. As the great entertainer, McKenney is a perfect mix of camp and homely, daggy and delirious” –

“He dances superbly and interprets Allen's songs as though they are intimate conversations with his audience. It's a performance to be relished” – Canberra Critics Circle