You’ll Never Walk Alone

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You’ll Never Walk Alone

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Dates 31 May 2020
Category Live Event

Riverside Theatres Digital
YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE
Directed By Luke Joslin

Hear your favourite musical theatre tunes and make some new ones, as Helpmann Award-winner Luke Joslin directs world renowned stars Rachael Beck, Daniel Belle, Michael Cormick, Rob McDougall and Penny McNamee, with legendary musical director Michael Tyack AM on piano.


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MEET THE ARTISTS OF YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE

RACHAEL BECK

Rachael Beck is a multi-faceted, award winning powerhouse whose talents span both stage and screen as an acclaimed vocal artist and actress.

In 2019 Rachael has starred alongside Todd McKenney as Charity Barnum in Barnum, The Circus Musical as well as appearing in Alex Lykos’s film Me and My Left Brain in which she plays the lead role of Vivian. She also starred in the new production Becoming Bill which opened in Brisbane and recently made her directing debut with The Producers in Canberra.

Rachael’s theatrical highlights include Truly Scrumptious in the national tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; Sally Bowles in IMG’s Cabaret, directed by Sam Mendes; Kathy Selden in Singin’ in the Rain directed by David Atkins, (which earned her a Mo Award nomination) and Maria in The Gordon/Frost Organization/SEL production of The Sound of Music. She is widely remembered for her award winning role as Belle opposite Hugh Jackman in Beauty and the Beast. Further highlights include her Green Room Award nominated performance as Fantine in Les Miserables and Rumpleteaser in Cats, both produced by Cameron Mackintosh.

Rachael’s other theatre credits include Next to Normal, Strictly Gershwin, The Long and the Short of It, Secret Bridesmaid’s Business, A Little Night Music, Me, My Girl (which toured nationally) The Pajama Game and Call Me Madam (for The Production Company) and You and Me. For the Sydney Theatre Company she has performed in The Wharf Review, Summer Rain (directed by Robyn Nevin) and ‘Lady Mortimer’ in Henry IV and for the QTC, Mother and Son and Into the Woods.

Rachael appeared as Lisa Parker in Home & Away and other screen credits include City HomicideStingers, Mercury, The Feds, This Man This Woman, GP, Flying Doctors, and Hey Dad. She also appeared in the film Ocean Boulevard and as a coach in Channel 7’s It Takes Two.

A highly skilled concert performer, Rachael appeared with Todd McKenney and Tommy Tycho in Broadway to Hollywood with the National Symphony Orchestras’ in Australia. Her other concert credits include the tour of War Of The Worlds, Broadway Hits for Queensland Pops Orchestra, Goodnight Hamer Hall for The Arts Centre, More Than Words at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and QPAC’s Christmas in Concert and Spirit of Christmas.

Rachael has also developed The Lionhearted Theatre and Arts Program with workshops currently running in High schools throughout Australia, helping students to unearth mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and disconnection by helping them tell their story using the creative arts.

Rachael is a proud Ambassador of the Australian Children’s Music Foundation.


DANIEL BELLE

Daniel’s passion for singing began at age 9, when he was a boy soprano who would sing with his Grandmother as his piano accompaniment. In the many years since, Daniel has gained a wealth of performance experience.

Since beginning his professional career, Daniel has been in demand as a performer for numerous large sporting events, including Rugby Union’s Bledisloe Cup and International Test Series games, International One-Day Cricket finals, A-League Football finals, and the Australian Swimming Championships.

In 2009, he performed in the Australian Premiere of Jerry Springer -The Opera at the Sydney Opera. In 2012, Daniel joined the internationally acclaimed vocal group The Ten Tenors and performed in theatres around Germany, America, Australia, and Europe as part of The Ten Tenors’ Double Platinum tour.

Daniel was also guest singer for the arrival of Pope Benedict at Barangaroo in 2008, has been a guest performer at the annual Merry Makers concert, and was a finalist for both The Rob Guest Endowment and The Joan Sutherland Scholarship. He has taught at and is a graduate of, the Australian Institute of Music.

His theatre roles include Terry in Side Show at the Hayes Theatre Sydney and from 2014 – 2016 he toured in the international production of Les Misérables covering the role of Jean Valjean and playing it over 100 times. Daniel returned to the role of Jean Valjean to rave reviews in Christchurch, New Zealand and more recently for Packemin Productions at Riverside Theatre.

Last year, Daniel toured with the Ten Tenors in Australia and throughout the USA and was a guest artist on BRAVO Cruise of the Performing Arts, on the bill with Robert McDougall, Bryn Terfel and Marina Prior.

Daniel most recently performed at the Sydney Opera House during the Australia Day Live Concert 2020.


MICHAEL CORMICK

Michael Cormick is an internationally renowned singer and actor with a diverse career throughout Australia, the United Kingdom and Europe.

Australian credits include: Beauty and the Beast (The Beast) – for which he won an Australian MO Award, Cats (Munkustrap), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (Pharoah), Grease (Kenickie), Sunset Boulevard (Joe Gillis), End of The Rainbow (Micky Deans), The Rocky Horror Show (Eddie/Dr. Scott), Mamma Mia! (Sam), Annie (Daddy Warbucks) Next to Normal (Dr Madden), Blood Brothers (The Narrator), the concert version of Nine (Guido Contini), Cabaret (Ernst Ludwig), Jesus Christ Superstar (Pontius Pilate), The Pirates of Penzance (The Pirate King) and The Phantom of The Opera (Phantom).

His international credits include lead roles in The Phantom of the Opera, Calamity Jane, Romeo & Juliet, Chess, Evita, End of the Rainbow and Lloyd Webber’s The Woman in White opposite Simon Callow and Anthony Andrews. Michael has also performed in concerts throughout Europe, including Rome, Paris, Edinburgh and Cyprus.

Michael has also featured at many special events such as the Melbourne Cup, the Australian Football League Grand Final, the official opening of Stadium Australia and, in London, the opening of the Christmas Festival at Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Command performances of The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables in London.

His television appearances include guest appearances in Dr Blake, City Homicide and Carols by Candlelight.

During 2019, Michael performed in concert throughout Australia with close friends Marina Prior and Silvie Paladino.


ROB MCDOUGALL

At 30 years of age, Tamworth based singer Rob McDougall has an impressive list of musical achievements to his name. Having amassed performance credits throughout Australia, Europe and America, Rob continues to build a reputation as a skilled and versatile musician, actor and conductor.

Rob initially studied International Relations and Music at the University of Sydney and Sydney Conservatorium of Music, graduating with a Bachelor of Music (Performance).  In 2012, he was the recipient of the ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Producers) Scholarship. This enabled him to study Music Theatre in New York, taking acting and performance coaching from eminent teachers throughout the city and vocal tuition at the Julliard School. He performed at Carnegie Hall and the famous Birdland Cabaret Club, and was invited to meet and perform for Steven Schwartz.

The following year, Rob was cast in the Australian production of Les Misérables, as Javert cover and Bishop cover, eventually taking over the role of The Bishop of Digne in 2015. Later that year he was a finalist for the Rob Guest Endowment Award. He then performed the role of The Proprietor in the Hayes Theatre Company production of Assassins, joining them again in 2018 for an extremely successful season at the Sydney Opera House.

In 2017 Rob was choral conductor on the NSW West of the Divide tour of Europe, conducting in venues throughout Vienna, Salzburg and Prague. He conducted a similar tour of Vatican City, Italy, Slovenia and Croatia in 2019. He has also toured nationally with the Ultra Swing LoungeBig Band.

As a passionate advocate of regional education in the Arts, Rob gives a great deal of time to ensuring regional students have the same musical opportunities as their city counterparts. He regularly gives workshops for the NSW Department of Education, and is the featured artist coordinator and conductor of CAPERS (Creative Arts in Public Education, Regional Spectacular) in Tamworth.

Rob was a guest artist on BRAVOCruise of the Performing Arts, on the bill with Daniel Belle, Bryn Terfel and Marina Prior, and toured his new Cabaret I’ll Be Seeing You.Earlier this year, Rob returned to the role of Javert in Les Misérables for Packemin Productionsat Riverside Theatre.

More recently, Rob was cast as Neville Craven in The Secret Garden, opposite Anthony Warlow.


PENNY MCNAMEE

Multi-talented Penny McNamee stars in musical theatre, television and film, both in Australia and internationally.

Penny’s musical theatre career started at the age of 19 in the original lead role of Jennifer Gabriel in Jacobsen Entertainment & Cameron Mackintosh’s 2002 production of Witches of Eastwick. Her performance in this production saw her nominated for a MO Award.  Penny went on to receive critical acclaim for her portrayal of Donna in the Griffin Theatre’s production of Hurlyburly at the Stables Theatre, and then starred as Nessarose in the Gordon Frost production of Wicked: The Musical for the hugely successful Melbourne & Sydney seasons. Penny also starred in the title role in Neil Gooding’s production of Mary Poppins. In the USA Penny starred in the lead role of Jerusha Abbott in Paul Gordon and John Caird’s musical Daddy Long Legs.

Penny’s career in television includes supporting and leads roles in both US and Australian series with credits that include; the US mini-series of Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot alongside Rob Lowe and Donald Sutherland, the Steven Spielberg produced HBO series The Pacific, USA Network’s Political Animals, and CBS Network series Elementary and Blue Bloods.  Penny’s lead and supporting roles in Australian series include White Collar Blue, All Saints, Headland and Hammer Bay.

Penny’s film credits include the role of Melissa in the US feature See No Evil for Lionsgate/WWE. Penny also appeared in a lead role in John Duigan’s Australian feature film Careless Love.

Penny currently stars in the series regular role of Doctor Tori Morgan on the Seven Network’s Home & Away.


MICHAEL TYACK AM on Piano

Michael began working as a professional musician for J.C. Williamsons in Melbourne. He moved to Sydney to conduct the STC’s production of Chicago then was MD for their productions of The Stripper, Four Lady Bowlers, Jonah, Company, Merrily We Roll Along, Falsettos, Miracle City and Summer Rain as well as providing music for several of their plays.

He has been involved with many major musicals including Cats, Phantom Of The Opera, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Singing In The Rain, The Lion King, Wicked  and others.

He has been Musical Director of many shows including Madiba, Side By Side By Sondheim,, Chess, The Wizard of Oz, Jerry’s Girls, Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, High School Musical, The Boy From Oz, Tivoli, The Witches of Eastwick (for which he was awarded a Green Room Award),  and the Hugh Jackman tour of The Boy From Oz. He was also musical director for The Production Company’s Dusty, Brigadoon and The Boy From Oz.

He was awarded a Green Room Award and a Helpmann Award for the musical direction of the Disney/Cameron Mackintosh production of Mary Poppins. Michael has been musical director for several shows at the Hayes Theatre including Blood Brothers, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and the new Australian musicals The Detective’s Handbook and Melba.

Michael’s cabaret and concert credits are extensive, having worked with Australian and overseas artists including Megan Hilty, Jennifer Holiday, Sutton Foster, Betty Buckley, Aaron Tveit, Conchita Wurst, Trevor Ashley, Toni Lamond, Nancye Hayes, Philip Quast, David Campbell, Caroline O’Connor, Tim Draxl and Judi Connelli both here and abroad.

This year he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the Performing Arts.


LUKE JOSLIN Director

A graduate of University of Western Sydney and the Actors College of Theatre and Television, Luke has forged a successful career in both musical theatre and straight drama, as well as being highly sort after as a director. He recently finished a national tour of Peter Pan Goes Wrong, prior to this he appeared in The Play That Goes Wrong, both for Lunchbox and Jon Nicholls.

Additional theatre credits include Shrek the Musical for Packemin, Brigadoon for Production Company, Machu Picchu for State Theatre Company of South Australia, Threepenny Opera for Malthouse and Sydney Theatre Company, 25th Anniversary production of Les Miserables for Michael Cassel and Cameron McIntosh, Annie and Dr Zhivago both for GFO, Avenue Q for Arts Asia, Assassins for Neil Gooding, Dirty Dancing for Jacobsens, Titanic for Seabiscuit and Guys and Dolls for Dennis Smith. Luke won both a Greenroom and Helpmann Award for his performance as Nicky/Trekkie in Avenue Q. Luke also won the Broadway World Award for Best Supporting Actor in a musical for Lord Farquaad in Shrek.

Directorial credits include Annie for Packemin, Educating Rita for Seymour Centre, Thank You For Being A Friend for Neil Gooding and Matt Henderson, Songs For A New World (Melbourne and Sydney) for Blue Saint, Giggle and Hoot Live show for ABC and Live Nation, In the Heights (Hayes and Sydney Opera House) for Blue Saint and Sydney Opera House in which he was nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Director and Resident Director for Shrek the Musical for GFO. Most recently Luke directed Les Miserables for Packemin and Riverside Theatres.

Luke is delighted to be working on Riversides Digital Concert Series.


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