New Year’s Eve Eve was one of our favourite nights last year, so join us this December as we do it all again.
Celebrate the end of 2018 (ok, it’s a day early but who cares when you’re with your friends!?) with us as we keep the music going and the drinks* flowing – at least until we run out of material. Party hats are optional but encouraged.
Performers can sing anything they like, as long as it fits the Broadway Sessions criteria – a song from a musical or by an established music theatre composer.
*Broadway Sessions regrets to inform you we are unable to cover the bar tab for the night. However, feel free to buy a drink for any of the Broadway Sessions team!
Your Session Hosts
Lindsay has performed over the past decade in both musical theatre and cabaret, having enjoyed success in various genres: classical roles such as John Brooke in Little Women (The Musical) (Therry Dramatic Society 2013) and Cinderella's Prince in Into the Woods (Northern Light Theatre Company 2012); to contemporary roles such as Abraham in the Adelaide premiere of Altar Boyz (Davine Interventionz 2013), Sonny Malone in Xanadu (The Musical) (Davine Interventionz 2014), George in The Drowsy Chaperone (Hills Musical Company 2013), Kyle the UPS Delivery guy in Legally Blonde (HMC 2014) and most recently Elliott Garfield in The Goodbye Girl (Therry 2015). Lindsay has also appeared in countless other shows, favourites including Urinetown, 42nd Street, Crazy for You & Les Misérables. Most recently he premiered in Adelaide the role of Fabrizio for Davine Interventionz's 2016 Adelaide Fringe Show, The Light In The Piazza.
Aside from musical theatre, Lindsay has a keen passion for cabaret, having written, co-produced and performed at numerous cabaret events over the years. Stepping out side his usual genre, Lindsay played the role of Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby (old sport), produced by Independent Theatre.
Mark is a respected opera, cabaret and concert singer, with a passion for music theatre. He has toured South Australia with State Opera, SINGular productions and the Adelaide Art Orchestra. Mark produced and performed in his own sell out swing show – Mark Oates and the Daniel Brunner Pretty Big Band – for the 2009 and 2011 Adelaide Fringe Festivals. For the Adelaide Festival, Mark sung the roles of Ruffiak in Ligeti’s Le Grande Macabre and Street Singer in Leonard Bernstein’s Mass.
For State Opera SA, Mark premiered the role of “the Cantor” in Astor Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires, a co-production with Leigh Warren and Dancers which was reprised for the 2011 Brisbane Festival. He also performed Joe in The Station (Howard Blake), and John Styx in Orpheus in the Underworld (Offenbach). Last year Mark performed in the world premiere of the full Philip Glass trilogy for State Opera SA, including the role of Arjuna in Satyagraha. In the two weeks prior to the opening night of Broadway Sessions, Mark will be part of the State Opera SA chorus in Faust and the Verdi Requiem before travelling to Canberra for two concerts with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra.
Mark has also worked with many Adelaide based musical theatre companies. He was an Oscart and Curtain Call winner and Critic’s Circle nominee for his portrayal of Jean Valjean in The G&S Society’s Les Misérables. For The G&S Society Mark has also played the Baker in Into the Woods and the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance. He premiered Horton the Elephant in the award winning Seussical the Musical and portrayed Utterson in Jekyll and Hyde for The Hills Musical Company. Other roles include Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar for Northern Light Theatre Company, Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden for both The Therry Dramatic Society and The G&S Society, Enoch Snow in Carousel for Swell Productions/MS Society and was part of the original cast of It’s A Dad thing for SINGular productions. Mark has also played “man” in several productions, including Songs for a New World and I Love you, You’re Perfect, Now Change!
Alisa has been performing in musicals in Adelaide for over 10 years. Alisa's favourite roles include Gary Coleman in Avenue Q (MBM, 2011), Reno in Dusty (The Met, 2011) and Enid in Legally Blonde the Musical (Hills, 2014). Most recently Alisa performed in Violet (Davine Interventionz) for the Adelaide Fringe. Currently Alisa is rehearsing for Aida with the Hills Musical Company. Alisa has trained in jazz, tap, contemporary and hip hop dance and has vocal tuition with Kirsty Roberts.
Amy Neumann has worked across the US as a performer and director. She has appeared at the Kennedy Center, Ford's Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Round House Theatre, and the American Century Theatre, as well touring nationally in both The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Becky Thatcher) and Annie (July). Favorite roles include Alice Nutting/Edwin Drood in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, the Baker's Wife in Into the Woods, and Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest. Amy also spent 17 years as a company member of Now This, Washinton DC's only totally improvised musical comedy troupe.
Amy has directed and taught at the Ensemble Theatre Community School, Columbia Center of Theatrical Arts, Long Lake Camp for the Arts, the Bullis School, and the Young Actors' Theatre. She currently teaches for ArtStream, Inc., where she specializes in teaching actors with disabilities. Ms. Neumann holds a BFA in acting from Syracuse University and a Masters of Social Work from the Catholic University of America. Her favorite role is being wife to Jonathan and mum to Micah, 7, and Becca, 5.
Anjana is a recent Year 12 graduate with a love for everything music. Anjana has performed in numerous showcases from 5 years of age, performing Les Miserablés' Castle on a Cloud and Aladdin's A Whole New World at her first concerts. Having sparked her passion for musical theatre in 2014, Anjana starred as the Narrator in her school's production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. In the next year, Anjana not only viewed The Lion King in Melbourne, but she was Rafiki in The Lion King, for which Buyi Zama (role of Rafiki in Australian cast) provided priceless advice to Anjana after her dogged persistence to meet her at the backstage door!
In addition, Anjana is the lead singer in her school's first student-led Funk Band, who perform arrangements and choreography of artists for example, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind and Fire. Anjana's major solo performance of I Was Here from The Colour Purple at her school’s Cabaret night was one to remember. She hopes to pursue more music theatre and songwriting in the upcoming year.
Ariel (Inkie) Elliott-Potter
Inkie has worked in musical theatre for many years as a hobby and performed in many smaller shows during their schooling, most recently playing the role of Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof. Currently they are studying Education at the University of Adelaide, ultimately studying to be a drama teacher.
Carly started choral singing at a young age in the Adelaide Girls Choir. She performed with "Voiceworks Adelaide" during her tertiary studies and more recently has sung in the Adelaide Symphony Chorale. Her love of singing initially stemmed from performing with choirs, whilst her passion for performing in musicals started in 2005, when she was part of the MS Society's production of Les Misérables.
Since then, Carly has performed in Glibert and Sullivan's productions of Les Misérables, Jesus Christ Superstar and Oliver. She has performed with Davine Interventionz in the 2017 production of Violet and the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Season of It's Only Life.
Carly is a High School Music Teacher by trade and is currently the arts coordinator of Gleeson College. Her favourite part of her job is allowing her students to have the experience of performing in musicals. Some of her students from Gleeson are still heavily involved in the Adelaide Music theatre scene and some have sung in past Broadway Sessions here. She loves the thought that her past students are continuing on with their love of music and musicals.
Cooper, 13, loves every aspect of performing, but above all musical theatre and dance. He was lucky enough to makes his professional debut playing Kurt in The Sound of Music in 2016. Cooper is a current student at the Australian Ballet School and at Generation Dance where he studies ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and hip hop.
Cooper receives his vocal coaching from Carolyn Ferrie and this year has been selected as a soloist for the Festival of Music. In 2016 he joined Pelican Productions and most recently played the cheeky Rooster Hannigan in Annie Jr. Cooper travelled to Newcastle in 2017 to the Junior Theatre Celebrations and was one of a select group of performers from around Australia to participate in the Disney Newsies Jr Pilot playing Crutchie. He has enjoyed playing a variety of characters at Pelican Productions MTC including Danny from Grease, Marlin from Nemo and hamming it up singing ‘I Eat More’ from Willy Wonka. Cooper has also performed a number of shows with Promise Adelaide.
When he isn’t singing or dancing you will find Cooper listening to music, teaching himself guitar or with his head in a book.
Diana Divine is a woman of wit, wonder and otherworldly charm. Bursting onto the Adelaide cabaret and burlesque scene after a life-long love affair with the stage, Diana enthrals all with her powerful stage presence and knack for balancing comedy with sensuality, taking advantage of her curvy hips and smirking lips. Diana is the producer, creator, and official Fearless Leader of “The Justass League”, an Adelaide burlesque group nominated for "Best Troupe" at the 2018 Busties (Aus burlesque awards), and the self-appointed “human equivalent to finger guns”.
Having started her performance journey in school musicals and choirs, she has gone on to test her silky vocals in burlesque and cabaret productions across South Australia, Queensland, and Victoria. Returning to her roots with her new knowledge in tow, Diana is ready to show Broadway sessions what she's made of.
Eloise Quinn-Valentine is known in the Adelaide musical theatre community by a number of names including 'Eloise QV', and the more enigmatic 'Boise Q'. Since the age of four, she has performed in choirs, musicals and at events with local companies such as Davine Interventionz, Emma Knights Productions, IpSkip Productions, Adelaide Youth Theatre, Urban Myth, Gravity and Mitcham Dance, Theatre Bugs and Young Adelaide Voices. Eloise has also performed abroad in the role of Betty in The Crucible while on exchange at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2017.
She most recently appeared on stage in IpSkip Productions’ Charlotte’s Web in the role of Wilbur, and in Davine Interventionz' production of It's Only Life with John Bucchino in the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Festival. Eloise is pursuing studies in English literature at Flinders University while simultaneously incorporating her passion for storytelling into musical theatre.
Emilene has always loved singing from an early age. She found her love for music theatre when at the age of 11 she was cast as Ida in her primary school musical Honk! Jr. Since then Emilene began vocal tuition with Rosanne Hosking who has helped her further develop a wide range of vocal skills. Emilene was part of the G&S Society of South Australia’s 2013 and 2014 productions of Oliver! as a member of Fagin’s Gang. As a student at Concordia College she had lead roles in their productions of The Sound of Music (2014), Godspell (2015) and most notably played Tracy in their production of Hairspray (2016).
Emilene has also participated in Pelican Productions Music Theatre Camp for four years which further developed her confidence as a performer. Earlier this year Emilene played the role of Anne Egerman in the G&S Society of South Australia’s production of A Little Night Music. Most recently she played the role of Bridget in Pelican Productions' production of Bring It On.
Fiona has an Honours degree in performance from Flinders University Drama Centre. She has appeared on television and on stage both professionally, here and interstate and as part of the Adelaide Amateur Theatre community. She has worked in several aspects of theatre from performer to choreographer to director. Maureen from RENT is a dream role in a show she has loved since she was 14 and received the original Broadway album and was privileged enough to see the original Australian production.
Gemma has been performing since she was very young, with the majority of her theatre career being with Theatre Bugs. She attended classes for 15 years, achieving roles including Cat in the Hat 3 in Seussical Jr, Corey Jr in Back to the 80s and Narrator in Peter Pan. Some of Gemma's recent shows have been If/Then (Segue Productions 2018), Little Shop of Horrors (Adelaide Theatre Academy 2018) and Singin' In The Rain Jr (Adelaide Theatre Academy 2017). Gemma also travelled to Hong Kong, Paris and London with the Australian Youth Performing Arts Team in 2014, performing at Disneyland and on the West End.
In 2018, Jared has performed as Raoul in the Gilbert & Sullivan Society's Phantom of the opera; Buddy in the Hills Musical Company's Sideshow; and with John Bucchino in Davine Interventionz's It's Only Life. Jared became a member of the State Opera Chorus in 2018, which saw him perform in The Merry Widow and Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg.
Jared began performing in Adelaide musicals in 2008 in the Met's Shout and the Gilbert & Sullivan Society's HMS Pinafore. Since then he has performed in multiple musicals including Therry's Fiddler on the Roof; G&S' Les Misérables, Pirates of Penzance, Mikado, Orpheus in the Underworld, Yeoman of the Guard, and The Gondoliers; Met's My Fair Lady, Brigadoon, CATS, The King & I; and Little Miss World Media's Ordinary Days. He trained at the Elder Conservatorium under Robert Dawe and Patrick Power.
Jen has only recently been in amateur theatre and is enjoying the whole experience. She has sung in bands and loves to sing soul and jazz but dances to disco. Her ‘other’ work is with kids, so she has basically been able to sing and dance regularly!
Jessica's theatre journey and her passion for acting did not truly begin until 2013 when she auditioned for the College Musical, Calamity Jane. Being cast as understudy for Calamity and having the opportunity to perform one of the shows was the catalyst for her love of the stage. Since then she has been part of numerous other musicals, such as Annie, first with Trinity College as Miss Hannigan (2014), then with Adelaide Youth Theatre as Grace (2015), The Addams Family with the Balaklava Community Arts as Wednesday Addams (2015), Guys and Dolls with the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of SA as Crystal (2015).
She performed a 75 minute one-woman show, What is the Matter With Mary Jane with Barossa Players, which recieved rave reviews. Most recently she played the role of the dour stepsister Joy in Northern Light Theatre’s Cinderella, and is currently working on Agnes of God with Barossa Players, showing in October. Jessica has met and fallen in love with many amazing people on the way, and sincerely hopes to continue doing so as long as she can!
Having been singing since the age of 5, Jordan has been involved in music for almost his entire life. He has been involved in many choirs, musicals and other music events throughout his time at school, such as the Generations in Jazz festival, playing Kurt in The Sound of Music, and Jesus in Godspell. Now at University, Jordan seeks to involve himself further in the music scene in Adelaide.
In a previous life, Kerrie fronted a pub rock band and also performed in a Roy Orbison tribute show. She treaded the floorboards in Catchy Title's production of RENT, as an ensemble member and Mark's mother, and was a Ronette in Northern Light's Leader of the Pack. As much as she enjoys her day job and family, Kerrie doesn't get much chance to perform these days. She is thrilled to take to the Broadway Sessions stage.
Kristin has always lived and breathed music, but it wasn't until 2009 that she discovered musical theatre. After accompanying her first show she thought, "Hey, this looks like fun!" and auditioned for the next show that came around. The rest, as they say, is history. She has accompanied and music directed, but she truly feels alive on the stage. Favourite roles include Smitty in How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Marie Clark Musical Theatre 2013), Inga in Young Frankenstein (Marie Clark Musical Theatre 2014), Clara in The Light In The Piazza (Davine Interventionz 2016), and Cathy in The Last Five Years (Segue Productions 2017). She was recently in the ensemble of Spamalot (MCMT) and played Elizabeth/Liz/Beth in If/Then in September (Segue Productions).
Kristin is excited to be music directing again, with Heathers for Segue Productions in September 2019. Kristin is also a founding member of the new Adelaide based theatre company Segue Productions. When she's not at rehearsals or the theatre, she teaches voice and piano, and often dances around the house with her awesome preschooler (usually to the Frozen soundtrack...).
Megan is a graduate of the Music Theatre program at the University of Ballarat and has been performing in theatre and cabaret in Adelaide and beyond for over fifteen years, including a two-year stint in the U.K., where she performed her show The Girl Who Won't Grow Up and premiered a new, as yet untitled piece, at the Pheasantry in London.
She has written and produced several cabarets and concerts, and produced the South Australian and amateur premiere of Matthew Robinson's Sing on Through Tomorrow in 2014. Favourite roles in amateur theatre have included Laurey in Oklahoma!, Phoebe in The Yeomen of the Guard, and Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady.
In 2018 Megan premiered a new cabaret at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, climbed Rocky Mountains once more as a part of The Pirates of Penzance (on the Popeye!), directed the Australian Premiere of Buffy Kills Edward, a Musical Parody, and is playing Petra in A Little Night Music for the G&S Society and Carrie in Rules for Living with the Adelaide Repertory. And that's only the stuff that's confirmed!
Michelle Simper is living, working, running, yoga-ing and only just recently, singing in Sydney. She took some time since moving there and her sister's death to want to sing a note. However, small steps is sometimes enough. She is now backing up a lovely lady at the Castle Hill RSL and song writing again. Michelle has surveyed the Sydney theatre scene, which is extensive and extremely talented. The Adelaide amateur theatre regulars know her from coming back to theatre at 30 having been a dancer and acting in Sydney back then. She worked with Shane Davidson and G&S Society of SA for many years, enjoying the participation elements of performing – so ensemble roles where ever possible. Michelle updated her dance and acting training in the 90's by doing Vocal jazz in 2002 and ballroom/latin dancing levels. She has resumed piano lessons which he pianist & composer father is delighted about.
Noah was with Ink Pot Circus for 2 years and was their stilt walker, and since he has played a variety of roles from a Who in Whoville in Dr Seuss's Seussical in the recent production with Northern Light Theatre Company, to Mr Bennet in Pride and Prejudice with Hills Youth Theatre. Noah also regularly performs with Young Adelaide Voices and has been a member of their choir since 2016.
Oliver Lawes is 13 years old and has been studying singing and dance since the age of 8. He has been a member of Adelaide Youth Theatre for the past 3 1/2 years and has performed in Bugsy Malone, Peter Pan, Shrek and Madagascar. In 2017 he won the AYT's 'Wish, Dream, Believe Broadway Performing Arts Challenge' for his age group. He is about to perform in the USA in January 2019 with the Australian Youth Performing Arts Team.
Oliver has performed twice in Pelican Production's Music Theatre Camp and this year he has been a member of Broadway Chorus. He is very excited to have won the role of General Tom Thumb in March Productions' 2019 Adelaide Fringe Festival Show of Barnum.
Rebecca comes from a rich musical heritage and has been performing for most of her life. Versatile in her style she enjoys performing in all musical genres which has led to her performing as a soloist with many different groups and for varying audiences. She has been a leading soloist with Adelaide’s Soul Factor Gospel Choir for the past 16 years, performs regularly with her Sisters, The Raymond Sisters and for five years was the vocal soloist with the Melbourne Staff Band with whom she toured Australia, Korea and the UK where she had the privilege of singing in the Royal Albert Hall, London.
Rebecca performs corporately as a Singer and Actor. Appearing as a soloist at varying events in Adelaide and Nationally and in Theatre. Memorable roles include the role of Violet Hilton in SideShow (2018) and Aida in Aida (2017) with Hills Musical Company, Sandra Bloom in Big Fish with Therry Dramatic Society (2016), Laurey in Oklahoma! The immersive farm experience with Emma Knights Productions (2016 & 2017), and Cosette in Les Misérables with the G&S Society (2008 & 2009).
When not performing Rebecca teaches singing, has her own Mary Kay Cosmetic business and is a makeup artist. She also teaches Skincare & Self Esteem classes in schools and groups in the community.
Music has always been part of Ron’s life. As part of Novo Concertante Manila, an international award-winning chamber choir in the Philippines, Ron travelled to Europe and Asia performing a wide range of acapella music of various genres. He has also participated in competitions and concerts to international audiences. Ron continues to explore music as a chorus member of The Elder Conservatorium Chorale. He has found a new passion for musical theatre in both amateur and professional productions. Since moving to Australia in 2010, Ron has done Miss Saigon (MCMT 2011), Bernstein Mass (ASO 2012), Ennio Morriconne Live (ASO 2012), Kiss of the Spider Woman (HMC 2012), Forbidden Broadway (MCMT 2012), Phantom of the Opera (MBM 2013), The Cross (ACTS 2013 & 2014), part of the chorus for Andrea Bocelli (ASO 2014) and Rent (MCMT 2016). Ron recently played a part in the exciting production of the 2012 Broadway Revival Version of Godspell which opened in May 2018. Ron secretly wishes that like Hamilton, more and more shows and production outfits will now allow everyone and recognise talent over race and culture, to play roles not usually given to people of colour. In February 2016, Ron first took part in Broadway Sessions and is again thrilled to take part in this month's session.
Sarah Jane Whiteley
Sarah is most well known for her love of many different styles of music. It is her constant persistence that vocalists should practice, perform and draw from as many different styles as possible.
With over 9 years teaching experience both through her own private studio and in many schools, her passion lies in helping vocalists understand physiology of their instrument to develop great technique and versatility. When coupled with great musicality this increases performance capabilities exponentially and hugely lowers performance anxiety.
She has completed a Bachelor Of Music in Jazz Performance at the Adelaide Conservatorium Of Music and attended many different courses in the prestigious Estill Voice Model. She is in the process of training for the Figure Proficiency Test in the Estill Voice Model. With the experience of being taught by some of the most sought after teachers in Australia she has gained a wide range of knowledge and skills. Teachers including Adelaide’s darling ‘Charmaine Jones’ (Monash University, Melbourne, Gospo Enterprises), jazz mistress ‘Anita Wardell’ (Birmingham University, London, Australian Institute of Music), clinical voice consultant Helen Tiller, Certified Estill Master Teacher and Course Instructor Naomi Eyers. She is currently studying a Masters of Teaching.
A professional musician and musical director, she received critical acclaim for her performance as Aretha Franklin in the Adelaide Fringe’s Blues Brothers Revue. She has performed in many musicals, revues and cabaret shows (Rent, Smokey Joes Café, Evita, Sugar, Back to the 80s etc.) She took on her first production team role in 2017 as the musical director of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. 2018 shows her as the creative writer and director of her new Adelaide Fringe show From A Distance, The Glory Of Bette. Sarah regularly performs as a jazz, soul and contemporary musician in corporate, wedding and Christmas events in Adelaide.
Serena began performing with the Adelaide Youth Theatre in 2011 and since, has played many roles for the youth theatre such as Tracy in Hairspray, Mrs Potts in Beauty and the Beast, The Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods, Dragon in Shrek the Musical and most recently as Elphaba in their production of Wicked. Serena has also performed in many shows for Emma Knights Productions, including as Ado Annie in Oklahoma: On a Farm!, Buffy in Buffy Kills Edward and as New York Woman in I Love You Because.
Recently, Serena performed the role of Christine in The Phantom of the Opera for the G&S Society of SA. Serena has also performed many roles professionally for companies such as The Entertainment Store and Heaps Good Productions, most recently in the successful season of Snowmageddon at the South Australian Maritime Museum. In addition to musical theatre, Serena performs regularly with The Three Little Sisters, an Andrews Sisters tribute show, and performs in and directs The Honey-Bees, a 60s-tribute show.
Simon is a relative newcomer to the Adelaide Theatre Scene. His first appearance was in the ensemble for the Hills Musical Company's 2018 production of Sideshow. Simon got his taste for theatre through Adelaide Gang Show as a cast member, director and sketch writer. Most recently, Simon appeared in the Met's production of Can-Can as Theophile the Painter, and his next role is a play with the Stirling Players, as Ned in Nell Gwynn. Away from theatre, Simon studies Economics and dances West Coast Swing.
Tom’s professional acting career began in 2008 when cast in Glendyn Ivin's feature film, Last Ride opposite Hugo Weaving. In 2009 Tom was honoured with an AFI nomination for Best Young Actor for his performance in the film. Tom went on to play the pivotal role of Young Fish in Screentime’s adaptation of Tim Winton’s best selling novel Cloudstreet.
Tom’s other feature film credits to date are Matching Jack, The Tree, Daniel, Deadline Gallipoli and Boys in the Trees.
Tom has performed in multiple shows across Adelaide, both professional and amateur. In 2008 and 2009 He played Gavroche in the Gilbert and Sullivan Society production, Les Misérables. He has also been apart of many of Scotch College's musicals, including Pirates of Penzance, West Side Story, Les Misérables and Jesus Christ Superstar.
Tom is currently studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts – Acting at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts.