Do you have signed programs from every musical theatre production you’ve seen (and even some that you haven’t!) stored in an alphabetised display cabinet?
Are you hard core musical theatre fan?
Do you know which Aussie diva played which leading role and when?
Take our quiz on Australian MT Leading Ladies and see how you score!
Q 1. Who played Charity in the 1967 production of Sweet Charity? A move away from importing leading ladies from America.
Q 2. Who Originated the role of Lara in the Musical production of Dr Zhivago?
Taneel Van Zyl
Q 3. Who has played the role of Meg Giry in two different Andrew Lloyd Webber shows?
Q 4. Which Blonde Bombshell is best know for her roles in the Australian productions of WICKED and Legally Blonde?
Q 5. Born in Port Moresby, who spent her time busking in the Bourke Street Mall before securing the role as Mabel in the Victoria State Opera’s The Pirates of Penzance?
Q 6. Which WAAPA Music Theatre graduate became the face of Coles soon after graduation?
Q 7. Who played Velma Kelly in the 1998 Australian production of Chicago?
Q 8. Who played April in the original Australian production of Hot Shoe Shuffle with David Atkins?
Q 9. Which leading lady recently released her debut album, The Great Egret?
Q 10. Who appeared, opposite Hugh Jackman, as Belle in the Australian production of Beauty and the Beast?
Q 11. Who was cast as Fanny Brice in the 1966 J.C. Williamson production of Funny Girl?
Q 12. Who made her professional debut playing Jenny in Aspects of Love at 18 years of Age?
Q 13. Which Australian leading lady played Glinda opposite Idina Menzel in the original West End production of WICKED?
Q 14. Which 2003 WAAPA graduate has appeared in Jersey Boys, Mary Poppins and Sweet Charity?
Q 15. Which 2 violinists from Once the Musical are about to take leading roles in the 2015 production of The Sound of Music?
Jane Patterson & Madeleine Jones
Amy Lehpamer & Stefanie Jones
Amy Lehpamer & Jane Patterson
Susan-ann Walker & Stefanie Jones
Q 16. Which university class mates have performed the role of Christine Daae in both Love Never Dies and The Phantom of the Opera in productions around the world?
Anna O'Byrne & Julie Lea Goodwin
Claire Lyon & Julie Lea Goodwin
Marina Prior & Carolyn Ferrie
Anna O'Byrne & Claire Lyon
You're A Diva!
Congratulations! You've probably waited at Stage Doors around the country for a signature in every show program while devouring the bios of every cast member, you follow 90% of these leading ladies on Instagram (and the second Nancye Hayes is on Insta, you'll be a guaranteed follower!) or you covet every leading role and are not-so-secretly hoping you will one day break into stardom.
You're a Leading Player!
You've definitely stood at stage door to meet one of your favourite performers at least once and and have listened to more recordings of Defying Gravity than you care to admit.. You probably also own (on tape, CD, mini disk or mp3) a recording of Phantom of The Opera.
My mum buys me tickets for Christmas
You love the Australian music theatre scene, and enjoy watching the shows when they come to town, but you don't have enough room in your brain to remember EVERY cast list.
Did you find this quiz by mistake? Perhaps a crash course in Aussie music theatre history wouldn't go astray before you attempt the quiz again. (That's Nancye with an E, folks)