How well do you know your Australian Leading Ladies?

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!

Australian Leading Ladies. Nancye Hayes, Rachael Beck, Anna O'Byrne, Helen Dallimore
Australian Leading Ladies. Nancye Hayes, Rachael Beck, Anna O’Byrne, Helen Dallimore

Q 1. Who played Charity in the 1967 production of Sweet Charity? A move away from importing leading ladies from America.

Toni Lamond

Jill Perryman

Nancye Hayes

Claire Lyon

Q 2. Who Originated the role of Lara in the Musical production of Dr Zhivago?

Lucy Durack

Claire Lyon

Lucy Maunder

Taneel Van Zyl

Q 3. Who has played the role of Meg Giry in two different Andrew Lloyd Webber shows?

Sharon Millerchip

Toni Lamond

Claire Lyon

Jill Perryman

Q 4. Which Blonde Bombshell is best know for her roles in the Australian productions of WICKED and Legally Blonde?

Chloe Dallimore

Amy Lehpamer

Lucy Durack

Lisa McCune

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?

Rachael Beck

Marina Prior

Lisa McCune

Rhonda Burchmore

Q 6. Which WAAPA Music Theatre graduate became the face of Coles soon after graduation?

Lucy Maunder

Lisa McCune

Erin James

Chrissie O'Neill

Q 7. Who played Velma Kelly in the 1998 Australian production of Chicago?

Nancye Hayes

Caroline O'Connor

Rhonda Burchmore

Silvie Paladino

Hot Shoe Shuffle's Tap Brothers

Q 8. Who played April in the original Australian production of Hot Shoe Shuffle with David Atkins?

Rhonda Burchmore

Caroline O'Connor

Jaz Flowers

Erin Kennedy

Q 9. Which leading lady recently released her debut album, The Great Egret?

Kirby Burgess

Claire Lyon

Lucy Maunder

Esther Hannaford

Q 10. Who appeared, opposite Hugh Jackman, as Belle in the Australian production of Beauty and the Beast?

Lisa McCune

Rachael Beck

Chloe Dallimore

Silvie Paladino

Q 11. Who was cast as Fanny Brice in the 1966 J.C. Williamson production of Funny Girl?

Jill Perryman

Toni Lamond

Nancye Hayes

Adele Johnston

Q 12. Who made her professional debut playing Jenny in Aspects of Love at 18 years of Age?

Patrice Tipoki

Delia Hannah

Amanda Harrison

Rachael Beck

Q 13. Which Australian leading lady played Glinda opposite Idina Menzel in the original West End production of WICKED?

Suzie Mathers

Verity Hunt-Ballard

Helen Dallimore

Lucy Durack

Jersey Boys - QPAC

Q 14. Which 2003 WAAPA graduate has appeared in Jersey Boys, Mary Poppins and Sweet Charity?

Verity Hunt-Ballard

Lisa Sontag

Lisa Adam

Patrice Tipoki

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

Love Never Dies Ben Lewis and Trent Heath

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.

Musical What?

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)

One thought on “How well do you know your Australian Leading Ladies?

  • Having a daughter in Musical Theatre keeps me pretty up to date with all the shows and performers! Thanks Ez ?
    Erin Cornell having performed as Elphaba at 20 was an amazing experience , then Grizabella, 2 dream roles Ez had always wanted to do !
    Ez’s classic saying to me………”Mum I iwas born for you to travel!” And travel I have and met so many amazing talented, gifted performers from all over the world experiences and friendships I treasure feeling so grateful Thankyou Ez xxxxx????? Kerp shining your light ???? So proud ???

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