Todd McKenney will tour Songs and Stories of Peter Allen

Todd McKenney
Todd McKenney

After the revival tour of Annie concludes in Perth, Australian audiences won’t have to wait long before seeing Todd McKenney live onstage again. From the Astor Theatre in Perth to the Palms at Crown Casino, McKenney’s brand new show Songs & Stories of Peter Allen – a National Tour will kick off in October with an eight piece band, a bevy of incredible dancers and McKenney himself in a two hour extravaganza.

The show will feature the old Peter Allen classics (‘Rio’, ‘I Still Call Australia Home’, ‘Don’t Cry Out Loud’) as well as some new songs and untold stories with an interesting and different take on the Boy From Oz’s life and career.

McKenney’s performance in The Boy From Oz (1998 – 2000), cemented him a household name, earning him two Mo Awards, the Variety Club Heart Award, the Glugg Award, the Green Room Award, the Australian Dance Award and the coveted Helpmann Award. The show also became one of Australia’s most successful musical theatre productions performing in excess of 700 shows and to over 1.2 million theatre patrons.

In this new production, audiences will discover the synergy between the two men’s lives and the inspiration Allen has provided McKenney to date.

“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.

Full Touring Details

Thursday 18 & Friday 19 October – Astor Theatre, Perth | 08 9484 1133

Friday 26 October – Canberra Theatre | 02 6275 2700

Saturday 27 October – Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre | 1300 788 503

Friday 2 & Saturday 3 November – Her Majestys Theatre, Adelaide | 131 246

Thursday 8 November – The Events Centre, Caloundra | 07 5491 4240

Friday 9 November – Jupiters, Gold Coast | 136 100

Saturday 10 November – QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane | 136 246

Sunday 11 November – Empire theatre Toowoomba | 1300 655 299

Thursday 15 November – Her Majestys Theatre, Ballarat | 03 5333 5888

Friday 16 November – Costa Hall, Geelong Performing Arts Centre | 03 5225 1200

Friday 23 November – State Theatre, Sydney | 136 100

Thursday 29 November – Frankston Arts Centre | 03 5722 8105

Friday 30 November – Eastbank Centre, Shepparton | 03 5832 9511

Saturday December 1 – The Palms @ Crown Melbourne 132 849

Erin James

Erin James is's former Editor in Chief and a performer on both stage and screen. Credits include My Fair Lady, South Pacific and The King and I (Opera Australia), Love Never Dies and Cats (Really Useful Group), Blood Brothers (Enda Markey Presents), A Place To Call Home (Foxtel/Channel 7) and the feature film The Little Death (written and directed by Josh Lawson).

Erin James

4 thoughts on “Todd McKenney will tour Songs and Stories of Peter Allen

  • I am worried that the forthcoming show “Songs etc of Peter Allen” will be amplified out of all proportion. An eight piece bad ‘live on stage’ indeed. Peter Allen, when I saw him didn’t need that much back up. Last night I saw “Dusty the Concert”. It, for me, was an abismal failure. It was smplified at ear damaging level and the balance was way out. The speakers were distorting (don’t blaim the speakers, it was in the control of the “sound engineer”. The singers were washed out by the band. They singers were sometimes background noise, when one could hear them, to the bank. None of it sounded anything like Dusty Springfield. I am a Dusty Springfield fan. None of last night did anything to even sound remotely like her. It might have had a chance at less than half the volume. I am not the only one of that opinion. Several of the audience told me the same way I was thinking. They didn’t get it sorted right up until the second last performance. I would like to have heard Montez and Hine as well.
    I would like to know whether the performaces of “spongs and Stories of Peter Allen, especially the first two in Perth are going to be similar to this type of seemingly fashionable way to project a show. Or is it going to be great as it could and should be. Please let me know the db level that is going to be used.
    David Kelly

  • What an inspiring and confident attitude you have David, if you are that pessimistic about any show I’m not sure I’d want you in my audience….are you a professional critic by any chance?

  • I think it is a shame that Todd doesn’t have a show on in Newcastle, NSW. I am getting sick of continually having to go to Sydney and then stay over night just to see a show.


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