Rhonda Burchmore (OAM) is a true icon of the Australian entertainment world. Her enormous volume of work includes: performing on London’s West End in a number of musicals including Sugar Babies with Hollywood legends Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller and Stop The World I Want To Get Off with Anthony Newly; starring opposite David Atkins in the original Hot Shoe Shuffle; many musicals on the Australian stage such as Urinetown, Eurobeat, the highly-acclaimed The Drowsy Chaperone co-starring Geoffry Rush, and as Tanya in the original Australian production of Mama Mia!
It was while performing in the latter that Rhonda met Lara Mulcahy and they became “besties”. A few years down the track, the two got together to co-write a show where the two of them could have fun whilst giving the audience that same wonderful feeling; the result was ABBAsolutely Fabulous. The show also marks the debut of Ms Burchmore as a Producer.
After an extremely successful 2017/18 season touring, Mt Gambians and Adeladians finally get a chance to experience ABBAsolutely Fabulous this coming weekend (Mt Gambier Fri 5 Oct, Adelaide Sat 6 Oct).
I managed to catch a few minutes with the very busy, but absolutely delightful Ms Burchmore to chat about the show.
R.B. I looked at the other big shows around ie Kinky Boots ; Aladdin , Book of Mormon etc and figured there was nothing in there for me so I figured to produce my own show . I hate sitting idle and waiting for the phone to ring so actively made this happen . It is very challenging how many hats one has to wear to make it all happen – technically,marketing,transport,accounting , publicity etc etc
ABBAsolutely Fabulous plays at the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre, Mt Gambier on Fri 5 Oct 2018 at 8pm. Tickets are: Adult $60 Group 6+ $55 (Transaction fees apply: $2.50 online, $3.50 phone/counter) Bookings: click here or phone (08) 8723 8700
at the Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide on Sat 6 Oct 2018 at 7.30pm. Tickets are: All $65 (A one off service and handling fee of $8.95 applies per transaction; this is regardless of the number or value of items purchased.) Bookings: click here
Interview by Brian Godfrey