Rhonda Burchmore

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Rhonda Burchmore

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Burchmore at the 2015 Helpmann Awards
Born (1960-05-15) May 15, 1960 (age 58)
Sydney, Australia
Nationality Australian
Occupation Entertainer, actor
Website http://rhondaburchmore.com

Rhonda Suzanne Burchmore OAM (born 15 May 1960) is an Australian entertainer.



Born in Sydney, and attended Beverly Hills Girls High School. Rhonda has been performing since the age of two, trained in singing, acting and dancing and was awarded a scholarship to the University of New England where she majored in Theatre Arts.

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She became internationally known for her role as Kate in the 1982 film, The Pirate Movie .

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Burchmore gave her first major Australian theatre breakthrough performance in the 1988 production of Sugar Babies opposite Garry McDonald and Broadway theatre performer Eddie Bracken. Later that year, she reprised her role opposite Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller in London's West End theatre production. Whilst in the U.K., she also starred in the revival of Stop the World – I Want to Get Off .

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Garry George McDonald AO is an Australian actor, satirist and comedian. In a career spanning five decades he has had many theatre, television and film roles, and has been listed as a National Living Treasure. He is best known as the seemingly naive celebrity interviewer Norman Gunston, through whom he pioneered the "ambush interviewer" technique since followed by many others. He received a Gold Logie award for the television Norman Gunston Show in which he developed the character. He is also famed for his role of the hapless Arthur Beare in the television sitcom Mother and Son. Appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2003 for service to the community in the mental health field and to the arts as an entertainer, he has also been a board member of the Australian mental health organisation beyondblue.

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After a string of further stage performances, playwright David Atkins wrote a role especially for Burchmore in his tap dancing musical Hot Shoe Shuffle . Then in 1997, she gave the Crown Casino in Melbourne its opening performance with her very own cabaret spectacular, Red Hot & Rhonda, playing to an audience of over 60,000. The year proved to be big for Burchmore, she also secured the role of Nadine Hale in Tommy Tune's stage version of the Irving Berlin classic, Easter Parade , slated for Broadway [1] but eventually the project stalled. [2] Burchmore later appeared in another show, Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods with the Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC).

David Atkins Australian director, producer and choreographer

David Atkins, OAM is an Australian dancer, choreographer, music-theatre director and producer.

Hot Shoe Shuffle is a 1992 Australian musical produced by David Atkins. A jukebox musical, the score mostly includes American big band and popular songs of the 1920s to 1940s.

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Burchmore released her first album in 1998, self-titled Rhonda Burchmore. Further albums include Midnight Rendezvous, Live At The Melbourne Concert Hall, Pure Imagination, and a recording of her stage show, Cry Me a River – The World of Julie London .

Julie London American actress and singer

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In 1999, Burchmore played the lead role in The Production Company’s first show, Mame . She also played the title role in Annie Get Your Gun for The Production Company, and later returned in a new production of Mame in 2008.

Further roles followed, including Adelaide in an Australian revival of Guys and Dolls , Tanya in the successful Mamma Mia! , Urinetown The Musical , Tom Foolery , Respect: A Musical Journey of Women, and her own productions; Rhonda Burchmore Sings 'n Swings, My Funny Valentines and Fever.

In 2013, she performed in Trevor Ashley's musical comedy Little Orphan trAshley with Gary Sweet. [3]

Other Australian stage credits include The Drowsy Chaperone in 2010 with Geoffrey Rush for the MTC, Song and Dance , They're Playing Our Song – as one of the alter egos, and Diana in Lend Me a Tenor . With the Victorian Opera Burchmore won critical acclaim for her performances as Queen of the Fairies in Iolanthe , as Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus with Joan Carden, and in Ruddigore and An Evening with Sondheim.

Burchmore's television credits include regular appearances on Carols by Candlelight , in the variety show Hey Hey It's Saturday , the quiz show Spicks and Specks and also guest roles in the sitcom Kath & Kim and on the TV series Love Child .


In the January 2014 Australia Day Honours List Burchmore was awarded a medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) "For service to the performing arts, and to the community." [4]

Personal life

Burchmore and her husband, Nick, a psychologist, [5] have one daughter, Lexie. In 2010 she published her autobiography, Legs 11: The Rhonda Birchmore Story. [6]

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  1. "Tune's Easter May Parade Through Australia" by David Lefkowitz, Playbill , 18 August 1997
  2. "Tommy Tune's Easter Parade Now Targeting Fall '99 For B'way" by Peter Szatmary and David Lefkowitz, Playbill, 27 June 1998
  3. Bochenski, Natalie (11 July 2013). "Adults-only panto too funny for Sweet to miss out" Brisbane Times
  4. "Australia Day honours list 2014: in full". The Daily Telegraph . Sydney. 26 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  5. Bannister, Brooke (31 May 2011). "Rhonda Burchmore's Legs 11", 720 ABC Perth. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  6. Burchmore, Rhonda (2010). Legs 11: The Rhonda Burchmore Story. New Holland Publishers. ISBN   9781742570112.