Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - News - with ANNA O’BYRNE

Your rise to theatre fame has been pos­i­tively me­te­oric, but you must have done your time in non-speak­ing parts. I did have a few un­mem­o­rable years in early high-school pro­duc­tions, where I played a sheep and then a boat. Luck­ily, it’s been on the up since then. You trav­elled to Rus­sia with a pro­duc­tion of Phan­tom Of The Opera. Is it hard to keep stage-fit on a diet of borscht and vodka? Not so sure about the vodka, but the borscht was de­li­cious! Belt­ing out show tunes is your job, but what’s your go-to karaoke num­ber? I love a bit of vin­tage Mariah Carey. Dame Julie An­drews her­self hand-picked you to play El­iza Doolit­tle. On a scale of one to 10, how calm and col­lected were you around her? I was pro­fes­sional on the out­side, but I ad­mit to many mo­ments dur­ing re­hearsal of in­ter­nal dis­be­lief. I still pinch my­self when I see an email from her in my in­box. My Fair Lady is play­ing now at Melbourne’s Re­gent Theatre, and opens at Syd­ney’s Capi­tol Theatre in Au­gust.

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