Todd McKen­ney

This boy from Oz is se­ri­ous about ar­chi­tec­ture and art

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Cur­rently re­hears­ing his role as Cap­tain Hook in the pan­tomime The Ad­ven­tures Of Peter Pan & Tinker Bell, Todd McKen­ney is rel­ish­ing the idea of be­ing booed. An odd ca­reer wish, but the Danc­ing With The Stars judge with a sharp wit and tongue, who has per­formed in pro­duc­tions such as The Boy From Oz, Sin­gin’ In The Rain and 42nd Street, is clearly no shrink­ing vi­o­let.

He is ex­cited to be in a pro­duc­tion where au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion in en­cour­aged.

“The show is directed by Bon­nie Lyth­goe and when she first ap­proached me to be in it, I thought she was mad,” he says. “This pro­duc­tion works for kids, but adults will ap­pre­ci­ate it as well. There’s a lot of in­ter­ac­tion with the au­di­ence and I get to talk to the kids about poi­son­ing their ice cream.

“I want them to boo me — and if they don’t boo me, I’ll start it my­self.”

When Todd gets a break, he can be found re­lax­ing in his her­itage home in Pym­ble.

“I have al­ways lived in old places, but this takes it to an­other level,” he says. “It was built in the 1900s, and peo­ple from the area toldd me there were shear­ing sheds in the back­yard.d.

“It’s such a gor­geous house, but I don’tn’t feel like the owner, I’m more like the care­taker.”aker.”

A keen art col­lec­tor, Todd’s walls aree dec­o­rated with paint­ings and pho­tog­ra­phya­phy from well-known and emerg­ing artists.s.

“I’m be­com­ing quite se­ri­ous about art,” he says. “I’m a big fan of Tim Maguire, andnd I have been fol­low­ing him since 1989. The joyy of col­lect­ing art doesn’t have to be about spend­ing the most amount of money.” ”

Bech­stein pi­ano

It’s an 100-year-old pi­ano and I have re­hearsed many of my shows on it with cast­mates. It’s the heart of my home, and I sit around it and sing ev­ery sin­gle day. It’s also a beau­ti­ful piece of fur­ni­ture.

Cow horns

I found these at Bondi mar­kets and thought they would be great sit­ting in the back win­dow of my car. When I tried to buy them the lady changed her mind, but I told her they would be go­ing into a black Slant 6 Valiant. I bought this from a Greek fish­er­man in Mykonos. It was cock­tail hour and I was hav­ing a ro­man­tic din­ner, and I asked “Cann I have one of those lamps?” It re­minds me of that hol­i­day.

Tim Maguire art­work

This paint­ing of berries is some­thing else. I can spend hours look­ing at t art­work.

Lamp Old theatre signs

They are from a the­atreh in Mel­bourne. One is dou­ble-sided and says “mati­nee to­day” on one side and “no mati­nee to­day” on the other. When I have par­ties, it’s hung on the front door.

ShureShur head­phoneshead

Th­e­seThes are noise can­celling­canc head­phoneshead and I nev­ern­eve travel any­where­anyw with­out out them.them When I put them on, n, I feel like I am sit­ting in the mid­dle mid­ddle of an orches­tra.

Os­car

It’s a prop from The Boy From Oz. It’s the only time I will get an Os­car, so on the fi­nal night, I grabbed it, put it in my bag, and ran.

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