This boy from Oz is serious about architecture and art
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.” ”
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.
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.
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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.