Western Suburbs Weekly - - Weekly life - Tanya MacNaughton

DANCER Mor­gan Gru­ell will be ra­di­at­ing new­ly­wed bliss when she per­forms in Cabaret De Paris at His Majesty’s The­atre this week.

The daugh­ter of for­mer iron­man Grant Kenny and swim­mer Lisa Curry mar­ried her high school sweet­heart Ryan Gru­ell, an emer­gency ser­vice of­fi­cer on north Queens­land mines, in Noosa last month be­fore hon­ey­moon­ing in Thai­land.

Perth au­di­ences will have the priv­i­lege of see­ing Gru­ell in her only sched­uled shows dur­ing this year’s Aus­tralian tour, where the lav­ish Parisian-themed re­vue brings the beauty of French cabaret to our shores with show­girls, aerial artists and cir­cus acts who have per­formed on stages at Moulin Rouge, The Lido and other French cabaret re­vues.

The cou­ple is no stranger to be­ing apart when, af­ter danc­ing pro­fes­sion­ally for two-and-a-half years in Bris­bane, Gru­ell was of­fered an 18-month con­tract at Moulin Rouge in 2011.

“Ryan vis­ited me as of­ten as he could,” the 25-year-old dancer said. “Then I came back home for a year, went back to Paris for an­other year and now I’m back liv­ing on the Sun­shine Coast.

“I went over­seas twice last year with the Moulin Rouge and did tours for them in Sin­ga­pore and New York. “It’s great be­cause I get the best of both worlds: danc­ing oc­ca­sion­ally with them but liv­ing in beau­ti­ful Aus­tralia.”

Gru­ell said it was her dance teacher who sug­gested she would ex­cel in Paris re­vues be­cause of her height and she “be­came ob­sessed with the idea”.

“My fam­ily were be­side them­selves ex­cited when I got the con­tract,” she said. “My mum cried, Dad was ex­cited and Ryan was stoked I got to pur­sue my dream and was just so sup­port­ive.

“Al­though peo­ple are al­ways sur­prised when you tell them the back­stage side of things is not so glam­orous.”

Fel­low Aussie Moulin Rouge show­girl Marissa Burgess will head­line the show, which will have two top­less per­for­mances and one cov­ered.

Mor­gan Gru­ell (cen­tre) stars in Cabaret De Paris at His Majesty’s The­atre.

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