Wanda woman on stage

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be­fore land­ing the role of Lor­raine in the Syd­ney and Mel­bourne pro­duc­tion of Jersey Boys in 2010.

“I was in New York, three years prior to get­ting the role, when I saw Jersey Boys and thought ‘this is the best show I have ever seen, I want to be in this show and I want to play that char­ac­ter (Lor­raine)’,” Lee said.

“I looked in the pro­gram and the ac­tor had an Ital­ian name like me and I pic­tured my name in there and then I got the role.

“I think when we be­lieve and set those goals and they hap­pen so eas­ily, it’s easy for us to just brush over it but it’s re­ally im­por­tant to no­tice and ac­knowl­edge those things when they hap­pen.”

The power of the pos­i­tive also shone when Lee was just 18 and moved to Syd­ney.

“I had three goals: to get a mu­si­cal, to see Aus­tralia, and to work with John Farn­ham and An­thony War­low,” she said.

“Three months in, I got Grease The Mu­si­cal, we toured Aus­tralia for eight months and An­thony War­low joined our cast as Teen An­gel.

“The next time I joined Grease, John Farn­ham was our Teen An­gel.”

Even her lat­est Fringe World Fes­ti­val 2017 show, One Hit Wanda! Karaoke Killer, show­ing at Down­stairs at the Maj, in­volves a touch of magic.

“Last year I did back­ing vo­cals for a show called Go Your Own Way, at Down­stairs at the Maj and I had this in­ner voice say­ing ‘one of the rea­sons you’re do­ing this is so you can feel what the stage is like be­cause soon you’re go­ing to be do­ing your own show here’, and here we are,” Lee said.

In One Hit Wanda! Karaoke Killer, Lee plays karaoke-lov­ing as­sas­sin Wanda who finds ther­apy through song.

Au­di­ence mem­bers are in­vited to belt out a se­lec­tion of one-hit won­ders, but are warned not to out­sing Wanda.

“It’s re­ally im­por­tant to me that peo­ple have an amaz­ing time and get to shine and sur­prise them­selves; this makes my heart re­ally happy,” Lee said.

See more Fringe World Fes­ti­val 2017 cov­er­age at www.com­mu­nuitynews.com.au.

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