Herald Sun

Sigrid sings praise for Fiddler’s cast


WHATEVER role she plays, Sigrid Thornton always seems to quietly triumph.

Most recently, she received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Judy Garland in Channel 7’s hit miniseries Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door.

Thornton just may surprise again with her next unexpected venture — a new production of hit musical Fiddler on the Roof starring alongside Anthony Warlow, Mark Mitchell and Lior.

“I like to mix it up,” she told the Herald Sun at the Princess Theatre yesterday.

“I suppose I like jumping off cliffs, metaphoric­ally.

“I think when something feels like a challenge that you’re just not sure whether you can meet, it’s a strong recommenda­tion for giving it a go. That’s the way you grow as a creative person. It’s the only way to grow really.”

Thornton has been jumping off career cliffs for more than 30 years.

Who could forget, if they’re old enough, The Man from Snowy River films or the television miniseries All The Rivers Run?

But it was her role as small-town magistrate Laura Gibson in hit TV show Sea Change, alongside William McInnes, that sparked a real-life social trend later dubbed “The Sigrid Factor”.

What’s less known is Thornton’s triumph on stage — in A Streetcar Named Desire for Perth’s Black Swan, and in The Blue Room for the Melbourne Theatre Company, among others.

Her only other performanc­e in a musical, though, was in A Little Night Music for Opera Australia in 2009, again opposite Anthony Warlow. “Anthony is without doubt one of the most experience­d musical theatre performers in the country, but also one of the most gifted performers in the world,” Thornton said. Between Warlow and director Roger Hodgman, Thornton didn’t need much arm twisting to jump on board for Fiddler on the Roof. It opens at the refurbishe­d Princess Theatre on December 29, for six weeks only, and then transfers to Sydney’s Capitol Theatre from March 24.

The cast is about to start rehearsals.

“I have to say that the only other time I’ve performed in a musical was really one of the most joyous experience­s of my working life,” Thornton said.

“I just loved the experience of working with an orchestra. The multi-tasking that involves in quite challengin­g.

“I will put everything into this job once we start ... I’m in very trustworth­y hands so I don’t think they’ll let me get away with anything.”

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