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Burchmore at the 2015 Helpmann Awards
|Born||May 15, 1960|
Rhonda Suzanne Burchmore OAM (born 15 May 1960) is an Australian entertainer.
Born in Sydney, and attended Beverly Hills Girls High School. Rhonda has been performing since the age of two, trained in singing, acting and dancing and was awarded a scholarship to the University of New England where she majored in Theatre Arts.
She became internationally known for her role as Kate in the 1982 film, The Pirate Movie.
Burchmore gave her first major Australian theatre breakthrough performance in the 1988 production of Sugar Babies opposite Garry McDonald and Broadway theatre performer Eddie Bracken. Later that year, she reprised her role opposite Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller in London's West End theatre production. Whilst in the U.K., she also starred in the revival of Stop the World – I Want to Get Off.
After a string of further stage performances, playwright David Atkins wrote a role especially for Burchmore in his tap dancing musical Hot Shoe Shuffle. Then in 1997, she gave the Crown Casino in Melbourne its opening performance with her very own cabaret spectacular, Red Hot & Rhonda, playing to an audience of over 60,000. The year proved to be big for Burchmore, she also secured the role of Nadine Hale in Tommy Tune's stage version of the Irving Berlin classic, Easter Parade, slated for Broadway but eventually the project stalled. Burchmore later appeared in another show, Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods with the Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC).
Burchmore released her first album in 1998, self-titled Rhonda Burchmore. Further albums include Midnight Rendezvous, Live At The Melbourne Concert Hall, Pure Imagination, and a recording of her stage show, Cry Me a River – The World of Julie London.
In 1999, Burchmore played the lead role in The Production Company’s first show, Mame. She also played the title role in Annie Get Your Gun for The Production Company, and later returned in a new production of Mame in 2008.
Further roles followed, including Adelaide in an Australian revival of Guys and Dolls, Tanya in the successful Mamma Mia!, Urinetown The Musical, Tom Foolery, Respect: A Musical Journey of Women, and her own productions; Rhonda Burchmore Sings 'n Swings, My Funny Valentines and Fever.
Other Australian stage credits include The Drowsy Chaperone in 2010 with Geoffrey Rush for the MTC, Song and Dance, They're Playing Our Song – as one of the alter egos, and Diana in Lend Me a Tenor. With the Victorian Opera Burchmore won critical acclaim for her performances as Queen of the Fairies in Iolanthe, as Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus with Joan Carden, and in Ruddigore and An Evening with Sondheim.
Burchmore's television credits include regular appearances on Carols by Candlelight, in the variety show Hey Hey It's Saturday, the quiz show Spicks and Specks and also guest roles in the sitcom Kath & Kim and on the TV series Love Child.
- "Tune's Easter May Parade Through Australia" by David Lefkowitz, Playbill, 18 August 1997
- "Tommy Tune's Easter Parade Now Targeting Fall '99 For B'way" by Peter Szatmary and David Lefkowitz, Playbill, 27 June 1998
- Bochenski, Natalie (11 July 2013). "Adults-only panto too funny for Sweet to miss out" Brisbane Times
- "Australia Day honours list 2014: in full". The Daily Telegraph. Sydney. 26 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
- Bannister, Brooke (31 May 2011). "Rhonda Burchmore's Legs 11", 720 ABC Perth. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
- Burchmore, Rhonda (2010). Legs 11: The Rhonda Burchmore Story. New Holland Publishers. ISBN 9781742570112.