Two of the most revered and respected names in Australian entertainment, Todd McKenney and Georgie Parker, unite this August and September for their first concert tour, DUETS.
The gifted pair shares a mutual love of music and dance and have nurtured a strong friendship, encompassing 32 years. Meeting initially in a dance class, their careers took off in different directions, denying them the chance to work together until they starred in the musical production, Crazy For You more than 20 years ago.
Todd McKenney is thrilled to have the opportunity to tour with Georgie Parker saying, “When Georgie and I get together, we have so much fun – we laugh and laugh! We’ve been itching to get together for a tour and can’t wait for these shows. Whilst Georgie is widely recognised as an incredible actress, she’s actually one of this country’s best-kept secrets as a singer, she has the most amazing voice.”
DUETS is their first opportunity to take the stage together in their own standalone concert tour, singing, dancing and performing a wide range of their favourite duets from Elton John/Kiki Dee to Tina Turner/Jimmy Barnes, Dolly Parton/Kenny Rogers, Annie Lennox/Aretha Franklin and many more delights, promising the ultimate night out!
“I’ve known Todd for 32 years,” says Parker. “We first met in a pas de deux class at Ross Coleman’s Studio. He was an amazing partner, and my feet, literally, didn’t touch the ground. He never flinched when I jumped at his groin (part of the lift called The Fish). And I never doubted that he had my back!”
“12 years on from that we starred in Crazy For You, and it was SO exciting to share the stage with him in a leading role. So 20 years on from that, here we are again. I sincerely cannot wait to not only share this show with the audiences, but to simply hang out with Todd. He’s a rare human being, plus he’s a bit naughty, like me! But the best people are don’t you reckon?”
DUETS will be presented at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide (Saturday 5 August); Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, Hobart (Saturday 12 August); State Theatre, Sydney (Saturday 19 August); The Star, Gold Coast (Saturday 26 August); His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth (Saturday 2 September); and The Palms at Crown, Melbourne (Saturday 9 September).
For more information, visit: www.toddmckenney.com.au for details.
Image: Georgie Parker and Todd McKenney (supplied)