CHRIS CHENEY - ST JIMMY
Chris Cheney is one of Australia’s leading rock musicians.
He is the founding mainstay guitarist, songwriter and lead vocalist of the band, The Living End, which was formed in 1994.
Cheney wrote the group’s top 20 hits on the ARIA Singles Chart Second Solution / Prisoner of Society (1997), All Torn Down (1999), Pictures in the Mirror (2000), Roll On (2001), One Said to the Other (2003), What’s on Your Radio (2005), Wake Up (2006) and White Noise (2008). In 2004, Cheney joined the super group The Wrights – a stellar line up of musicians including Phil Jamieson (Grinspoon), Nic Cester (Jet), Kram (Spiderbait) and Davey Lane (You Am I). At the 2009 APRA Awards, Cheney won ‘Song of the Year’ for White Noise, the single has been accredited platinum status in Australia.
Chris has collaborated with an extraordinary array of national and international artists including Green Day – having performed with the group on stage in 2005 to play I Fought the Law.
Since forming at high school and busking the streets of Melbourne, The Living End has gone to number one, had four platinum plus albums, been awarded APRA’s Australian Song of the Year and scored six ARIA awards. They’ve played world tours, ute musters, every festival everywhere and, in 2012, a 35-night Retrospective Tour, performing their entire back catalogue in five cities – a feat that would make anyone murderous. The Living End have supported Green Day on numerous USA and Australian tours. By blending a range of styles (punk, rockabilly and flat out rock) with great success, The Living End has managed to produce anthemic choruses and memorable songs in abundance. In October 2010 their debut album was listed in the book, 100 Best Australian Albums.
The band’s 7th album SHIFT was released in 2016.
Chris Cheney will be performing the role of ST JIMMY from 23 – 26 FEB.
PHIL JAMIESON - ST JIMMY
As the voice and face of Grinspoon, Phil Jamieson fronted one of the most popular Australian bands of the last two decades.
An accomplished singer, songwriter and guitarist, Jamieson’s generation-defining lyrics and vocal melodies first became etched into rock fans’ DNA in 1995, when the Lismore-born quartet rode a new wave of alternative music to become the first act Unearthed by national youth radio station triple j with its debut single – Sickfest. So began a love affair that maintained its heat and passion for over one thousand live shows, six consecutive Top 10 debuts and multi-platinum album sales. That initial romance with triple j’s listeners blossomed into full-bloom infatuation: an incredible 17 Grinspoon songs have polled in Hottest 100 countdowns over the years, led by the much-loved ‘Chemical Heart’(#2 in 2002; #63 in 2013’s Hottest 100 of All Time). With the release of seventh album Black Rabbits came the news in late 2013 that Grinspoon were entering hibernation indefinitely, yet Phil Jamieson remains as focused and passionate about music as ever. His writing and vocal talents are being put to good use in a fledgling solo career which has seen the singer sell out rooms throughout the country.
Outside of studios and music venues, Jamieson co-founded the Rock N Ride tour for headspace, the National Youth and Mental Health Foundation, in 2013. The initiative is aimed at engaging local communities to raise awareness about mental health issues faced by young people. This passion project has allowed Jamieson to draw on an extensive network of musicians, friends and media personalities who have ridden over 5000km together while visiting dozens of headspace centres along the way.
Phil Jamieson will be performing the role of ST JIMMY from 28 FEB.
BEN BENNETT - JOHNNY
Ben Bennett is an accomplished singer, songwriter, musician and actor. He was born the UK and migrated with his family to Townsville, moving to Sydney when he received a scholarship to attend The McDonald College of Performing Arts. In 2012 Ben appeared in The Voice Australia (Nine Network) and was in Delta Goodrem’s Top 6. He has since been a finalist for the Rob Guest Endowment Awards and is the recipient of the Future Prospects Award. TV appearances have included: Home and Away (Seven Network), Random & Whacky (Ambience Entertainment) and Pyramid (Nine Network). He has performed in Carnival of Venice for Opera by Candlelight, Albert Hall Canberra and in 2016 he performed the National Anthem at the Rugby Union Grand Final Test Match at the Allianz Stadium, Sydney and made his feature film debut in the role of Jay in Emo the Musical. As a gifted singer/songwriter, Ben regularly gigs across Australia and the UK, where he has just recently recorded and released a new EP, The Wolf.
FAV GD ALBUM: Corny alert – my favourite album of there’s would have to be American Idiot, I loved it the second I heard it. Dookie would be a close second… but that’s not what you asked.
FAV GD SONG: Ooh I really like Basket Case but I think my favourite would have to be American Idiot.
“I didn’t start actively listening to Green Day until I was about 20, but when I did, I realised that I already knew all the songs and had been inactively listening to them my entire life.”
ALEX JEANS - WILL
Alex Jeans is a Sydney based performer from the Blue Mountains. His love of music theatre began when he was cast as Sonny in his high school’s production of Grease. Alex then went on to study a Bachelor of Music at the Australian Institute of Music where he was cast as Finch in their production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Most recently, Alex starred as Jason McConnell in Supply Evolution’s production of Bare The Musical at the Depot Theatre. After a successful season of sold out shows, Alex will reprise the role in the return season at the New Theatre. Alex has also starred in the four-man show Soul Mates on Princess Cruises. Last year, Alex wrote and starred in his own cabaret Rockstar – The Musical, following the success of the premiere season, Alex is in developments for a future season of his original work.
FAV GD ALBUM: 21st Century Breakdown
FAV GD SONG: Hitchin’ a Ride
“American Idiot was the first album I bought with my own money.”
CAMERON MACDONALD - TUNNY
Cameron is a flexible Singer/Actor, with a voice that spans several genres. This has seen him travel the world, and forge a successful career on the Australian Stage and Screen. He’s also a co-creator of The Five Vocal Tea! Credits include the Australian premiere of Altar Boyz playing “Matthew” and 3 years in the Australian and New Zealand tour of Jersey Boys, covering many roles. Other theatre credits include Jesus in Godspell, Sondheim’s Passion, Miss Saigon, Georgy Girl, MAMMA MIA!, Life’s a Circus, Charlie Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and Britt Craig/Gov Slaton in Parade. (Green Room Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actor). Most recently, Cameron travelled to Singapore to star as Roger in Pangdemonium’s 20th Anniversary production of RENT. TV credits include: Neighbours, Blue Heelers, The Dr Blake Mysteries, 800 Words, and The Divorce. Cameron is thrilled to be back in Brissy, and to take part in the Australian Premiere of American Idiot!
FAV GD ALBUM: Has to be Dookie, or Nimrod….ugh….. Dookie.
FAV GD SONG: Hmmm… I’ll say… When I come Around.
“Throw on Basket Case in a room of my mates, and it’s an old fashioned sing-along every time.”
ASHLEIGH BARLOW - HEATHER
Ashleigh Barlow is a triple-threat performer from Sydney who started her career as a company member at the Australian Institute for Performing Arts, later going on to graduate from Brent Street with a Diploma of Musical Theatre in 2013. Ashleigh was most recent stage appearance was as Elphaba in Wicked for Packemin Productions at the Riverside Theatre. Other appearances include the classic Disney musical Beauty and The Beast, where she was both Silly Girl and understudied Belle and Hot Blades Harry in Urinetown, both directed by Neil Gooding. In 2015 Ashleigh joined the all-female group The Diamonds helping to bring down the house performing some of the biggest hits from the greatest divas of all time. On screen Ashleigh has made guest appearances on Home and Away, Deadly Women and Underbelly: The Golden Mile. Film credits include Final Move, Pandorian and Best Enemies.
FAV GD ALBUM: American Idiot
FAV GD SONG: Wake Me Up When September Ends
“The first and only song I ever learnt to play on guitar was Good Riddance.”
PHOEBE PANARETOS - WHATSERNAME
Since making her professional debut in Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Oliver! when she was just 11, Phoebe Panaretos has gone on to become a graduate of both the Newtown School of Performing Arts, topping the State in Drama, as well the Victorian College of the Arts. Upon graduating Phoebe was cast as Lucy in the Television series Mr and Mrs Murder. In 2012 she toured through Asia with the Smile Live Entertainment production of Thomas and The Hidden Treasure & in 2013 was in The Production Company’s season of Singin’ in the Rain. In 2014, Phoebe made international headlines after being handpicked by Baz Lurhman to play the lead role of Fran in the world premiere musical adaptation Strictly Ballroom The Musical for which she was nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Female In A Musical for her portrayal. Most recently Phoebe performed as Connie Francis in Dream Lover directed by Simon Philips for the Gordon Frost Organisation.
FAV GD ALBUM: American Idiot
FAV GD SONG: Wake Me Up When September Ends – I loved this song when it was first released and I still love it now. The film clip was also very memorable and moving.
“I have been a Green day fan since the release of American idiot in 2004. I was 14 years old at the time.”
ROWENA VILAR - EXTRAORDINARY GIRL
Rowena’s professional theatre credits include: We Will Rock You, Miss Saigon (cover Kim, Ellen and Gigi), Sweet Charity, Hugh Jackman – The Boy From Oz (cover Trio), Christmas Eve in Avenue Q, Carmen in FAME and Anita in West Side Story (Manila production and Packemin – Sydney). She played Louise Black in House of Hancock and featured in numerous ad campaigns including: KFC, Coke Asia, Jim Beam, Caltrate, Australia Day – Lambnesia, Big W and Malaysian Airlines. Rowena has also performed as a dancer and backing vocalist for local and international artists on: XFactor, The Voice, SYTYCD, Australia’s Got Talent, Australian Idol, Australian Open, The Footy Show, AFL Grand Final, NRL Grand Final, The Morning Show, Sunrise, and many more. She has performed with an interestingly varied range of artists such as Jessica Mauboy, Ricky Martin, Red Foo, the Madden Brothers and Hugh Jackman to name a few.
FAV GD ALBUM: Dookie – my brothers and I LOVED that album. It stained my adolescence.
FAV GD SONG: Don’t make me choose! Longview/Basketcase/ When I Come Around
“I’ve been a Green Day fan since 1994.”
Madison has travelled around Australia and the world as a singer, actor, dancer and musician. After graduating from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in 2014, Madison made her professional Musical Theatre debut in the original company of Georgy Girl – The Seekers Musical, understudying and performing the lead role of Judith Durham throughout the production’s Melbourne, Sydney and Perth seasons. She has also most recently been seen as Franca in the critically-acclaimed Australian premiere of Life Like Company’s The Light In The Piazza at the Arts Centre Melbourne in 2016. Her other stage credits include: The Baker’s Wife in Into The Woods, Nettie in Carousel and Sheila in a sell-out season of Hair at the Brisbane Powerhouse during her time at the Queensland Conservatorium. She has also toured regional Australia with Back to Broadway (2015) and Magic Moments: A Tribute to Burt Bacharach from March 2017, with Style Music.
FAV GD ALBUM: Dookie
FAV GD SONG: Brain Stew
“When I was 18 I went to New York and saw five Broadway shows in one week, one of which was American Idiot with Billie Joe Armstrong as St Jimmy – it absolutely blew my mind (in the best way!)”
Kurt Phelan made a name for himself as Australia’s newest leading man starring as Johnny Castle in the National tour of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story Onstage. Originally from Townsville, Kurt has been performing for as long as he can remember. A NIDA graduate, he has a long list of credits including: the opening and closing of the Sydney 2000 Olympics with Elle McPherson and Tap Dogs, Singin’ in the Rain, Saturday Night Fever, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, and Tender Napalm (Brisbane Festival) for which he received a Matilda Award nomination for Best actor. He also toured America as lead vocalist for Disney Worldwide and has been a guest artist in such TV shows as: Plonk, Dancing with the Stars, The Footy Show and Toasted TV. Kurt is also an established writer and choreographer. Writing the smash hits for Adelaide Fringe – A Nightmare on Love Street and The Bitter End as well as touring his acclaimed cabaret shows Cheaper than Chips, Louder than Words and most recently Phelan Groovy which has played all around the country to rave reviews and saw Kurt’s debut on the New York stage in 2016.
FAV GD ALBUM: Dookie… then Nimrod…. My teen years angst!
FAV GD SONG:When I come around and Boulevard of broken dreams
“I remember gathering around the CD player with the boys when Nimrod came out. We went to Sanity to buy the cd… Remember sanity.”
Originally from Melbourne, Chris moved to Sydney to train at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). Most recent performances include: Angel in RENT (Highway Run / Hayes Theatre), which played two critically-acclaimed, sell-out seasons in 2015/16, Man 1 in Songs For A New World – both performances earning Chris BroadwayWorld nominations. Chris toured Australia (and internationally) with WICKED (Universal/GFO) – covering/performing the role of Boq. Other major theatre credits include: the original cast of the Des McAnuff-directed Doctor Zhivago (GFO), Aloysius in the Darren Gilshenan-directed The Chaos Fairy (Monkey Baa), The Pirates of Penzance (Opera Australia), The Newsboy in the International Tour of Jekyll and Hyde (TML), Adam Guettel’s Floyd Collins (Meredith Shaw) and the USA tour The Silver Donkey (Echelon). Chris’s voice can be heard on the cast recordings for both The Silver Donkey and The Chaos Fairy. His TV credits include: Carols by Candlelight, Carols in the Domain, The Morning Show, Sunrise, Neighbours, Blue Heelers, Wicked Science, Legacy of the Silver Shadow, Guinevere Jones and Thunderstone.
FAV GD ALBUM: American Idiot of course!
FAV GD SONG: Boulevard of Broken Dreams – such a great track title.
“I never listened to Green Day growing up because I never thought I was cool enough, but I used to pretend to know all their music. Really I was secretly listening to Aqua and Vanessa Amorosi.”
Nicholas is a graduate of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre) at Victorian College of the Arts where he was the recipient of the Cassidy Bequest and Lionel Gell scholarships. He made his professional debut alongside some of Australia’s most celebrated artists in Follies in Concert (Storeyboard Entertainment). Nicholas then went onto play Mike Hurst and Neil Tennant in The Production Company’s Dusty which enjoyed successful seasons in both Melbourne and Adelaide. In 2015, he assisted Tony Award winning Director/Choreographer, Warren Carlyle on Hugh Jackman’s Broadway to Oz tour as part of an intern program with Dainty Group. Nicholas will make his first television appearance this year as Bakatur in ABC TV’s new mini-series Seven Types of Ambiguity. He is represented by Ian White Management and is a proud member of Equity.
FAV GD ALBUM: American Idiot
FAV GD ALBUM: Basket Case
“My first garage band used to cover Whatsername.”
Lorinda Merrypor is an Australian musical theatre performer originally from Rockhampton, QLD who moved to Brisbane in 2014 to follow her dream. She has spent the past three years honing her talents as a performer, and is a 2016 graduate from the Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium with a Bachelor of Musical Theatre. Over the course of her degree she performed in a number of concerts, cabarets and theatre productions, including the role of Mimi Marquez in RENT. Lorinda has performed in a wide array of productions in her hometown playing roles such as Nancy in Oliver, Little Inez in Hairspray and Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street. This is Lorinda’s professional debut and she is extremely grateful for the opportunity.
FAV GD ALBUM: American Idiot.
FAV GD SONG: I’d have to say Good Riddance – it’s a crowd-pleaser for a reason!
“The first song I ever learnt on the guitar was ‘Time of Your Life’ when I was 12 years old at school.”