Chicago the Musical

Chicago is coming to Sydney!

Chicago the Musical

Theatre Address

Natalie Bassingthwaighte Alinta Chidzey Casey Donovan

Featured Cast

Principle Cast

Ensemble Cast

Amy	Berrisford

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Amy Berrisford

Swing/Co. Dance Captain

Amy Berrisford

Swing/Co. Dance Captain

Amy’s theatre credits include; We Will Rock You Asia Tour (Louise Withers & Co), Rosie in Sweet Charity (The Production Company), Guys and Dolls (ATG), Chicago Australasian Tour 2009 swing, in 2010 she played June/Velma Cover (GFO), Promises, Promises (The Production Company), World Premiere cast King Kong Live on Stage (Global Creatures). She played Demeter in the 2014/15 South Korean, Singapore and Macau tours of Cats. Returning to South Korea to play Bombalurina and was subsequently thrilled to revive the role of Demeter for the Aus/NZ tour, for which she received a 2016 Green Room nomination. Played Kathy in Company (Watch This) and appeared in Funny Girl and Curtains (The Production Company) in 2016. In 2017/18 she returned to Cats as Resident Choreographer (S&Co, Lotte Entertainment/RUG). Recently appeared in Oklahoma and The Boy From Oz (The Production Company). Her TV/Film credits include; Assistant Choreographer on the Australian film Boytown , Channel 7’s TV Turns 50 performing alongside Dancing With The Star’s judges and Foxtel’s The Singing Office (Lead Singer). Amy also stars in a corporate show called Cheek to Cheek a tribute to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Amy is beyond excited to be returning to Chicago as Dance Captain and would like to thank her family for their constant love and support.
Andrew Cook

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Andrew Cook

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Andrew Cook

Ensemble

Andrew has enjoyed an unbroken run in successful musical theatre productions, having only recently finished playing Vittorio Vidal in the musical Sweet Charity at the Brisbane Powerhouse. Prior to this he toured Australia in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical playing Bill Medley and Nick, whilst also understudying Gerry Goffin and Donnie Kirschner. Hot on the heels of Beautiful he joined the Adelaide and Brisbane seasons of the hit musical Priscilla: Queen of the Desert. Other credits include playing Peter in Jesus Christ Superstar for The Production Company, and Matilda: The Musical for RSC/Louise Withers.  He played the original Wayne Burns in the Baz Luhrmann musical Strictly Ballroom, and understudied Jack Driscoll in the musical King Kong for Global Creatures.  Andrew made his professional debut in the Cat Stevens musical, Moonshadow. Andrew won the 'East End District' award at the Rob Guest Endowment in 2014.   He trained at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and graduated with a BA in Music Theatre Performance.
Todd Dewberry

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Todd Dewberry

Ensemble

Todd Dewberry

Ensemble

Born and raised in Sydney, Todd graduated from ED5International under the mentorship of William A. Forsythe, where he was the 2015 recipient of the Nicole Fitzsimmons Scholarship. Todd has performed extensively with Opera Australia, in productions including Luisa Miller, The Love for Three Oranges, John Bell’s Carmen, Graeme Murphy’s The Merry Widow and The Nose. With the Australian Ballet, he has appeared in productions of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Merry Widow. Todd is also in constant demand for corporate and commercial events and has worked with industry professionals such as Jennifer Hudson, Delta Goodrem, David Campbell and Marcia Hines. Prior to undertaking a career in the performing arts, Todd graduated from the University of Sydney with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (Hons) and was recently able to combine his passions as a finalist in television’s search for the new Bondi Vet. His musical theatre credits include the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s production of Funny Girl and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita (GFO/OA), starring Tina Arena and directed by Hal Prince. Todd has had the pleasure of assisting choreographer Leslie Bell in two productions for the Hayes Theatre Co., Big River and She Loves Me.
Samantha Dodemaide

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Samantha Dodemaide

Ensemble

Samantha Dodemaide

Ensemble

Samantha was most recently seen in the acclaimed production of Evita (GFO/Opera Australia) in which she was also understudy to Tina Arena playing Eva Peron. Samantha’s break through role came as Dorothy in the 2017-18 Australian tour of The Wizard of Oz (GFO/Suzanne Jones). Before heading down the yellow brick road, Samantha was a part of the Australian/Japan tour of Singin' in the Rain (Kathy U/S) and prior to this starred as the title role in Violet (Blue Saint Productions), for which she was nominated for a 2015 Sydney Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Her other credits include Anything Goes (GFO/Opera Australia) as Erma & Reno U/S, Sweet Charity (Tinderbox/Neil Gooding/Luckiest Productions) as Charity Hope Valentine U/S, A Chorus Line (TML) as Cassie, Diana, Maggie, Sheila, Judy U/S, as well as ensemble in Wicked (Universal Studios Japan), King Kong Live on Stage (Global Creatures), A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (GFO), The Producers (The Production Company) and Anything Goes (The Production Company). Samantha has studied at various performing arts studios including Patrick Studios Australia, the Atlantic Acting School (NYC), Vocal Alchemy, 16th Street and the Hub Studios. In 2013 Samantha was the proud recipient of the prestigious Rob Guest Endowment.
Ben Gillespie

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Ben Gillespie

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Ben Gillespie

Ensemble

Ben began his training in Queensland at the Toowoomba School of Dance, going on to graduate from WAAPA with a Bachelor of Music Theatre. He then spent three years travelling the globe as part of both the vocal trio The Aussie Boys and the Motown vocal group Soulmates. Ben appeared in Singin’ in the Rain for both The Production Company and The Dainty Group. The latter production touring both Australia and Japan. In 2018 he toured Australia with The Walt Disney Company’s Aladdin where he covered and performed the title role and currently Ben is appearing as Pepe in West Side Story for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour. Ben is represented by T&E Management
Chaska Halliday

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Chaska Halliday

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Chaska Halliday

Ensemble

Chaska is one of Australia’s performers to watch, as she is fast making her mark on the entertainment world. Chaska began her singing, dancing and acting training at a young age at the Brent St Studios in Sydney and continued to complete her Certificate IV in Performing Arts there. She introduced her vocal talent to Australia as a teenager on Channel 7’s X Factor as a part of singing group XOX who were featured in the top ten acts that season. Next Chaska appeared in the feature film The Sapphires before being cast in the world tour of the critically acclaimed, ARIA-nominated show Velvet, as a featured vocalist alongside Marcia Hines. In 2016 Chaska made her musical theatre debut in Disney’s Aladdin and was part of its hugely successful tour of Australia and Asia. As well as appearing in various television commercials, most recently Chaska performed in the hit show Pigalle for the Sydney Festival.
Travis Khan

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Travis Khan

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Travis Khan

Ensemble

Travis trained at UNITEC Institute of Technology (Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts); The New Zealand School of Dance. Travis’ Theatre Includes: Ensemble then Swing/Dance Captain in the Australian/Shanghai seasons of The Lion King (Disney Theatrical); Dancer in Turandot (Opera Australia); Boris (Understudy Vladimir)  in Fiddler On The Roof (TML Enterprises); Swing (Understudy Jimmy) in the Australia/NZ/London  launch seasons of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert (Back Row Productions); Ensemble/Dance Captain (Understudy Bernardo, Chino, Pepe) in West Side Story (Ambassador Theatre Group); Ensemble in Kismet (The Production Company); Ensemble in Eat, Pray, Laugh Barry Humphries’ Farewell Tour (TEG Dainty); Ensemble (Understudy Taji and Kingsmen) in the World Premiere of King Kong (Global Creatures); Rudolpho in the Australian/NZ seasons of Matilda the Musical (RSC and Louise Withers & Associates). In addition, Travis has developed an extensive list of credits in fashion, corporate, commercial and television events. Credits include: L’Oreal, Bonds, Cotton On, Just Jeans International modelling tour, Neighbours, Australia’s Got Talent, The Logies, performances with the recording artists such as Vanessa Amorosi, Guy Sebastian and Ricki-Lee and Choreography and events assistant to Yvette Lee. Film Includes: King Kong (Dancer) Directed by Peter Jackson, I’m Not Dead Yet (Choreographer) Zanzara Music Pty Ltd.
Hayley Martin

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Hayley Martin

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Hayley Martin

Ensemble

Originally from the Whitsundays, Hayley was cast in Monty Python's Spamalot out of her graduating year at Dance World Studios. Most recently, she toured Australia with Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show understudying the roles of Magenta/ Usherette & Columbia. 

Australian theatre credits include Grease - The Arena Experience (Cha Cha & Dance Captain), Singin' In The Rain with which she also travelled to Tokyo to perform with the international cast, Hugh Jackman's Broadway to OzAnything Goes (U/S Erma), King Kong Live On Stage (World Premiere), Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies, Hairspray the Musical and Crazy For You.

UK theatre credits include the tour of Barry Manilow's Copacabana (Bolero Girl & U/S Gladys Murphey) and Monty Python Live: One Down, Five To Go which was broadcast worldwide from London's O2 Arena to cinemas and television. 

 

Hayley also holds a diploma in nutrition and is currently completing her yoga teacher training. 

 

She is both thrilled and honoured to be joining the company of Chicago, it’s an absolute dream come true. Big love and thanks to my family, friends and those who continue to inspire me.

Kristina McNamara

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Kristina McNamara

Swing

Kristina McNamara

Swing

Kristina's dream of becoming a performer was realised when she saw Chicago on Broadway in 2006. Kristina is currently playing Graziella in West Side Story on the Harbour and recent highlights include Christine in American Psycho at The Hayes Theatre. Kristina's debut to Musical Theatre was in the Taiwan tour of Jekyll & Hyde.] Kristina regularly performs with Opera Australia - highlights include award winning Don Giovanni, Faust, The Marriage of Figaro, Barber of Seville, The Ring Cycle and the annual New Year's Eve Opera Gala. On screen, you can occasionally spot Kristina on The Morning Show exercising with Shannon Dooley's Retrosweat. Kristina would like to thank her original ballet teacher, Virginia Gallagher, for setting up the love for this world. And dedicates this show to her heroes - Mum and Dad - for their selfless, tireless, unwavering support and love.
Joe Meldrum

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Joe Meldrum

Swing

Joe Meldrum

Swing

A 2015 WAAPA graduate, Joe’s professional career was launched by following the footsteps of arguably the most famous dancer of all time, Fred Astaire, with the Australian tour of Fine Romance: The Magic of Fred Astaire (JTM Productions). In the same year, he made his music theatre debut in Curtains for The Production Company. Joe’s most recent credits include Trick/Ensemble in the 20th Anniversary production of The Boy From Oz, Oklahoma! (TPC), leading man in Just A Couple of Song and Dance Men (JTM), Rhonda Burchmore and Rachel Beck’s The Long and Short Of It (Ding Productions) and being a semi-finalist for the 2018 Rob Guest Endowment. Joe is currently playing the role of Snowboy in Opera Australia’s West Side Story (HANDA) and is overjoyed to be involved in this production of Chicago. He is a proud member of Actor’s Equity, and thanks his family and the team at Ian White Management. Dreams really do come true.
Tom	New

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Tom New

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Tom New

Ensemble

Tom’s performing began at a young age with early theatre credits including Mame and The King & I (The Production Company) and TV appearances including Prank Patrol and Thank God You’re Here. Tom completed the Foundation in Music Theatre at VCA before completing his BA in Music Theatre at WAAPA. During this time he appeared as Mark in Rent, Billy Lawlor in 42nd Street and was dance captain on the university’s production of Chicago. Since graduating, Tom theatre credits have included Big Deal in West Side Story (Opera Australia), Lucas in Bare: The Musical (StageArt), Songs For Swingin’ Lovers (Phoenix Productions & StageArt) and Tinder Tales (Something Blue Productions). Tom is stoked to be a part of Chicago and thanks his family, friends and Helen Pandos Management for their immense support.
Jessica Vellucci

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Jessica Vellucci

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Jessica Vellucci

Ensemble

Jessica Vellucci began her formal Music Theatre training at Patrick Studios Australia under the direction of Andrew Hallsworth. She then went on to study a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre) at the Victorian College of the Arts. Jessica has been a performer in Twisted Broadway and Australia’s Got Talent and featured in the ABC miniseries Bastard Boys. Jessica made her professional music theatre debut as an ensemble member in The Boy From Oz for The Production Company in 2018 and will appear in the Australian premiere production of Lazarus for their 2019 season. She is currently performing in West Side Story for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour. Jessica has appeared in the Melbourne Fringe Festival show Ascent for Citizen Theatre Company and is also the grateful recipient of the 2017 Ron and Margaret Dobell Foundation Music Theatre Award.
Rachael Ward

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Rachael Ward

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Rachael Ward

Ensemble

Rachael most recently played the role of Margarita (Tango feature) in Opera Australia and GFO’s Evita the Musical. She originated the role of Bombalurina in Cats the Musical at the Théâtre Mogador in Paris and for Royal Caribbean and has played the roles of Blue Girl in Shout! The Mod Musical, and Roxie Hart and Mona in Chicago. Rachael understudied the role of Lina Lamont in the Australian tour of Singin’ In The Rain and went on to tour the show to Tokyo. Further musical credits include GFO’s Australian tour of the London Palladium Production Wizard of Oz – The Musical, the Production Company’s Hello, Dolly! and Jesus Christ Superstar. Rachael’s TV appearances include the 2017 Woolworths Carols in the Domain, 2016 Helpmann Awards, appearances on Sunrise and various TVCs and MVCs. She has danced for Kanye West in his live concert and in 2017 was chosen as a semi-finalist for the prestigious Rob Guest Endowment Award. Rachael has trained internationally with top private coaches and studios including the Howard Fine Acting Studio Australia and the Associated Studios London. Rachael is thrilled be a part of Chicago and would like to thank her family and friends for their unwavering love and support.
Zachary Webster

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Zachary Webster

Ensemble

Zachary Webster

Ensemble

Zachary is one of the most exciting, young emerging talents in the entertainment industry. Zachary was most recently seen in the smash hit musical Mamma Mia! for Michael Coppel and LWAA, then going on to perform in PIGALLE for Sydney Festival this year. Before this, he appeared in the Hayes Theatre productions of Mack & Mabel, and Big Fish the Musical as the Frustrated Fisherman. Zachary has been featured as a dancer on television favourites Young Talent Time, The X-Factor, So You Think You Can Dance Australia and Dance Academy, as well as on stage for the AACTA Awards, Sydney Theatre Awards and the Premiers Gala Concert. He was also part of the cast of Sydney Dance Company’s Public Arts Project 13 Rooms, choreographed by Rafael Bonachela. On screen, he has appeared in numerous television campaigns for brands such as McDonald’s, Nickelodeon and Telstra, and was part of Christine Anu’s film clip Beat Of My Heart and Thundamental’s music video Sally. Zachary has enjoyed the opportunity of performing internationally in shows such as Barney Live!, and The Little Big Club – Happy Together. Zachary is a 2014 graduate from Brent Street’s Certificate IV In Performing Arts course and has since been able to expand his training under the vocal guidance of Peter Bodnar.
Mitchell Woodcock

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Mitchell Woodcock

Ensemble/Co. Dance Captain

Mitchell Woodcock

Ensemble/Co. Dance Captain

Mitchell made his professional debut at age 17 as A-rab in the Australian production of West Side Story.  He has since toured with Wicked (Gordon Frost Organisation), and again with West Side Story, as Dance Captain and Assistant to the Choreographer on the International production, Guys & Dolls (The Production Company) and Dirty Dancing (Gordon Frost Organisation) in the role of Assistant Dance Captain/Swing. Most recently he played an Angel in the hit musical Kinky Boots (Michael Cassel Productions) as well as the Dance Captain. His credits include performing with Ricky Martin, Kylie Minogue, and Kelly Rowland and appearing as a featured dancer in Baz Lurhmann’s The Great Gatsby as well as television’s The X Factor and The Voice. Mitchell is also one of Australia’s most exciting choreographers and the youngest ever to feature on So You Think You Can Dance Australia. Since establishing his own company ‘New Ground Collective’ he has created performances for James Arthur, Conrad Sewell, The Veronicas and the ARIAS and Logie Awards shows. His work has been utilised for brands such as Toyota, ModelCo Cosmetics x Karl Lagerfeld and at the film premiere of Les Miserables. Most recently Mitchell was Resident Choreographer for Australia’s popular disco musical, Saturday Night Fever (GFO).
Romina Villafranca

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Romina Villafranca

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Romina Villafranca

Ensemble

Romina is one of Australia’s most accomplished and sought-after performers. Her credits include West Side Story on Sydney Harbour, In The Heights, Singin’ in the Rain, Strictly Ballroom (Liz Holt and Vanessa Cronin covers), Cats Korea, Brigadoon, the world premieres of King Kong Live on Stage, Moonshadow and Self, the Australian premiere of Wicked, GFO’s Into the Woods concert, Oliver, Les Miserables and Swan Lake with the Australian Ballet. On screen Romina can be seen in George Miller’s Happy Feet 2 and Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. Romina is thrilled to be a part of Chicago and would like to thank her family, friends and T&E Management for their endless support.