Inspiring, provocative, compelling and generous are just a few words that describe the critically acclaimed and award-winning performer, actor and host Todd McKenney.
A household name in Australia, Todd’s versatile career has spanned three decades and shows no sign of slowing down. Known as Australia’s leading man of song and dance musicals since 1994, he has also become the ‘colourful’ and often controversial judge on the Channel 7 hit series Dancing With the Stars.
Todd began dancing at the age of three at his mother’s dancing school in Perth, training in jazz, tap, acrobatics and ballroom dancing. He has represented Australia in ballroom and Latin American dancing, winning many international dance titles. Amongst his Australian awards for performance in musical theatre are two Mo Awards, the Variety Club Heart Award, the Glug Award, the Green Room Award, two Australian Dance Awards and a Helpmann Award.
Todd was cast in his first professional musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song and Dance, in 1983. From here Todd’s career has followed a very neat trajectory with lead roles in Cats, 42nd Street, West Side Story, Crazy For You, Born Yesterday, Camelot, Pirates of Penzance, Cabaret, Strictly Ballroom, La Cage aux Folles, Singin’ In the Rain, Anything Goes, The Boy From Oz, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Orpheus In the Underworld for Opera Australia and, more recently, Annie the Musical, a return performance of La Cage Aux Folles and Grease.
It was landing the prized role of Peter Allen in the Australian hit production The Boy From Oz that confirmed Todd's star status on stage. The Boy From Oz performed over 1000 shows nationally and is one of the longest running and most successful musical productions in Australian history. Todd’s next musical is Anything Goes, which tours nationally from April 2015.
Todd co-hosted Sydney’s MIX 106.5 FM breakfast radio program with Sonia Kruger during 2008 and 2009, and is currently a regular on Sydney radio station 2UE 954 with Stuart Bocking. He fills in for Larry Emdur on Network Seven’s The Morning Show, presenting with Kylie Gillies, and has been a guest judge on Australia’s Got Talent.
For the past eight years, Todd has been studying Auslan Sign Language and has worked with the deaf community all around Australia. He also works with The Children's Tumour Foundation to raise awareness and much-needed financial support for people living with Neurofibromatosis.
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