Rhonda Burchmore

Entertainer Rhonda Burchmore OAM joined me for a Coffee Break to chat about her upcoming show Abba-solutely Fabulous.

You’ll be travelling regional Australia performing Abba-solutely Fabulous”. Can you give me a brief overview of the show? 
It’s basically about two die hard ABBA fans growing up on opposite sides of Australia in the seventies and never getting to the big Abba concert 40 years ago so we recreate all that magic on stage – it’s a hilarious romp with 20 Abba songs thrown in.

How did you meet your co-performer Lara Mulcahy?
We met when we auditioned for the original Mamma Mia 16 years ago and remained best friends ever since.

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Do you have a favourite song which you like to perform from “Abba-solutely Fabulous”?
Thankyou for the music – I dedicate it to my beautiful mother Yvonne whom I recently lost.

Any there any plans to record a CD of the show?
Not at this stage – but you never know.

Can people come and met you after “Abba-solutely Fabulous”?
Yes, Lara and I go out front and do a little meet and greet and we have some Fabulous Merchandise including our own Ab Fab t-towel!

The first Melbourne show of Abba-solutely Fabulous” was sell-out.  Will it be making a comeback?
Yes we are booked to return to Crown on February 24 2018.

Rhonda,did you enjoy performing “Vinyl Viagra” at the 2014 Ballarat Cabaret?
I LOVED IT ! I adored the theatre and loved the audience.

Your breakthrough role was in the production of “Sugar Babies” in Australia.  You reprised the role on London’s West End.  What was it like working with the late Mickey Rooney?
He was a genius but very tricky! You never knew what mood he was going to be in show after show. Ann Miller his legendary co star was magnificent!

Can you tell about the role which was created especially for you in “Hot Shoe Shuffle?
David Atkins is as short as I am tall and we adore each other and wanted to work with each other so he wrote this crazy script for me about being his long lost twin sister along with 7 fabulous tapdancing brothers.

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As you’ve been involved with the entertainment industry for many years.  Can you name a few of your highlights?
Mamma Mia, The Drowny Chaperone with Geoffrey Rush, Hot Shoe Shuffle, Into The Woods etc etc.

Rhonda, you appeared in a few episodes of the television show “Lovechild”. Can you tell us about your role?
I played the owner of the Bluemoon nightclub who also got to sing a few jazzy tunes there.

A few years ago I saw on the television show “Talking Heads”; you have a collection of Barbie dolls.  Are still collecting them?  Do you have a favourite one?
Yes I have 400 Barbie dolls. My fave is my own Rhonda Mamma Mia super trouper doll.

During 2010, you published an autobiography on your life called “Legs 11”. Can you give me an overview of how this came about?
The publishers got in touch with me and asked me to write my story which went very well. They have recently asked if I would write another one in 2018.

Congratulations on being named a Member of the Order of Australia for service to the Arts and Community.  Was it great to get recognised for your work?
Yes very proud indeed.

Does your daughter Lexie have an interest in show business?
She is a journalist and current writer news for Channel 9.

Rhonda01Do you have any hobbies?
Fishing, gardening.

What is your favourite food?
Seafood.

Do you have a favourite movie?
Jaws.

What is your idea of a good holiday?
Beach, long walks, no makeup, sun, French champagne.

What is the last album you listened to?
Abba arrival.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what items would you take with you?
Fishing rod, French champagne.

Is there anything which you don’t you leave home without?
Phone.

What’s next for Rhonda Burchmore?
ABBA-solutely FABULOUS is currently booked well into 2018 plus a couple of other projects which I can’t reveal yet – stay tuned.

ABBA-solutely Fabulous will be performed at Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts on 12 August, Geelong Performing Arts Centre on 25 August and Bendigo’s The Capital Theatre on 26 August. For further information about the show, visit Rhonda’s website here.

Images kindly supplied by Rhonda Burchmore.

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