Hosted by Tom Gleisner, this very special episode features Nancye Hayes AM, Tony Taylor, Michael Tyack AM, and Clare Kahn. We are honoured to have not one, but two Order of Australia recipients join us!
Nancye Hayes is one of Australia’s most celebrated musical theatre stars, with history-making roles in Sweet Charity, Annie and Chicago. In more recent years, Nancye has turned her talents to directing and choreographing The Boy From Oz, Gypsy, and My Fair Lady, just to name a few. Nancye has a much-loved Sydney theatre named in her honour – The Hayes Theatre. South Australian audiences are about to see Nancye soon in the riotous comedy Ripcord.
In 1987, Tony Taylor starred alongside Nancye Hayes in Australia’s first professional production of Sweeney Todd. Since then, Tony has made regular appearances with our biggest mainstage companies – Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company and Bell Shakespeare, as well as starring in acclaimed musicals, such as Man of La Mancha, The Producers and the recent Hayes Theatre Company smash hit, Calamity Jane.
As one of the country’s finest cellists, Clare Kahn has played with The Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Canberra Symphony Orchestra and the Sirius Chamber Orchestra. She’s also been in the orchestras of musicals including Matilda, Muriel’s Wedding and West Side Story on Sydney Harbour.
Musical Director Michael Tyack has worked on almost too many of Australia’s biggest musicals to mention, including the original production of The Boy From Oz with Todd McKenney AND the arena production starring Hugh Jackman. Michael received a Helpmann Award for his work as Musical Director on Mary Poppins The Musical and just in the past few weeks he took a trip to Government House to receive his Order Of Australia for contribution to the performing arts, the same honour received by Nancye in 2014.