A 21st century theatrical chameleon, Rhonda's wide variety of shows illuminate her versatility and commitment to reinvention. From her sultry portrayal of jazz goddess Julie London in Cry Me A River: The World of Julie London to the invigorating, raunchy adventure of music Divas in Vinyl Viagra, Rhonda seamlessly transitions from genre to genre.
The fabulous Ms B will unleash the 'Vixens of Vinyl', making temperatures soar and hearts pulse.
Channelling the sex appeal and songs of divas from Marlene Dietrich, Bassey, Cher and Chrissy Amphlett to Madonna, Kylie, Beyonce, Katy Perry and Lady GaGa, with just a hint of Berlin cabaret mixed with the boldness of burlesque, the sultry 'Ms B' invites you to an adventurous evening of 'sublime sensuality'.
Songs like - I Touch Myself!, Private Dancer, Roar, Wrecking Ball, Locomotion. Back to Black and more will feature in this devilicious fantasy.
To delight both her male and female audience, Rhonda will be accessorising with two smokin' hot toy boys to help her burn up the dance floor.
"VINYL VIAGRA" is just what Doctor Longjohn ordered!
Up Close & Personal
Join Rhonda as she re-lives precious musical moments of her sparkling career
Australia's leading lady Rhonda Burchmore will re-live precious musical moments of her life in her revealing new show... Up Close and Personal.
Acclaimed by the Sydney Morning Herald as 'totally embraceable' and 'larger than life', Rhonda has been regarded as one of the major stars of Australian Theatre for the past three decades.
Rhonda has selected songs from many of the shows in which she has starred in over the years. Hear her favourites including Sugar Babies, Hot Shoe Shuffle, Stop the World - I Want to Get Off, Guys and Dolls, Into the Woods and Mamma Mia, as well as stories from her time in the entertainment industry.
'I love performing my own show because I get to select the songs I want to sing, I can share the stories that I know they enjoy hearing, and I can have a chat to the audience if I feel like it,' she said.
Musical Director Ray Alldridge will join Rhonda for this tantalizing show full of songs and stories.
Rhonda began her professional acting career in 1982 when she was cast in the original role as Kate in The Pirate Movie. As her career progressed, she worked alongside internationals such as Mickey Rooney, Anne Miller, Broadway performer Eddy Bracken and Anthony Newley in Stop the World - I Want to Get Off. In her own cabaret spectacular Red Hot and Rhonda, she played to over 60,000 people, and was also a regular guest on Darryl Somers' Hey Hey It's Saturday.
Sophisticated Ladies of Jazz
Sophisticated Ladies of Jazz, the latest stage show from Australia’s glamour girl of song, Rhonda Burchmore, is a tantalising feast of the songs of the greatest American jazz divas of all time – Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Julie London and Rosemary Clooney.
Backed by a jazz band comprising some of Australia’s finest jazz musicians, Sophisticated Ladies of Jazz is a nostalgic saunter down memory lane, exploring the music and lives of the most famous female singers of the West Coast cool jazz scene of the ‘50s and ‘60s.
From the sweet and silvery voice of Ella Fitzgerald, to the sultry, smoky tones of Peggy Lee, to the smooth and sensual sound of Julie London and the distinctively unpretentious and richness of Rosemary Clooney, Rhonda glides effortlessly through a repertoire packed with the greatest jazz numbers of all time.
Stories and music from the four divas of jazz are skillfully woven into Rhonda’s two hour show, presented in two parts. Peppered with interesting trivia, stories and highlights of each singer’s career, the show is uplifting and fun, poignant and touching, and above all, totally entertaining.
Rhonda’s penchant for jazz came about from listening to the music of the ‘Sophisticated Ladies of Jazz’ on her mum and dad’s old vinyl records.
“I just loved how each of these ladies delivered a song with such ease, and really sold a lyric. I also adored the vocal tone of all of these singers and maybe, just maybe, some of that vocal magic rubbed off on me,” says Rhonda.
“I am thrilled to be able to channel these amazing ladies, sing some of the best songs ever written and deliver them with such a brilliant combo of jazz musicians,” she said.
Throughout her career Rhonda Burchmore has made a distinctive impression on audiences with her dazzling dance steps, superb comic timing, effervescent personality and impressive voice, all of which come to life in this latest show.
The songlist for Sophisticated Ladies of Jazz is a quartet of memories and music that is still as vibrant and loved today as it was decades ago. Each step of the way, Rhonda breathes new life into each and every song from these truly sophisticated jazz singers.
From Peggy Lee: Fever, Alright OK, Hallelujah, I Just Love Him So, I Love Being Here With You, Manana; Ella Fitzgerald: Cheek to Cheek, Embraceable You, My Funny Valentine, Too Darn Hot, Mack the Knife; Rosemary Clooney Sophisticated Lady, Hey There, Slow Boat to China, More Than You Know, Come On-A My House; and Julie London Cry me a River, Blue Moon, Bye Bye Blackbird, What a Difference a Day Makes, Fly Me to the Moon, Daddy.
More than just a music performance, in Sophisticated Ladies of Jazz, Rhonda sings and dances her way through each chapter of the life and times of these amazing American jazz singers.
Don’t miss Rhonda’s latest show, Sophisticated Ladies of Jazz. It’s is the hottest ticket in town!
Cry Me A River: The World of Julie London
After rave reviews and sell-out shows at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Brisbane's Powerhouse, and Melbourne Comedy Theatre, Australia's sexiest chanteuse Rhonda Burchmore brings Cry Me A River: The World of Julie London
Throughout her career Rhonda Burchmore has made a distinctive impression on audiences with her dazzling dance steps, superb comic timing, effervescent personality and impressive voice.
Backed by a ten-piece band, Rhonda dims the lights as she slinks into the world of one of America's most mysterious sirens, Julie London. Taking audiences to the West Coast Cool jazz scene of the 1950s and 1960s, she tells London's story through a mix of sensuality and humour.
With a song list that includes some of the great tunes of the era, Rhonda teases the audience and captures London's effortless style while showcasing some of her biggest hits. Her timeless songbook includes Cry Me A River, Let There Be Love, Saturday Night (is the Loneliest Night in the Week), 'S Wonderful, You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To, Daddy, Black Coffee, Hello Dolly and The Party's Over; written by legendary composers Cole Porter, Jules Styne and George & Ira Gershwin among others.
Julie London's smooth and smokey voice evokes an intimate and sultry sound epitomized throughout her career. With her trademark pin-up girl sex appeal, London's posters were a prized possessions of GI's during World War II. Her long career spanned from the 1950s, where she was named Billboard's most popular female vocalist from 1955 – '57, featured as Cover girl on LIFE Magazine, and had a starring role through the '70s on the popular medical drama Emergency! Appearing in twenty films and TV series, she has released over thirty albums while her enduring songbook continues to thrive on.
Rhonda's latest show, Legs 11, is a warm, funny and mesmerising journey through the past two and a half decades of a stellar career - from casting her dolls in supporting roles of childhood plays, to forgetting her lines on live television as a shy teenager, to singing for a US president and meeting Lady Diana, and a "highlight" she claims, playing alongside screen veteran, the late Eddie Bracken, in Hot Shoe Shuffle.
To Rhonda, Legs 11 is a musical montage of the amazing people she has met, roles she has played, places she has performed and the stellar career she has forged, both here in Australia and abroad.
"I call Legs 11 'Cabaret, with a dash of comedy and a hint of carnivale'," Rhonda says.
"It chronicles my life: from very first 'appearance' at the age of two, to going through school, to the last twenty years of my career," she says.
"There are lows as well as highs. It's touching, heartbreaking and uplifting all at the same time, and rest assured, there will be plenty of laughs along the way."
A highpoint Legs 11 is undoubtedly Rhonda's performance of songs from the ABBA musical production, Mamma Mia.
Rhonda was nominated for a 2002 Mo Award for Female Musical Theatre Performer of The Year for her role as Tanya, along with another nomination of Female Vocal Variety Performer of The Year.
"I have lots of stories to tell about Benny and Bjorn, and trust me, no one is safe," she laughs.
If you would like to meet Australia's leading lady, Rhonda Burchmore, and share the music and stories of her life, book now for Legs 11.