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Burchmore at the 2015 Helpmann Awards
|Born||May 15, 1960|
Rhonda Suzanne Burchmore OAM (born 15 May 1960) is an Australian entertainer.
Burchmore appeared as Kate in the 1982 film, The Pirate Movie. Burchmore gave her first Australian theatre in the 1988 production of Sugar Babies opposite Garry McDonald and Broadway theatre performer Eddie Bracken. Later that year, she had a role opposite Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller in London's West End theatre production. Whilst in the U.K., she was in the revival of Stop the World – I Want to Get Off and a role in Hot Shoe Shuffle.
In 1997, Burchmore gave the Crown Casino in Melbourne Burchmore opened with Red Hot & Rhonda. Burchmore had a role of Nadine Hale in Tommy Tune's stage version of Irving Berlin's Easter Parade, slated for Broadway but eventually the project stalled. Burchmore later appeared in another show, Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods with the Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC).
Burchmore released her first album in 1998, self-titled Rhonda Burchmore. Further albums include Midnight Rendezvous, Live At The Melbourne Concert Hall, Pure Imagination, and a recording of her stage show, Cry Me a River – The World of Julie London.
In 1999, Burchmore played the lead role in The Production Company's first show, Mame. She also played the title role in Annie Get Your Gun for The Production Company, and later returned in a new production of Mame in 2008.
Further roles followed, including Adelaide in an Australian revival of Guys and Dolls, Tanya in the successful Mamma Mia!, Urinetown The Musical, Tom Foolery, Respect: A Musical Journey of Women, and her own productions; Rhonda Burchmore Sings 'n Swings, My Funny Valentines and Fever.
Other Australian stage credits include The Drowsy Chaperone in 2010 with Geoffrey Rush for the MTC, Song and Dance, They're Playing Our Song – as one of the alter egos, and Diana in Lend Me a Tenor. With the Victorian Opera Burchmore performed as Queen of the Fairies in Iolanthe, as Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus with Joan Carden, in Ruddigore and An Evening with Sondheim.
Burchmore's television credits include regular appearances on Carols by Candlelight, in the variety show Hey Hey It's Saturday, the quiz show Spicks and Specks and also guest roles in the sitcom Kath & Kim and on the TV series Love Child.
Born in Sydney, and attended Beverly Hills Girls High School, and gained a scholarship to the University of New England where she majored in Theatre Arts.Burchmore and her husband, Nick, a psychologist, have one daughter, Lexie. In 2010 she published her autobiography, Legs 11: The Rhonda Birchmore Story.