Enda Markey

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Enda Markey
Enda Markey
Born (1976-06-03) 3 June 1976 (age 43)
Dublin, Ireland
NationalityAustralian, Irish
Alma materLaine Theatre Arts
OccupationTheatrical producer
Websiteendamarkey.com

Enda Markey (born 3 June 1976) is an Irish-born, Sydney-based, theatrical producer and former singer and actor. He is the producer of the stage productions Side by Side by Sondheim and the international tour of Boublil and Schonberg's Do You Hear The People Sing?, and the Australian revival of Willy Russell's Blood Brothers.[1]

Performer[edit]

Markey was born in Dublin. At sixteen, he was awarded a scholarship to train at London's Laine Theatre Arts' Musical Theatre Course. Following his training, he played Rick in the London production of A Slice of Saturday Night.[2] He appeared in the Irish premiere of Follies with Lorna Luft, Dave Willetts and Millicent Martin. Follies was followed by an appearance in Side By Side By Sondheim, giving Markey his first starring role. Side By Side was immediately followed by his return to A Slice of Saturday Night in Dublin, recreating the role of Rick.[2]

Theatrical appearances in Australia include The Mangina Monologues in Melbourne and Sydney and the world premiere of Flying Solo with Paula Duncan, Noeline Brown, Jacinta John and Barry Quin, directed by Judy Nunn.[3]

As a concert and cabaret performer, Enda appeared in leading venues around the world and made numerous appearances on television.

Producer[edit]

Side By Side By Sondheim[edit]

In April 2011, Markey produced and starred in a new Australian production of Side By Side By Sondheim, appearing alongside Margi de Ferranti, Amelia Cormack and Jessica Rowe[4][5] This production toured until November 2012, eventually replacing Cormack with Rachael Beck and then Lucy Maunder; De Ferranti with Geraldine Turner and Markey with Michael Falzon[6] (retaining his role a producer).

On 20 April 2012, Markey produced a Gala Concert version of Side By Side by Sondheim featuring Ruthie Henshall at the Theatre Royal.[7] The gala was held to support White Ribbon Australia, a charity which seeks to raise awareness of violence against women. [8] The gala was part of an ongoing tour, which had started in April 2011 at Sydney's Seymour Centre.[9]

The cast, described as "some of the brightest stars in musical theatre"[7] included

Do You Hear The People Sing?[edit]

Enda Markey Presents Do You Hear The People Sing? premiered at Shanghai Grand Theatre[10] 27 November until 1 December 2013. Markey, together with Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg presented a fundraising performance of the show at Resorts World Manila starring Lea Salonga, David Harris and Marie Zamora with Filipino performers making guest appearances. Do You Hear The People Sing? continued its tour at Taipei International Convention Centre starring Michael Ball, David Harris, Amanda Harrison, Ana Marina and Jennifer Paz.[11]

The cast for the tour are

Do You Hear The People Sing? features the work of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg including music from Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Martin Guerre, The Pirate Queen and La Revolution Francaise. It is conducted by Gerard Salonga and directed by Andrew Pole.[12]

Blood Brothers[edit]

In February 2015, Enda Markey presented Blood Brothers at the Hayes Theatre in Sydney, starring Helen Dallimore, Bobby Fox, Blake Bowden and Michael Cormick.[13] Helen Dallimore was nominated for a Helpmann Awards and won a Glug Award for her performance.[14][15] The production played a limited season in Melbourne.[16]

Defying Gravity: the songs of Stephen Schwartz[edit]

In February 2016, Enda Markey presented Broadway Stars Sutton Foster, Aaron Tveit and Betty Buckley together with Joanna Ampil, Helen Dallimore and David Harris in a concert celebrating the work of Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz at Theatre Royal.[17]

Bobby Fox: The Irish Boy[edit]

In June 2019, Enda Markey presented the world premiere of Bobby Fox: The Irish Boy at Sydney Opera House[18] before a short tour which included the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

Ruthie Henshall - Live & Intimate[edit]

In June 2019, Ruthie Henshall commenced her first tour of Australia in "Live & Intimate"[19] which included performances at Sydney Opera House, Queensland Performing Arts Centre and the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. The concerts were met with unanimous praise from critics.[20][21][22][23][24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Litson, Jo (30 September 2014). "Blood Brothers back in Sydney after 20 years: Hayes Threatre Co to stage London's third longest-running show next month". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Enda Markey". Whoislog.info. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  3. ^ "AusStage". Ausstage.edu.au.
  4. ^ "Expat Dubliner to bring Sondheim to Sydney". Irish Echo. 10 April 2011. Archived from the original on 28 May 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ Side By Side By Sondheim – The Official Website
  6. ^ John P. Harvey. "Side by Side by Sondheim". Stagewhispers.com.au. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  7. ^ a b Cassie Tongue (28 April 2012). "Side by Side by Sondheim: a star-studded event". AussieTheatre. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  8. ^ John P. Harvey. "Side by Side by Sondheim". Stagewhispers.com. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  9. ^ "Side By Side By Sondheim". Enda Markey Presents. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  10. ^ "Do You Hear The People Sing?". Enda Markey Presents. Archived from the original on 23 September 2013. Retrieved 30 August 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  11. ^ "Enda Markey Presents". Endamarkey.com. Retrieved 30 August 2013..
  12. ^ Jacqueline Bublitz (17 September 2013). "Michael Ball and Lea Salonga Headline Do You Hear the People Sing? in Shanghai, 11/27". Broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
  13. ^ "Blood Brothers musical returns to Sydney". Dailytelegraph.com.au. 30 September 2014.
  14. ^ "2015 Nominees and Winners | Helpmann Awards". Helpmannawards.com.au.
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 June 2016. Retrieved 18 May 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ "Fox tackles gritty role in Blood Brothers". Heraldsun.com.au. 4 May 2015.
  17. ^ Bublitz, Jacqueline. "DEFYING GRAVITY Down Under: Sutton Foster, Aaron Tveit & Betty Buckley Head to Oz for Stephen Schwartz Concert". BroadwayWorld.com.
  18. ^ "Bobby Fox: The Irish Boy". Endamarkey.com.
  19. ^ "Ruthie Henshall". Endamarkey.com.
  20. ^ Murphy, James. "Ruthie Henshall - Live & Intimate Review @ Adelaide Cabaret Festival". Scenestr.com.
  21. ^ "Ruthie Henshall: Live & Intimate (Adelaide Cabaret Festival)". Limelightmagazine.com.
  22. ^ Tune, Cathy (22 June 2019). "Ruthie Henshall – Live & Intimate: From Sondheim To The Beatles... And More ~ Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2019 Review". Theclothesline.com.
  23. ^ "Ruthie Henshall: Live & Intimate | Stage Whispers". Stagewhispers.com.au.
  24. ^ "Post | Theatre Travels | Theatre Reviews and Productions". Theatretravels.org.

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