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Delia Hannah 
Rose Vibert
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Delia Hannah

New Zealand born singer and actress Delia Hannah has plans for the role of Rose Vibert. “Of all the wonderfully colourful characters in this story, Rose is arguably the one least likely to win over her audience. I consider it a challenge to imbue her with the kind of warmth that will make an audience understand this seemingly ambitious and selfish woman who lives for the inspiration of the moment, but who is also prepared to accept the inevitable consequences.”

Delia studied ballet at The Royal Academy of Dance, and art at the Otago School of Fine Arts in New Zealand. She taught art for four years then gave it up for the stage. Since her first role as Roxy Hart in Chicago she hasn’t looked back. Performances in Cabaret, Ten Times Table, The Cagebirds, That’s Entertainment and a national tour of The Pirates of Penzance followed. Arriving in Australia for a holiday, Delia heard that the casting had begun for Les Miserables. She gatecrashed the auditions and was cast as the understudy for Fantine, giving more than 100 performances in the role. While in Les Miserables, she appeared with members of the company in a charity performance of An Evening With Sondheim.

Other credits include the title role in the Stetson production of Evita, appearances as Florence in Chess, Annette in Beach Blanket Tempest and Miss Santiago in Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, which had a sell-out tour of Australia. Delia has sung in Sydney nightclubs and recently returned to Australia after playing the starring role in the New Zealand touring production of Chess. “Being cast as Rose Vibert in Aspects Of Love is the highlight of my career and an enormous challenge,” she says.


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Peter Cousens 
Alex Dillingham
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Peter Cousens

Peter Cousens has recently delighted audiences in both Australia and New Zealand with the role of Marius in Les Miserables, for which he received a Mo Award nomination.

Born in Tamworth, NSW, Peter made his stage debut at the age of nine playing Lil Jake in Annie Get Your Gun. Musical theatre has dominated his life and career ever since. A graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), he is in the enviable position of being an actor who can sing and a singer who can act.

His musical credits during the past few years include The Mikado and Fiddler On The Roof for The Australian Opera; Boojum and Sweeney Todd for the State Opera of South Australia; Blood Brothers (for which he gained a Critics’ Circle Award nomination): Chicago and The Sentimental Bloke.

Peter toured Australia with Richard Harris playing Mordred in Camelot. His numerous other theatre credits include Nicholas Nickleby, Hamlet, Chinchilla and Measure For Measure for the Sydney Theatre Company; Camille, Breaker Morant and You Never Can Tell for the Royal Queensland Theatre Company.

Television appearances include Return to Eden, The Timeless Land, The Mikado, Under Capricorn, Sons and Daughters and, most recently, Bligh.

Peter recently released a single version of “Love Changes Everything” from Aspects of Love which will be included in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Premiere Collection Encore.

The character of Alex, who at the age of 17 has an affair with Rose and then, 19 years later, finds himself torn between love for her and love for her daughter Jenny. Peter, who is 37 years old, has been looking forward to the challenge of this demanding role.


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Kevin Colson 
George Dillingham
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Kevin Colson

For the first time in 27 years, Kevin Colson is once again working in Australia and he’s loving it. “When they asked me if I would play George in Aspects in Australia, I said: Great! A chance to look up old friends, sit on a beach, do some fishing and have some gloriously long lunches. It’s just like having a paid holiday!”

An instant success in the early days of Australian television, with Startime and In Sydney Tonight, he has had no trouble topping the bill in a wide range of London and New York productions. Whether replacing Keith Michel in Robert and Elizabeth, starring with Judi Dench in Cabaret or taking the lead in the world premiere of Tennessee Williams’ Eccentricities of a Nightingale, Kevin has met each challenge – splendidly.

The role of George in Aspects of Love is very much to his liking. He created the role in London and won a Tony nomination for it in New York. “George, as they say in the play, is a remarkable man. His generosity, both spiritually and materially, is exceptional. I abhor possessive friendships or relationships and support George’s philosophy of ‘Life goes on, love goes free.’ “He is a character close to my heart and even in the latter part of this story when, in his late 70s, George feels he is losing touch with his beloved daughter – I can sympathise with him. After all, I am the father of two boys of 18 and 20.”

Having run the gamut of television, radio and dramatic theatre and musicals, Kevin dropped out of ‘the business’ for 20 years. Britain’s North Sea oil fields were opening up and he and an associate obtained exploration licences and put together drilling consortiums. Other ventures followed. Says Kevin: “It’s the way of theatre that you often need a second occupation to fall back on. You can be in a production that runs for a year and the next one can fold in days. I have had experience of that. I was starring with Edward Woodward in A Tale of Two Cities. It was a spectacular flop. The next role was some time in coming.”

With a house on the River Thames in Putney, London is now very much Kevin’s home. London agrees with him. “As a young actor I roamed the world living out of a suitcase. It was a wonderful lifestyle at the time. But I thought I would put it behind me when I grew older and had family responsibilities. “I now find I am at the whim of Andrew Lloyd Webber and other producers. And if they want me to live out of a suitcase in New York or Sydney or wherever, then so be it. ‘Life goes on . . . love goes free’.”


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Jodie Gillies 
Giulietta Trapani
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Jodie Gilles

Playing Italian sculptress Giulietta Trapani is thrilling, says Jodie Gillies. “She is the type of woman who loves to live. As she says in her song: ‘Hand me the wine and the dice, I want my carnival now, while I have thirst and lust for living.’ I can identify with that. It’s also good to wear silk and jewels. I wore nothing but rags as Eponine in Les Miserables and as Aldonza in Man of La Mancha. Believe me, playing Giulietta is really refreshing!”

Since graduating from Sydney’s Nepean College of Advanced Education 10 years ago, Jodie has packed more into her career than some performers do in two decades – lead roles in Les Miserables, Man of La Mancha and Chess. Then there was Lipstick Dreams, Glen Shorrock’s rock shows One For The Money and Two For The Show, Camelot, The Pirates Of Penzance, as well as her own one-woman show in Australia and New York. She has been a busy woman.

“People tell me I have done a great deal in 10 years but I feel I could have done more,” says Jodie. “I certainly want to do more. As soon as one thing is done, I look around the corner for what’s next.” A dramatic actress by training, Jodie finds she is being increasingly channelled into musical roles. But they are musical roles with a strong dramatic content. And the fact that she won the 1991 Variety Club Award for Best Female Theatre Performer is proof of her outstanding talent. It’s obviously no secret that commercial theatre in Australia is currently abounding with musicals – and this doesn’t surprise Jodie at all. “Musicals offer terrific value for money, a strong play, good singing, great music and spectacle all in one night. To have the same experience you would have to go to a play, a concert and a circus. Musicals also give you a lift as they take you out of yourself,” she says.

Jodie is nothing if not versatile. Having proved wonderfully successful as a solo performer, writer and director in The Other Woman, about a woman having an affair with a married man – it played to packed houses in Australia and New York – she has now completed an album of new musical show-stoppers. “It’s a collection of great songs from musicals of the past 20 years, including songs from Les Miserables, Aspects of Love and Chess. I have chosen songs from modern shows quite deliberately because I think we should be doing more to promote new works and this is my contribution.”


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Ian Toyne 
Marcel Richard
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Ian Toyne

After studying at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, Ian Toyne spent several years with the New England Theatre Company and then worked in Perth for three years where his credits included The Seagull and The Glass Menagerie for the Hole In The Wall Theatre, Company and Rough Crossing for the Western Australia Theatre Company and Under Milkwood and Zen and Now for the Swy Theatre Company. Throughout 1990/1991 he performed in Les Miserables in Australia and New Zealand as Claquesous.


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Hayley Toomey 
Young Jenny
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Hayley Toomey

A student at Crestwood High School in Sydney, 13-year-old Hayley Toomey has been studying singing and dancing for seven years. She performs regularly with the Sydney Theatrical Centre and The Young Company and also has appeared in various TV commercials.


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Andrea McEwan 
Young Jenny
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Andrea McEwan

Trained in singing and dancing, 13-year-old Andrea McEwan is a veteran of 17 TV commercials. Stage credits include minor roles for the Victoria State Opera and the role of Spritze in Fiddler on the Roof for The Australian Opera. She also has appeared in TV’s Neighbours.


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Amanda Harrison 
Jenny Dillingham
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Amanda Harrison

Born in Sydney, Amanda Harrison is making her professional debut in Aspects of Love. Her first stage experience came when she was in Year Five with a school production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Since then she has been involved in many school productions and concerts. Aged 18, Amanda’s goal is to be successful in musical theatre.


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Susan-Ann Walker 
Elizabeth
Martin Crewes 
Hugo Meunier
Susan Lorette Dunn 
Ensemble
Julie Brooker 
Ensemble
Rick Burchall 
Ensemble
Alinta Carroll 
Ensemble
Charmaine Clements 
Ensemble
Rodney Dobson 
Ensemble
Margi Di Ferranti 
Ensemble
Glen Hogstrom 
Ensemble
David Maxwell Lowe 
Ensemble
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