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English Returns to Stage

English Returns to Stage

Who: Jon English
Where: Club Phoenix
Author: Jade Lazerevic
When: Friday July 20, 2001

JON English's career in the entertainment industry combines experience in theatre, television, film and music over a career spanning almost 30 years.

Still enjoying a successful career, English has no intention of stopping. He will perform two shows at Club Phoenix on Friday and Saturday night.

English began his career working in small bands in the suburbs of Sydney before he won the lead role in Harry M. Miller's first production of Jesus Christ Superstar. The highly successful stage extravaganza ran for five years and saw the moniker Jon English turn into a household name.

Throughout his five-year stint in the production, English recorded four studio albums and boasted hits such as Handbags and Gladrags, Turn the Page and Hollywood Seven. 'Playing music is where it kind of all started and thankfully I can do other stuff, but if I was only an actor I'd be bored s--tless,' English says.

A string of successful tours also followed, with English playing with the likes of Bryan Ferry and Thin Lizzy. English also starred in the lead role of a rock opera which looked at the life of Australian bush ranger Ned Kelly.

His involvement in more diverse projects has seen him co-write a ballet and write his own newspaper column.

In 1978 English was awarded an ARIA for Turn The Page, a Logie for best actor and a Countdown award for best male vocalist.

Not only has English recorded a string of successful albums, he has starred in numerous television programs and films.

English received a Penguin nomination for best actor for his role in the telemovie Stopover and starred in more than 100 episodes of the Aussie comedy All Together Now. Among other things, English has performed in the television mini-series Against the Wind, written a successful play titled Paris and performed in the Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado and HMS Pinafore. In recent years, English has starred in his own stage production titled Buskers and Angels which performed across Australia.

The rock-n-roll show was written and recorded by English and explores the life that English knows all too well, the entertainment industry.

TE had one double pass to giveaway to the show. Enter online at www.nnp.com.au or send an envelope with your name, address and phone number on the back to PO Box 615, Newcastle, 2300.

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