Madiba the Musical

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Madiba the Musical
Sydney Opera House

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Bennelong Point Sydney NSW 2000

Featured Cast

Madeline Perrone

Madeline Perrone

Helena Van Leden

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Madeline Perrone

Helena Van Leden


Madeline’s involvement in the industry began at a young age, placing 3rd in Australia’s Got Talent at just 12 years old. Madeline’s training includes Film and TV at NYCDA and graduated from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City.

Her first role out of college was Bonnie Parker in Bonnie and Clyde, winning a Broadway World Award of Best Actress in a Musical (regional, national and touring).

Madeline toured Fiddler on the Roof (TML Enterprises) as Shprintze (Hodel Cover) after returning from shows in the USA as Wendy in Disney’s Peter Pan and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

Other credits include Curtains (The Production Co.), Peppa Pig’s Big Splash (Life Like Company), Disneyland, Universal Studios, Rock Rhapsody (Good Egg Creative) aboard cruise lines and was a semi-finalist in the Rob Guest Endowment award (2016)

Madeline is elated to be portraying Helena Van Leden in Madiba The Musical.

Barry Conrad

Barry Conrad

William Xulu

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Barry Conrad

William Xulu


With a multifaceted career that spans music, screen and stage, Barry Conrad possesses a talent that is undeniable.

He’s opened for vocal giants Brian McKnight, Craig David, Eric Benet and K-Ci & JoJo, toured globally with the world-renowned Darlene Zschech and Grammy-winning Israel Houghton, penned songs for an array of artists – and even sung for the Pope.

Screenwork includes FOX’s Power Rangers: Ninja Storm and numerous TV commercials, and featuring in the #1 box office hit, The Sapphires.  His musical theatre debut was in the Australian premiere production of award-winning, critically acclaimed seasons of the Broadway smash, Violet . He has toured nationally in Hairspray: Arena Spectacular; and in 2017, the role of Kenickie in another national production, Grease: The Arena Experience.  Barry has just completed a National Tour of BEAUTIFUL: The Carol King Musical.

The tipping point of Conrad’s rise to public recognition was undeniably cemented when he was named as one of the Final 12 on Channel 7’s The X-Factor, winning over a legion of new fans and truly solidifying himself as one of Australia’s most exciting talents.

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Twitter: @barry_conrad

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Tim ‘Timomatic’ Omaji

Tim ‘Timomatic’ Omaji

Sam Onatou

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Tim ‘Timomatic’ Omaji

Sam Onatou


The multi-platinum entertainer Timomatic, has conquered many milestones through his multi-faceted career. From dancer to recording artist to attaining a Logie nomination as a TV personality. Timomatic has become a staple in the Australian entertainment industry, however it’s clear that this new chapter, which sees Timomatic step into his true role of singer, songwriter, producer and entrepreneur is where he is most comfortable.

Captivating audiences on the hit TV show So You Think You Can Dance, Timomatic quickly became a household name & secured a leading role in Fame The Musical. It was due to a serious injury that he channelled his passion to create music. This led to Timomatic becoming a top 3 finalist on Australia’s Got Talent and releasing his 4 x platinum, ARIA nominated single, ‘Set It Off’ which peaked at #2 on the ARIA music charts. His live shows would attract special guest invites to perform alongside global acts such as Nicki Minaj, Pitbull, Jessie J, Flo Rida, Salt N Pepa, Jason Derulo and David Guetta. Within the same year, Timomatic launched his self-titled album taking the #3 spot on the ARIA Charts, featuring hits ‘If Looks Could Kill’ and ‘Can You Feel It’. Timomatic was a featured performer at one of the Australia’s biggest sporting events, State Of Origin (2013). This led him to international performances such as Miss Universe Beauty Pageant which broadcasted to millions globally, and Mexico’s biggest radio concert El Evento 40 to a live audience of over 100,000 people.

Timomatic has put all his focus into creating his best musical works yet. Collaborating, producing and writing with music powerhouses such as Pusha-T and Glass John and has brought Timomatic to this point,
‘Mash Up’ is Timomatic’s latest music offering and was premiered by live performance on the brand new Ch 7 hit show DANCE BOSS hosted by Danni Minogue. Timomatic is also part of the shows judging panel alongside Adam Garcia and Sharni Vinson.

“My vision has always been to create music that moves people. I really want people to feel the essence of my African roots through the new music I make”

Tarisai Vushe

Tarisai Vushe

Sandy Xulu

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Tarisai Vushe

Sandy Xulu


Tarisai has been singing since the age of 3 however made her commitment to a career in music when she was only eight years old.

She moved from Zimbabwe to Australia as a teenager and was determined to perfect her skills as a performer, whilst studying hard at school and university where she completed a degree majoring in psychology. In 2007 Tarisai became a household name through Network Ten’s Australian Idol where she made the Top 5.

Tarisai released her single Head Over Heels in 2010 under Tommirock Records and received two AAMA awards for Single of the Year and Best Female Artist. Her album Redemption was released in 2017.

Upon completing her studies in Music Theatre at the Australian Institute of Music, Tarisai’s musical theatre career began when she was cast in Walt Disney’s The Lion King, understudying the roles of Rafiki and Shenzi.

Tarisai is represented by T&E Management.

David Denis

David Denis

The Narrator

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David Denis

The Narrator


David Denis began dance training at fifteen years of age under the guidance of the Howard sisters at Sydney’s Brent Street studios where he later completed the certificate IV in performing arts. David went on a National Tour with The Ambassador group production Ghost: The Musical.

David appeared for Disney in The Lion King for four years in Australia and on The West End, London. For GFO he has played Boom-Boom Johnson in Legends! and the role of Tyrone in Kelley Abbey’s Fame: The Musical. For Opera Australia David featured as Seabee in South Pacific.

On screen David has played Jean-Michel Basquiat in Jim Sharman’s film Andy X, and he worked with Peter Jackson on King Kong in the role of Taps.

In recent years, David has had success as a contemporary dancer working alongside Kylie Minogue, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Taylor Swift and Guy Sebastian.  David is also a rapper, singer and song writer under the name Davey.

 

Blake Erickson

Blake Erickson

Peter Van Leden

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Blake Erickson

Peter Van Leden


Blake has worked throughout Australia, Asia, Britain, and the United States as writer, actor, and singer. He studied drama and music theatre at the University of Sydney & The Actor’s Connection New York. Recently he toured with the international production of Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Misérables. Prior to this he made his New York debut leading leading the cast of Stalker: The Musical at the Lynn Redgrave Theater. Recent credits include High Fidelity, Melba, and his acclaimed cabaret Hold Me Closer Logies Dancer, all at Sydney’s Hayes Theatre.

For his performance in the title role of the one-man show Pearls Before Swine: An Evening With Orson Welles (Neil Gooding Productions), he won Best Actor at the inaugural Sydney Fringe Festival Awards before embarking on a national tour. Other credits include Of Thee I Sing at the Sydney Opera House, Grey Gardens, and Sondheim on Sondheim. Blake is thrilled to be a part of this bold new production.

Ruva Ngwenya

Ruva Ngwenya

Winnie Mandela

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Ruva Ngwenya

Winnie Mandela


RUVA is an Australian based singer/actor of Zimbabwean decent. At age five she showed signs of exceptional musicianship and went on to study at Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. In 2013, she was in the top 6 Girls Category of Australia’s Xfactor Series. Soon after, Ruva was cast as Shenzi in the celebrated Disney musical The Lion King. Other stage credits include understudying Killer Queen in the Australian 2016 national tour of We Will Rock You, followed by The Production Company’s Dusty the Musical. Most recently, Ruva was seen in the original Australian cast of Beautiful: the Carole King Musical. In 2017, Ruva was a top 24 finalist for season 6 of The Voice and has released an original EP entitled Humble Brag.

Courtney Bell

Courtney Bell

Dancer, cover for multiple roles

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Courtney Bell

Dancer, cover for multiple roles


Courtney made her professional debut at a young age as Gretl in the Gordon Frost Organisation’s The Sound of Music. Over the following two years, she appeared in GFO’s productions of Annie as Molly and The Wizard of Oz. Courtney went on to graduate with a Social Sciences Degree majoring in Psychology and Counselling, before deciding to return to the stage and screen. Most recently, Courtney portrayed Kangaroo in the original musical Dot and the Kangaroo at NIDA, Celia in SheShakespeare’s debut production of As You Like It and Nina in Interrobang Films’ short film Occupied. Courtney is a graduate of Actors Centre Australia, where she appeared as Catherine in Suddenly, Last Summer and Shelly in Buried Child, both directed by Gale Edwards. Courtney is grateful to her loved ones and industry peers and mentors for being a part of her journey so far, and is thrilled to be joining Madiba the Musical.

Riley Sutton

Riley Sutton

Policeman, Anthony, cover for Peter

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Riley Sutton

Policeman, Anthony, cover for Peter


Originally from Adelaide, Riley trained in Music Theatre at WAAPA. Since graduating, he has performed as u/s Bobby Darin and ensemble in both the Sydney and Melbourne seasons of Dream Lover (Gordon Frost), as Rapunzel’s Prince and the Steward in Into The Woods (Harvest Rain), as u/s Princeton/Rod and ensemble/swing in Avenue Q (Enmore Theatre), and he toured Sydney and Perth as Edward in Worlds Apart (Echelon Productions). While in training he performed as ensemble in A Chorus LineHow To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. He also played both Melchior’s father and Moritz’ father in Spring Awakening, Antipholus of Syracuse in A Comedy of Errors, Tonton Julian in Once On This Island, and John Wilkes Booth in Assassins (WAAPA).

 

Ensemble Cast