Biography

Bronwyn Baud


Bronwyn is a highly acclaimed singer and accomplished performer, who has delighted audiences around the world. She has starred on theatre stages from Sydney to the West End, playing the lead in many major international musicals. She has appeared on popular television shows in both Australia and the UK, has been recorded on celebrated soundtracks, and has toured internationally with her own live show.


Bronwyn’s love for singing and performing started very early.
She was a performer from a very young age and dabbled in singing both pop and folk during her teens. She went on to study a music degree in singing and piano at the Melbourne University Conservatorium, where she realised that opera was not for her! She later went on to study acting at St Martin’s Theatre School in Melbourne.


In the ‘70s, while still studying, Bronwyn appeared on many hugely popular
Australian TV variety programs such as “The Ernie Sigley Show”,
“The Penthouse Club”, “The Mike Walsh Show” and “The Norman Gunston Show”.


Bronwyn’s first theatre show – “The Wiz” – took her from Melbourne to Sydney. Here she did a great deal of session singing as well as performing in the show, Son of the Naked Vicar at the Speakeasy Theatre Restaurant. This was followed by covering both Jill Perryman and Geraldene Morrow in “Side by Side by Sondheim”, in both Sydney and Melbourne.


Encouraged by her early success in Australia, Bronwyn headed off to the UK
where she found immediate acclaim in the West End. She first performed in Irene, and soon after took over the lead role of Mary Magdalen in “Jesus Christ Superstar” in the original production at the Palace Theatre.


Bronwyn went on to play lead roles in many other major musicals,
including Maria in “The Sound of Music”, Janet in “The Rocky Horror Show”, Grace in “Annie” and April in “Company”. She also performed in many ensemble shows such as “Cole”, “Sing Broadway”, “The Best of Broadway” and “The Royal Variety Performance” at The Palladium.


While in the UK, Bronwyn also took on many straight acting roles such as
Susan Walker in “Once in a Lifetime”, and Nancy in “Steaming”.
She was involved in many productions with the Royal Shakespeare Company providing incidental vocal music, and appeared as The Chanteuse in “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”.


Over the 23 years she was in the UK, Bronwyn performed in repertory theatres all over the UK as well as in touring productions throughout Britain, Norway and Italy. She was also the soloist / narrator of many orchestral productions for The Classical Road Show, such as “African Journey”, “Zimbabwe Tales” and “Widecombe”.


On the small screen, Bronwyn appeared in the UK hit television show “The Bill” as well as Ivor Novello’s “The Dancing Years”. She particularly enjoyed playing the leading role of Dr Lesley Skellman in the BBC Drama, “The Country Boy”.


Bronwyn has also done much session work and has been featured in many British recordings of songs for children. She also recorded the soundtrack of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”, which sold out and is now a collectors’ item!


Bronwyn has not only appeared to huge acclaim on the stage, but she has also taken on directorial and creative roles. Upon returning to Australia to live, Bronwyn became the Vocal Director of “Scissors, Paper, Rock” by Daniel Keene. Directed by Ariette Taylor, it played both at fortyfive downstairs in Melbourne and on a regional tour of Victoria.


Bronwyn has also written and performed in her own live show, “What is This Thing Called….?” While in Britain, she played this show to sold out houses at venues such as the Cockpit Theatre in London, The Redgrave Theatre in Farnham, and the Hexagon Theatre in Reading. In Australia,
she has performed this show to the delight of audiences at Mietta’s in Melbourne, at the Castlemaine State Festival, and at the Capital Theatre in Bendigo.


This is soon to be followed by Bronwyn’s new live one-woman show – a tribute to the much loved Blossom Dearie. And she has two other captivating new shows in the pipe-line as well… so watch this space!

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