Performing Artist & Media Personality
One of Australia’s most versatile performing artists, Todd McKenney is an award winning and critically acclaimed performer on both stage and screen.
As the leading man of song and dance in musical theatre productions, he has entertained Australia for over 30 years from main stage to more intimate venues. As a radio and television host and as the sometimes outspoken judge, he has shared his personality, humour and passions with us. It’s not surprising that Todd is a household name.
Todd’s stage credit roll and career highlights include his most notable role of Peter Allen in the Australian hit production The Boy From Oz in which he performed over 1000 shows nationally and which became one of the longest running and most successful musical productions in Australian history. His first professional musical role was in 1983 in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song and Dance. Todd’s career developed with lead and headline roles in Cats, 42nd Street, West Side Story, Crazy For You, Born Yesterday, Camelot, Pirates of Penzance, Cabaret, Strictly Ballroom, La Cage aux Folles, Singin’ In the Rain, Anything Goes, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Orpheus In the Underworld for Opera Australia, Annie the Musical, Grease, Anything Goes and Dusty. In 2018 he stepped into the stilettos and successfully took on the role of Frank N’ Furter in The Rocky Horror Show in Melbourne.
As a dancer his journey started at the age of three at his mother’s dancing school in Perth, training in jazz, tap, acrobatics and ballroom dancing. He represented Australia in ballroom and Latin American dancing, winning many international dance titles. Amongst his Australian awards for performance in musical theatre he has two ‘Mo Awards’, the ‘Variety Club Heart Award’, a ‘Glug Award’, a ‘Green Room Award’, two ‘Australian Dance Awards’ and a ‘Helpmann Award’.
On Television he has shared his wisdom and honesty as the colourful and often controversial judge on the Channel 7 hit series ‘Dancing With the Stars’. Todd has also appeared as a guest judge on ‘Australia’s got Talent’, hosted on a range of morning Television programs and appeared as an entertaining guest across all networks. He recently starred with Shane Jacobson as the choreographer in the hit Seven Network special ’The Real Full Monty’.
On radio Todd co-hosted Sydney’s MIX106.5FM breakfast radio program with Sonia Kruger for 2 years and is a regular guest on the airwaves.
On a personal level Todd is a student of ‘Auslan’ sign language and has worked within the deaf community all around Australia.
You can also keep up to date with Todd McKenney’s Centre Stage Tours where he hosts ‘dinner and a show’ Todd style. Check this out at: www.toddstours.com
Todd had the delight of becoming a father in 2007 and his daughter Charlotte is the light of his life.