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Monica Swayne is an Australian actress and dancer whose credits include The Light in the Piazza (Royal Festival Hall), Follies at the National Theatre, Me and My Girl at Chichester and Aladdin in the West End, The Royal Opera's winter production of Der Rosenkavalier at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden London and touring the UK with Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins (Cover Mary Poppins).
Before moving to the UK, 2016 saw Monica perform the role of Hodel in the Australian production of Fiddler On The Roof (TML Enterprises) and 'The Show Girl' in Follies In Concert held at the Melbourne Recital Centre, along side many of Australia's Theatre and Entertainment greats such as Phillip Quast, Nancye Hayes, David Hobson and many more. (Storyboard Entertainment)
Other theatre credits include, Jeannie Mulddon in Nice Work If You Can Get It the musical (The Production Company Australia), The Australasian 10th Anniversary tour of WICKED the musical (cover Glinda & Nessarose) (GFO/Universal). The Australian and New Zealand tour productions of Mary Poppins the musical (cover Mary Poppins) (Disney and Cameron Mackintosh). The Australian production of Jerome Robbins' West Side Story(understudy Maria) (Ambassador Theatre Group). The Production Company’s Australian premier of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and revival of Anything Goes, State Theatre, Melbourne. In 2015, Monica played various roles in a new Australian comedic play written by Steve Vizard and Paul Grabowsky titled The Last Man Standing for Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC).
Music and lyrics by Matthew Lee Robinson
We both play the role of Hodel, we started our shows around the same time, and opened a month apart from each other. Monica in Australia and Samantha in New York on Broadway. So when does this ever happen!!!??? Not that often. Not to mention we are both quite alike. So we decided to put together a short film where we got to interview each other and find the answers to questions we wanted to know. Some are about the show, others have nothing to do with Fiddler but life and past experiences. We hope you enjoy and L'Chaim http://samanthamassell.com http://monicaswayne.com Fiddler on the Roof Australia currently playing at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney NSW till the 8th of May 2016 For more information and ticketing visit http://fiddlerontherooftour.com Fiddler of the Roof Broadway is currently playing at the Broadway Theatre, 1681 Broadway, New York NY 10019 For more information and ticketing visit http://fiddlermusical.com Thanks goes to Fiddler Aus and NYC for allowing us to film this fun film and everyone involved in the filming and making. Soundtrack credits: The New Broadway Cast Recording, now available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and Broadway Record. https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/fiddler-on-roof-2016-broadway/id1092819860
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