February 16th, 2022Triple threat Maureen takes on The Voice
CRESWICK’S triple threat performer Maureen Andrew, pictured above, was one of the stars of Channel 7’s four-night production of The Voice – Generations starting on Monday, January 31.
Maureen said she was invited to participate “which was a great honour”.
“The total drive for me was to celebrate those of us who are over 40. We are all bloody amazing and deserve to be heard, seen, respected, working, creating, for as long as we darn well need to.
“No, I am not saving up for that age-reducing pill, only when I look in the mirror with my glasses on.”
Maureen said it was wonderful to see families, father and daughter, older and younger, sharing their music together.
“That’s how I grew up and that’s what the world needs to enjoy again. The lovely Crystal Hegedis was my partner in crime. About half my age, so bless her for agreeing to join me in this crazy adventure.”
Maureen has spent her life in the arts with more than 30 musicals including performing with Hugh Jackman in The Boy From Oz, Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard, Elton John’s Billy Elliot, Grease, Saturday Night Fever and Hair.
“I write, produce and direct and perform my own productions including Marlene Dietrich (inset photo), Liza Minnelli, Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Tina Turner, Dolly Parton, Gertrude Lawrence and Eartha Kitt.
“I am also a dance/ballet/tap/jazz teacher, a vocal and communication skills coach with a solid background in role playing, devising and interpreting for both commercial and professional companies.”
Maureen was also a gym manager for 20-plus years teaching pilates and weights, and she currently works as a personal trainer.
“I also work professionally in a variety of fields including communication skills coach, drama and singing coach. And I continue to perform with varied and ongoing experience in film, stage, TV series, commercials and music theatre.”
The casting call for The Voice – Generations asked for people who “perform alongside other singers or musicians from other generations, if you jam out with your dad’s mates, rock out with your neighbours, sing with your daughter, perform as a family around the campfire then apply. It’s time to bring all generations to The Voice stage, all at once!”
Words: Donna Kelly | Main image: Kyle Barnes