AMANDA HARRISON

Amanda is best known for originating the role of Elphaba in the Australian production of Wicked. For playing the role, Amanda was nominated for Green Room, Helpmann and Sydney Theatre Awards for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. Amanda made her stage debut in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Aspects of Love in 1992. Other theatrical credits in Australia include Sunset Boulevard opposite Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables, The Boy from Oz as Liza Minnelli, We Will Rock You (2004 Helpmann Award), Miss Saigon as Ellen, originating the role of Paula in An Officer and A Gentleman (Helpmann nomination), City of Angels and in the 2018 production of The Rocky Horror Show as  Magenta/Usherette for GFO. For The Production Company, Amanda has appeared in Mame, She Loves Me, Guys and Dolls, Anything Goes and Oklahoma! Recently, Amanda appeared in the title role in Evie May for Hayes Theatre Co, a new Australian musical by Hugo Chiarella and Naomi Livingston.

On London’s West End, Amanda was in the original cast of We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre). Amanda also played Ali in Mamma Mia! (Prince Edward Theatre). Amanda’s TV appearances in the UK include Parkinson, Children in Need and the Queen’s Jubilee Celebration – Party at the Palace with the WWRY cast, and guest roles in Oscar Charlie, Grange Hill and Casualty, all for the BBC.

In concert Amanda has performed in Do You Hear the People Sing? in Shanghai and Taipei alongside Lea Salonga and Michael Ball. At the Sydney Opera House she has performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in The Music of Queen and more recently in Witches, again with SSO. In New York, Amanda sang ‘The Wizard and I’ at Carnegie Hall for G’day Australia Week 2009.  Amanda can be heard on I Dreamed a Dream – Hit Songs from Broadway, and on Witches, released on ABC Classics.

Amanda is an accomplished voice actor and has voiced characters in animations Get Ace and Kuu Kuu Harajuku for Ch10 and recently narrated the book Black Diamonds by Kim Kelly for Bolinda. In 2017 Amanda appeared in Cyrens – The Swinging Songbook of Cy Coleman at the Adelaide and Melbourne Cabaret Festivals.  Amanda has recently been seen on the long-running TV soap Neighbours as Angela Lane.