She can sing, she can dance, she can act – there is almost nothing Christie Whelan-Browne can’t do! PJSE have had the pleasure of working with Christie at many events but how does she take her coffee and how did her incredible career on stage start? Peter sat down with her to talk all things musical theater and events in Melbourne – read about it here.
Peter: How do you take your coffee?
Skinny latte around 11am. I’ll also have a cup of tea first thing in a morning at home.
Peter: How did your career start and what was your big break?
It goes back to Year 12 when I joined an amateur theatre company and got a role playing Roxy in Chicago. From there, I got an agent. It took another 2 years before I got my first full time job in the musical Grease. That was 2005 and since then I’ve been involved with some fantastic shows, including; The Producers, Singing in the Rain, 42nd Street, The Rocky Horror Show, Shane Warne: The Musical and my own cabaret version of the life of Britney Spears.
Peter: And I hear you’re going to be in Muriel’s Wedding……
Yes, it’s a great musical take on the movie and I’m really looking forward to it! I’m playing the part of Tania Degano, who Sophie Lee played in the film.
Peter: But you could have been a professional sportsperson……
Ha! Well, I played basketball for Victoria in my youth and had to make a choice as I couldn’t do both and, in the end, acting and singing won.
Peter: Your Husband Rohan is also is Musical Theatre – how do you guys manage that?
At this stage of our lives, we always put our work ahead of other plans, so we are apart often. However, we made a deal years ago that we would not spend more than 3 weeks apart from one another and we’ve kept that promise.
Peter: What is your favourite event in Melbourne?
From a performance perspective, definitely Carols by Candlelight. I’ve done it for 6 years in a row. It’s such a wonderful experience to be part of. I’m a big tennis fan, so the Australia Open is my favourite event to attend every year.
Peter: If you could be another Melburnian for a day, who would it be and why?
I think Jeanne Pratt. An amazing woman, who is a huge philanthropist. She uses her wealth and position to help as many people as possible and also gives back to the arts.
Peter: Best view in Melbourne?
Standing on the Sandridge Bridge which crosses the Yarra at Southgate – I love that view any time of day!
Peter: Would you queue to get into a restaurant?
Yes, for the beef short ribs at Chin Chin I would and I have – totally worth it!
Peter: What is your favourite restaurant?
Baby in Richmond. It’s nothing flash but we love the atmosphere and the food is very good.
Peter: If you could perform anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Definitely on Broadway! It’s the biggest theatre precinct in the world and has so many options. It’s the holy grail.