Theatre Debuts with Carmel Rodrigues – HAIRSPRAY! The Musical

The Theatre Thoughts Podcast

Sep 4 2022 • 29 mins

We're back with a brand new episode of the Theatre Thoughts Podcast!

This episode features a podcast debut and a musical theatre debut for Carmel Rodrigues in Hairspray the Musical which tours Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney in 2022-23.

Carmel sits down with us to discuss the amazing theatre stars she gets to work with every day, the story of how she almost didn't apply to audition for Tracy Turnblad in the open casting calls, as well as what still makes Hairspray an important musical for all.

We also sit down to play our new game 1 Minute Theatre Thoughts! What questions will Justin ask, what answers will Carmel give? You'll have to listen to find out!

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At just 23 years of age, Carmel Rodrigues is thrilled to be making her professional musical theatre debut in Hairspray. Born to parents with Portuguese, Indian and European heritage and raised in Sydney’s North Shore, Carmel has always loved performing from a young age and has spent the majority of her life to date singing, acting and dancing up a storm.

In 2016, she made her first foray into the spotlight as a semi-finalist on season five of Ch 9’s The Voice where she was coached by Jessie J and the Madden Brothers.

Carmel is a recent graduate of the Sydney Acting School and has also trained at the Australian Institute of Music. She also has worked closely with Sharon & Christine Muscat of Sister 2 Sister School of Singing over the last eight years as a student and more recently, a member of their teaching staff.

And in what is the ultimate full circle moment, Carmel also played the role of Tracy Turnblad in her high school production of Hairspray, so is very excited to be introducing herself to audiences across Australia with a role so close to her heart!


4:16 - Landing the role of Tracy

10:00 - The stars of Hairspray

11:00 - 20 Years of Hairspray

14:05 - Shane Jacobson and Todd McKenney

22:16 - Filling the shoes of Tracy

23:59 - 1 Minute Theatre Thoughts with Carmel Rodrigues


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