Today is International Women’s Day, so we’ve compiled a list of our top ten leading ladies who will be gracing our stages this year.


10. Genevieve Kingsford

Genevieve Kingsford grabbed the attention of  audiences – and the industry – with her stunning portrayal of Clara in The Light in the Piazza. As the runner up of the 2016 Rob Guest Endowment Award, Genevieve Kingsford is one of Australia’s most promising, emerging leading ladies. This year she will make her The Production Company debut in Brigadoon.

Genevieve Kingsford TPC launch


9. Paulini  Curuenavuli

While The Bodyguard will mark Paulini’s debut in musical theatre, her amazing vocals are well known to Australian audiences since reaching the finals of Australian Idol in 2003. Her stunning performances in the promotion of the upcoming Australian premiere of The Bodyguard has us excited that Paulini will indeed be the “Queen of the Night” and our newest leading lady.



8. Virginia Gay

Whether she’s on our television screens or on the stage, Virginia Gay has plenty of adoring fans. Tonight she opens as the leading lady in Calamity Jane at the Hayes Theatre in Sydney.



7. Esther Hannaford

When Esther Hannaford was announced to play the role of Carole King in the Australian premiere of Beautiful The Carole King Musical there was considerable excitement and we can’t wait to see her bring this latest leading lady role to life.



6. Marina Prior

When it comes to Australian leading ladies, Marina Prior is one our biggest names. While recent years have seen her take on smaller, supporting roles, she returns to our stages as the leading lady in Hello Dolly!



5. Chelsea Gibb

Chelsea Gibb has just played to a sold out season at the Hayes Theatre ahead of a national tour of Cabaret. Chelsea Gibb takes on the very sexy leading lady role of Sally Bowles, made famous by Liza Minelli in the movie version, and has made it her own.

Chelsea Gibb Cabaret


4. Sophie Wright

Sophie Wright is currently wowing audiences as the very loveable character of Lauren in the smash hit musical Kinky Boots. While the story is focused on Lola and Charlie, this leading lady has plenty of opportunities to steal some of the limelight. kinky-boots-sophie-wright


3. Anna O’Byrne

She was chosen by Dame Julie Andrews herself to play the iconic character of Eliza Dolittle in My Fair Lady. Anna O’Byrne received great critical acclaim and returns to reprise the role during the Australian tour.



2. Matildas

It’s a huge role shared between four incredibly talented girls. Izellah Connelly, Annabella Cowley, Venice Harris and Eva Murawski are currently sharing the leading lady role in Matilda. The four Miraculous Matildas (in alphabetical order) Izellah Connelly, Annabella Cowley, Venice Harris & Eva Murawski.


1. Sarah Morrison

There’s so much to love about the new Australian musical Ladies In Black, including the performance by leading lady Sarah Morrison. Sarah Morrison plays the role of Lisa Miles – an intelligent young woman determined to learn and succeed in life. She makes us laugh and cry – and all in an Australian accent! Sarah Morrison as Lisa Miles