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Nancye Hayes

Mrs Higgins

Actor, dancer, singer, choreographer and director Nancye Hayes OAM began her career in JC Williamson’s production of My Fair Lady in 1961. However it was the title role in Sweet Charity in 1967 that established her name. Since then she has sung and danced her way through a cavalcade of musical successes including Pippin, Irene, Annie, Chicago, Sweeny Todd and Nine. She won a Victorian Green Room Award, the Norman Kessell Memorial Award and the Sydney Theatre Critics’ Circle Award for Best Actress for her performance in Guys and Dolls and a MO Award for 42nd Street. Her other stage credits include Broadway Bound, Showboat, Same Time Next Year, The Glass Menagerie, Steel Magnolias, Stepping Out, Follies in Concert, The Music Man, The Snow Queen, Eureka and Oklahoma and the Sydney Theatre Company’s revival production of Summer Rain.

As a director, Nancye’s credits include Crazy for You and The World Goes Round (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts), Australia’s Leading Ladies Concert (Brisbane Festival), The Wizard of Oz (GFO/SEL/Macks Entertainment), The 3 Divas (Christine Dunstan Productions), Annie (The Frost Organisation) and Gypsy starring Judi Connelli (part of the Encore Series for The Production Company). Nancye also worked as associate director alongside Judy Davis on Barrymore for Sydney Theatre Company.

Nancye’s choreographic credits include My Fair Lady for Victorian State Opera (Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane seasons), Falsettos for Sydney Theatre Company and Guys and Dolls for NIDA.

Nancye’s first cabaret show Nancye with An E, written and directed by Tony Sheldon, has played throughout Australia and is available on CD.

Nancye is honoured to have received two Lifetime Achievement awards – from the Variety Club in 1997 and from the Green Room Awards Association in 2003.

Nancye has just completed a national tour of the enormously successful production of Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks where she and Todd McKenney delighted audiences throughout Australia.

Most recently, Nancye has just completed filming playing Jean Sledge in the Hanks/Spielberg production of The Pacific.


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