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Tony Sheldon BIO

Sheldon comes from one of Australia's leading theatrical families: his mother is Toni Lamond, his aunt Helen Reddy, and his grandmother Stella Lamond.

He won the 2005 Helpmann Award, the Sydney Critics Award, the Mo Award and the Glugs Award for his performance as Roger de Bris in The Producers. He was also nominated for a Helpmann and a Green Room Award for his work in The Witches of Eastwick in 2003. He wrote and directed The Times of My Life at the Ensemble Theatre (2006) and the Adelaide Cabaret Festival for his mother, Toni Lamond.

Sheldon played more than 1,700 performances as Bernadette in Priscilla Queen of the Desert in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, West End (2009) and Toronto prior to the Broadway premiere in March 2011. He won the Green Room Award, Best Male Artist in a Leading Role, and was nominated for an Olivier Award (2010, London).

He was nominated for the Tony Award as Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in Priscilla on Broadway. As part of the tenth anniversary tour in Australia presented by Michael Cassel Group, Tony performed his 1800th performance as Bernadette in Melbourne on 7 March 2018 and hit the milestone of 1900 performances in the role on Wednesday 20 June at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney. He played Dufayel in the musical adaption of Amélie. Starting in 2019 he played Grandpa Joe in the Australian production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Tony Sheldon Photos

Tony Sheldon STAGE CREDITS

[Off-Broadway]
Concert Presentation, 2017
Performer

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2017
Dufayel

Colignon

[Los Angeles]
Center Theatre Group Pre-Broadway Engagement, 2016
Performer

[Off-Broadway]
Theatre for the New City Original Off-Broadway Production, 2016
Julius Caesar

Calpurnia

Lepidus

[Los Angeles]
Berkley Rep World Premiere Production, 2015
Dufayel

Collignon

[Off-Broadway]
Encores! Special Event, 2014
Performer

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2011
Bernadette

[Toronto]
Pre-Broadway North American Production, 2010
Bernadette

[West End]
Original London Production, 2009
Bernadette

[Australia]
Australian Production, 1982
Singer

[Australia]
World Premiere, 1979
Performer


Tony Sheldon Awards and Nominations

Drama Desk Awards - 2011 - Outstanding Actor in a Musical

Tony Sheldon, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: The Musical

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2011 - Outstanding Actor in a Musical

Tony Sheldon, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Theatre World Awards - 2011 - Performance

Tony Sheldon, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Olivier Awards - 2010 - Best Actor in a Musical or Entertainment

Tony SheldonPriscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical

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Annette Bening, Jason Alexander, Jean Smart & More to Join STARS IN THE HOUSE Labor Day Special

Join Annette Bening, Jason Alexander, Jean Smart, and other celebrated actors for a star-studded Labor Day Special on STARS IN THE HOUSE. Don't miss this exclusive event streaming live. Tune in for an unforgettable performance and support a great cause.

Original AVENUE Q Stars To Reunite For STARS IN THE HOUSE FOR MAUI

Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley will welcome members of the original, Tony Award-winning company of the musical Avenue Q for a special edition of their lockdown roundtable series, Stars in the House.

STARS IN THE HOUSE To Host 20th Anniversary Reunion Of Todd Graff's Film CAMP

Join the STARS IN THE HOUSE livestreamed concert and reunion as they host the 20th Anniversary Reunion of Todd Graff's film CAMP. Featuring the film's writer and director, Todd Graff, along with cast members Daniel Letterle, Joanna Chilcoat, Robin de Jesus, and more.

Norm Lewis, Krysta Rodriguez, Patina Miller & More to Join 9th Annual VOICES: STARS FOR FOSTER KIDS

Get all the details about the star-studded 9th Annual VOICES: STARS FOR FOSTER KIDS event, including the latest lineup additions and information on the date and location. Don't miss out on this amazing event in support of foster kids.

Australian Premiere of CHOIR BOY Comes to National Theatre of Parramatta in February

Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta (NTofP) is delighted to present the Australian premiere of Choir Boy, by the Academy Award® winning writer of Moonlight, Tarell Alvin McCraney. Playing at Parramatta’s Riverside Theatres in association with Sydney WorldPride from 14th February – 11th March, the show will then embark on a national tour across Brisbane, Canberra and Wollongong. 

HAMILTON, FUN HOME, SIX, and More Take Home 2021 Sydney Theatre Awards

The winners of the 2021 Sydney Theatre Awards were announced tonight at a star-studded ceremony, with 29 Awards presented, shared between 18 productions which played on Sydney stages during 2020 and 2021. Check out the full list!

Audra Mcdonald, Elizabeth Stanley, Lauren Patten, and More to Join STARS IN THE HOUSE Tonight to Talk Omicron

Hosts Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley will be speaking tonight with CBS Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook, as well as Michael Mina (Chief Science Officer at EMed) and Kim Prather, Ph.D., (Distinguished Chair in Atmospheric Chemistry, UC San Diego) about the new Omicron variant and what it means for Broadway and beyond on tonight's episode of 'Stars In The House' to benefit The Actors Fund.

Lee Roy Reams, Tony Sheldon, Brad Oscar, Lawrence Leritz and Gerard Alessandrini to Join Backstage Babble Trivia

What happens when you get five theater celebrities to ask Broadway trivia to four of the biggest theater fans, experts, and professionals around? An evening of laughter, anecdotes, prizes, and of course, trivia.

Lawrence Leritz Joins Broadway Pride Month Celebration June 20 and 21st

In celebration of Pride month, Backstage Babble is releasing a series of episodes with LGBT artists that fulfill it's mission-painting a picture of what it has been like to be gay in the theater world from the 1950s up until the present day. It is hosted by 13-year old Charles Kirsch.

Jenifer Lewis, James Wesley, and Seth Rudetsky to be Honored With MAC Awards

This year's Manhattan Association of Cabarets (MAC) presents Tony nominee Jenifer Lewis with its 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award at the 35th Annual MAC Awards. Additionally, James Wesley and Seth Rudetsky will be honored for their creation of Stars in the House.

VIDEO: On This Day, March 20- PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT Opens On Broadway

On this day in 2011, the musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert celebrated its opening night on Broadway!

André De Shields, Bobby Cannavale, Laura Bell Bundy and More Join SAVE WEST BANK CAFE VIRTUAL TELETHON

Since 1978, West Bank Cafe has been one of the epicenters of New York City’s theatre community, and due to the pandemic, it is on the verge of permanently closing. With Broadway dark, tourism down, indoor dining closed, and no relief plan in sight, 2020 has created a plethora of financial problems for the beloved theater district institution. 

Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Pete Townshend & More Join SAVE WEST BANK CAFE VIRTUAL TELETHON

Since 1978, West Bank Cafe has been one of the epicenters of New York City’s theatre community, and due to the pandemic, it is on the verge of permanently closing. With Broadway dark, tourism down, indoor dining closed, and no relief plan in sight, 2020 has created a plethora of financial problems for the beloved theater district institution. 

12th Annual DO40 Legacy Awards Streams Live Monday, December 14

Dancers Over 40 continues to bring together the artistic community with the 12th Annual Legacy Awards Monday, December 14th, 8pm.

THE THEATRE WILL SURVIVE Benefit For The Actors Fund is Now Available On Demand

For anyone who missed the August 31st Zoom debut of the video, a?oeThe Theatre Will Survivea?? (Lyrics: Michael Colby/Music & Orchestrations: Ned Paul Ginsburg) you can now enjoy it on Vimeo, along with a talk back with many of the stars who contributed their talents to the video, all of which benefits The Actors Fund.

Actors Fund Benefit THE THEATRE WILL SURVIVE Will Feature Christina Bianco, Ann Harada, Courtney Reed, and More

Join many of Broadway's greatest voices live at MetropolitanZOOM on Monday, August 31st at 7pm as they celebrate the premiere of the original music video, a?oeThe Theatre Will Survive.'

Broadway Rewind: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Reaches Its Final Destination on Broadway in 2011!

Today we rewind to 2011 for opening night of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. The musical, directed by Simon Phillips, played for 526 performances at the Palace Theatre.

Video Flashback: Watch Phillipa Soo in a Scene From the Pre-Broadway Run of AMELIE at the Ahmanson

Center Theatre Group has released a new video in its Scenes From the Vault series. This time, they're flashing back with a clip of Phillipa Soo in the pre-Broadway run of Amelie at the Ahmanson in 2016!

VIDEO: Goodspeed Will Show Clips of HELLO, DOLLY! as Part of GREATSPEED Series

Tune in on May 26 at 7pm for a look back at Goodspeed's 2013 production of Hello, Dolly!

Tony Sheldon FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Tony Sheldon has appeared on Broadway in 2 shows.

Tony Sheldon has appeared on London's West End in 1 shows.

Tony Sheldon's first West End show was Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: The Musical which opened in 2009

Tony Sheldon has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. He was nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for his role in "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: The Musical." He also received a nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for the same production. Additionally, Sheldon was recognized with a Performance nomination at the Theatre World Awards for his performance in "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert." He received a nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for his role in "Priscilla Queen of the Desert." Lastly, Sheldon was nominated for Best Actor in a Musical or Entertainment at the Olivier Awards for "Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical."

Tony Sheldon has won the Performance award at the Theatre World Awards for his role in the Broadway show "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert."

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