GLITZ AND GLAMOUR: Rehearsing at the Jetty Memorial Theatre are Ann Poidevin, Arlene Cole, Wayne Rogers and Lesley Wagstaff. Contributed
GLITZ AND GLAMOUR: Rehearsing at the Jetty Memorial Theatre are Ann Poidevin, Arlene Cole, Wayne Rogers and Lesley Wagstaff. Contributed

Australia's Got Talent finalist to dazzle Coffs Harbour

BOASTING charisma, charm and one unforgettable stage presence, it's safe to say that Wayne Rogers is a performer with a gift.

Four years after making a mark on Channel Seven's Australia's Got Talent, audiences continue to embrace the female impersonator in dazzling live shows across the country.

On June 21, Wayne will take to the stage in Coffs Harbour with his new Classic Diva Show that promises to deliver show-stopping numbers from some of the greats.

"People can expect a lot of glam and I love to involve the audience in my shows," he said.

"If the audience is having a good time then so am I."

Although Wayne is now one of the most in-demand acts in the business, he said he didn't expect to make a career as a female impersonator.

But in 1999, after he played a nightclub performer in a production of La Cage aux Folles - the musical version of the film The Birdcage - the phones started ringing.

"After that production I kept getting enquiries and it all developed from there," he said.

"Dancing and singing was really what I always wanted to do and then in my 20s I started to have singing lessons.

"We always think we choose our careers but sometimes it works out differently - sometimes it's meant to be something else."

As was the case with Wayne.

In 2011, his career as a female impersonator skyrocketed after he took a gamble and auditioned for the fifth series of Australia's Got Talent.

More than two million viewers tuned in every week.

Wayne said he had no idea how the series would change his life.

"I was talked into auditioning so I went along, not thinking that I'd do any good and I got in to finals," he said.

"It was a great experience and it helped people understand what my act is about - it's nothing serious, there really isn't anything serious about me, it's all about good fun."

Since 2011, Wayne has performed at clubs, cabarets and charity events and said performing on a stage continues to bring him joy.

"When you're performing and you see a few tears bringing back a memory that (an audience member) had from a song - it's the most beautiful feeling you could have."

Asked to describe the Classic Diva Show in one word - Wayne replied "spectacular".

The two-hour revue full of costumes, feathers, wigs and makeup begins at 2pm on Sunday, June 21 and features songs from Shirley Bassey, Cher, Patsy Cline, Dusty Springfield, Diana Ross, Dolly Parton and more.

Visit jettytheatre.com for tickets and details.



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