I borrowed someone's guitar and I was wearing my King Gees and I rode from Newcastle to Sydney on my motorbike. He doesn't care. His stage credits include Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd, Evan in Vivid White, Jud Fry in Oklahoma, Billy Kostecki in Dirty Dancing, Tommy DeVito in Jersey Boys, Achilles in Paris - A Rock Odyssey and numerous performances with the hit singing group Swing on This.

It's nice to have two very separate and very contrasting roles at the same time," he says. If not, brace yourself.

Wonderland star Ben Mingay performs 'This Nearly Was Mine' from South Pacific. "It's nice to be busy, especially in the industry we're in. Cover and Main Picture: Steven Siewert. Please note: All comments made or shown here are bound by the Then the musical director at school said I had an amazing voice. Its businesses include securities underwriting, sales & trading, investment banking, private equity, alternative assets, financial advisory services, investment research and asset management. "I've spent a lot of years overseas but every time I've come back I have always slotted in to my little space in Newy," he says. There are no airs and graces here.  As a singer Mingay has appeared in musical theatre productions both here and abroad, including The Phantom of The Opera, An Officer and a Gentleman, Jersey Boys, Dirty Dancing, Hair and Sideshow Alley: The Musical. As an actor, he played Rob Duffy in Australian television series Wonderland, appeared in 11 episodes of the popular Packed To The Rafters as Fergus “Buzz” Graham, and had roles in Home and Away, Blue Heelers and All Saints. Ben Mingay is an Australian actor and singer, perhaps best known for having played Buzz Graham in the series Packed to the Rafters and Rob Duffy in Wonderland. Presence of Ben Mingay's profile does not indicate a business or promotional relationship of He has also graced our screens as Trystan Powell in Home and Away, starred for three seasons as Rob Duffy in the Network 10 series Wonderland, played Buzz in Network 7's Packed to the Rafters and has appeared in Blue Heelers and All Saints. People tend to remember his face and his voice but not his name. Let's not forget that I have got two hours in make-up before every show, and prosthetics and fat suits.

"All my mates from around here are tradies and have their own businesses and I'll quite happily put my hand up if anybody has a job going - I'll get back on the tools.

The whole time we were shooting that ad I would sidle up in my car and go 'Oh, this thing has been great and all but it's getting a bit long in the tooth ... hint, hint, wink, wink'." "Yeah, if they had said the reason we are offering you this role is because you kind of already look like Shrek, I would have been, like, damn," he says. “The movie is going to be a big deal. “Mum suggested a school play and I went, ‘hang on, I’m in an all-boys’ school and I get to hang out with the girls and sing and get time off school’. Then the musical director at school said I had an amazing voice. "It keeps you grounded." During our conversation Mingay was chomping at the bit to tell me how he got his hands on an engagement ring. "It's nice to be busy, especially in the industry we're in. It must be a relief to know he wasn't cast as Shrek for any perceived resemblance to the lovable green ogre?

And I thought ‘oh bugger youse, I’ll have a crack’. She met Mingay on the set of An Officer and a Gentleman and the pair have been inseparable ever since.

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"I like to mix things up.

Being transformed into Alan Bond for the Bond miniseries involved a lot of hair and make-up but Shrek is "next level", Mingay says. “It’s funny looking back. He extended the life of his first car, a HiLux single cab diesel ute, to 450,000 kilometres until bending the chassis in half on Stockton Beach. While working in construction, cutting his teeth in musical theatre and perfecting his bass baritone voice at the conservatorium, he also found the time to buy old cars on the Trading Post, do them up and re-sell them.

“Then host Ronan Keating called out my number and I jumped up on stage and was handed a $20,000 engagement ring.  “Kirby was away doing Dirty Dancing in Adelaide at the time and I was still at The Rydges in Campbelltown, where we were staying to film Hacksaw Ridge.  “So the following day I was sitting there with the boys, Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughan and Mel Gibson, and I arranged them to sing a song and do a little dance when Kirby arrived in the cab. Then I got down on one knee in the lobby and presented her with my raffle-winning $20,000 ring.” Mingay’s lucky streak, a deserved one at that, is showing no signs of slowing down.  Catch him at the Civic on August 13 for Rolling Thunder Vietnam (ticketek.com.au).

“Not a lot of people achieve that cross over. “I don’t know where we will get married, because all her family are from Batemans Bay and mine from Newcastle – we might have to meet in the middle somewhere,” he says.

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His next gig is the musical Rolling Thunder Vietnam – Songs That Defined A Generation.

I knew nothing, I mean, I didn't even know how to audition. "Yeah, if they had said the reason we are offering you this role is because you kind of already look like Shrek, I would have been, like, damn," he says.

In a faraway kingdom things get ugly when an ogre - not a handsome prince - shows up to rescue a feisty princess. He also played the role of Thomas in Rolling Thunder Vietnam, The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera, and Zack Mayo in An Officer and a Gentleman. I think the stigma is moving away from it now but a lot of casting agents assume people who do musical theatre overact, like they do on the stage,” he explains.

“Kirby was away doing Dirty Dancing in Adelaide at the time and I was still at The Rydges in Campbelltown, where we were staying to film Hacksaw Ridge.

As a singer Mingay has appeared in musical theatre productions both here and abroad, including The Phantom of The Opera, An Officer and a Gentleman, Jersey Boys, Dirty Dancing, Hair and Sideshow Alley: The Musical. She met Mingay on the set of An Officer and a Gentleman and the pair have been inseparable ever since.  As an aside, another talent of Mingay’s is rebuilding cars from the engine up. He has also graced our screens as Trystan Powell in Home and Away, starred for three seasons as Rob Duffy in the Network 10 series Wonderland, playedBuzz in Network 7's Packed to the Rafters and has appeared in Blue Heelers and All Saints. When I finish Shrek at the end of June, I pretty much either shoot season two of Frayed or I go to Adelaide for Sweeney Todd. Credit Suisse First Boston LLC provides global investment banking services in the United States.

“I knew nothing, I mean, I didn’t even know how to audition. All I could do was sing.” On a roll, Mingay moved to New York in 2004 and toured the world with Dirty Dancing. He was riding high, poised to “make it” on Broadway – and then the 2007-08 Writers Guild of America strike, well, struck.

This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license. Even after a decade of their marriage, Benjamin and Erin’s have not sparked rumors like divorce and breakup.

The company was founded by Richard David Harpin and Jeremy Peter Middleton in 1993 and is headquartered in Walsall, the United Kingdom. "My old man is a civil engineer so I grew up in that construction world, building roads and subdivisions. "It's a tremendous cast and such a great story too. All Rights Reserved. Or met my fiance.”. Broadway hit Shrek The Musical opens at the Sydney Lyric Theatre in early January, followed by a season at Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne. The diversity of his talent means he is in-demand both at home and overseas. He studied at the conservatorium under Christopher Allan from 1999 until 2001, having been awarded the Florence Austral Scholarship for Voice. This web site is not endorsed by, directly affiliated with, maintained, authorized, or But after a little while I picked up my game and got into Jersey Boys.

So I thought maybe I should use it.”. Please note: All comments made or shown here are bound by the Mingay plays a US marine alongside Wes Carr and Tom Oliver.

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Throw in a donkey who won't shut up, a bad guy with a short temper, a cookie with attitude, and more than a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. At the age of 22 Mingay was offered the lead role in a University of Newcastle play, Clark in Sarajevo, and he quit his well-paid job working on a Kooragang coal-loader to follow a dream. The firm also supplies, installs, and maintains business telephone systems and associated integrated communications applications; and provides billing software and consultancy services specializing in the telecommunications industry. It’s a good yarn, too. All I could do was sing.". As an aside, another talent of Mingay’s is rebuilding cars from the engine up. I bought one ticket.  “One lonely ticket.  “People at the tables next to me were buying lots of tickets for this ring, and I told everyone I’ll just get one because I’m gonna win it.

Former Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director at Daisy Corporate Services Trading Ltd. Former Partner at Smith Square Partners LLP. “A lot of people find that part of me bizarre, because if you’d hung around me in Newy when I was just doing my thing, you would never in a million years think that I’d be on stage with jazz hands singing in a musical [laughs].”. Luckily, there's one on hand - and his name is Shrek. He studied at the conservatorium under Christopher Allan from 1999 until 2001, having been awarded the Florence Austral Scholarship for Voice. The lovebirds have yet to set a date but Mingay predicts it will be early next year. All Rights Reserved.

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