Biography and Review Highlights

Miranda Selwood completed 10 years at the Julie-Ann Lucas School of Dance before moving to Mackay to complete a Bachelor of Music Theatre at the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music.  Miranda gained skills and experience in numerous productions and endeavours while at university, the highlight of which was playing Kate in Kiss Me, Kate directed by Nancye Hayes. Following university she performed in A Swell Party, The Rocky Horror Show and Carousel in Brisbane, and travelled the world as Cruise Staff with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Returning to Brisbane she launched her own company, Mirthful Productions, directing and performing in Closer Than Ever.  More recently she has directed I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change and Avenue Q for the Brisbane Arts Theatre, where she also holds the Executive seat of Treasurer, and has appeared as Miss Adelaide in Blue Fish Theatrical’s Guys and Dolls, Eliza Doolittle in Savoyard’s My Fair Lady, Mrs Lovett in Ignatians’ Sweeney Todd and Pennywise in Underground Productions’ Urinetown. Most recently she was seen as Reno Sweeney in Savoyard’s Anything Goes. Miranda has a true appreciation for the pure joy of the Broadway Musical and a special place in her heart for 42nd Street (the movie, the musical and the place!)

ANYTHING GOES (Savoyards Musical Comedy Society – 2012)

“Stepping into the wisecracking Reno Sweeney role originally made famous by Ethel Merman, was the buxom Miranda Selwood. Her performance was a class act. She belted her numbers with true Merman brio, led the tap-dancing chorus with frenzy, and landed every laugh in the script.” Stage Whispers

AVENUE Q (Brisbane Arts Theatre—2012)

“Avenue Q is professional and accomplished with no hint of an amateur effort. It maintains a quirky, raw edge that fits with the amusingly bawdy and satirical script.” XS Entertainment

“The Brisbane Arts Theatre’s imagining of this play is stunningly good… It is possible to believe that you are watching professional theatre.” Theatre People

SWEENEY TODD (Ignatians Musical Society—2012)

“Selwood’s tour-de-force as the needy and manipulative Mrs Lovett was outstanding. Her delivery of the role’s iconic comic numbers, particularly, The Worst Pies in London, was masterful. [Her performance] was razor-sharp.”  Stage Whispers

“Miranda plays [Mrs Lovett] expertly in all her devious cunning… I praise her on her success as this utter, unredeemable villain.” Theatre People

“Rowe may have the title role but this is Miranda Selwood’s show. She is an absolute scream in [By The Sea]; hers is a fearless performance… It’s Selwood who is simply superb, as the bustling, busybody, bonny cook of The Worst Pies in London, Mrs Lovett. She is feisty, cheeky, fast, furious and vocally, absolutely glorious. She clearly relishes the role and why not? It’s a plum one and it seems she was born to play it. I’m sure Selwood must have… practiced her baking whilst practicing her singing, in order to perfect the syncopation in her songs, which are surely the most difficult of the show.”  XS Entertainment

“Rowe’s chemistry with Miranda Selwood’s Mrs Lovett is solid. A highlight was their rendition of A Little Priest, where their dark humour and sense of play make the audience laugh, even if they shouldn’t. Selwood’s comic timing is perfect—the love torn Mrs Lovett has a certain innocence with a hint of pure evil. You will need to go and see for yourself what a delight she is to watch.” Aussie Theatre

MY FAIR LADY (Savoyards Musical Comedy Society—2011)

“The plot of My Fair Lady, as we all know, centers on Eliza and fortunately in Savoyards production Miranda Selwood was more than up to the task. Acting the role with conviction and singing the songs with charm, she was very likeable, feisty, and appealing. Her “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” and “Without You” all hit the mark.” Stage Whispers

GUYS & DOLLS (Blue Fish Theatrical Productions—2011)

“Miranda Selwood as Miss Adelaide is a joy to watch. Her characterisation is charming and perfectly executed with every moment.” Aussie Theatre

“The absolute stand out and star of this show for me was Selwood. Her lovesick, shrill and excitable Adelaide was a joy to behold and she stole every scene she was in, not dropping character for a single second.” Theatre in Review

“I very much enjoyed the gem, Sue Me sung and played with spot-on gusto by Miranda Selwood (Miss Adelaide)… Ms Selwood [is a] talent to follow, I look forward to seeing [her] work in the future. [She] can belt with the best of them!” Greenroom

 

CLOSER THAN EVER (Mirthful Productions—2009)

“A small cast with a mix of colourful songs that certainly showed the talent of each cast member.” 

“It was an incredibly slick show”

“It was an engaging performance.  We especially loved Miss Byrd!”

“What an incredible show by some incredibly talented singers!”

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