Bev Kennedy is generally regarded as one of Australia’s leading musical directors and accompanists, having worked on over 30 professional productions. Shows she has worked on include Billy Elliot, Mamma Mia! The Producers, We Will Rock You, The Lion King, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Chicago, Wicked, and the concert version of Sunset Boulevard with Judi Connelli. She was assistant Musical Director for Simon Gallaher’s Pirates of Penzance, which is the highest selling recording of a musical in Australian history and also won an Aria award for best soundtrack. Most recently, Bev has been working on the shows Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, School of Rock, Evita, Muriel’s Wedding, Jersey Boys, and was Musical Director on the touring version of Ave Q and the Australian premiere of Heathers. She was also nominated for a Green Room Award for her work as Musical Director on Gutenberg the Musical.
Bev has also worked for Cove musical theatre agents booking musicians and entertainers at the Regent Hotel during the Olympics when it was the official SOCOG Hotel and host to several international dignitaries and royal families. She has worked as Musical Director for two years on Short Sweet and Song, and for several Mardi Gras Hats Off concerts, including the 2008 Hats Off -Meets the Stars Come Out 30th year Anniversary Concert. She has also worked as Musical Director for the last four years on Light the Night charity concert raising money for leukemia research.
In 2008, Bev was the official pianist at the World Youth Day Papal Welcome which was televised worldwide and the year before played at Kerry Packer’s Memorial which was also broadcast live around the World. In 2011, Bev was Musical Director for the Luminale Festival at the Sydney Opera House under the direction of Paul Capsis.
In the past, Bev has accompanied international artists such as Joan Rivers and Grammy award winners Liz Callaway, Jose Carreras, Basement Jaxx and Sir Byrn Terfel, and continues to play for award winning artists such as Trevor Ashley, Tina Arena and Anthony Warlow. She is also a consultant and adjudicator for the Sydney Eisteddfod and a teacher at the Actor’s Centre and the Talent Development Program. Bev is also currently the talent co-ordinator for Sydney’s premiere Cabaret venue Claire’s Kitchen.