Show business is in Wayne Scott Kermond's blood. Being "born in a trunk" he is the fourth generation performer of the Kermond family. As a young child he learnt to tread the boards while travelling and performing alongside his parents throughout Australia and America. His family tradition has enabled him to acquire distinguishing skills, such as singing, dancing, tap-dancing, acrobatics and slapstick comedy.
At the age of eleven Wayne was introduced to Musical Theatre when Betty Pounder cast him as a Tap dancing sailor in Gypsy at Sydney's Her Majesty's Theatre with Gloria Dawn and Toni Lamond.
Wayne then kick started his career by co-starring in the musical Barnum – playing the part of the smallest man in the world, Tom Thumb. Wayne's early Musical Theatre credits also include Westside Story playing the role of Baby John, the Sydney Theatre Company's Jonah Jones, Guys & Dolls, HMS Pinafore and the Sydney production of Seven Little Australians.
Featured Musical Theatre roles include the much loved Mike 'I Can Do That' in A Chorus Line, Arab in the later IMG production of Westside Story, the Australian production of Chicago, the Melbourne Theatre Company's Production of Urinetown playing the role of Hot Blades Harry for the Sydney Theatre Company. He also won acclaim for his starring roles as Buttons and Wishy-Washy in the pantomimes Cinderella and Aladdin co-starring along side Bert Newton, Nancy Hayes and Garry McDonald at the State Theatre in Sydney.
Wayne is most loved for his starring role as Cosmo Brown in the Australian and Asian tour of Singin' in the Rain. He received standing ovations for his show stopping number – where he ran up the wall in - Make 'em Laugh. Wayne also played the role of Benny Southstreet for the Melbourne and Sydney seasons of the Donmar Theatre production of Guys & Dolls. Wayne has appeared in the Award winning Cabaret Smoke & Mirrors - playing the Tap Dancing Vaudevillian - at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Sydney Festival, Melbourne Festival and the Auckland Festival. He recently debuted for The Production Company's "Anything Goes" playing the role of Moonface Martin at the Arts Centre Melb, for which he received a Green Room nomination. He later took on the challenge to play the loveable rogue "Fagin" in the Sydney season of the Packermin's Production of "Oliver". Wayne most recently starred as Max Bailystock in "The Producers" for the Production Company, For which he has received a Green Room Award and Helpmann Award nomination, and won the Green Room Award for, "Lead Actor in a Musical" 2013.
Wayne and his wife Katie, conceived and produced, the all Australian Contemporary Musical Comedy, Jive Junkys. Which he also stared in. After receiving funding through Playing Australia and touring extensively, the show was invited to appear at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it received a coveted 'Pick of the Fringe' Award. Recently Wayne & Katie remounted a new production of Jive Junkys, now called Underdogs at the Glen St Theatre Sydney.
Wayne's television and feature film credits include dramatic roles in The Shiralee for the South Australian Film Corporation, Boof Marsh in the mini-series The Heroes, and the sequel Heroes 2 – The Return, which broke all ratings records as the most watched mini-series in the UK. Wayne co-starred in Kings in Grass Castles, the four-part mini-series shot on location in Australia and Ireland, playing the role of Michael Durack. Director George Miller cast Wayne as a principle motion capture performer on the Academy Award winning feature film Happy Feet, and was asked to return to play the role of Love Lace in Happy Feet 2.
Wayne's greatest joy is performing live. He has made Cabaret appearances all over the world in Venues such as, The Raffles Hotel Singapore - NYE Gala Dinner, Australian Tourism Gala Dinner - Shanghai China, the Raddison and Silver Seas Cruise Ships , Carols in the Domain, Sydney and Jupiters and Crown Casino supporting Rhonda Burchmore in her show "Fever". He also made many television appearances, including Bert Newton's GMA Network 10 and Kerrie Anne Mornings for TCN 9.
His recent Cabaret success is the new Australian Song & Dance show "Candy Man". He is credited with conceiving and starring in the highly acclaimed "Song & Dance" production, which has received standing ovations and rave reviews, such as:
"Kermond is that rare and endangered species-A Song & Dance Man-a guy who can keep you entertained all night long". The Sunday Mail.
"Kermond's comic showmanship is first class". The Sydney Morning Herald.
Wayne has also released his own CD – Sing Sing Sing.
Wayne has been nominated for 2 Helpmann Awards, 3 Green Room Awards as well as An Australian Dance Award. Wayne is a recipient of Six MO Awards and a Green Room Award.
Musical Theatre Performer of the Year – 2003 ( Singin' in the Rain)
Peter Allen Performer of the Year – 2006 (Cabaret)
Dance Performer of the Year – 2007 (Candy Man)
Musical Theatre Performer of the Year – 2008 (Guys & Dolls)
Musical Theatre Performer of the Year – 2010 (Candy Man)
Green Room Award "Lead Actor in a Musical" 2013 (The Producers)
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