The Shirt, the song and vocalities: The Boy[s] From Oz

Liz Giuffre, Diane Hughes

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This article discusses the vocal delivery of three Australian performers, Peter Allen, Todd McKenney and Hugh Jackman, in their respective recorded performances of "I Still Call Australia Home". The first relates to the original version written and performed by Allen in 1980, the second is performed by McKenney in 1998 for the original Australian production of The Boy From Oz, and the third is performed by Jackman in 2003 as part of the cast of the Broadway production of The Boy From Oz. Comprehensive analysis utilizing phonemic transcriptions and elements of vocality (individual, representational and assumed) identifies that each case study expresses characterisation (or aspects of it) in different ways. This has implications for musical theatre performers and pedagogy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-29
Number of pages9
JournalAustralian Voice
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Vocality
  • Phonemic transcription
  • Singing
  • Music theatre
  • National representation


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