With its warm vocal harmonies and effervescent stage persona, Australian trio, Combo Fiasco has been embraced by the New York cabaret scene. The first non-American act to open the New York Cabaret Convention, Combo Fiasco was nominated for a MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabaret) award as "best vocal group in New York" in 1999. Formed in 1991, Combo Fiasco represents the joint efforts of three vocalists who met as cast members of Phantom Of The Opera. A veteran opera singer, Shaun Murphy had previously appeared in productions of The Magic Flute, Rigoletto and Falstaff. Having studied voice in London and Stuttgart, Murphy holds degrees in drama and education from James Cook University. Vocalist/pianist Tony McGill has been music director and accompanist for Marina Prior, Hugh Jackman, Nancye Hayes, Rob Guest, Rhonda Burchmore, Peter Cousens, Toni Lamond and Jane Rutter and assistant conductor for many theatrical productions including The Phantom Opera, Sunset Boulevard and Anything Goes. Originally from Bisbane, he worked with the Queensland Theater Company before moving to Melbourne in 1989. Graduating from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, with a bachelors degree in music education and an Associate's degree in music (AMEB), McGill received a licentiate diploma from the Royal Academy of Music in London. Performing for the first time in the United States in 1998, Combo Fiasco found a highly appreciative audience. Initially booked for three shows, they were so successful that their stay was extended for the entire season. Although they've made New York a second home, returning often to perform at such nightspots as the Eighty-eight Club, the trio have been equally successful in their homeland. They collaborated with the Queensland Ballet Company at the Brisbane Festival in 2000. They recorded a live album, Live At The Adelaide Cabaret Festival, the following year.
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