DOWNUNDER: Petula Clark tours Oz
DOWNUNDER: Petula Clark tours Oz Pip

Legendary singer Petula Clark ready to entertain Australia

AT 86, legendary singing sensation Petula Clark is not ready to "sit back and grow radishes".

"Maybe one day," she joked from her London bolt-hole as she prepared to pack her bags.

Petula is about to embark on a tour of Australia - starting in Cairns on April 27, ending in Perth on May 18, and including stops in Caloundra, Rockhampton, Maryborough, Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Port Macquarie and Adelaide.

"I've got nothing against radishes but I'm not ready yet," she laughed.

Petula Clark OBE - the woman with the powerful voice who has had worldwide hits with Downtown, I Know a Place, Colour My World, Don't Sleep in the Subway and I Couldn't Live Without Your Love - is doing anything but slowing down.

She started her professional career as an entertainer on BBC Radio, making her film debut in the Maurice Elvey-directed comedy Medal For The General in 1944.

Her film credits have since included Vice Versa with Anthony Newley (directed by Peter Ustinov), The Card with Alec Guinness, and Finian's Rainbow with Fred Astaire (a role that was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress).

Over the years she has also had lead roles in major theatrical productions such as Sound Of Music, Blood Brothers and Sunset Boulevard.

Later this year she will return to the West End for the first time in 22 years as part of the brand-new Cameron McIntosh production of Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre.

"It came out of the blue," she explained at the time she was at her Geneva home and planning her tour to Australian.

"I got a call from London asking me to join the production to play the Bird Woman.

"I've never seen Mary Poppins, though of course I know the music," Petula said.

While this is her first appearance in Mary Poppins, Petula Clark is no stranger to musicals, although a one-song performance a night is a long way from her last on the West End 22 years ago. Back then she had centre stage, carrying the mammoth musical Sunset Boulevard.

But don't think this reduced workload means Petula is slowing down - the octogenarian is considering recording another album in London.

Petula Clark:

Sunday, May 5, 2019, QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane,

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