Spud Murphy

Artistic Advisor

Spud Murphy began his musical training in the country town of Lithgow at the age of 6 under the tuition of the Sisters of Saint Joseph. He moved to Sydney in 1969 to continue his tuition at the Conservatorium of Music.

After his training, Spud began writing arrangements for local artists and soon found himself working with international legends as diverse as Marlene Dietrich and Slim Whitman. He entered the music theatre world in the 1970’s as assistant musical director of “Godspell”. He moved to London’s West End to work in various productions and returned to Australia in the 1980’s as assistant musical director of “Evita”.

He later joined Channel 10 as a musical director then moved to the Nine Network as musical director of “In Sydney Today” with Ernie Sigley and Denise Drysdale as well as “Starstruck.”

Spud returned to theatre as musical director of Reg Livermore’s “Firing Squad” and later as co-composer of Reg’s production of “Big Sister”. In 2005, Spud had the great pleasure to work on “Dusty, The Original Pop Diva” as musical director and arranger, and subsequently received the Helpmann Award for Best Musical Direction. He received his second Helpmann Award nomination for “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”.

“Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” has become the most successful Australian Music Theatre export, playing on the West End in London, on Broadway in New York, Canada and Brazil and is touring the UK and the USA and Sweden in August in 2013.

Spud has received a “Mo” award and an award from Rotary for his contributions to the Australian music industry. He is an avid supporter of the future of the Australian music industry and has recently dedicated his time to nurturing new talent. He is an artistic director of CaSPA (Catholic Schools Performing Arts) and also lectures at The Australian Institute of Music (AIM).