Australian TV royalty Patti Newton has candidly shared how her late husband Bert continues to be influencing her decades-long profession.
The 78-year-old, who stars within the musical Mary Poppins, spoke completely to Oliver Peterson on Perth’s 6PR in regards to the bittersweet feeling of returning to the stage with out her beloved Bert.
“I really like quite a lot of musical theatre and Bert’s achieved some fabulous reveals, he and I did a pair collectively and musical theatre is one thing that will get in your blood,” she informed 6PR’s Perth Live with Oliver Peterson.
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“After I was provided this function, it wasn’t lengthy after Bert handed and I used to be very misplaced and did not fairly know what I used to be going to do.”
“Then this got here and I assumed to myself, ‘I believe Bert despatched this to me’ as a result of it is come straight from heaven, it is a lovely function.”
In August, Patti was offered with a Stroll of Fame star at Adelaide Competition Centre – a transfer that was fairly poignant for the grandmother-of-six.
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Bert himself earned the identical accolade in 2001 and Patti informed Oliver it meant they’d “all the time be collectively”.
“I used to be completely thrilled, it was most likely for me going to Vietnam a few years in the past within the ’60s entertaining the troops – and doubtless the truth that I am Mrs Bert Newton,” she mentioned.
“Now I believe it does not matter what occurs, now we’ll all the time be collectively on that Stroll of Fame and we have each acquired a star there.
“I used to be actually thrilled about that, I assumed that was very, very shifting for me.”
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Patti says her function in Mary Poppins has additionally made her really feel nearer to her late husband in additional methods than one.
Bert was an acclaimed stage actor in his personal proper and Patti is now working with a solid member who shared her personal particular second with the TV icon.
“I do know now why Bert liked theatre. Since he handed, I’ve heard so many great tales about issues that he did for individuals,” Patti mused.
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“He was doing a present known as The Producers and one of many women that is in Mary Poppins now, Lisa, mentioned she was going off to America and she or he was going to see if she might see The Producers in America earlier than she got here house.
“And the following day there have been two tickets on her dressing desk, by Bert, entrance row costume circle.”
The singer and actress mentioned she “loves listening to these tales” since Bert’s passing in October 2021.
Patti performs the ‘fowl girl’ within the Mary Poppins stage musical, which is now coming to Perth after a run in Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Hearken to extra on 6PR here.