Sound Of Music: Mention on BBC3 Counties radio, 2012. Interview with Kim Taylforth: "I have to say that Wendy (...) the song for me in the Sound Of Music is Climb Every Mountain, I just love that and she nailed it, not once but twice."-David Prever. BBC3 counties radio. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnJWjUBHvmc
Pirates of Penzance-Stage Whispers-Parramatta Riverside Theatres-Neil Litchfield, April, 1991: Denys Gillespie and Wendy Purdy as Frederic and Mabel not only sang particularly well but invested their roles with life and character of performance essential to them. Wendy combined a fine soprano voice with character acting skills to give us a less naive Mabel than we often see.
Chicago: The Public Reviews-Nick Hutchinson-Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, 18/02/2010: The Matron is such a controlling character in the story line and Wendy Lee Purdy brought that home with ribbons on – soft and maternal, yet seeking her own fortune and notoriety too. Purdy has had operatic training and experience and this showed in the way she filled the stage with her voice so much more than the others.
But for me the two outstanding performances that so held the stage and filled the space with sound and character every time they had lines or stage time were Wendy-Lee Purdy as Matron 'Mama' Morton and Adam Stafford (...) They just seemed to bring a perfect sound and time and effect into what they were saying and singing.
Chicago: Wakefield Express-Lindsay Pantry. I loved scenes with Wendy Lee Purdy's Mama Morton, who was very funny and so good they should have added a few more numbers just to show off her voice.
Chicago-The Hawth Theatre, Crawley, Oliver Cownden, 28/10,2009: The rousing and vocal strength of Wendy-Lee Purdy as Mama Morton was evident when she sang When You're Good To Mama.
Chicago-The British Theatre Guide-Andrew Edwards, 2009: Wendy-Lee Purdy made a feisty corrupt Matron Mama Morton with one of the most powerful singing voices on the stage.
Chicago-The Sentinel-Regent Theatre, Hanley, 05/05/2009: Wendy-Lee Purdy's performance as Matron 'Mama' Morton was powerful and convincing.
Chicago-Nottingham Evening Post, Royal Concert Hall-Nottingham-Andy Smart, 14/07/2009: Then there is the Queen of the Clink, Matron Mama Morton, or Wendy-Lee Purdy to her friends. What a voice..
Chicago-Guardian-Sheffield's Lyceum-Jen Foster, 02/10/2009: Matron 'Mama' Morton (Wendy-Lee Purdy) must be a great role to play and she's definitely got the powerful voice that's necessary.
Chicago-Pioneer-Venue Cymru-Anna Glover, 05/08/2009: Wendy-Lee Purdy gave a fantastic performance of Matron Mama Morton.
Chicago-What's On Wales-Venue Cymru-Frank Sheehan, 21/08/2009: Wendy-Lee Purdy was a perfect 'Mama'.
Chicago-The Brighton Magazine-Howard Young, 17/12/2009: Twinnie-Lee Moore as Velma Kelly and Wendy-Lee Purdy as Matron are also fine performers. Their rendition of the wonderful 'Class' was one of my favourite moments of the night.
Chicago-Daily Echo-Neal Butterworth, Southampton Mayflower, 19/02/2010: Wendy-Lee Purdy made the most of her showcase songs as Mama Morten.
Chicago-Sunderland Empire-Leah Strug, 2009: Wendy-Lee Purdy had the perfect amount of sass as Mama Morton.
Chicago-Liverpool Empire Theatre-Ben Schofield-2009: The supporting cast were superb throughout. Wendy-Lee Purdy's jailhouse mother hen, Matron, and Adam Stafford (...) delivered comedy and personality with both barrels.
Chicago-Theatre Wales-Venue Cymru-Victor Hallett, 19/08/2009: Twinnie-Lee Moore and Wendy-Lee Purdy as Mama Morton are also terrific and deliver one of my favourite songs, 'Class', with real-well yes-class.
Chicago-Weekend, The Oxford Times-Milton Keynes Theatre-Christopher Gray, 27/01/2010: It was good to savour again, too, the work of Adam Stafford (...) and Wendy-Lee Purdy as Matron 'Mama' Morton, tough-nuts Mrs Fixit (though I'm sure she'd prefer Ms) of Chicago's correctional institution for miscreant females.
Chicago-British Theatre Guide, The Hawth, Crawley-Sheila Connor, 13/10/2009: (...) followed by a quietly reflective song regretting the loss of 'Class' between Velma and a golden voiced Wendy-Lee Purdy as Matron 'Mama' Morton.
Chicago-Hunts Post-Cambridge Corn Exchange-Angela Singer, 05/12/2012: The duets: (...) and Class sung by Genevieve Nicole and Wendy-Lee Purdy as Mama Morton are sublime.
Chicago-Theatreworld Internet Magazine, Theatre Royal Norwich, Robert Wright, 2009: Trying to keep the girls in order at the Cook County Jail was Matron 'Mama' Morton who always tagged a financial price to her efforts. Wendy-Lee Purdy excelled in this role and you were left in no doubt she was not a person to meddle with.
Chicago-Oxford Times-New Theatre, Oxford-Giles Woodforde, 29/04/2009: To the number When You're Good To Mama, enter prison matron Morton (a splendidly robust performance from Wendy-Lee Purdy). A $50 backhander will enable matron to lift the phone to Flynn's office. Extortionate enough, but the real money comes later: his fee is $5,000.
Chicago-Ilkeston Advertiser-Nottingham Royal Concert Hall-John Shawcroft, 23/07/2009: Dashes of extra style are provided by Adam Stafford (...) and Wendy-Lee Purdy (Mama Morton).
Chicago-thisismyplymouth.co.uk, 11/08/2009: While Adam Stafford scores a hit (...) as does Wendy-Lee Purdy as butch Matron Mama Morton.
Chicago-Theatreworld Internet Magazine-Bristol Hippodrome-Richard Jones, 25/07/2009: Wendy-Lee Purdy's "Mama' Morton, friend to all her gaol-bird charges, for a price, stamped her authority on the part particularly her signature song "When You're Good To Mama'.
Chicago-Eastern Daily Press-Theatre Royal Norwich-Caroline Culot, 01/12/2009: I never get tired of it (Chicago) (...) also the sweet, lyrical duet Class by Velma and Matron.
Chicago-MK Reviews, Milton Keynes Theatre-Lily Barr, 25/01/2010: I could go on and on with the cast members s they all deserve a mention-so fantastic were their performances. Watch out for Adam Stafford (...) Wendy-Lee Purdy as Mama Morton.
Chicago-The Star-The Sheffield Lyceum-Julia Armstrong, 29/09/2009: Wendy-Lee Purdy, playing prison matron 'Mama' Morton, and Adam Stafford (...) also give the principals a run for their money.
Chicago-What's On Southwest-Theatre Royal Plymouth-Bill Stone, 11/08/2009: Adam Stafford scores a personal hit as does Wendy-Lee Purdy as butch Matron Mama Morton.
Chicago-Metrolife-King's Theatre, Glasgow-Damon Smith, 05/10/2009 (...) stint in the Cook County jail which is run with an iron fist and generous bosom by Matron 'Mama' Morton (Wendy-Lee Purdy). The governor operates a cash-for-favours system, explained in her big number When You're Good To Mama.
Chicago-South Wales Argus-Wales Millennium Centre-Nigel Jarrett, 20/01/2010 (...) for this show needs to turn the heat down. Helping in that department are Wendy-Lee Purdy as Mama Morton and GE Weaver.
Chicago-The Northern Echo-Sunderland Empire-Viv Hardwick, 01/04/2009: The other central roles (...) is the prison's back-handing Matron 'Mama' Morton are nicely fleshed out by Adam Stafford and Wendy-Lee Purdy respectively, even if they do tend to sing within their comfort zone.
Chicago-Keighley News-High Wycombe Grand Theatre-John Pettitt, 26/11/2009: Gary Wilmot was a benign referee and Wendy-Lee Purdy was a practised matron.
Chicago-Venue Cymru-2009: Roxie employs Flynn (...) with the help of Matron 'Mama' Morton, Wend-Lee Purdy.
Chicago-Trieste Theatre-Press-ilRosett, 19/02/2009: But the entire cast is exceptional stature (...) and Wendy-Lee Purdy (Mama Morten).
Chicago-VocalEyes for sight impaired-Royal Centre Nottingham, July, 2009: Describe me as: the Matron of the prison is a short and solidly built buxom woman in middle age. Her dyed Blonde hair is piled in a high bun above a square shaped face. Her watchful eyes are highlighted in blue, her lips and nails are red. Mama wears a double breasted jacket black trouser suit with a black top underneath showing a little cleavage. She moves always at her own pace and in her own time.
Fiddler on the Roof-Grand Theatre, Blackpool-Martin Townsend, 2008: Among excellent supporting cast (...) Wendy-Lee Purdy as matchmaker Yente are outstanding.
Fiddler on the Roof-Newspaper Article-Nottingham's Theatre Royal, 2008: Fiddler on the Roof is blessed with a gloriously rousing score, bound by a moving storyline, heartwarming humour and colourful characters (...) along with the match-maker Wendy-Lee Purdy.
Fiddler on the Roof-YourKentTV.co.uk-Orchard theatre, Dartford-Gary Wright, 12/04/2008: But the rest of the cast too were excellent. Carrie Ellis (...) and Wendy-Lee Purdy as the village's matchmaker, responsible for finding husbands for your women, deserve special mention.
Fiddler on the Roof-Milton Keynes Theatre-Sue Marks, 08/07/2008: Yente the Matchmaker was played convincingly by Wendy-Lee Purdy.
Fiddler on the Roof-Sunday Journal-Derry-Eileen Walsh, 18/05/2008: The busybody matchmaker, played beautifully by Wendy-Lee Purdy is naturally delighted (...).
Fiddler on the Roof-mcgannbrothers.org.uk-Michelle,2008: There are no weaknesses in the cast and they performed perfectly together, but special mention has to be given I feel to Carrie Ellis (...) and Wendy-Lee Purdy (the Matchmaker).
Aspects of Love: Interview with Stage Whispers magazine:
Aspects of Love: Podcast interview with the Hayes Theatre:
Aspects of Love: ArtsHub-Judith Greenaway 30/11/2018
There is vital depth brought to the show in the marvellous, subtle work of Wendy-Lee Purdy.
Aspects of Love: SydneyArtsGuide 30/11/2018 by David Kary.
Wendy-Lee Purdy is good as George's erstwhile housekeeper, Elizabeth.
Aspects of Love: Arts Review: 07/12/2018 by Rohan Shearn.
With special mention to Ava Carmont, David Hooley, Wendy-Lee Purdy and Matthew Manahan who shine in supportive roles. Intelligent mise-en-scene complemented by a series of stunning performances makes this an outstanding production.
Aspects of Love: Limelight Magazine: by Angus McPherson on 29/22/2018
David Hooley, Wendy-Lee Purdy and Matthew Manahan are all confident in supporting roles and the ensemble acquits themselves well, particularly in the lively Hand me the Wine and the Dice.
Sleeping Beauty-Malvern Gazette, Malvern Theatres-Richard Edmonds, 19/12/2010: Toyah is the bad fairy but she looked and sounded pretty good in her duet with the also impressive Good Fairy (Wendy-Lee Purdy) as good, as panto decrees, eventually won the fight over evil.
Sleeping Beauty-Malvern Theatres-Ruth Cobban, 17/09/2010: Australian actress Wendy-Lee Purdy will join the cast to play the Good Fairy in her first UK pantomime, she said: "This is such an exciting time for me, I'm really fascinated by all the age-old panto traditions and I love Malvern - it's beautiful, so I'm really looking forward to spending Christmas here."
Sleeping Beauty-malverngazette, also: Worcester News-Malvern Theatres, 15/09/2010
Toyah's opposite number, The Good Fairy, is played by Australian singer and dancer Wendy-Lee Purdy.
"It's my first time in Panto and I'm looking forward to it,'" she said. She is particularly pleased that she gets to dress up. "In the last few years I've played a lot of peasants. A fairy dress is a nice change, " she said.
Sleeping Beauty-The Stage-Malvern Theatres-21/12/2010: Wilcox in sequins and green spot comes down on a wire to battle it out with her rival the Good Fairy (Wendy-Lee Purdy in pink). These time-honoured confrontations are well staged and clearly delight an audience willing to be entertained.
Sleeping Beauty-thebestofworcester-Malvern Theatres-Teresa G, 23/12/2010: Toyal Wilcox and Wendy-Lee Purdy traded insults as the Bad and Good Fairies respectively.
Sleeping Beauty-Redditch Advertiser-Malvern Theatres-AJW, 19/12/2010: Toya is the Bad Fairy, but she looked and sounded pretty good in her duel with the also impressive Good Fairy (Wendy-Lee Purdy) as good, as panto decrees, eventually won the fight over evil. There's plenty of aerial activity for both fairies.
Sleeping Beauty-Worcerster News, Malvern Theatres-Lauren Rogers, 13/12/2010: Oxfam's charity Christmas range-Ms Wilcox (...) and stage star Wendy Purdy were all on hand to unveil the festive range.
The Advertiser-25/04/9. By Samela Harris
Phantom of the Opera: Understudy Wendy-Lee Purdy stepped into the strident opera-singer role of Carlotta for opening night-and, had it not been for an announcement of this fact, on one would have been the wiser.
Entertainment Pulse-Theatre 25/04/97.
The Phantom of the Opera-Festival Hall-Adelaide until July 26. Reviewed. by Matt Byrne.
Full credit to understudy Wendy-Lee Purdy for her volcanic performance as the theatre prima donna Carlotta.
Stage Whispers. April 1991 by Neil Litchfield. Pirates of Penzance.
Denys Gillespie and Wendy Purdy as Frederic and Mabel not only sang particularly well, but invested the roles with their life and character of performance essential to them. Wendy combined a fine soprano voice and character acting skills to give us a less naïve Mabel than we often see, while as Frederic, Denys gave a performance or charm and boyish enthusiasm.
Entertainment This Week-Sydney 1989-Cabaret Life is a cabaret.
Wendy Purdy takes on the role as cabaret singer, Sally Bowles-the role made famous by Liza Minnelli.
Bad, bawdy Berlin.
Talented Wendy Purdy, who plays the night bird Sally Bowles, adds spice to the show with her own cheeky charm.
Manly Daily October 6, 1989 Paint Your Wagon. Musical on gold rush.
Senior school mistress at Cranbrook , Wendy Purdy, of Artarmon, will star in this Californian gold rush story.
Manly Daily, 24/11/1989 Paint Your Wagon. Reviewer: Werner Baer Society’s wagon show is full of zest.
Talented performer Wendy Purdy as Rumson’s daughter has a good voice, fine dancing and strong acting skills.
Mosman Daily: 12/10/89 Paint Your Wagon Musical of gold from the grave. Rip-roaring era returns to the stage.
Wendy Purdy, who has been accepted into the chorus of Chess, to be seen by Sydney audiences in 1990, plays Jennifer Rumson in Paint your Wagon.
Winning move by a game player: Company Winning move by a game player.
Wendy Purdy, who is about to star in the North Shore Lyric Company’s production of Company, has also been given a part in the chorus of Chess.
Timeout Enthusiasm produces a remarkable stage result. Company
…and particularly clever Wendy Purdy, stands out in a strong line of talent.
Arts Mack and Mabel Reviewer: Carol Payne Silent Days of Mack Sennett
Wendy Purdy as Lottie is impressive all round for her acting, singing and movement.
Arts Paint Your Wagon-1989. Reviewer Paul Pottinger-Short Takes.
Artarmon singer Wendy Purdy stars as Jennifer Rumson in her last role for the society before she turns to professional theatre. Purdy has won a role in the Tim Rice musical, Chess, which opens in Sydney in the New Year.
Purdy, who studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under Isadore Goodman, is the senior school music mistress as Cranbrook School. She has been involved in a number of school musicals and the 2SM Rock Eisteddfod.
Wendy Purdy packs her wagon for Chess move. Manly Daily. November, 1989
For Artarmon resident Wendy Purdy, her part in Willoughby Musical Society’s production of Paint Your Wagon will be her last amateur role. In February, she makes her professional debut in Sydney in the Tim Rice musical, Chess.
Paint Your Wagon opens at the Baily Hall, Chatswood, on November 2, with Wendy in the role of Jennifer Rumson.
Wendy said she had wanted to be on the stage from as far back as can be remembered. She started piano lessons when she was seven and went on to gain a Bachelor of Music Education at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the tutelage of Isadore Goodman. She studied singing under Elaine Blighton and can play eight musical instruments. While at the Con, Wendy choreographed school musical productions as well as the 2SM Rock Eisteddofd. From there she went into opera and worked with the North Shore Opera Company in Merry Wives of Windsor, The Barber of Seville and the Marriage of Figaro. Not content with only being a singer, however, Wendy went to acting school and completed three years of acting and dance, including classical, modern and tap.
Today, in addition to her theatre work, she manages to fit in a full-time job as a senior school mistress at the Cranbrook School, which also involves her in swimming and athletics. But she will be leaving her job when she becomes a professional performer.
Timeout. November, 1989. Wendy’s move is in Chess.
Northside actress Wendy Purdy is leaving the ranks of amateur theatrical fraternity after one last show with Willoughby Musical Society. Wendy, of Artarmon, has scored a part in the Tim Rice musical extravaganza, Chess, which opens in Australia in February. In the meantime she will tackle the role of Jennifer Rumson in paint Your Wagon for the amateur group. From a very early age Wendy decided she wanted to tread the boards.
She sings, plays eight instruments, has a degree in music education from the Sydney Conservatorium and has completed an acting course. Wendy, who has performed regularly with the North Shore Opera Company, will teach music at Cranbrook School until Chess starts next year. Paint Your Wagon, which will mark the beginning of an exciting new eara fro Wendy, starts on Tuesday at the Bailey Hall, Civic Theatre, Chatswood.
In the Know. November, 1989. Chess move is a win for Wendy.
GO-GETTER theatrical talent Wendy Purdy can now give the thumbs down to those who quipped: ‘Don’t give up your day job.” The energetic amateur singer-actress has moved into the big time with a part in the musical Chess-her first professional role. Wendy has spent years preparing for her big break. She’s worked hard at music, dance and acting classes while appearing in the lead musical comedy roles with the amateur North Shore Lyric Theatre Company. The Conservatorium of Music graduate holds down a ‘proper’ job as music teacher at Cranbrook School and still finds time to coach swimming and athletics and tutor music part-time!
Now she’s set for more hard yakka with the Chess rehearsals thrown into her already hectic schedule. But first she’ll wrap up another show for the Lyric-a production of Sondheim’s play Company, which opens at the North Shore Theatre this week. “This new role in Chess means I’m in for a lot more hard work but I’m used to working long and hard,” Wendy said. "I’m very excited at the chance to work professionally and I’m going to celebrate with friends and champagne-when I find the time.”
Wooloomooloo Review-December, 1999-Oustanding success at Plunkett St. School: Performing Arts Teacher, Miss Wendy-Lee Purdy, formed a school choir which recently performed at The Opera House as part of the Combined Primary School Choir. Miss Purdy also continued the success of the Plunkett Street Dance Group, extending their skills in include song and dance routines. The students received huge applause when they performed at the Bondi District Schools Showcase Concert at South Sydney Junior Leagues Club and also at Bondi Junction Westfield Plaza as part of the school’s Education Week celebrations.
THEBIGACT-Bristol, 2015: Visiting Faculty-Wendy-Lee Purdy (Wicked, Chicago, Mamma Mia!, Oliver!)