Darren Coggan

DarrenDarren’s professional career kicked off in 1999 when he was cast as “Richie Cunningham” in the World Premiere Arena Mega Musical “Happy Days” presented by Dainty Consolidated Entertainment, which toured Australia extensively.

In January 2001 Darren was awarded his first Golden Guitar at the Toyota Country Music Awards of Australia. This same year Darren hosted Foxtel’s top rating television show “Out & About – The Great Aussie Pub Tour” and made a guest appearance on the award winning Channel 7 drama “All Saints”.

Darren was cast to play the dual role of “Teen Angel” and “Vince Fontaine” in “Grease – The Mega Musical” presented by SEL & Gordon Frost Organisation, which toured Australia in the “Big Top” throughout 2001-2002.

Darren followed this up with the national “Big Top” tour of “Shout – the musical of the Wild One”, presented by Jacobsen Entertainment in which he played several roles including ‘Col Joye’.

In recognition of his outstanding achievements, Darren was awarded the ‘Centenary Medal’ – ‘For Services to Australian Society’ in 2003. This same year, he released his second album, “Balancing Act”, for which he was awarded ‘Australian Independent Male Vocalist of the Year’.

He made another two guest appearances on the award winning Channel 7 drama, “All Saints” in 2004/05 and understudied John Farnham as Teen Angel in “Grease – The Arena Spectacular”, presented by SEL & GFO.

2008 saw Darren release his fourth album, ‘WAR STORIES’ – a moving salute to the ANZACS for which he was awarded his second Golden Guitar. This year also saw him play the lead role in the world premiere production of John Williamson’s musical Quambatook.

Darren kicked off 2010 by performing to a sell out concert hall at The Sydney Opera House in his highly acclaimed production “PEACE TRAIN – THE CAT STEVENS STORY”. “Peace Train”, then continued to play every major venue in Australia on a national tour.

Darren is currently enjoying his experiences as a presenter on ‘Sydney Weekender’ for network 7.

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