Darren COGGAN (2001)
1996 - Star Maker winner.
In 1998, Darren was named "Young
Citizen of the Year" in his beloved hometown of Wagga Wagga.
1999 saw Darren cast as
"Richie Cunningham" in the World Premiere Arena Mega Musical
"Happy Days" presented by Dainty Consolidated Entertainment,
In January 2001 Golden Guitar
for Vocal Collaboration (with Beccy Cole, Felicity Urquhart and
Adam Harvey) with Do I Ever Cross Your Mind”. 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".
into the Hands of Fame.
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
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.
In 2007 Darren performed the
lead role of Cat Stevens to critical acclaim in the highly
successful production ‘Moonshadows’ of which he co-created
together with Peter Cox.
2008 saw Darren release his
fourth album, ‘WAR STORIES’ – a moving salute to the ANZACS for
which he was awarded his second Golden Guitar. He played the
lead role in the world premiere production of John Williamson’s
musical Quambatook and is currently starring in his new
production "PEACE TRAIN – THE CAT STEVENS STORY".
2009 – Golden Guitar for
Heritage Song of the year with “Too Dark For The Light Horse”.
Performed to a sell out concert hall at The Sydney Opera House
in his highly acclaimed production “Peace Train – The Cat
Stevens Story”. Peace Train continued to inspire, playing to
standing ovations and critical acclaim as it lapped the country
throughout 2012, 2013 & 2014, playing every major theatre in
2015 saw a very special
Valentines Day performance at the State Theatre in Sydney and in
2015 Darren will take Peace Train ‘across the ditch’ to
Auckland, New Zealand, for the first time.Darren will continue
his close association with The Sydney Opera House as he presents
‘Country Kids’ for the highly successful Babies Proms series for
Christine Dunstan Productions.