The long awaited Great Australian Musical has finally arrived. By turns hilarious and heart-rending, Muriel’s Wedding the Musical is as meticulously crafted and brilliantly performed as the best that Broadway has to […]
I have appeared in about 40 productions over the past thirty-three years. Favourite roles include Eugene Fodor and Junior in (separate productions of) Crazy for You, Mr Fox in Mack and Mabel, Max in The Sound of Music, Freddy in My Fair Lady, Julio in Paint Your Wagon, Marcellus in The Music Man and Grantaire in Les Miserables.
I have directed several school productions. I choreographed Urinetown and Little Shop of Horrors for St Michael’s Grammar School, then went on to direct Hot Mikado and the Australian premiere of 13 for St Michael’s. I have since gone on to direct/choreograph The Music Man Jr and Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr for St Michael's.
I review music theatre and opera for Theatre People and the Sunday Herald Sun (Melbourne). I served on the Music Theatre Guild of Victoria Committee for five years as Treasurer and I am currently on the Board of The Opera Studio Melbourne.
I am a keen audience member, having seen 58 shows in six weeks in New York this year, as well as 57 shows during 6 weeks in London/Europe earlier this year.
I hope you enjoy reading the news and reviews at Simon Parris: Man in Chair. I would love to hear your thoughts on the shows covered here so please feel free to leave your comments.
Merrier than ever, The Merry Widow returns in a decadent new production.
In yet another triumph, Melbourne Opera not only presents a superb evening of bel canto opera, but also corrects a long-standing arts omission by staging the Australian premiere of Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux.
An intelligent update and a terrific cast make Brigadoon an immensely satisfying offering from The Production Company.
CLOC Musical Theatre revives seminal Broadway classic A Chorus Line in a production that neatly balances a fresh interpretation with respectfully traditional elements.
Celebrating their tenth anniversary season, local Melbourne company OSMaD serves up another pristine production. The gorgeous music of Chess is heard at its very best with a 22-piece orchestra, strong leads, large […]
Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov delivered mightily on their promise of An Evening of Opera Highlights, giving their all as they performed sterling repertoire in an unforgettable concert.
It seems that when StageArt are not too busy presenting Australian premiere musicals, celebrating diversity in casting or providing affordable high quality entertainment, they are shining the spotlight on new, original Australian […]
Explosive energy threatens to blow the roof right off the theatre as StageArt presents the Australian premiere of 2010 Best Musical Tony Award-winner, Memphis.
Acclaimed singers in their own right, Michael Ball and Alfie Boe are even better Together, a fact Melbourne fans can attest to after last night’s boffo concert at Hamer Hall.