From stage to screen and back to stage, Don Quixote lives anew, lovingly and lavishly refreshed in this highly theatrical, wonderfully entertaining production. As The Australian Ballet celebrates their 60th anniversary year, the […]
I have appeared in about 40 productions over the past forty 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, then went on to direct Hot Mikado and the Australian premiere of 13. I have since gone on to direct/choreograph The Music Man Jr and Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr.
At my next school, I was Head of Productions, overseeing up to a dozen productions each year and directing another seven musicals, including The Music Man, Brigadoon and How To Succeed in Business Without really Trying.
I reviewed 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 was on the Board of The Opera Studio Melbourne.
I am a keen audience member, having seen 58 shows in six weeks in a 2012 trip to New York, as well as 57 shows during 6 weeks in London/Europe earlier the same year.
I hope you enjoy reading the news and reviews at Man in Chair. I would love to hear your thoughts on the shows covered here so please feel free to leave your comments.
& Juliet review [Melbourne]
A breathless, rollicking rush of a feel good musical comedy, & Juliet makes its Australian premiere in killer form, with a peak Australian cast of fantabulous powerhouse artists.
The Mousetrap review [Melbourne 2023]
Spiffingly produced and splendidly acted, Agatha Christie’s evergreen whodunit The Mousetrap keeps audiences ever in its thrall.
Opera Australia: Michael Fabiano in Concert [Melbourne]
In his first ever Melbourne appearance, globetrotting tenor superstar Michael Fabiano treated local opera lovers to a riveting recital, presenting a thoughtfully curated blend of passionate songs and arias. In the absence […]
tick, tick…BOOM! review [Melbourne 2023]
One for the fans, tick, tick…BOOM! is given a simple yet creative production that deservedly honours the spirit and talent of Broadway composer Jonathan Larson.
Mary Poppins review [Melbourne 2023]
Thoroughly disproving the law of diminishing returns, Mary Poppins soars again as the current Australian revival tour brings everyone’s favourite nanny back to her spiritual home at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne.
The Australian Ballet School: Summer Season with Butterfly 2022 review
Having endured three years of various levels of frustrating interruptions, The Australian Ballet School emerges from their cocoon to present a generous, varied program centred upon their charming full-length ballet, Butterfly.
Friends the Musical Parody review [Melbourne]
Classic ‘90s sitcom Friends is lovingly and oh-so-knowingly revived in bumper nostalgia trip, Friends the Musical Parody.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat review [Melbourne 2022]
Streamlined and stripped of sophistication, sentimental favourite Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat rests upon the proven attraction of its sunny, clap-a-long familiarity.
A Christmas Carol review [Melbourne 2022]
Artfully produced and lovingly performed, the Old Vic production of A Christmas Carol is seasonal family entertainment at its finest.