The Australian Ballet honours and celebrates their extraordinary 50-year association with Australian living legend and national treasure Graeme Murphy in the lovingly curated new mixed program, Murphy.
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.
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Whip crack away! The Deadwood Stage has made a very special trip down from Sydney to deliver this rollicking hit production of Calamity Jane to the musical-loving theatregoers of Melbourne.
It may be the first day of autumn, but the smiles of a summer night can be enjoyed in this welcome revival of rapturously melodic musical A Little Night Music.
Transplanting a punk pop album onto a musical theatre stage proves an inspired concept as Melbourne embraces the electric energy of Green Day’s American Idiot.
Reveling in its crassness, Hand to God is as deliberate in its intent to shock as it is obvious. A very strong local cast adds to the attraction of this Australian premiere.
A musical to be cherished, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical arrives in pristine form, packed with lively singing talents who have honed their roles to theatrical perfection.
With a vocal talent that can only be described as phenomenal, Bernadette Robinson returns to the stage in tailor-made new crowd pleaser, The Show Goes On.
Just as the castaways need rescuing from an uncharted desert isle, so too do the cast and crew need rescuing from the disappointingly dull book and score of Gilligan’s Island the Musical.
The delayed opening night of Tristan and Isolde proved well worth the wait, an evening of musical splendour that will live in the hearts and minds of those lucky enough to be […]
Perfectly suited to a boutique scale production, cherished Broadway musical Falsettos shines in this in intimate, meticulously directed new staging.