The Shanghai Ballet’s highly traditional production of Swan Lake is distinguished by the exquisite use of a huge corps de ballet of angelic dancers.
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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Shining, shimmering, splendid, Aladdin transports audiences on a magic carpet ride to a whole new world of kaleidoscopic intensity.
Less is so much more as revered musical Sunday in the Park with George returns to Broadway. The staging may be partial, but the music, humour and heart are all there in […]
Highly original in style and extraordinarily exuberant in performance energy, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 is a fresh, exciting and affecting new musical.
A glossy, if rather slender, new musical, War Paint is a chance to luxuriate in the performances of a pair of Broadway’s greatest divas. Two-time Tony Award winners Patti LuPone and Christine […]
As dainty and delectable as a well-cooked soufflé, the new stage musical Amélie is a feather-light confection of pure charm.
Oompa loompa doompety doo I’ve got a Broadway puzzle for you Oompa loompa doompety dee If you are wise you’ll listen to me What do you get when you cut all […]
A surprise gem, Bandstand transcends its simple premise to deliver a compelling story with terrific music and performance energy to spare.
It’s so nice to have Mrs Dolly Levi back where she belongs, bringing infinite joy to capacity audiences on Broadway. At one time Broadway’s longest running musical, Hello, Dolly! shines again in […]
Filling the gap for New York baby boomers left by the closure of mega hit Jersey Boys, ambitious new musical A Bronx Tale has entertaining moments but struggles to overcome the unusual […]