What a difference the right star makes. Jason Donovan astonishes as a kookily unhinged Frank N Furter, single-handedly justifying the umpteenth return of the iconic cult-turned-mainstream hit Rocky Horror Show. Much as […]
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.
Opera Australia: Tannhäuser in Concert review
Musical quality is at a premium as Opera Australia assembles a mighty set of singers and musicians for Tannhäuser in Concert. Presented as part the 2023 Opera Australia Melbourne season week, Tannhäuser […]
Driftwood the Musical review 
Returning one year after its original season, Driftwood the Musical benefits from judicious fine-tuning to bring a finer polish to its engaging and moving human story.
The Tap Pack review [Melbourne 2023]
A heady mix of energy, creativity and charm, The Tap Pack returns for 2023 with their crowd-pleasing show lovingly buffed up to shine at its best.
Melbourne Opera: Götterdämmerung review [Bendigo 2023]
The grand culmination of this extraordinary project, the premiere of Melbourne Opera’s Götterdämmerung sees the multitude of wonderful musical and creative elements weave their final magic in this landmark Bendigo Ring Cycle.
Melbourne Opera: Siegfried review [Bendigo 2023]
The abundant musical and artistic quality impresses again as Melbourne Opera presents Siegfried, third instalment in their mighty Bendigo Ring Cycle.
Melbourne Opera: Die Walküre [Bendigo 2023]
Bountiful artistic and musical quality continues apace in the second instalment of the Melbourne Opera Bendigo Ring Cycle, as much loved opera Die Walküre takes flight.
Melbourne Opera: Das Rheingold [Bendigo 2023]
Sparkling with 24 carats talent and artistry, Das Rheingold begins Melbourne Opera’s keenly anticipated, carefully constructed Ring Cycle in winning style.
The Australian Ballet: Don Quixote review [Melbourne 2023]
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 […]
& 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.