Presenting an expertly curated mixed program, The Australian Ballet begins it Melbourne 2017 season in superb form. Faster showcases the company with a well-matched trio of cutting edge contemporary works, two of […]
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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Lyric Opera of Melbourne continues to enrich the local opera scene with eclectic selections that are beautifully produced. The Japanese Princess is a charming beginning to the company’s 2017 season.
Let’s Give Three Cheers and One Cheer More for the hardy team at Melbourne Opera. This skillful, lovingly reverential production of H.M.S. Pinafore is the sparkling gem that Melbourne Gilbert and Sullivan […]
Victorian Opera is at its imaginatively creative best with this beautifully realised and gorgeously sung production of Respighi’s The Sleeping Beauty.
Independent Melbourne company StageArt begins 2017 with a confident, large-scale production of 2000 Broadway musical The Full Monty, capably demonstrating that they can fill the stage and auditorium of a much larger […]
Original Australian musical Ladies in Black retains its down to earth charm in this welcome national tour.
Beloved Verdi classic Il Trovatore makes an all too rare Melbourne appearance in this ambitious production by CitiOpera.
How can something so Wrong be so right?
Beginning their 2017 season, Victorian Opera, continues their admirably prolific output of original material with ‘Tis Pity: An Operatic Fantasia on Selling the Skin and the Teeth.
Australia finally has the chance to say Hello! to The Book of Mormon, and this sparkling production has been well worth the wait.