In an auspicious world premiere season, Music Theatre Melbourne takes audiences back to the garishly colourful 1980s in Electric Dreams, a new Australian musical based on the cultish 1984 film.
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.
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Opera Australia: Turandot review [Melbourne 2019]
The gift that keeps on giving, Graeme Murphy’s 1990 production of Turandot is grand opera at the pinnacle of artistic collaboration. Opera Australia’s revival sees the lavish work make a welcome Melbourne […]
Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre: Oil review
Grand in scope and intimate in detail, Ella Hickson’s 2016 play Oil is a given a suitably intense and immersive production for its Australian premiere at Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre.
Opera Australia: Bryn Terfel in Concert review [Melbourne]
In an evening of sterling musicianship, master singer Bryn Terfel held a capacity audience spellbound in a carefully curated program that also saw Orchestra Victoria performing at their very best.
Opera Australia: Two Weddings, One Bride review
With the bubble and fizz of a freshly poured flute of champagne, Opera Australia’s new operetta Two Weddings, One Bride is enhanced by the shining talents of its sextet cast.
The Production Company: Ragtime review
Working at the very height of their powers, The Production Company rewards Melbourne for 21 years of love and support with a superlative production of epic 1999 Broadway musical Ragtime.
Pursued by Bear: Bright Star review
One of the most charming, heartfelt recent Broadway musicals you have never heard of, Bright Star is given a lovingly crafted production by Pursued by Bear, the intimate stage of Chapel off […]
Jekyll and Hyde 25th Anniversary Concert review
Well worth the twenty-five-year wait, this was the Moment, not just for Anthony Warlow to actually play Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde on stage, but also for Australia to finally see a […]
OSMaD: Miss Saigon review
OSMaD captures the emotional power of modern classic Miss Saigon, distinguishing the new production with a perfectly cast set of performers and a generously sized orchestra.
Victorian Opera: The Selfish Giant review
Victorian Opera continue their extraordinary run of original works, presenting a finely appointed production of world premiere youth opera The Selfish Giant.