Deftly balancing international corporate intrigue with intimate human relations, Melbourne Theatre Company’s world premiere of new Anchuli Felicia King play Golden Shieldis riveting, thought-provoking adult-oriented entertainment.
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.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory review [Melbourne]
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Opera Australia: Andrea Chénier in Concert review [Melbourne]
The stars aligned for an unforgettable evening of magnificent music as Opera Australia showcased superstar tenor Jonas Kaufmann in Andrea Chénier in Concert.
The Production Company: Thoroughly Modern Millie review
Whoopee baby! Thoroughly Modern Millie returns in a splashy, starry staging that distils the very essence of musical comedy into an evening of unabashed joy.
Come from Away review [Melbourne]
Offering the pure joy of musical theatre at its unadulterated best, Come from Away is a breathless celebration of the finest qualities of humanity.
Melbourne Theatre Company: Shakespeare in Love review
A joyful celebration of classical theatre, Melbourne Theatre Company’s lavish, splendidly cast Shakespeare in Love balances tongue-in-cheek humour with tender emotion for a highly satisfying whole.
Victorian Opera: Heroic Bel Canto review
Whether the term “heroic” was in reference to the singers or to the specific repertoire, Victorian Opera’s Heroic Bel Canto concert lived up to its name, warming the wintry Melbourne audience with a […]
Bring it On the Musical review [Melbourne 2019]
Sold out before it opened in 2018, Bring it On the Musical makes a very welcome return to the Melbourne stage, with an Australian tour to follow.
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! review [Broadway 2019]
An off-Broadway show with the nerve to charge Broadway prices, the “Bard Summerscape Production of” Oklahoma! plays out like a cynical practical joke on theatregoers. The egregious experiment is a blight on […]
Moulin Rouge review [Broadway]
A truly spectacular spectacular, Moulin Rouge burns through the budget of a hundred musicals, all in the quest for extravagant entertainment. The result is a feast for the eyes and ears, even […]