A great big old fashioned Broadway musical comedy hit, Tootsie is as delightfully fanciful as it is deliriously funny.
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.
Beetlejuice the Musical review
Pure escapist fun, new Broadway musical Beetlejuice runs high on daffy hilarity with an irresistible undercurrent of snarky wickedness.
Melbourne Theatre Company: Storm Boy review
Cherished Australian story Storm Boy proves a surprisingly natural fit for the stage in this lovingly produced piece of theatrical magic.
Sweeney Todd review [Melbourne]
Arriving in Melbourne in killer form, the new concert staging of Sweeney Todd lives up to the tantalising promise of starry leads Anthony Warlow and Gina Riley.
The Australian Ballet: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland review [Melbourne 2019]
The Australian Ballet heads straight back down the rabbit hole, returning award-winning 2017 hit Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to the Melbourne stage for a very welcome encore season.
Opera Australia: Il Viaggio a Reims review [Melbourne 2019]
Delightfully daffy and sumptuously sung, Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims is the equivalent of a rich operatic dessert: featherlight layers of delectable pleasure with many a sweet hidden treat.
The Production Company: Lazarus review
A fringe show juxtaposed into a mainstream season, Lazarus trades the safe for the surreal, presenting David Bowie’s cherished music in a decidedly enigmatic experience.
CLOC Musical Theatre: Kinky Boots review
Benefitting from CLOC Musical Theatre’s traditionally boffo level of spectacle, the heart and sole soul of Kinky Boots lights up the Melbourne stage once more.
Opera Australia: Così fan tutte review [Melbourne 2019]
Intelligently conceived and handsomely staged, Sir David McVicar’s production of Così fan tutte matches elegance and wit with the simple pleasure of Mozart’s heavenly music.
Opera Australia: Rigoletto review [Melbourne 2019]
Verdi’s richly melodious tragedy glistens again as Opera Australia returns its much loved Moshinsky staging of Rigoletto to the Melbourne stage.