Bubbly, bold and brassy, 9 to 5 the Musical is a well-timed wallop of feel-good fare.
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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Antipodes Theatre Company successfully taps into the zeitgeist with the Australian premiere of Passing Strange.
Guilty pleasure meets mighty girl power as international smash hit musical Six finally makes its Melbourne premiere.
Delectable sugar-spun confection Harlequinade plays to the classical strengths of The Australian Ballet, the feather-light work seen at its best in this splendidly danced season.
The mighty State Theatre stage becomes a bustling, beautiful “room full of art” as The Australian Ballet brings modern masterwork Kunstkamer to Melbourne.
Already a terrific idea for a symphony orchestra concert, the celebration of the 90th birthday of John Williams is theatrically enhanced by engaging, knowledgeable hosts delving into the music and sharing insights […]
A wild ride back to the heady, pre-woke 1990s, Cruel Intentions the ‘90s Musical is a salacious guilty pleasure that has all the makings of a cult classic.
A jewel-toned joy, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella transports audiences back to the magic of Broadway’s Golden Age, when an evening of musical theatre meant a magical discovery of new and wondrous work.
Lovingly staged and movingly told, new Australian musical Driftwood the Musical is as inspiring as it is involving.
In a mighty coup for Melbourne, world-conquering tenor Jonas Kaufmann graces the ranks of Opera Australia for a fully-staged production of Wagner gem Lohengrin.