Devilishly subversive musical Urinetown makes a very welcome return to the Melbourne stage in this creative, timely, and high-spirited production.
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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Buoyed by pristine classical technique, The United Ukraine Ballet presents a charmingly traditional staging of perennial ballet favourite Swan Lake.
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Romeo and Juliet brings The Australian Ballet’s year to a highly impressive conclusion. Balletomanes of Melbourne and Sydney are in for a decadent feast.
Heart-rending musical theatre joy flows freely and abundantly as a bumper cast of singers and musicians pay loving tribute to the once-in-a-lifetime talents of composers Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg in boffo […]
Having mightily impressed with the first two instalments of their ambitious Ring Cycle, Melbourne Opera whetted audience appetite for their full 2023 Bendigo Ring Cycle with a full complement of splendid musical […]
In their sole triple bill for 2022, The Australian Ballet confidently blends modern dance with classical undertones in fresh, invigorating program Instruments of Dance.
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Generously staged and splendidly sung, bel canto gem Lucrezia Borgia sparkles under the loving polish of Melbourne Opera.