Evergreen opera favourite La Traviata shines in a glossy, yet relatively simple staging that allows full, unfettered focus on the wonderful singers at hand.
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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The Music Man review [Hugh Jackman, Broadway 2022]
Cherished golden age treasure The Music Man roars back to life in this big budget, big star revival.
Funny Girl review [Lea Michele, Broadway 2022]
People who have seen Lea Michele in Funny Girl are the luckiest people in the world.
Met Opera: Rigoletto review [November 2022]
Proving that money and insight do not necessarily mix, this first revival season of Met Opera’s new Rigoletto looks suitably grand, and sounds wonderful, but generally leaves the audience cold.
Kimberly Akimbo review [Broadway 2022]
Brimming with heart, hope and happiness, new Broadway musical Kimberley Akimbo is an inspirational joy.
Classic Stage Company: A Man of No Importance review [Off-Broadway 2022]
Gently charming chamber musical A Man of No Importance enjoys a starry revival for its second New York outing.
Into The Woods review [Broadway 2022]
The wider world’s favourite Sondheim musical, Into The Woods shimmers in an exceptionally starry, pitch perfect revival that proudly symbolises all the joy and wonder that characterise the magic of Broadway.
The Neil Diamond Musical: A Beautiful Noise review [Broadway]
A Boomer bonanza, The Neil Diamond Musical: A Beautiful Noise* clearly illustrates the point that writing and singing dozens of hit songs does not necessarily make your life interesting. *Yes, that’s the […]
MJ the Musical review [Broadway]
Cleverly conceived and thrillingly performed, knockout bio-musical MJ the Musical is this year’s white hot ticket.
Some Like It Hot review [Broadway]
The quintessential, raise-the-roof Broadway musical comedy, Some Like It Hot bolsters a classic stage-to-screen adaptation with the insight of a post-modern lens.