Adventurous opera lovers of Melbourne were treated to a one-night-only concert of 1926 German opera Jonny Strikes Up!, giving the work its long overdue Australian premiere.
I have appeared in about 40 productions over the past thirty-three 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 for St Michael’s Grammar School, then went on to direct Hot Mikado and the Australian premiere of 13 for St Michael’s. I have since gone on to direct/choreograph The Music Man Jr and Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr for St Michael's.
I review 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 I am currently on the Board of The Opera Studio Melbourne.
I am a keen audience member, having seen 58 shows in six weeks in New York this year, as well as 57 shows during 6 weeks in London/Europe earlier this year.
I hope you enjoy reading the news and reviews at Simon Parris: Man in Chair. I would love to hear your thoughts on the shows covered here so please feel free to leave your comments.
In its third incarnation, From Broadway to La Scala nimbly sidesteps the law of diminishing returns, showcasing a terrific sextet of stage talents in a generous, well considered program.
Opera Australia again revels in the creative freedom of presenting a modern opera in a smaller venue, following up 2018 success Metamorphosis by presenting Aribert Reimann’s 1984 chamber opera Ghost Sonata at […]
Cherished on every ballet world stage, The Nutcracker can be enjoyed at any time of year, especially as presented in The Australian Ballet’s decadently sumptuous production.
Readily meeting sky high anticipation, the new Melbourne Opera production of Norma brings a mighty shine to this revered, and often unattainable, jewel in the crown of the bel canto repertoire.
The best Andrew Lloyd Webber musical you’ve never heard of, The Beautiful Game comes to vivid life in its long overdue Australian professional premiere.
Brilliantly bolstered and boosted, Stanton Welch’s new Sylvia enlivens and enhances the 1876 original for an evening of pure theatrical enchantment.
With several years of experience behind them, local Sondheim experts Watch This turn their attention to Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s revered 1984 musical Sunday in the Park with George, achieving particular […]
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.
Lesser than the sum of its parts, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a sugary confection that has been whipped, glazed and sprinkled in the hope of hiding the empty calories at its […]