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 […]
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.
Melbourne Opera: Siegfried in Concert review
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 […]
The Australian Ballet: Instruments of Dance review
In their sole triple bill for 2022, The Australian Ballet confidently blends modern dance with classical undertones in fresh, invigorating program Instruments of Dance.
BK Opera: The Lighthouse review
Darkly dissonant chamber opera The Lighthouse proves a good fit for ambitious young company BK Opera.
Come From Away review [Melbourne 2022]
The wellspring of theatrical joy bubbles over once more as international hit musical Come From Away lands in Melbourne for its warmly welcome third season.
Melbourne Opera: Lucrezia Borgia review
Generously staged and splendidly sung, bel canto gem Lucrezia Borgia sparkles under the loving polish of Melbourne Opera.
ILBIJERRI Theatre Company: Heart is a Wasteland review [Melbourne 2022]
Intimately tender and gently compelling, Heart is a Wasteland celebrates the extraordinary in the ordinary, sweeping the audience willingly along on a highly personal musical road trip.
Hairspray musical review [Melbourne 2022]
Timeless to Me, Hairspray shakes and shimmies once again, the sheer quality of the show itself shining through just as radiantly at twenty years old. Winner of seven 2003 Tony Awards including […]
The Australian Ballet: Bodytorque review
Melbourne ballet cognoscenti are treated to an intensely intimate performance as The Australian Ballet presents a long awaited fresh new season of Bodytorque.
Blue: The Songs of Joni Mitchell review [Melbourne 2022]
A loving, insightful tribute to an all time great artist, Blue: The Songs of Joni Mitchell is a wonderful fit of material and performer, with Queenie van de Zandt pouring her heart […]