Blue chip title Dirty Dancing twirls back into town in a production that is surely resistant to help or hindrance from this, or any other, reviewer.
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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Blood Brothers review [Hayes Theatre]
Willy Russell’s classic musical packs considerable punch when presented as an understated, softly spoken drama.
STC: Suddenly Last Summer review
Loved the play, hated the concept.
Opera Australia: Faust review [Sydney]
The gloriously melodious music of Gounod’s Faust is welcome in any season, but with a cast as superb as the design is extravagant, this production is one of opera’s must-see events of […]
Sweet Charity review [Melbourne]
The minute you walk in the joint…your eyes are immediately drawn to red hot dynamo Verity Hunt-Ballard in her already legendary, award-winning performance as sweet Charity Hope Valentine.
Sexercise the Musical review
To borrow a backhanded compliment from the great Mel Brooks, Sexercise the Musical is, in my opinion, “surprisingly good.”
StageArt: In The Heights review
Thank goodness for independent theatre producers. While commercial producers churn out rehashed retreads, StageArt have the courage, vision and passion to present this highly original, Tony Award-winning musical that is as much […]
The Lion King review [Melbourne]
A pristine exemplar of Broadway creativity at its zenith, The Lion King illustrates with sterling clarity why it is the world’s highest grossing musical.
Strange Bedfellows: Under the Covers review
Resolutely confronting and provocative, the cabaret work of Strange Bedfellows is set apart by the utter conviction and sheer talent of creators and stars Jacqui Dark and Kanen Breen.
Victorian Opera: The Flying Dutchman review
Returning opera to the mighty Palais Theatre, Victorian Opera match the spectacle of 3D animation with the quality of singing as Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman drops anchor in Port Phillip Bay.