Pure escapist fun, new Broadway musical Beetlejuice runs high on daffy hilarity with an irresistible undercurrent of snarky wickedness.
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.
Cherished Australian story Storm Boy proves a surprisingly natural fit for the stage in this lovingly produced piece of theatrical magic.
Arriving in Melbourne in killer form, the new concert staging of Sweeney Todd lives up to the tantalising promise of starry leads Anthony Warlow and Gina Riley.
The Australian Ballet heads straight back down the rabbit hole, returning award-winning 2017 hit Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to the Melbourne stage for a very welcome encore season.
Delightfully daffy and sumptuously sung, Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims is the equivalent of a rich operatic dessert: featherlight layers of delectable pleasure with many a sweet hidden treat.
A fringe show juxtaposed into a mainstream season, Lazarus trades the safe for the surreal, presenting David Bowie’s cherished music in a decidedly enigmatic experience.
Benefitting from CLOC Musical Theatre’s traditionally boffo level of spectacle, the heart and sole soul of Kinky Boots lights up the Melbourne stage once more.
Intelligently conceived and handsomely staged, Sir David McVicar’s production of Così fan tutte matches elegance and wit with the simple pleasure of Mozart’s heavenly music.
Verdi’s richly melodious tragedy glistens again as Opera Australia returns its much loved Moshinsky staging of Rigoletto to the Melbourne stage.
Much loved, oft-produced Australian comedy Così is treated to a rather lavish revival in this co-production from Melbourne Theatre Company and Sydney Theatre Company.