Iconic modern dance favourite Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake makes a welcome return in a freshly re-polished staging.
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.
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Sweeping in scope, yet intimate and highly personal in detail, Matthew Lopez’s masterwork The Inheritance balances humour, history and heartbreak to haunting effect.
Conceived as an emotional memory play, John Neumeier’s La Dame aux Camélias is a haunting exploration of the ephemeral nature of love.
Paris Opéra Ballet revived Rudolf Nureyev’s grand 1986 “Hollywood” Cinderella as part of the celebration to mark 80 years since the birth of Nureyev.
Exemplifying the meaning of the term “revival,” Marianne Elliott delivers a brand new take on classic concept musical Company that is fresh, funny and altogether fabulous. Bobby is now Bobbie, and the […]
Melbourne continues to enjoy a full and rewarding program of high-class opera, wondrous dance and high profile visiting artists.
Wickedly funny, Peter Pan Goes Wrongis summer holiday family entertainment minted to perfection.
Five decades into his storied career, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber dominated the Melbourne musical theatre scene in 2018.
The Australian Ballet continues their cleverly conceived Storytime Ballet series with Coppélia, an ideal first ballet for young audiences.
What a difference a theatre makes. Resplendent in Melbourne’s State Theatre, Evita now has the lighting, sound and space to make it the spectacle it deserves to be.