Rossini’s dramatic opera Otello makes its long overdue Australian premiere thanks to the vision and drive of Melbourne Opera, a company exhibiting an increasingly strong flair for bel canto opera.
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.
One of Broadway’s most rapturously beautiful scores, Nine the Musical is given a smartly conceived, darkly burnished boutique production by prolific Melbourne company StageArt. While the midlife breakdown of a once-successful Italian […]
Mark Doran gives a thrilling, world-class performance in the title roles as CLOC Musical Theatre successfully trades the melodramatic for the macabre in this revival of their 2005 production of Jekyll and […]
In a gift to opera lovers of Melbourne, Victorian Opera presents a dream cast in a dreamy production of exquisite French opera Pelléas and Mélisande.
Showcasing the exciting talents of a diverse cast, Madiba the Musical is ultimately an inspiring celebration of the life of Nelson Mandela.
Queensland Ballet makes a triumphant Melbourne debut of their utterly charming 2016 production A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
It probably sounds a little odd to describe a play that tackles the issue of euthanasia as entertaining, but in Melbourne Theatre Company’s world premiere of The Architect, playwright Aidan Fennessy replaces […]
Exemplifying the fine control needed to portray dazzling chaos, Colossus is a mesmerising new work from visionary choreographer Stephanie Lake.
Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School presented a full program of lively, varied, polished dance, reflecting a deep talent pool within their student body.
A perfect match of star and show, Evita benefits mightily from the powerhouse vocals and intense presence of Tina Arena. ***To read Man in Chair’s Melbourne review of Evita, click HERE***