Utterly hilarious, The Play That Goes Wrong is a classic example of the chaos that can be achieved by control.
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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BalletBoyz: Young Men review
Mesmerizing and relentless, the world premiere season of Young Men by BalletBoyz garners much audience appreciation and leaves plenty of scope for interpretation and thought.
Donmar Warehouse: My Night With Reg review [Apollo Theatre]
With its first-rate ensemble cast intact, Donmar Warehouse’s acclaimed revival of Kevin Elyot’s 1994 comedy of gay manners My Night with Reg makes an effortless transition to the West End’s Apollo Theatre.
Donmar Warehouse: City of Angels review
The West End’s hottest music theatre stars shine in a production as ingenious as the source material.
Strictly Ballroom the Musical review [Melbourne]
Boasting lavish designs and sensational choreography, Strictly Ballroom the musical arrives in Melbourne a polished, pristine panoply of pleasures.
Strictly Ballroom the musical Melbourne sneak peek
The rags and grime of Les Misérables have been cast aside at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne prepares for opening night of Strictly Ballroom the Musical.
Strictly Ballroom Cast in Rehearsal [Melbourne]
The cast of Strictly Ballroom the Musical has been hard at work in the rehearsal room as they prepare for next week’s Melbourne opening.
2014 Opera Year in Review
A homophobic diva was cast out, boutique productions thrived, and the world’s top tenor visited Australia in the 2014 year of opera.
2014 Music Theatre Year in Review
Boutique musicals blossomed, new companies multiplied and program prices rose, in the 2014 year of musical theatre.
Into the Woods movie review
Brilliantly cast and expertly adapted, Into the Woods is set to be embraced as the rare stage musical to receive a big screen treatment that not only retains, but enhances its integrity, […]