Performed by a cast who have now been in senior year almost as long as Sonny, Grease is in absolute peak form for the final season before its talented players finally graduate […]
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.
I hope you enjoy reading the news and reviews at Man in Chair. I would love to hear your thoughts on the shows covered here so please feel free to leave your comments.
Grease Melbourne 2015 sneak peek
Grease is back in Melbourne, and this time it is looking to fill the massive Regent Theatre.
Peter Pan Live! review
Lavishly staged and impressively ambitious in scope, Peter Pan Live! nonetheless pulls up short in terms of the type of ironic edge or knowing wink needed in modern entertainment. No sassy Genie […]
Opera Australia: Falstaff review [Melbourne]
Superb singing and stunning designs showcase the depth of Opera Australia’s talent pool to full advantage in this very merry revival of Falstaff.
The Production Company: La Cage aux Folles review
Radiating charisma and chemistry, star duo Simon Burke and Todd McKenney fit La Cage aux Folles like it was written especially for them.
Next Step Productions: God of Carnage review
One of the world’s favourite plays of the past decade, Yasmina Reza’s pitch black comedy God of Carnage retains all of its snap, crackle and pop in this lovingly staged boutique production.
Opera Australia: Don Pasquale review [Melbourne]
Donizetti’s comic jewel sparkles with the polish of four highly talented, perfectly cast singers.
MTC: Pennsylvania Avenue review
Brand new Joanna Murray-Smith play Pennsylvania Avenue provides another tour de force vehicle for utterly incredible talent Bernadette Robinson, yet ultimately fails to fully engage and affect.
Opera Australia: Tosca review [Melbourne]
An ingenious concept, lavish scenery and superlative singing make for a highly memorable night of grand opera as Tosca reclaims its place as a jewel of the Opera Australia repertoire. ***Click HERE […]
Gertrude Opera: The Magic Flute
Stripped back to a sprightly 80 minutes, The Magic Flute more than holds its own as a diverting and charming piece of entertainment.