Utterly charming in every regard, new musical Calvin Berger has warmth and wit to spare.
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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The Australian Ballet: The Nutcracker review
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The Last Confession review [Melbourne]
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The Australian Ballet: La Bayadère review
A dazzling and thrilling new production, Stanton Welch’s La Bayadère is world-class entertainment that shows The Australian Ballet at its best.
Victorian Opera: Norma review
Guest soprano Saioa Hernández delivered a powerhouse performance in this evening of glorious bel canto music.
Master Class review
The planets have aligned for an extraordinarily synergistic match of artist and material, as Maria Mercedes channels the very essence of Maria Callas in this riveting presentation of Terrence McNally’s play Master […]
The Production Company: Show Boat review
Jerome Kern’s magnificent score is the highlight of this pared back presentation of enduring music theatre classic Show Boat.
Opera Australia: Don Giovanni review [Sydney]
A world-class staging for Don Giovanni as the first instalment bodes well for the continuation of Sir David McVicar’s Mozart Trilogy for Opera Australia.
Opera Australia: The Elixir of Love review [Sydney]
Sumptuous, witty staging, top-notch cast and beautiful singing mark the welcome return of a production that is one of the very best Australian artistic collaborations in the repertoire.
Jonas Kaufmann in Concert review [Melbourne]
On an occasion so special it practically defies description, tenor gigastar Jonas Kaufmann gave Melbourne’s opera cognoscenti an unforgettable night of superb musicianship.