Delayed over the past two theatrically arid years, multi-Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home finally makes its Melbourne debut, arriving in a superbly cast, sharply directed production that brings the show’s searing emotional […]
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.
Melbourne Opera: Die Walküre review
Melbourne Opera triumphantly presents the keenly anticipated second instalment of their ever-so-patiently crafted Ring Cycle, Die Walküre.
Watch This: Into The Woods review
As Melbourne’s own Stephen Sondheim specialists, it is appropriate that Watch This is the first company to present a season of the great master’s work after he left this world in November […]
Jagged Little Pill review [Melbourne 2022]
Electrifying new musical Jagged Little Pill commands attention, breaks hearts and, ultimately, inspires hope in this thrilling Australian premiere season.
IOpera: Acis and Galatea review
In a rather immaculate performance from a splendid set of singers and musicians, IOpera’s Acis and Galatea bathes the discerning audience in luscious waves of musical splendour.
West Side Story  movie review
Respectfully adapted and lushly scored, dreamily romantic and heartbreakingly moving, the new movie adaptation of evergreen classic West Side Story gleams with the splendour of mega-budget movie magic that is deployed with […]
The Australian Ballet: Celebration Gala review [Melbourne]
After some 21 months, The Australian Ballet finally returns to the State Theatre, the dancers and musicians showing themselves at tiptop form in the very welcome program of this Celebration Gala.
Melbourne Shakespeare Company: The Comedy of Errors review
The border control comedy we didn’t know we all needed, The Comedy of Errors is Melbourne Shakespeare Company’s convivial contribution to the welcome wave of theatres reopening.
Moulin Rouge! the Musical review [Melbourne 2021]
An even more spectacular spectacular at the Regent Theatre, Moulin Rouge! the Musical arrives in Melbourne in ravishing form for its Australian premiere season.
Melbourne Theatre Company: As You Like It review
Well worth the ever-extended wait, the lush new Melbourne Theatre Company production of Shakespeare’s pleasantly pastoral comedy As You Like It proves an appealing year-end treat.