Completing a cycle of three lavish outdoor productions over three years, Madama Butterfly is set to open on Friday. This cherished Puccini opera follows La Traviata (2012) and Carmen (2013) as the […]
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.
The Australian Ballet: Manon review
Achieving a splendid synergy between content and style, The Australian Ballet’s new season of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon complements the brand new orchestrations of Massenet’s music with lovingly refreshed sets and costumes […]
The Australian Ballet: 2014 Telstra Ballet in the Bowl review
A large crowd ignored the ominous threat of a downpour last night to enjoy their favourite ballet stars performing under the night sky at the Myer Music Bowl. Their faith was rewarded […]
The Production Company Announces Season 2014
The Production Company today announced the three classic Broadway musicals that make up season 2014. In their sixteenth year, TPC will present La Cage aux Folles and Show Boat, as well as […]
King of the World: A Tribute to the Music of Jason Robert Brown review
In a synergistic meeting of talent and content, singing actors Laura Fitzpatrick and Josh Piterman come together to divert with their devotion to Broadway tunesmith Jason Robert Brown.
Atlantis in Concert review
In a concert staging that can only be described as all class, musical wunderkind Matthew Robinson gathered a dozen of his oh-so-talented friends to knock the socks off members of the Melbourne […]
Pacific Overtures review
There must be a blue moon in the night sky, for how else to explain an appearance by the rarest of Stephen Sondheim musicals, Pacific Overtures?
MTC: Private Lives review
Sumptuous production values and splendid direction distinguish this classic offering, its quality boding well for the MTC new year.
Diamonds are for Trevor review
There is nothing like a dame performed by irrepressible talent Trevor Ashley, and what a grand Dame he gives us in Diamonds are for Trevor. With a stellar big band to match […]
Paris Opera: Werther review
What better opera to see in Paris than this most French of operas, starring France’s favourite opera son. This season premiere is distinguished by excellent singing, fine orchestral playing and a suitably […]