Transporting the audience to a smoky, atmospheric jazz club, supremely talented young performer Tim Draxl channels the great jazz musician Chet Baker in this briskly entertaining tribute concert. Returning to the Melbourne […]
I have appeared in about 40 productions over the past thirty-three 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 for St Michael’s Grammar School, then went on to direct Hot Mikado and the Australian premiere of 13 for St Michael’s. I have since gone on to direct/choreograph The Music Man Jr and Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr for St Michael's.
I review 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 I am currently on the Board of The Opera Studio Melbourne.
I am a keen audience member, having seen 58 shows in six weeks in New York this year, as well as 57 shows during 6 weeks in London/Europe earlier this year.
I hope you enjoy reading the news and reviews at Simon Parris: Man in Chair. I would love to hear your thoughts on the shows covered here so please feel free to leave your comments.
Producers today announced cast and creative team of highly anticipated world premiere King Kong, set to open its exclusive Australian season in June 2013 at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre.
Not an official review per se but more the happy ramblings of a grateful audience member finally given the chance to see a show they have adored (on cd) for seven years.
Pure, unadulterated music theatre bliss, Legally Blonde is a roller coaster ride of musical pleasure that captures your heart from the first minutes and just doesn’t let go. A giddy delight, Legally […]
While Matt Hetherington delivers a winning performance in the starring role of this eagerly anticipated production, the show itself and several creative aspects are somewhat below standard.
Promises, Promises opens tonight at Melbourne’s State Theatre. Matt Hetherington stars as rising young executive Chuck Baxter
Poor “little” Natalie Portly. All she wants is to play the coveted dual role of White Pig and Black Pig in Swine Lake but her monstrous mother, coldhearted choreographer and cunning co-star […]
Distinctly Melbourne in flavour, the affection, scope and gentle cheek of Barassi The Stage Show combine for an enjoyable, even inspirational, trip down memory lane. Author Tee O’Neill has crafted a pacy, […]
Artistic Director David McAllister’s vision to mount a new-yet-traditional staging of perennial favourite Swan Lake has been lovingly and expertly realised in this wondrous production that puts the focus squarely on the […]
Fresh from its record-breaking Sydney season, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific has landed in Melbourne in glorious shape. Tight, humorous, energetic and rapturously melodious, this artistic triumph is brimming with life, romance […]