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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.
Simply designed, Laurent Pelly’s new production of Manon avoids clutter to allow the beautiful, romantic music to take centre stage. Superstars Anna Netrebko and Piotr Beczala have rarely looked and sounded more […]
Natalie Dessay dons the infamous red cocktail dress in Willy Decker’s controversial 2005 Salzburg Festival staging of La Traviata, now playing at the Met.
Wow! A palpable hit, Newsies exudes charm, flair and lashings of male energy that are bound to ensure a run far beyond the limited season currently advertised.
Based on the largely forgotten 1992 movie, Leap of Faith leapt into town due to the availability of the prestigious St James Theater and the perceived lack of competition for Best Musical. […]
What kind of goddess has lived among us?
Same composers, same era, same director and choreographer, same designers, same Broadway theatre, even some of the same stars – why did Catch Me If You Can flop where Hairspray shone?
The Production Company today announced the three fabulous Broadway musicals that make up their exciting 2012 season.
An artistic triumph on every level, La Traviata cements Australia’s position as an international opera destination. There was trepidation in approaching this outdoor spectacle, a fear that overblown “if you build it, […]
Anticipation for Saturday night’s premiere of Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour La Traviata is at fever pitch in Sydney, the city decked out in festive posters and flags and that huge crane […]