Forget brains, brawn or beauty, when I was in primary school, social status came down to one factor: whether you had the Grease 2LP soundtrack*. The passage of time now adds a […]
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 world’s favourite musical made the eagerly anticipated announcement of its lead cast in Melbourne today. With the many of the original Australian cast going on to be stage superstars, expectations are […]
OSMaD transports audiences back to Broadway’s Golden Age in this meticulously crafted, beautifully performed production of Meredith Willson’s The Music Man. Entertainment on a lavish scale, the staging boasts a massive cast […]
Sensational costumes, well-designed sets and wonderful music are highlights of CLOC’s second 2013 offering, the immortal Broadway classic Guys and Dolls. Slick though many aspects of the production may be, however, the […]
Excellent writing, inventive staging and a talented young opera cast result in a delightfully charming, family friendly, dinky di, true blue production.
A unique collaboration between Arts Centre Melbourne, Playking Productions and National Theatre of China sees the return of this re-imagining of the classic tale of Cio-Cio San, tragic heroine of Puccini’s beloved […]
Perennial cult favourite Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show returns in 2014 for a whirlwind Australian tour. Producers Howard Panter and John Frost today announced cast members for the tour, which opens […]
Despite its shock value having expired decades ago, fascination in the coming of age fable The Graduate remains strong. Whether due to current Mad Men-fueled interest in the 1960s, memories of the […]
Glorious music, beautifully sung and expertly played, was the clear highlight of this final presentation in Magnormos’ Stephen Schwartz Triptych, a celebration that brightened Melbourne’s music theatre calendar considerably this year. Excitement […]
Brimming with wit and wonder, The Australian Ballet’s brand new staging of Cinderella is a world-class production set to thrill audiences for many years to come.