On a humid Sydney afternoon, with crashing thunder that seemed to be created by Carrie herself, Squabbalogic’s Australian premiere season of infamous musical Carrie continued its successful run at Sydney Seymour Centre. […]
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.
Playing Rock Hudson review
More than an iconic, beloved movie star from the Golden Age of Hollywood, Rock Hudson has come to represent a massive turning point in gay history, both in relation to coming out […]
Opera Australia: The Melbourne Ring Cycle 2013: Siegfried
****Read Man in Chair’s 2016 review of Siegfried.**** Arriving at the heroic action at the heart of Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle, the title character of tonight’s installment is the one destined to […]
An Evening with Mandy Patinkin and Nathan Gunn review [Melbourne]
Hamer Hall has been popular with Melbourne’s music theatre cognoscenti this year, a place we have gathered to hear the reminiscences of Julie Andrews, laugh along with Kristin Chenoweth and thrill to […]
Opera Australia: The Melbourne Ring Cycle 2013: Die Walkure
****Read Man in Chair’s 2016 review of Die Walküre.**** Sentimental favourite of the cycle, Die Walküre also features the most recognizable piece of Wagner’s music for the Ring. From the gloriously romantic […]
Opera Australia: The Melbourne Ring Cycle 2013: Das Rheingold
****Read Man in Chair’s 2016 review of Das Rheingold. **** The wait is finally over! The Melbourne Ring Cycle opens tonight at the State Theatre, now two rows smaller thanks to the […]
The Songs of James Bond review
The perfect idea for a show, The Songs of James Bond features a tremendous orchestra, strong singers and plenty of eye-catching graphic projections. The missing ingredient, however, is a director with theatrical […]
A Murder is Announced review [Melbourne]
A Halloween opening night for a murder mystery set on Friday the 13th – how perfect. Above the charms of wily Miss Marple and the quirky, shadowy residents of Chipping Cleghorn, this […]
The Production Company: The Pirates of Penzance review
A highly attractive concert setting, superb music and some glorious singing mark the return of those crowd-pleasing Pirates of Penzance. While energy is effervescently high, the comic results of sight gags and […]
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels review [Sydney]
A dream cast lands all the outrageous laughs in this delectably hilarious new musical.