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.
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.
Magnormos: Pippin review
Following last week’s enthusiastically received presentation of Godspell, Magnormos continued their Stephen Schwartz Triptych with a magical presentation of fellow 1970s musical Pippin. Currently enjoying a hit revival on Broadway, Pippin has […]
Melbourne Opera: La Traviata review
Melbourne Opera marks Verdi’s bicentenary with a celebration of their own, the completion of ten wonderful years of bringing accessible opera to Melbourne and Australia’s Eastern states. In returning to their first […]
Magnormos: Godspell review
Brilliantly re-orchestrated for a new millennium, Godspell thrilled new and old audiences alike last night in a well-rehearsed, creative, upbeat presentation. The honour of having composer Stephen Schwartz in the house also added […]
The Light in the Piazza review
An exquisite boutique production brings this modern gem to life in a staging that is clearly a labour of love from all involved.
Lyric Opera of Melbourne: Iphigenie review
Lyric Opera of Melbourne impress with a bold, fully realised production of rarely seen opera Iphigénie. A terrific concept, talented musicians and highly committed performers combine for a riveting piece of drama […]
The Australian Ballet: La Sylphide review
Romantic double bill La Sylphide and Paquita celebrate the sheer beauty of pure ballet, providing an evening of unabashed theatrical pleasure. Performed in a section of the season usually reserved for a […]
Opera Australia announces Season 2014
Opera Australia has unveiled a star-studded new season featuring a range of acclaimed singers from Australia and around the globe. New productions, some music theatre and a visit from the world’s biggest […]
The Production Company: Singin’ in The Rain review
Filled with toe-tapping tunes, Singin’ in the Rain is good, old fashioned, crowd-pleasing fun. The Production Company’s staging features sensational music, colourful costumes and an appealing cast of talented triple threats.
Hot Shoe Shuffle review [Melbourne]
Come and meet Those dancing feet On the avenue I’m taking you to Exhibition Street. Fresh from its warm up seasons up north, the revival of widely adored tap musical Hot Shoe […]