The show we all imagined would never make it to the amateur stage is here, and it is a success of the highest order. CLOC’s mighty achievement is a production that is […]
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.
Opera Australia: Partenope review
After wowing Sydney audiences in 2011, Christopher Alden’s boutique production of Partenope makes a welcome, if all too brief, appearance in Melbourne. The lack of name recognition for the opera is eclipsed […]
Opera Australia: Aida review
While less than stellar lead singers take the tarnish off this glittering jewel of a production, tremendous choral and orchestral work create welcome highlights.
Opera Australia: A Masked Ball review
Futuristic, avant garde and potentially divisive, Opera Australia’s new production of A Masked Ball is nothing short of spectacular in scale, making epic use of the State Theatre stage. Add in beautiful […]
Energetic, heart-warming and wildly inventive, Matilda the musical is a force of nature that is equal parts funny, touching and downright scary. Crossing the Atlantic basically intact, the West End hit is […]
Classic Stage Company: Passion review
Simply staged, beautifully sung and deeply affecting, Classic Stage Company’s Passion is the jewel of the current off-Broadway season. The absence of co-star Melissa Errico, sidelined for the remainder of the run […]
Hands on a Hard Body review
It’s A Chorus Line for car owners in this short-lived new musical that can sadly only be described as a royal flop. Maybe it’s the no-name cast (ok, Hunter Foster is a […]
Met Opera: Giulio Cesare review
Surprise, surprise: another Dessay cancellation, the third I have experienced in 15 months. Time to bow out gracefully. Or perhaps that time has actually already passed. Clever work by the Met in […]
The Opera Orchestra of New York: I Lombardi alla prima crociata review
An unforgettable night of glorious music and superb musicianship, I Lombardi proved to be an inspired concert choice for The Opera Orchestra of New York. A dream cast, who each gave it […]
Jekyll and Hyde the Musical review
Loud, dark, intense, and did I mention loud? The bus-and-truck tour of Jekyll and Hyde brings the Frank Wildhorn musical back to Broadway, whether Broadway wants it or not. Constantine Maroulis and […]