The Metropolitan Opera kicks off its seventh season of cinema presentations captured live in high definition with their new production of Donizetti’s classic comedy L’Elisir d’Amore (The Elixir of Love). The opera […]
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.
No treat for audiences at the Halloween opening night of More Sex Please…We’re Seniors, just a show that is over-long, under-rehearsed and generally free from the charm and wit that make musical theatre […]
A door-slamming, tit-shaking, tears of laughter-inducing farce of the highest pedigree, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is the show theatre lovers of Melbourne have waited for all […]
Show biz survivor Elaine Paige impresses with a highly theatrical showcase of her stellar career. The voice may not be what it once was, with arrangements and keys altered to avoid the […]
Transporting the audience to a smoky, atmospheric jazz club, supremely talented young performer Tim Draxl channels the great jazz musician Chet Baker in this briskly entertaining tribute concert. Returning to the Melbourne […]
Producers today announced cast and creative team of highly anticipated world premiere King Kong, set to open its exclusive Australian season in June 2013 at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre.
Not an official review per se but more the happy ramblings of a grateful audience member finally given the chance to see a show they have adored (on cd) for seven years.
Pure, unadulterated music theatre bliss, Legally Blonde is a roller coaster ride of musical pleasure that captures your heart from the first minutes and just doesn’t let go. A giddy delight, Legally […]
While Matt Hetherington delivers a winning performance in the starring role of this eagerly anticipated production, the show itself and several creative aspects are somewhat below standard.
Promises, Promises opens tonight at Melbourne’s State Theatre. Matt Hetherington stars as rising young executive Chuck Baxter