Sublime singing characterizes this superb performance, with the understated brilliance of Willy Decker’s iconic 2005 Salzburg staging thrown in for good measure. Sold out well in advance, the chance to see opera’s […]
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.
Empty seats at the Met?! With world class stars and a treasured opera, how can this be the case? As part of the ongoing bid to keep opera accessible and popular, General […]
With the admission that I generally dislike Pippin, and do not even get me started on circus themes, this production is an absolute joy!
Verdi’s thrilling tragedy Otello shines in a classic example of magnificence on stage at the Met. Back for a second run this season, with the earlier visit including a Met Live in […]
Benefitting immensely from an extreme makeover, The Addams Family arrives in Australia in peak condition. Funny, charming, tuneful and very well cast, the show is an infectiously enjoyable treat.
Following the superb quality of last year’s inaugural Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour and the recent success of Gale Edwards and team with La Boheme and Salome, expectations were sky high for […]
The Australian Ballet returns Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote to the stage in a somewhat dated but altogether delightful production.
A play written to have the audience as a fly on the wall of a dysfunctional family Christmas turns us instead into onlookers at a distant aquarium as MTC ruins the most […]
For all the study, analysis and practice of acting, writing and directing, the distillation of live theatre remains the most elusive of essences to predict, capture or maintain. When it works, it […]
Superbly talented performers, gloriously melodious music and wittily updated lyrics combine to create a frothy, sit-back-and-enjoy confection.