Melbourne Opera begins its tenth anniversary year with a stellar performance of the immortal classic La Boheme. Foremost in the success of the staging is the wonderful cast, clearly chosen with great […]
I have appeared in about 40 productions over the past thirty-three 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 for St Michael’s Grammar School, then went on to direct Hot Mikado and the Australian premiere of 13 for St Michael’s. I have since gone on to direct/choreograph The Music Man Jr and Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr for St Michael's.
I review 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 I am currently on the Board of The Opera Studio Melbourne.
I am a keen audience member, having seen 58 shows in six weeks in New York this year, as well as 57 shows during 6 weeks in London/Europe earlier this year.
I hope you enjoy reading the news and reviews at Simon Parris: Man in Chair. I would love to hear your thoughts on the shows covered here so please feel free to leave your comments.
Royal Opera have advertised their Mozart-da Ponte cycle as having some connection to the Olympics year. That connection is not in any way apparent when seeing the operas, but why let that […]
Two current West End musicals hark back to Man in Chair’s heyday as a ‘dancer’. Such happy memories of performing these shows in wonderful productions at CLOC Musical Theatre. Both shows owe […]
Back from Europe, Man in Chair has time for a few more operas before heading back to Australia. ENO has opened a new production of Offenbach’s melodious creation The Tales of Hoffmann. […]
Milan’s La Scala – the jewel in the crown of European opera houses. But does it live up to the legend? The answer is a resounding yes, if for no other reason […]
Grand and austere on the outside, the auditorium of Munich Opera House glitters like a musk and gold jewelry box. Dress standards are uniformly high but the friendly warmth seen in the […]
Volksoper provides opera for the people. And operetta. And musicals. And ballet. How wonderful for the people of Vienna to have such a charming, prolific and affordable opera house in their midst. […]
A bit of a holy grail of opera houses, the history surrounding Vienna Opera House is like a subtext that permeates the operatic artistry on display. The thought of being in a […]
Photos do not do Bastille Opera House justice. Its clean design and epic scale dwarfing the audience members. Sightlines are incredibly clear in the well raked stalls, aided by the segmented dress […]
No immersive visit to West End theatre is complete without sampling the offerings at London’s National Theatre on South Bank. Productions often sell out and queuing for two hours in the cold […]