There’s a party on right now at Chapel off Chapel and everyone is invited. StageArt’s production of the evergreen tribal musical Hair is every bit the loving, joyous celebration it is intended […]
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.
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Jersey Boys [Melbourne] review
It is easy to adopt a cynical whether-we-need-it-or-not attitude about the return of a show so soon after a highly successful and memorable premiere season. Jersey Boys, however, proved last night […]
War Horse [Melbourne] review
With the New Year only a few hours old, is it too soon to proclaim War Horse the theatrical highlight of 2013?
Sneak Peek: War Horse Australia
Producers of the highly anticipated production War Horse allowed media a glimpse of the production on stage in advance of tomorrow night’s opening.
Genesis to Broadway review
Despite the genuinely intriguing premise described in its promotional materials, Genesis to Broadway flounders in a mish mash of styles, tone and content. Ineffective, unfunny and often inaccurate, the show is a […]
Opera Australia: Salome review
Opera Australia completes a (quite possibly unintentional) trilogy of blood spattered mad women with the immensely satisfying new production of Richard Strauss’ Salome.
Normie The Musical review
Brimming with socially relevant drama and catchy pop hits, Normie Rowe’s story was ripe for musicalisation. Old Scotch Music and Drama Club may not have the resources of full-scale commercial theatre but […]
Margaret Fulton Queen of the Dessert review
A joyous celebration of the life of a great Australian, and the country that grew up with her, Margaret Fulton Queen of the Dessert is ninety minutes of delectable enjoyment, as lightly […]
Opera Australia: Lucia di Lammermoor review
While opera’s sweetheart Emma Matthews is the star attraction, the quality of the full company of Lucia di Lammermoor makes for an evening of superb singing.