Poor “little” Natalie Portly. All she wants is to play the coveted dual role of White Pig and Black Pig in Swine Lake but her monstrous mother, coldhearted choreographer and cunning co-star […]
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.
Barassi: The Stage Show review
Distinctly Melbourne in flavour, the affection, scope and gentle cheek of Barassi The Stage Show combine for an enjoyable, even inspirational, trip down memory lane. Author Tee O’Neill has crafted a pacy, […]
The Australian Ballet: Swan Lake review
Artistic Director David McAllister’s vision to mount a new-yet-traditional staging of perennial favourite Swan Lake has been lovingly and expertly realised in this wondrous production that puts the focus squarely on the […]
South Pacific review [Melbourne]
Fresh from its record-breaking Sydney season, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific has landed in Melbourne in glorious shape. Tight, humorous, energetic and rapturously melodious, this artistic triumph is brimming with life, romance […]
Marina Prior – Both Sides Now cd review
You’ve heard these songs before, but never sung as beautifully as this. Marina Prior, leading lady of the Australian musical stage, has veered away from the music theatre catalogue of her previous […]
The Mousetrap review [Melbourne]
I remember when growing up, before the era of mega musicals Cats, Phantom and Les Miz, a standard question to someone returning from London was “Did you see The Mousetrap?” To have […]
The Australian Ballet: Icons review
The Australian Ballet bathes audiences in the warm and cosy glow of nostalgia in this guided trip down memory lane. The posters, costumes and sets on display in the foyers of the […]
Eifman Ballet: Anna Karenina review
Visiting Russian company Eifman Ballet present a highly theatrical hybrid of modern and classical dance in this unique and entertaining production.
Melbourne Theatre Fans to Spend ‘One Evening With Sondheim’
Producer John Frost announced today that Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim will appear in a special event, One Evening with Stephen Sondheim at 7.30pm on October 22 at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne. UPDATE […]
Stephen Schwartz to Melbourne for Magnormos in 2013
Head Honcho Aaron Joyner tonight unveiled a bumper year ahead for Magnormos in 2013.