Given the current financial unrest in Europe, perennial favourite The Merry Widow is perhaps more topical than ever.
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.
An Officer and A Gentleman The Musical review
Director Simon Phillips and team redefine the boundaries of music theatre in this gripping, moving and ultimately uplifting new musical.
Met Opera Ring Cycle 2012 review
No longer a Ring virgin, I am now a fully qualified Lord of the Ring after sitting through all 19 or so hours of the Met’s epic, and somewhat controversial, new Ring […]
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes review
Megan Hilty from Smash on stage in a Marilyn Monroe role. Now why didn’t I think of that?
Met Opera Billy Budd review
Avoiding the potential melodrama of a male love triangle, the Met’s rarely seen production of Billy Budd maintains a grave integrity and a compassion for its characters.
2012 Broadway Play reviews
We used to call them “those shows without songs,” but this year’s plays have plenty of songs and music. In fact, two plays took Tony nominations for Best Score, a category that […]
Met Opera The Makropulos Case review
In a style that could almost be described as film noir, The Makropulos Case is a rare entry in the opera thriller genre.
Newcomer Corbin Bleu (High School Musical) is a perfect fit in this frenetic, modern update of Stephen Schwartz’s time-honoured classic.
The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess review
The classic folk opera Porgy and Bess shimmers to life in this truncated, but lovingly staged, adaptation.
An unexpectedly charming treat, Once wins over the audience early and never lets go until the bittersweet end.