An artistic triumph on every level, La Traviata cements Australia’s position as an international opera destination. There was trepidation in approaching this outdoor spectacle, a fear that overblown “if you build it, […]
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.
Sneak Peek: Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour La Traviata
Anticipation for Saturday night’s premiere of Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour La Traviata is at fever pitch in Sydney, the city decked out in festive posters and flags and that huge crane […]
The Rake’s Progess Review
Victorian Opera has attracted a highly talented team to stage this rarely seen opera, ensuring a remarkable production. Stravinsky’s music cannot quite be described as melodic, but it is certainly interesting and […]
La Cage aux Folles review
A top-notch cast brings perennial favourite La Cage aux Folles glittering back to life in this ambitious staging by Quirky Productions. Still as current as today’s headlines, ever loveable La Cage envelopes […]
An Interview with Amanda Harrison and Ben Mingay
On the eve of rehearsals for An Officer and a Gentleman, I caught up with stars Amanda Harrison and Ben Mingay and heard all about the excitement of being part of a […]
A Chorus Line review
Having missed the Melbourne opening night of the new revival of A Chorus Line I took myself along this week and found out that there was a very good reason for the […]
Sneak Peek: How to Train Your Dragon
Global Creatures CEO Carmen Pavlovic and Director Nigel Jamieson today hosted a sneak peek at the new Dreamworks arena spectacular How to Train your Dragon on stage at Hisense Arena, Melbourne. First […]
Man in Chair presents Carrie
Carrie, one of the most notorious flops of all time is back on stage. Will she have better luck this time around? Imagine a musical with a higher body count than Les […]
La Boheme review
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 […]
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 […]