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Gary wrote and directed the new Australian musical SIDESHOW ALLEY at the Playhouse QPAC to critical acclaim. Gary and composer Paul Keelan won the prestigious 2007 Helpmann Award for Best Original Score, Music and Lyrics for SIDESHOW ALLEY. Gary won the Aussie Theatre Award for his direction.
Recently he directed SINGING IN THE RAIN for The Production Company, THE MOUSETRAP, the Jubilee Anniversary production, which enjoyed a sell out tour of Australia, CRY ME A RIVER at the Comedy Theatre starring Rhonda Burchmore, two National tours for Hi 5 and the musical CITY OF ANGELS. He directed FULLY COMMITTED starring Spencer McLaren, and staged the concert for the celebration of the 35th birthday of the Festival Theatre. He was also nominated for the Helpmann Award for his direction of the record breaking MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL.
Gary was Associate Director for the original Australian/Asian production of MAMMA MIA, also the 2010 Anniversary production. He directed CAROUSEL starring David Campbell for The Production Company at the State Theatre, FUNNY GIRL with Caroline O'Conner, CALL ME MADAM starring Geraldine Turner, MAME starring Rhonda Burchmore, and THE BOYFRIEND.
He directed the new musical CRUSADE for the Edinburgh Festival and GUYS AND DOLLS at the Adelaide Festival Theatre. For the Canterbury Opera, NZ, he directed Stephen Sondheim's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC teaming up with Geraldine Turner once again.
He has had a varied career as performer, writer and director and has worked all over the world in theatre, cabaret and television with the Mo Award winning RITZ COMPANY. Theatre productions include SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM, STARTING HERE, STARTING NOW, SHOWBOAT, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR and LES MISERABLES.
He was Resident Director for the Australian productions of MISS SAIGON and LES MISERABLES for the Cameron Mackintosh Organization, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, ASPECTS OF LOVE for the Really Useful Company, SCROOGE with Keith Michell at the Princess Theatre, TALES OF HOFFMANN and staged THE STUDENT PRINCE for the Victoria State Opera, also THE MERRY WIDOW for the Melbourne City Opera. He was Associate Director for the 10th Anniversary Productions of LES MISERABLES and MISS SAIGON. He directed the Australian premiere of CRUSADE.
Original written work includes lyrics and book with co-writer and composer Tony Rees for TILLY, presented at the Buxton Musical Quest in Britain. Their project JEKYLL was staged at the Churchill Theatre, Britain and starred Dave Willets. He has also written several Theatre In Education pieces.
Current works with composer Paul Keelan include SHIP OF FOOLS, showcased at Chapel Off Chapel Theatre, A WOMAN'S EYES, BLACK WIDOW and TEA WITH OSCAR, which was nominated for the Green Room Award for music and lyrics with two successful seasons at the Chapel Off Chapel Theatre.
Their musical SIDESHOW ALLEY won the National search for new work by Australian writers and composers, winning the inaugural Pratt Music Theatre Prize. It also won the 2007 Helpmann Award for them. Their current works include a musical based on the life of the Italian Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi – ARTEMISIA, and their musical BIM BOM is set in the Russian Revolution. Their Helpmann nominated children’s theatre piece WOMBAT STEW had a record breaking tour of Australia and will tour again in 2014..
Gary is currently working on a new play SKYROCKETS AND CRAWLING THINGS.
He is thrilled to have his new children’s book “MORE THAN TWO” published by New Holland Publishers.
Awards include The Arts Council Award for Direction, The Helpmann Award, Green Room nominations, The Mo Award, and The Aussie Theatre Award for Best Direction of a Musical.
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