We get inside the mind of the actor and music critic ahead of his upcoming appearances at the Hayes Theatre.

1. Three pieces of music you love:
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique
Debussy: La Mer
Schumann: Piano Concerto
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde(I can’t count)

2. Three favourite musicals:
West Side Story
Guys and Dolls
A Little Night Music
(and The Mikadoif that qualifies)

3. Which politician would you most, and which least like to see in a musical?
Most: Malcolm Turnbull, singing Puttin’ On The Ritz à la Fred Astaire.
Least: Ian Macfarlane, Federal Minister for Industry and Science.   

4. Three favourite Lionel Bart musicals (that aren’t Oliver):
Fings Ain’t What They Used to Be
Twang!(his flop show about Robin Hood)

5. Three underrated composers:
Aulis Sallinen
Havergal Brian
Aram Khachaturian (well known but still underrated)

6. Three pieces of music you could happily never hear again:
Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique Symphony (over-programmed)
I Still Call Australia Home (OK, we get it)