BIOGRAPHY

Simon is currently the Associate Musical Director of the Australian revival of EVITA (starring Tina Arena), directed by Hal Prince. Previously, he was the Musical Director of the brand new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE WOMAN IN WHITE (nominated as a finalist for Best Musical Director for the Off West End ‘Offie’ Awards) and Ray Rackham’s revue JUST ANOTHER LOVE STORY showcasing the music and lyrics of Stephen Sondheim. He was recently the Musical Director of the UK Premiere of TENDERLY - THE ROSEMARY CLOONEY MUSICAL (also nominated for Best Musical Director for the Off West End ‘Offie’ Awards), Musical Director of Tim Rice’s revamped production of BLONDEL at the Union Theatre, Musical Supervisor/Arranger for the West End production of Ray Rackham’s play JUDY! (formally called THROUGH THE MILL) after previous productions at the London Theatre Workshop and the transfer to the Southwark Playhouse, the Assistant Musical Director on the UK/European Tour of CATS and Musical Director of the BWW:UK Award-winning London Premiere of THE SPITFIRE GRILL at the Union Theatre (Best New Production of a Musical (Fringe/Regions)).

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Simon was the Associate Musical Director of the World Tour of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (2013 - 2015), A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM starring Geoffrey Rush, and the acclaimed Australian production of LOVE NEVER DIES (filmed for DVD/Blu-ray with Simon conducting the prerecords under supervision from Andrew Lloyd Webber), where he served as Acting Musical Director for several months. This included conducting at the Sydney Opera House for the 2011 Helpmann Awards.

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Simon has toured Australia with David Campbell on his “Broadway” Tour (also recorded for DVD), received a Green Room Award nomination as the Musical Director for STARTING HERE, STARTING NOW at the Arts Centre Melbourne, and was the Artist-In-Residence Musical Director for both URINETOWN with the University of Ballarat Arts Academy and SHOWBITES with Victorian College of the Arts. In 2010, Simon toured the United Kingdom with the Midnite Youth Theatre Company performing his own musical THE TRAVELLING, which included a sell-out performance at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London.

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Other Musical Direction credits include THE LAST FIVE YEARS, INTO THE WOODS, RENT, HAIR and THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO with his own theatre company, yellow glass theatre. Simon has also played for LES MISERABLES, IRENE (with Debbie Reynolds), MISS SAIGON and WICKED in Australia.

CREDIT LIST

Trained at University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia. 

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Musical Direction credits include: Just Another Love Story (Above the Arts, London); The Woman in White (Charing Cross Theatre, London); Tenderly - The Rosemary Clooney Musical (New Wimbledon Studio, Wimbledon); Blondel (Union Theatre, London); JUDY! (Arts Theatre/Talk Of The Town, London); Through The Mill (London Theatre Workshop/Southwark Playhouse); The Spitfire Grill (Union Theatre); Starting Here, Starting Now (The Arts Centre, Melbourne); Urinetown (University of Ballarat); The Last Five Years (Subiaco Arts Centre); The Travelling (UK Tour 2010 and The Blue Room Theatre); Into The Woods (Subiaco Arts Centre); Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (Subiaco Arts Centre); The Threepenny Opera (Curtin University); HAIR (Regal Theatre); The Marriage of Figaro (Subiaco Arts Centre); RENT (Regal Theatre and The Bakery); Company (Subiaco Arts Centre); Anthems for Doomed Youth (The Blue Room Theatre); I Sing! (Downstairs at The Maj); Little Shop of Horrors; The World Goes ‘Round; Jesus Christ Superstar. 

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Associate Musical Direction credits include: EVITA (Australian Tour 2018-2019); CATS (UK/European Tour 2016); The Phantom of the Opera (World Tour 2013-2015); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne); Love Never Dies (Australian Tour 2011-2012); David Campbell “On Broadway” Australian Tour.

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Musical Supervisor credits include: JUDY! (Arts Theatre/Talk Of The Town, London); Through The Mill (London Theatre Workshop/Southwark Playhouse); Green, Gold & Musical (Subiaco Arts Centre). 

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Other performance credits include: Wicked (Regent Theatre); The Phantom of the Opera (Burswood Theatre); Miss Saigon (Burswood Theatre); Irene (His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth); Les Miserables (Perth Entertainment Centre); The Phantom of the Opera (Perth Entertainment Centre). 

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Cabaret credits include: My Friends Went Overseas And All They Brought Me Back Was This Lousy Cabaret Act; Rainy Days and Mondays – The Songs of the Carpenters; a splash of yellow!; Last Days of Weimar: Kabarett Music Suppressed by the Third Reich; Matters of the Heart and other organs; SWALLOW! A Gastronomical Cabaret. 

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Composition credits include: The Travelling; Anthems for Doomed Youth; The Journey of the Golden Gondola. 

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Recording credits include: Love Never Dies (Universal Pictures/RUG); David Campbell “On Broadway” Concert DVD. 

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Arrangement credits include: Just Another Love Story (Above the Arts, London); Belinda Wollaston - The Music of Judy Garland (Australia); JUDY! (Arts Theatre/Talk Of The Town, London); Through The Mill (London Theatre Workshop/Southwark Playhouse).

Copyright Simon R. Holt 2019