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1. RICHARD MONTGOMERY CURRICULUM VITAE EMAIL: PHONE: +61 411 039 351 2. THEATRE/SHOWS 2013 – 2016 ã Music Director, ‘The Lion King’,…
  • 2. THEATRE/SHOWS 2013 – 2016 • Music Director, ‘The Lion King’, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth (producer: Disney) 2016 • Associate Music Director, ‘Funny Girl’, Victorian Arts Centre (producer: The Production Company) • Repetiteur, ‘Curtains’, Victorian Arts Centre (producer: The Production Company) 2015 • Rehearsal pianist for Hugh Jackman, ‘Broadway to Oz’ (producer: Dainty) 2013 • Keyboards, rehearsal pianist, ‘Shane Warne the Musical’, Hamer Hall Melbourne, Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2012 • Music Director for Caroline O’Connor, re-opening of Hamer Hall, Victorian Arts Centre 2012 – 2013 • Keyboards, ‘Jersey Boys’, Auckland, Brisbane, Melbourne (producer: Dainty Group). 2011 • Music Director, ‘The Lion King’, Marina Bay Sands theatre, Singapore (producer: Disney/BASE Entertainment) 2010 • Keyboards, ‘Mary Poppins’, Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne (producer: Disney/Cameron Mackintosh) 2009 - 2010 • Keyboards, ‘Jersey Boys’, Princess Theatre, Melbourne (producer: Dainty Group) 2008 • Music Director, ‘The Lion King’, Taipei (producer: Disney/Really Useful Group) • Keyboards, ‘The Rocky Horror Show’, Comedy Theatre, Melbourne (producer: Dainty Group)
  • 3. 2007 • Repetiteur, ‘Shout’, Victorian Arts Centre (producer: Dennis Smith and John Gilbert) • Music Director, ‘Take Your Skin Off and Dance’, Victorian College of the Arts Music Theatre showcase • Repetiteur and pianist, ‘Little Me’, Victorian Arts Centre, (producer: The Production Company) • Repetiteur and pianist, ‘Sweet Charity’, Victorian Arts Centre (producer: The Production Company) 2003 – 2006 • Associate Conductor, ‘The Lion King’, Sydney, Melbourne and Shanghai (producer: Disney) (also played keyboard 1, the main rhythm section keyboard chair) 2002 • Repetiteur and pianist, ‘Hello Dolly’, Victorian Arts Centre (producer: The Production Company) 2001 • Accompanied Caroline O’Connor in ‘Cabaret with a Twist’ series at Victorian Arts Centre 2000 to 2002 • Music Director, ‘Voices Studio choir’, a 15-piece choir performing gospel and contemporary material 2000 • Keyboards on ‘The Ultimate Rock Symphony’ tour, featuring Roger Daltrey, Peter Frampton, Alice Cooper, Gary Brooker and Paul Rodgers - Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra and regional centres 1999 • Assistant Conductor and Principal Repetiteur, ‘The Merry Widow’, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney (producer: Essgee Entertainment) • Music Director, ‘Jive Junkies’, Glen Street Theatre in Sydney. I also wrote all vocal and musical arrangements for the show. 1998 • Assistant Music Director, ‘Chicago’, Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne (producer: IMG) • Music Director for Caroline O’Connor’s performance of ‘Steam Heat’ at the ‘One Night Stand’ AIDS Benefit at the Melbourne Concert Hall.
  • 4. 1997 - 1998 • Associate Music Director, ‘Crazy for You’, State Theatre in Melbourne and the Lyric Theatre in Brisbane (producer: GFO) 1994 - 1995 • Assistant Music Director, British and European touring production of ‘Five Guys Named Moe’, and also worked for two months in the same capacity on the West End production of the show (producer: Cameron Mackintosh) 1993 - 1994 • Assistant Music Director, ‘Five Guys Named Moe’, Atheneum Theatre, Melbourne (producer: Cameron Mackintosh) 1991 - 1992 • Music Director, ‘Torch Song Trilogy’, Universal Theatre, Melbourne
  • 5. BAND/RHYTHM SECTION EXPERIENCE Extensive experience in rhythm sections and bands ranging from trios up to big bands, in addition to playing the key rhythm section chair in many of the shows listed above. Pianist for many years in the Movin’ and Groovin’ Orchestra, a popular Melbourne- based 18-piece big band playing a wide repertoire of Swing and Latin music. I also wrote arrangements for the band. Pianist in the B# Big Band, another popular Melbourne big band. Music Director of the ten-piece band Austin and the Shagadelics, inspired by the ‘Austin Powers’ movies. The repertoire consists of songs of the 1960s and 70s made popular by performers/writers such as Burt Bacharach, Sergio Mendes, Tom Jones and Barry White. Experience in many jazz and Latin bands, performing at jazz venues such as Bennetts Lane and Dizzy’s and at festivals such as the Melbourne International Festival and Monsalvat. My band has also been used by corporate clients such as Yves Saint Laurent, Estee Lauder, Jaguar, and the Australian Fashion Industry Awards. Other bands I have played in include: • So Nice, a ten piece Latin/60s pop band • Blame it on the Mambo, a Latin American band playing Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music • The Escalators, a funk dance band. I also work as a solo pianist, having an extensive classical and jazz repertoire. In 1992 I was a finalist in the National Jazz Piano Awards, part of the Wangaratta Jazz Festival. ACCOMPANYING I have worked as music director or accompanist for many singers in a range of cabaret, concert or club settings, including: • Caroline O’Connor • Marina Prior • John O’May • David Campbell • Shelley Scown • Nichaud Fitzgibbon • Jane Clifton • Alyce Platt • Emma Franz • Lisa Roberts • David Williamson • Michael Howard Smith
  • 6. RECORDINGS • Movin’ and Groovin’ Orchestra: ‘I’ve Never Been to Cuba’ (1997) (Newmarket) ('ve-Never-Been-To-Cuba.html ) • Lion King cast: Christmas album (2005) • Lion King Japan cast album, Music Supervisor (2011) FILM AND TELEVISION 2004 - 5 • ‘Good Morning Australia’– two performances with Buyisile Zama (Rafiki from ‘The Lion King’) • ‘Mornings with Kerri-Anne’ - performance with Buyisile Zama February 1996 • Feature film ‘Hotel de Love’, a Village Roadshow production. August 1993 • Mini series ‘Snowy River’, screened in 1994 on Channel Nine. I wrote arrangements for several nineteenth century pieces, which I performed with a quintet in several scenes. Regular performances with my jazz group on TV shows such as ‘Hey, Hey it’s Saturday’ and ‘In Melbourne Today’. TRAINING • Music Masters degree, University of Melbourne (2007–2009), including: • Conducting studies with John Hopkins • Choral direction with Richard Gill • Band direction • Arranging • Conducting studies with Dobbs Franks, 1997 – 2003 • Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Music Technology at Latrobe University • Finalist in the National Jazz Piano Awards, November 1992 • Improvisation course at the Victorian College of the Arts (1988-9) • Prizes in various competitions including semi-finalist in the ABC Concerto Competition • L.Mus.A. in piano • Classical piano studies with Roy Shepherd, Rosslyn Farren-Price and Bruno de Michelis • Jazz piano studies with Paul Grabowsky, Tony Gould and Mickey Tucker • Music scholarship to Scotch College (piano and violin)
  • 7. REFERENCES Clement Ishmael (Music Supervisor ‘The Lion King’, Music Director, ‘Five Guys Named Moe’) Lebo Morake (composer, ‘The Lion King’) Michael Cassel (Michael Cassel Productions) Phone: +61 414 564 085 Louise Withers (Louise Withers and Associates) Phone: +61 405 599 955 More references available on request.
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