In his day job, Chris runs Hamilton-based advertising and design agency, King St. He has worked in the creative field all his career. He was a columnist for the Waikato Times for 10 years and has written creative copy for all media. Over this time he has also developed his skills in song writing, performance and composition. He has written many songs over the last 6-7 years and has produced two albums - “Looking for a Song” and "Feel free to sing along" under his performing name, MIDDLEMAN. A self taught musician, he plays piano and guitar and does a bit of singing.
State Highway 48 is his first full musical, a project he has been working on for seven years. After two development seasons, the show was successfully toured through the North Island in 2016. Chris ran a development season for his second musical, The Quest, in 2018 and is now working on the next stage. The Quest is a parody of reality talent shows; it received excellent reviews. Another show is now in development and will be ready for launch early in 2020.
- MUSIC DIRECTOR
Professional Theatre: Annie, Anything Goes, Blood Brothers, Cabaret, Cats, Chicago, Company, 42nd Street, Into the Woods, Jersey Boys, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Matilda, Phantom of the Opera, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Singing in the Rain, Song and Dance, The Secret Garden, The Sound of Music, West Side Story.
Theatre (composer): ‘Pete The Barefoot Postman’ (2001). For Intermediate school kids. Regularly performed in NZ schools.
‘Kevin, the Musical’ (2014) : commissioned by the Comedy Festival in conjunction with comedian Steve Wrigley. Performances in Auckland Wellington and New York comedy festivals. Freda Stark the musical : currently in development.
Television: NZ Idol (arranger), Showstoppers (Musical Director), TV2 Celebrity Christmas (Musical Director), Stars in their Eyes (Musical Director), Elaine Paige World Tour DVD, TV3 Telethon (Musical Director), To Sir With Love – a tribute to Sir Howard Morrison (Musical Director), New Zealand’s Got Talent (Musical Director). New Zealand Variety Show (Musical Director).