Rob Morrison has been heard over the airwaves of 96.5 Inner-FM in Australia since 1992, when he began as a regular guest on the “Local Theatre” programme broadcast on Sunday afternoons from 4 – 5 p.m. In 1993 Rob graduated to the other side of the radio panel as a presenter of his own “Local Theatre” time-slot – a role that he continues to this day hosting the show every fourth week.
Rob Morrison in the studio with another guest Lewis Fiander
In addition, Rob hosts his own weekly light music programme “Kaleidoscope” which has been on the air since late 2001 and is broadcast every Thursday afternoon from 1 p.m. As its name suggests the show features an ever-changing, wide-ranging eclectic selection of middle-of-the-road light orchestral and instrumental music, film music, band music, songs from stage and screen, musicals and operettas and popular and classical vintage vocal recordings from the great singers of yesteryear.
A member of the “Concert Hall” team from 2001 until the programme’s demise in April, 2011, Rob regularly broadcast operettas and comic operas every fourth week in the programme’s Tuesday evening timeslot. (A separate web-page lists the operettas/comic operas broadcast during Rob’s tenure.)
Rob now presents a weekly 2-hour programme “Musical Theatre Melodies” every Tuesday evening from 9 p.m. devoted to the best of Broadway, London’s West End, the Australian stage and a little European operetta as well. (Rob’s webpages listing the musicals featured on the programme to date, plus those scheduled for each month ahead, as well as recordings of his feature interviews, may be found here.) Rob also invites listeners to request their favourite musical theatre songs for future airplay on the show.
With a background in science and biophysics, Rob is equally at home in the performing arts, having made his stage debut with a local Youth Theatre company in 1975 at the age of 14 playing an elderly priest in a pantomime. Since that time Rob has performed in over 70 stage productions running the gamut from musicals to revues, concerts and plays. With a personal preference for Musical Theatre, Rob has lent his bass-baritone singing voice and dancing abilities to a diverse range of character roles in such musicals as “Finian’s Rainbow” (as Og the Leprechaun), “The Wizard of Oz” (Tin-man), “Godspell” (John the Baptist/Judas), “Sweeney Todd” (Judge Turpin), “Showboat” (Capt’n Andy), “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” (Reverend Crisparkle), “Jekyll & Hyde” (General Lord Glossop) and “Anything Goes” (Lord Evelyn Oakleigh) amongst dozens of others, for such local groups as Foote Street/ Footlights/ Phoenix/ Heidelberg Theatre Companies and Nova Music Theatre. Occasional T.V. work in the late 1990s included being cast as an extra in “Neighbours”, a victim in “Australia’s Most Wanted” and a courtroom policeman in “Seachange”.
Rob’s favourite composers in the field of Musical Theatre include Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Lionel Monckton, Noel Coward, Ivor Novello and Vivian Ellis – whose collective works, (needless to say), are a regular feature of his broadcasts.
A passion for the comic operas of Messrs. Gilbert and Sullivan has also led Rob to be a regular contributor of articles and historical information to the Internet-based websites The Gilbert & Sullivan Archive and A Gilbert and Sullivan Discography
He has also contributed information to the Internet-based Edward German Discography website and, as a member of Theatre Heritage Australia, has written and researched numerous articles for the organisation’s quarterly newsletter On Stage.
Here Rob interviews Australia’s international legend Sean Scully.
Sean began his acting career at the age of 12, going on 13, in the 1960 Children’s Film Foundation film Hunted in Holland, which won the Diploma of Honour at the Cannes Film Festival. Following that, he was signed by Walt Disney and starred in a number of family feature films for the studio, including The Prince and the Pauper (filmed 1961, released 1962), in which he played both title characters, alongside Guy Williams as Miles Hendon, and also played opposite Patrick McGoohan in Dr Syn, Alias The Scarecrow (1963).
He also starred in the 1962 Walt Disney movie Almost Angels. He played Peter, a member of the Vienna Boys’ Choir whose voice is near to breaking. He is extremely jealous of Toni Fiala, played by Vincent Winter, who is the new boy with a wonderful clear treble voice. Ultimately, however, the two boys become friends. The film was retitled “Born To Sing” in the UK.
Following this Sean was selected to play a role in the Broadway opening of Noel Coward’s musical The Girl Who Came To Supper. Listen to Sean as he tells the story of his career.
Click on this link: Sean Scully interview