Opera, Ballet & Musicals

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Highlighted musicals are available to hire through Playmarket.org.nz 

2014

The Great Art War >    full–length musical play     120'             

     for six singer-actors, violin & piano

     Commissioned by the Christchurch Arts and Heritage Trust 2011 for the Court Theatre/Christchurch Arts Festival performance.

     Book by Stuart Hoar, lyrics by Philip      

2002-3

The Pleasure Garden >    a chamber opera     30'             

     for six principal singers, chorus & two pianos

     Commissioned by Opera Factory, Auckland with funding from Creative NZ. Libretto by AK Grant.

     A revision and extension of 'An Artist's Tale'

2002

A Factory Opera ('Sure to Rise') >    a chamber opera     30'             

     for six principal singers, chorus & two pianos

     Commissioned by Opera Factory, Auckland with funding from Creative NZ. Libretto by Fiona Farrell.

     A revision and extension of 'A Factory Hand's Tale'

2001

A Christmas Carol >    ballet with orchestra     100'             

     2 2 2 2 / 2 2 2 1 / timp, perc(2), keyboard / str

     Commissioned by the Royal New Zealand Ballet Co. Choreographed by Russell Kerr, designs by Kristian Fredrikson.

     A revision of the original music for computer controlled keyboards

1999

The Factory Hand's Tale    a short opera     25'             

     A short opera part of the 'Canterbury Tales' collection, funding from Creative New Zealand. Libretto by Fiona Farrell

1999

Peter Pan >    ballet with orchestra      104'             

     2 2 2 2 / 2 2 2 1 / timp, perc(2/3), hp/pn / str

     Commissioned by Royal New Zealand Ballet Co, choreography by Russell Kerr, designs by Kristian Fredrikson.

 

Entr'acte & Pirates' Dance performed by Wellington Sinfonia (now Orchestra Wellington) and Kenneth Young (conductor)

1997

Dirty Weekends >    a gardening musical     120'   

    for eight actor–singers, piano and/or computer sequenced backing tape      

     Book by Roger Hall, lyrics and music by Philip

1995

Where Would a Songwriter be Without Love? >    a revue--style tribute musical     100'   

    for four actor--singers & piano     

     A revue-style tribute to the music of Philip Norman - devised by Roger Hall. Songs from Footrot Flats, Making it Big,

     A Christmas Carol, Love off the Shelf, Fresh Revolving Pleasures and Jobless

1993

A Christmas Carol >    an opera based on the Dickens classic     100'   

    for an ensemble of principal singers, chorus, dancers & orchestra

     2 1 2 1 / 2 2 0 0 / timp, perc(1), keyboard(2) / str    

     A Christmas opera based on Dickens' classic. Commissioned by Canterbury Opera with assistance from Creative NZ.

     Libretto by Philip Norman

1991

Making It Big >    a musical about the road to stardom     120'   

    for eight actor--singers & piano     

     Book by Roger Hall, music and lyrics by Philip

1990

A Christmas Carol >    ballet with computer--sequences tape     100'             

     Commissioned by Southern Ballet Dance Co. with assisstance from Creative NZ. 

     Choreographed by Russell Kerr.

     

1988

One in Five >    a road safety musical     60'   

    for six actors, two singers & computer-sequenced tape     

     Book and lyrics by Mark Prain. Commissioned by the Christchurch Academy and the Roadshow Trust:

     For theatre-in-education tours around NZ

1988

The 'I Am' Show >    a health musical     50'   

    for six actors, two singers & computer-sequenced tape     

     Book and lyrics by Mark Prain. Commissioned by the Christchurch Academy and the Roadshow Trust:

     For theatre-in-education tours around NZ

1987

Te Maia and the Sea-Devil    music for a ballet     55'       

     Commissioned by Royal New Zealand Ballet Co. to designs and story by Gavin Bishop. Choreographed by Russell Kerr

1986

Love Off The Shelf >    a romantic--novel--parody musical      120'   

    for eight actor--singers, extra actors & piano (+ optional variable instruments)    

     Written by Roger Hall, lyrics by AK Grant, music by Philip. Published Samuel French (UK, 1995)

1985

Terrible Tom    ballet for chamber ensemble     50' 

    flute(pic), clarinet(bcl + a sax), violin, cello, piano & percussion

     Commissioned by Royal New Zealand Ballet Co. to designs and story by Gavin Bishop. Choreographed by Russell Kerr

1983

Footrot Flats >    a musical based on the classic NZ comic strip      120'   

    for eight actor-singers, piano, drums, bass & reeds    

     Book by Roger Hall, lyrics by AK Grant, music by Philip. Commissioned by the Court Theatre, Christchurch

1983

Jobless    a musical about unemployment      120'   

    for three actor--singers & piano   

     Book and lyrics by Ken Hudson, music by Philip. Commissioned by the Court Theatre, Christchurch directed by Elric Hooper

1982

Scripting the Dreams    a ballet for chamber ensemble       20'   

    for chamber ensemble of eight musicians

     Commissioned by Southern Ballet Dance Co. with assistance from NZ Composers Foundation. Choreography by Russell Kerr

1981

Fresh Revolving Pleasures    a chamber musical       120'   

    for three actor--singers & piano

     Book and lyrics by AK Grant, music by Philip. Commissioned by the Court Theatre, Christchurch

1976

A Stab In The Dark    a comic operetta       120'   

    for 11 principal singers, chorus & small orchestra: 2 1 2 1 / 0 1 1 0 / drums, piano / strings

     Libretto by John Farnsworth. Commissioned by University of Canterbury MUSOC. Published Nota Bene Music. 

1975

Pierrot Lunatic    one act comic operetta       35'   

     Libretto by John Farnsworth. Commissioned by University of Canterbury MUSOC.

     Further details from Philip directly

1974

Stiff luck for the Undertaker >    a comic operetta       120'   

    for 13 principal singers, chorus & small orchestra: 2 1 2 1 / 0 1 1 0 / piano / strings

     Libretto by John Farnsworth. Commissioned by University of Canterbury MUSOC. Published Nota Bene Music. 

1973

Cinderolla and the Fairy Oddmother    a comic operetta       120'   

     Libretto by John Farnsworth. Commissioned by University of Canterbury MUSOC

     Further details from Philip directly

1971

The Twenty-First of the Forty-Ninth   a one--act comic operetta       35'   

     Libretto by John Farnsworth. Written for a season of three performances while a student at Rathkeale College

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