Guy Simpson has been working all over the world as a Conductor, Orchestrator, Musical Director and Musical Supervisor for 40 years.
He was recently the Musical Director of EVITA (directed by Harold Prince) for Opera Australia and was Musical Director of the 60th anniversary production of My Fair Lady (directed by Julie Andrews), also for Opera Australia.
He was Musical Supervisor of the premiere season of the Australian new musical Muriel’s Wedding and recently was Musical Supervisor/orchestrator for of the new musical Dream Lover – the Bobby Darin Musical. He produced the cast recordings of both of these shows. He also recently orchestrated 2 more new musicals, Ladies in Black and Smithy.
Guy’s work on The Phantom of the Opera began in Australia in 1990 and has continued for the past 29 years with productions in Auckland, Cape Town, Pretoria, Johannesburg, Shanghai, Taipei, Hong Kong, Sao Paulo, Manila, Bangkok, Singapore, Guangzhou, Beijing, Istanbul and Seoul where he produced 2 cast recordings in Korean.
He has had a similar long association with Miss Saigon since the original production – conducting or supervising productions in Australia, Manila, Hong Kong, Singapore, Brazil, Seoul, The Netherlands and Japan.
He conducted concerts of the opera Prima Donna and the show Rufus Does Judy with Rufus Wainwright in Australia and New Zealand.
Guy was musical director and orchestrator for Defying Gravity: the songs of Stephen Schwartz in Sydney starring Sutton Foster, Aaron Tveit and Betty Buckley.
Productions in Australia include Passion, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum starring Geoffrey Rush and Love Never Dies – the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. This production has been filmed and released on DVD by Universal Pictures.
For The Production Company with Orchestra Victoria in Melbourne – Funny Girl, Call me Madam, Mack and Mabel, The Music Man, They’re Playing our Song, Carousel, Oklahoma!, Camelot, Little Me, Follies, Promises Promises, Gypsy, Guys and Dolls and West Side Story.
Other international productions include Cats (Australia, New Zealand), Chicago (Australia, Hong Kong) and We Will Rock You – the QUEEN musical (Australia, Japan)
Other productions in Australia include Les Misérables, Cabaret, Company, Into the Woods, Little Shop of Horrors, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Pirates of Penzance, Snoopy, Seesaw and Zorba.