Essay on Peter Stannard by Dorian Mode
I first met Peter Standard when I interviewed him for my Masters in Musical Theatre in 2005. By that time I knew more about Australian Musicals than is acceptable in a heterosexual. At the time I was researching Peter’s extraordinary success with Lola Montez, for which he composed the original score (lyrics by Peter Benjamin and book by Alan Burke).
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Dorian Mode is a professional jazz musician and the author of Café in Venice (Penguin) and Mozart Maulers (Penguin). He’s written for The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and leading magazines. He has won three ABC Music Awards (incl Best Theatrical Score) and his plays have been published here and in the UK and recently translated into Dutch and French. His first musical comedy Dishlickers, about the greyhound-racing ban, is available at Origin Theatrical.