Guy Simpson has been working as a Conductor, Orchestrator, Musical Director and Musical Supervisor for almost 45 years.
He has been involved with Miss Saigon for 35 years – starting as the audition pianist in 1988 on the search for the original Kim for the London production. He then went on to become the Musical Director of the show in Australia in 1995 and again in 2007. He has also conducted or supervised productions in Manila, Hong Kong, Singapore, Brazil, Seoul, The Netherlands and Japan.
Guy’s work on The Phantom of the Opera began in Australia in 1990. He has conducted or supervised productions in Auckland, Cape Town, Pretoria, Johannesburg, Shanghai, Taipei, Hong Kong, Brazil, Manila, Bangkok, Singapore, Guangzhou, Beijing and Seoul.
Last year he conducted The Phantom of the Opera on Sydney Harbour and was Musical Supervisor of the show at the Sydney Opera House and Arts Centre Melbourne for Opera Australia.
For Opera Australia he was Musical Director and Supervisor of Evita (starring Tina Arena), the 60th anniversary production of My Fair Lady (directed by Julie Andrews) and West Side Story (on the Sydney Harbour). He was Musical Supervisor of Cinderella.
He was recently Musical Supervisor and Orchestrator of a new production of Into The Woods at Belvoir St Theatre, Musical Director of Anna O’Byrne’s solo show Becoming Eliza and Do You Hear the People Sing – a concert of the music of Claude-Michel Schönberg.
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 – Muriel’s Wedding, The Wizard of Oz, Dream Lover, Prima Donna (the opera by Rufus Wainwright), Passion, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (starring Geoffrey Rush), Love Never Dies (the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera), Les Misérables, Cabaret, Company, Into the Woods, Little Shop of Horrors, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Pirates of Penzance, Snoopy, Seesaw, Zorba, Oklahoma!, Funny Girl, Call me Madam, Mack and Mabel, The Music Man, They’re Playing our Song, Carousel, Camelot, Little Me, Follies, Promises Promises, Gypsy and Guys and Dolls.
As an orchestrator recent projects include the musicals Ladies in Black and Dream Lover.
As a producer of cast recordings he has produced the albums of Muriel’s Wedding and Dream Lover for Sony and 2 cast recordings of The Phantom of the Opera in Korea.