Neil Gooding is an international theatre producer, writer, director. He was the originating Chairman and one of the founding members of Hayes Theatre Co in Sydney, and is the head of New Musicals Australia. Neil has been awarded a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Law, both from the University of Queensland.
Early in his career, Neil was employed by Jacobsen Entertainment, where he was responsible for the financial administration of the Arena Productions of The Man from Snowy River Arena Spectacular, the Long Way to The Top concert series, De La Guarda and Dirty Dancing, as well as being the tour accountant on the road with Ja Rule & Ashanti in 2003. In 2005, Neil also worked for Delta Goodrem and toured Australia as her Tour Accountant on her Visualise Tour.
Neil Gooding Productions (NGP) was established in 2002. It brings high quality theatrical experiences to Australian and international audiences. NGP upholds a strong emphasis on the development of new work, focusing particularly on Musical Theatre.
Neil most recently directed the Australian premiere of Stalking The Bogeyman at The Old Fitz, the World Premiere concert version of Paris in Melbourne, the world Premiere of The Red Tree, and was Assistant Director on the play Church And State which premiered Off-Broadway at New World Stages in February 2017.
His producing work internationally includes: the New York production of Handle with Care starring Carol Lawrence; the play The 39 Steps, which played at Union Square Theatre in New York; Alan Cumming's one-man version of Macbeth which ran for a special 14-week limited season on Broadway; as well as being a financial investor in, It's Only A Play. In London's West End, NGP was a producer of the hit Australian play, Holding the Man.
His producing credits in Australia include: High Fidelity at Hayes Theatre Co; the multi Helpmann Award winning Sweet Charity which launched Hayes Theatre Co, before going on to have a national tour; and the original tour of Breast Wishes - a new Australian musical which went on to complete a six-month regional tour in 2011.
Neil Gooding Productions also produces some of Australia's best cabaret. Some of the cabaret artists and shows that NGP has produced and toured include: Catherine Alcorn's hit show The Divine Miss Bette which has toured extensively throughout Australia and the US; I GET THE MUSIC IN YOU, an evening with Jan van de Stool; Lucy Maunder in Irving Berlin: Songs In the Key Of Black; Marika Aubrey in Last Of The Red Hot Mamas; Mitchell Butel in Killing Time; Toby Francis in Love, Death And An American Guitar; and Queenie van de Zandt's multi-award-winning show, BLUE: The Songs of Joni Mitchell, which was nominated for the 2018 Helpmann and Sydney Theatre Awards for Best Cabaret Production as well as winning 3 other prestigious theatre awards. The show has toured around Australia as well as to the USA in 2018 and is continuing to tour in 2019.
As a director Neil has directed: Passion, at the Arts Centre in Melbourne for Life Like Touring; the Australian premiere of Dogfight by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, (for which he received a Sydney Theatre Award nomination), and Truth Beauty And A Picture Of You both at Hayes Theatre Co; the national tour of Thank You for Being A Friend; Nick Christo's cabaret show The Fabulous Frances Faye, which was nominated for a Sydney Theatre Critics Award, and was presented in New York in 2009 as well as Side by Side by Sondheim; Diciasette – Mark Vincent; Back To The 80's; The Road To Bethlehem; Well Swung; Keeping Annabelle; Listen To My Heart; Building A Wing; workshops of The Silver Donkey; High As A Kite; and A Little Touch Of Chaos. Neil was also assistant director to Gale Edwards for the launch concert of Kookaburra Music Theatre Company.
As a producer/director Neil has worked on: Sing on Through Tomorrow (a song revue of the music of Matthew Robinson); LOVEBiTES by Peter Rutherford and James Millar; Love Letters starring Ian Stenlake and Rachael Beck; the World Premiere of The Hatpin starring Caroline O'Connor, which then went on to perform at the New York Music Theatre Festival, and the Australian premiere of Gutenberg! The Musical! for which he was nominated for a 2009 Helpmann Award and a 2009 Green Room Award.
For Packemin Productions, Neil has produced and directed Wicked, Miss Saigon (starring Marcus Rivera) , The Phantom of The Opera (starring Ben Mingay), Beauty and The Beast (starring Scott Irwin and Donna Lee), Annie (starring Amanda Muggleton and Rodney Dobson), Hairspray (starring Jon English and Wayne Scott Kermond), and Mary Poppins, The Wizard of Oz, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Oliver!.
Neil is also the author of the musical Back to the 80's which is now produced hundreds of times around the world every year, as well as the newly released Popstars.