Last in this series of exclusive interviews with Producers and Creatives from the Australian Premiere Production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Margaret Throsby interviews Michael Cassel, Australian Executive Producer of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Michael Cassel is an internationally recognised producer and entertainment executive. He formed his company, the Michael Cassel Group, to produce and present the world’s greatest musical and theatrical productions, live entertainment experiences, marquee events and concert attractions.
Current productions include the first international touring production of the world’s #1 musical, Disney’s The Lion King, which has enjoyed triumphant seasons in the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea (Daegu, Busan and Seoul), Thailand and Hong Kong. Michael is the Executive Producer of the Australian premiere production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child now playing exclusively in Melbourne at the Princess Theatre. The record-breaking play is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions.
In March 2021, Michael will produce the Australasian premiere of the landmark, multi-award-winning musical Hamilton at the Sydney Lyric Theatre.
Previous productions include the triumphant 19-month Australian and international tour of Les Misérables, the Helpmann Award®-winning Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, the 10th Anniversary Tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, the Australian premiere of Cyndi Lauper’s acclaimed Kinky Boots and the Australian and Asian tour of Singin’ in the Rain. Concerts and events include the outdoor stadium spectacular The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium, the opening celebration of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup and tours including Celeste Barber, Lea Salonga, Tina Arena and Darren Criss. Broadway and West End co-producer credits include DreamWorks’ The Prince of Egypt, Pretty Woman: The Musical and The Cher Show.
In addition to his theatrical interests, Michael exclusively represents former Australian Prime Minister, The Hon. Julia Gillard AC, former Olympian and global sporting administrator, Lord Sebastian Coe CH, KBE and media personality, Sami Lukis.
During his ten-year tenure with Disney Theatrical Group, the live entertainment division of The Walt Disney Company, he produced the company’s Broadway stage productions, including The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan, AIDA, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid and High School Musical. Michael also supported Disney on Ice and Disney Live! licensed to Feld Entertainment, in international markets.
Michael began his professional career working with Australia’s foremost entertainment entrepreneur and celebrity manager, Harry M. Miller.
Michael lives in Sydney with his wife Camille and their children Eveleigh and Vaughn.