The Michael Cassel Group is a live entertainment company formed to produce the world’s greatest musical and theatrical productions, live entertainment experiences, marquee events and concert attractions.
Led by Michael Cassel, the entrepreneurial company has enjoyed a “meteoric rise” (Australian Financial Review) and been named a “visionary” and “a producer with global cred changing the face of the stage” by The Weekend Australian. Based in Sydney, Australia, the Michael Cassel Group has expanded its horizons to include international touring and Broadway productions.
In association with Disney Theatrical Group, the Michael Cassel Group is producing the first international touring production of the world’s #1 musical, Disney’s The Lion King. After triumphant seasons in Manila, Singapore, Daegu, Seoul, Busan, Taipei, Bangkok and Hong Kong, with additional cities to be announced.
The Michael Cassel Group is the Executive Producer and General Manager of the Australian premiere production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The Tony Award®-winning production is 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.
The Michael Cassel Group will premiere the landmark, multi-award-winning musical Hamilton at Sydney Lyric Theatre in a new production beginning March 2021.
Previously, the Michael Cassel Group has presented Hollywood star Rita Wilson at the Sydney Opera House, produced the opening celebration of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020, presented Tina Arena: In Concert as part of the Sydney Coliseum Theatre’s Opening Programme, the return of ‘Disney Legend’ Lea Salonga: In Concert, produced the acclaimed international spectacular The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, actor and social media superstar Celeste Barber: Challenge Accepted, the five-times Helpmann Award®-winning Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (including “Best Musical), the 10th Anniversary Tour of the Australian musical, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, the Australian premiere of Cyndi Lauper’s acclaimed Kinky Boots, the Australian and Asian tour of Singin’ In the Rain, and presented Lea Salonga in Concert in partnership with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Darren Criss: Intimate and Live. Michael was Executive Producer of Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production of Les Misérables, which won the Helpmann Award® for “Best Musical” before embarking on an Asian tour.
Broadway and West End co-producer credits include DreamWorks’ The Prince of Egypt with music and lyrics by GRAMMY® and Academy Award®-winner Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell), Pretty Woman: The Musical directed by Tony Award®-winning director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots); and The Cher Show, with respected Broadway producers Jeffrey Seller (Hamilton) and Flody Suarez (What’s New Pussycat).
The company executive produced Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production of Les Misérables, enjoying a triumphant 19-month tour of Australia in 2014-2016 for which the production received the Helpmann Award® for “Best Musical”. The musical went on to tour Asia with seasons in Manila, Singapore and Dubai, where the production officially opened the Dubai Opera House.
In addition to the group’s expanding theatrical interests, the company represents former Australian Prime Minister, the Hon. Julia Gillard AC, journalist and broadcaster Liz Hayes, former Olympian and global sporting administrator Lord Sebastian Coe CH, KBE and media personality Sami Lukis.