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. The current tour includes engagements in the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea (Seoul, Daegu and Busan) Taiwan, Thailand 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 company will produce the acclaimed international spectacular, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. One of the greatest shows on earth, the stadium production showcases a thrilling mix of music, ceremony, military tradition, theatre and dance, featuring over 1500 performers. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo will play four stadium shows at ANZ Stadium, Sydney in October 2019.
Michael Cassel Group welcomes Tony® and Olivier Award-winner, ‘Disney Legend’ and musical theatre royalty Lea Salonga back to Australia in November 2019. Lea Salonga: In Concert will, for the first time, take to the QPAC stage in Brisbane and return to Sydney and Melbourne, following her sold-out 2017 concert tour.
The Michael Cassel Group will produce the opening celebration of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020. The celebrations will launch the first match of the tournament between Australia and India at the Sydney Showground Stadium in February 2020.
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 produced the five-time Helpmann Award®-winning, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (“Best Musical”), the 10th Anniversary Tour of 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, and Darren Criss: Intimate and Live.
On Broadway, previous productions include 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 theatrical interests, the company 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.