The Michael Cassel Group is a live entertainment company formed to produce and present the world’s greatest musical and theatrical productions, live entertainment experiences, marquee events and concert attractions.
Led by Michael Cassel, the company exclusively represents theatre producer Cameron Mackintosh and his productions in Australia. In this capacity, the company produced the acclaimed new production of Les Misérables, enjoying a triumphant nineteen-month tour of Australia where the production received the Helpmann Award for ‘Best Musical’ before touring Asia with seasons in Manila, Singapore and Dubai, where the musical officially opened the Dubai Opera House.
In association with Disney Theatrical Productions, the Michael Cassel Group will produce the first international tour of the world’s #1 musical, Disney’s The Lion King, to premiere in Manila in March 2018 followed by engagements in Singapore, Korea, Taiwan and South Africa. The international tour, which will be performed in English, will launch in celebration of The Lion King’s 20th anniversary on stage.
The company produced the Australian premiere of Kinky Boots at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne in October 2016. The production transferred to Sydney in April 2017. Featuring music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, Kinky Boots is the winner of six Broadway Tony® Awards with direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell and a book by Broadway legend and four-time Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein.
The company’s production of the Broadway smash-hit Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, will premiere in Sydney in September 2017 at the Sydney Lyric Theatre. The true story of the legendary singer’s journey from schoolgirl to international superstar features a book by Tony® and Academy® Award-nominee Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni, choreography by Josh Prince and a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil. The Broadway production won two Tony® Awards and the 2015 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Theatre Album.
The company is producing the 10th anniversary of everyone’s favourite Aussie musical, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. The fabulously funny, fish out of water musical is based on the Oscar-winning film about Mitzi, Felicia and former Les Girl, Bernadette – who hop aboard a battered old bus named Priscilla bound for Alice Springs. The Australian tours begins in Melbourne this January with stops in Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane.
Previously, the company has co-produced The Chichester Festival production of Singin’ In the Rain, including a national tour of Australia, along with seasons in Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines, New Zealand, South Africa and Japan as well as the sold-out Australian tour of Lea Salonga in Concert, which saw the Tony® and Olivier Award winning star making her Sydney Opera House debut with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
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.