MICHAEL CASSEL AMProducer & CEO
Michael Cassel AM is an internationally recognised producer, forming the Michael Cassel Group in 2012.
In January 2024, Michael will produce the West End premiere of Sydney Theatre Company’s acclaimed production of The Picture of Dorian Gray starring Succession’s Sarah Snook.
In Australia, his recent credits include & Juliet and Mary Poppins and, as Executive Producer, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the Australian tour of The Phantom of the Opera.
Following its success in Australia, Michael will produce the forthcoming international tour of Hamilton, which launched in Auckland in May 2023 and will travel through Asia and the Middle East. In September he produced the Asian premiere of & Juliet in Singapore.
Previous productions include the Australian and international tour of Les Misérables, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, the 10th Anniversary Tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, the Australian premiere of Cyndi Lauper’s Kinky Boots, the Australian and Asian tour of Singin’ in the Rain and the Melbourne transfer of The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Michael produced the first international tour of Disney’s The Lion King which toured for almost five years, playing cities including Abu Dhabi, Manila, Hong Kong, Taipei, Seoul and Bangkok.
Concerts and events include The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium broadcast on the ABC and BBC, the opening celebration of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup with a live television broadcast audience of 1.6 billion people, Julia Gillard’s Not Now Not Ever and tours including Celeste Barber, Lea Salonga, Tina Arena, Rita Wilson and Darren Criss.
Broadway and West End credits include Almost Famous and, as co-producer: Into The Woods, MJ: The Musical, Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical, DreamWorks’ The Prince of Egypt, Pretty Woman: The Musical and The Cher Show. Michael is co-producer of the US Tour of Into The Woods which launched at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
Michael is focused on developing and investing in new content encompassing a growing slate of world-class IP and original shows destined for Broadway, West End and international stages. Michael initiated a commercial ‘First Look Agreement’ for all future works produced by Sydney Theatre Company, providing the opportunity for shows to be transferred or remounted as commercial productions in new markets, with the intention of touring across Australia and internationally.
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, Strictly You by Sonia Kruger, best-selling author Sarah di Lorenzo, Better Homes and Gardens personalities Charlie Albone and Juliet Love and beloved Australian television presenter Sami Lukis.
During his ten-year tenure with Disney Theatrical Group, working with the company in both Australia and New York, he oversaw the company’s Broadway stage productions in international markets including The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan, AIDA, The Little Mermaid and High School Musical, as well as supporting Disney on Ice and Disney Live! licensed to Feld Entertainment.
Michael began his professional career working with Australia’s legendary producer and celebrity manager, Harry M. Miller.
Michael was appointed a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division) for significant service to theatre production and is the recipient of a Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) from the University of Wollongong.
Michael lives in Sydney with his wife Camille and their children Eveleigh and Vaughn.