Producer & CEO
Michael Cassel is an internationally recognised producer and entertainment executive, forming the Michael Cassel Group in 2012.
Michael is Co-Producer, with Jeffrey Seller, of the Australasian premiere production of Hamilton, which is now playing at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne following a triumphant season in Sydney. He is the Executive Producer of the Australian premiere production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child playing exclusively in Melbourne at the Princess Theatre.
Michael is also Producer of the first international touring production of Disney’s The Lion King, which has enjoyed seasons in Manila, Singapore, Daegu, Seoul, Busan, Taipei, Bangkok, Hong Kong and New Zealand and, with Disney and Cameron Mackintosh, the co-producer of Mary Poppins, currently on stage in Sydney.
Forthcoming productions include, as Producer, Sydney Theatre Company’s production of The Picture of Dorian Gray which opens at the Arts Centre Melbourne in June before touring to London and New York as well as Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production of The Phantom of the Opera which will premiere at the Sydney Opera House, which Michael will Executive Produce.
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 and the Australian and Asian tour of Singin’ in the Rain.
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 and tours including Celeste Barber, Lea Salonga, Tina Arena, Rita Wilson and Darren Criss. Broadway and West End co-producer credits include 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 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. Productions include Trading Places which premieres at the Alliance Theatre Atlanta under the direction of Tony-Award winner Kenny Leon and the forthcoming Broadway production of Almost Famous. Michael has also 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 his theatrical interests, Michael exclusively 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 and Better Homes and Gardens personality, Charlie Albone and media personalities Larry Emdur and 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 has been recognised for his immense contribution to the arts with 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