Michael began working as a professional musician for J.C. Williamsons in Melbourne. He moved to Sydney to conduct the STC’s Chicago then was MD for their productions of The Stripper, Four Lady Bowlers, Jonah, Company, Merrily We Roll Along, Falsettos, Miracle City and Summer Rain. He has been Musical Director of many productions including Nunsense, Chess, The Wizard Of Oz, Jerry’s Girls, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Tivoli, The Witches Of Eastwick, Eureka, High School Musicaland the original and Hugh Jackman tours of Boy From Oz. Michael was Associate MD for Spamalot, Musical Director and arranger of the new Australian musical Breast Wishes, MD of the Australian musical Metro Street for its presentation at the Daegu International Musicals Festival in South Korea, MD for the inaugural Neglected Musicals production No Way To Treat A Lady and arranged and supervised the music for The Shakespeare Centre’s As You Like It. He has been Musical Supervisor for two Premier’s Concerts at the Sydney Entertainment Centre as well as featured performer in another.
He has been Musical Director for the Baby Prom’s Swing Baby Swing and Space Symphony at the Sydney Opera House and Trevor Ashley’s Fat Swan and Little Orphan Trashley.
Michael received a Helpmann Award and Green Room Award for his Musical Direction of the Disney/Cameron Mackintosh production Mary Poppins.
Michael’s cabaret and concert credits involve working with artists including Michael Crawford, Michael Ball, David Campbell, Caroline O’Connor, Toni Lamond, Suzanne Johnston, Katherine Jenkins, Virginia Gay, Natalie Gamsu, Tim Draxl and Judi Connelli.
He has musically directed a Sondheim album with Geraldine Turner, Judi Connelli’s last two CDs and the debut CDs of David Campbell, Chelsea Plumley, Rhonda Burchmore, Margi de Ferranti and Delia Hannah. He has also musically directed productions at NIDA and WAAPA.