Michael began working as a professional musician for J.C. Williamsons in Melbourne, cutting his teeth on musicals such as A Little Night Music, Gypsy, Irene, Man Of La Mancha and The Wiz.
After musically directing the international tours of The 20s And All That Jazz and Gershwin, he moved to Sydney to conduct the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of Chicago. Michael then became Musical Director for their productions of The Stripper, Four Lady Bowlers In A Golden Holden, Jonah, Company, Merrily We Roll Along, Falsettos, Miracle City and Summer Rain as well as providing music for several plays including The Jungle, The Perfectionist, The Cobra and The Floating World.
Michael has been involved with most major musicals including Cats, Phantom Of The Opera, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Sunset Boulevard, Jesus Christ Superstar, West Side Story, Crazy For You, Spamalot, Singing In The Rain, The King And I, South Pacific, Anything Goes, The Lion King, Wicked, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Addams Family, A Chorus Line and others.
He has been Musical Director of many shows including Madiba, Side By Side By Sondheim, Chess, The Wizard of Oz, Jerry’s Girls, Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, High School Musical, The Boy From Oz, Pippin, Tivoli, The Witches of Eastwick (for which he was awarded a Green Room Award), Eureka, Nunsense, Piaf, Beehive, Seven Little Australians, the Hugh Jackman tour of The Boy From Oz and recently, The Production Company’s Dusty, Brigadoon and The Boy From Oz.
Michael was awarded a Green Room Award and a Helpmann Award for the musical direction of the Disney/Cameron Mackintosh production of Mary Poppins.
He has been musical director for several shows at the Hayes Theatre including Blood Brothers, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Hayes At The Hayes and the new Australian musicals The Detective’s Handbook and Melba.
Michael’s cabaret and concert credits are extensive, having worked with Australian and overseas artists including Megan Hilty, Sutton Foster, Betty Buckley, Aaron Tveit, Jennifer Holliday, Michael Ball, Ronnie Corbett, Michael Crawford, Katherine Jenkins, Conchita Wurst, David Campbell, Caroline O’Connor, Nancye Hayes, Rhonda Burchmore, Eddie Perfect, Trevor Ashley, Geraldine Turner, Toni Lamond, Philip Quast, Tim Draxl, Mark Vincent and Judi Connelli both here and abroad.
In 2020, Michael was honoured as a Member Of The Order Of Australia (AM) for his services to the Performing Arts.