Michael has been Musical Director for a diverse range of productions, including The Phantom Of The Opera (Her Majesty’s), Les Misérables (Palace), The Producers (Drury Lane), The Pajama Game (Shaftesbury), Jerry Springer – The Opera (Cambridge Theatre & BBC TV), Monty Python's Spamalot (Palace), Doctor Dolittle (Apollo), Aspects Of Love (Ireland), Grease (Ljubljana) Evita (Oslo), Happy End (Royal Academy of Music), UK tours of The Sound Of Music, Grease and Les Misérables. He was the Assistant Musical Director for Cats (UK Tour), and Miss Saigon (Drury Lane). He was Musical Director and Orchestrator for Company (Union) and for the new musical tribute Judy & Liza.
He has been Musical Supervisor for The Drowsy Chaperone (Gatehouse), and the acclaimed All Male Gilbert & Sullivan productions of Iolanthe (Wilton's Music Hall); Patience and H.M.S. Pinafore (UK Tour); The Pirates of Penzance (Australian Tour/Sydney Theatre).
Michael was Musical Director, Vocal Arranger and Orchestrator for the world premiere production of Pure Imagination, a new show celebrating the work of double Oscar and Grammy Award winner, Leslie Bricusse.
He was invited to open Cameron Mackintosh's 25th Anniversary Production of Les Misérables and conducted the new cast album, released Autumn 2010, and was also involved on the recently released film version of the show.
Michael started his career when he took over as pianist on the UK national tour of Gypsy. He then went on to be Assistant Musical Director for West Side Story, at the Theatre Royal, York, before returning to his home town, Colchester, where he was given his first credits as Musical Director by Michael Winter at the Mercury Theatre. Moving to London Michael worked as rehearsal pianist for Cats (New London), Kiss Of The Spider Woman (Shaftesbury), and Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Palladium).
He made his London conducting debut when he was 23, at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, as Associate Musical Director for Mr Wonderful – A Sammy Davis Jr Gala Tribute, which was also broadcast on BBC Radio 2.