MICHAEL STRASSEN
(DIRECTOR/STAGING)

Michael trained at the Guildford School of Acting. On graduating he went into the original cast of 'Miss Saigon' at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. He went on to work at The Bristol Old Vic, Newcastle Opera House, Theatre Royal Plymouth and Leicester Haymarket. Productions include 'Sweeney Todd', 'Piaf' (Jacko), 'Jesus Christ Superstar' (Simon/Judas), 'The Golden Ass', 'Poppy', 'Lonely Hearts', 'Sleeping Beauty' (Henry), 'You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown' (Linus), 'Yakety-Yak!' (Javett), 'The Pirates of Penzance' (Frederic), 'Pacific Overtures', 'Rock Hard' (Rock) and 'Hot Stuff' (Joe Soap). 'Hot Stuff' went on to be a No. 1 UK tour. Other West End credits include 'Les Miserables' (Marius), 'Jesus Christ Superstar' at the Lyceum, with director Gale Edwards (Simon Zeolotes), and 'Oscar' at the Shaw Theatre (Robert Ross). He played Bernard in 'Jean de Florette' at the Young Vic and recorded a new version of Dickens' 'Hard Times' for Imagination/BBC as Tom. He appeared in concert with Ruthie Henshall and Bernadette Peters at the Royal Festival Hall. Michael also appears in 'Hey, Mr Producer!', (DVD/Video) celebrating Cameron Mackintosh’s contribution to world theatre.

Working with Stephen Sondheim was a personal high point for Michael. He did this at Oxford University during Sondheim's professorship there. Michael played several leading roles, including the role of Yussupov, to much acclaim from the highly accomplished audience, which included Sondheim, Lionel Bart, Cameron Mackintosh and many other of the world's leading director/producers.

Michael was asked to sing Marius in 'Les Miserable's for the VE Day Anniversary at Hyde Park attended by the Royal Family and an audience of 250,000. The concert was broadcast worldwide by BBC Television. Christmas 2005 he was invited to sing at Windsor Castle for President Chirac’s state visit in a special presentation of 'Les Miserable's.

'Loving You', Michael's first solo CD, is distributed through HMV and itunes. His one-man show built around the CD sold out at the Cafe Royal. (He also performed it for a special booking for Her Majesty the Queen's Golden Jubilee). As well as recording 2 solo albums Michael duets with Ruthie Henshall on her Gershwin CD 'Love is Here to Stay' and executive-produced her solo CD, 'Pilgrim' and two CDs of humorous poetry with Lord Denham and Joanna Lumley '(A Thing of Shreds and Patche's/'Victorian Plums'). He worked on the Robert de Niro movie 'The Bridge of San Luis Rey' as co-musical supervisor. and sang on the soundtrack of the Gold Circle-produced major motion picture 'Something Borrowed' starring Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney. Michael worked with director Jonathan Kent and legendary composer Michel Legrand on the first workshop of 'Marguerite' (Lucien).

Michael directed Ruthie Henshall's one woman show at the Royal Festival Hall and subsequent UK Tour. He directed 'From West End to Broadway' featuring six leading West End artists in concert and the controversial play 'The Pitchfork Disney', by Philip Ridley for the Yvonne Arnaud Mill Studio. He staged and directed ‘The Attic’, a new musical about old and new toys and their values clashing written by Mark Carroll. This was performed at The Theatre Royal, Haymarket with a West End cast. The cast album is now available. He staged and directed 'Company' at the Edinburgh Festival which received five stars from The Scotsman and much acclaim. Last year the show was re-produced by The Union, again receiving rave reviews. More recently Michael studio produced music for writer-comedienne Tricia Walsh-Smith including her anthem 'Arm Candy' (and video edit, which went top five on YouTube’s most viewed). This was part of the cult 'Pineapple Dance Studios' TV mocumentary. The series culminated with a concert at the Indigo 02 where 'Arm Candy' was performed choreographed by Michael and Abigail Rosser. The series has just sold globally. Next he will sing in Sondheim’s 80th birthday prom at the Royal Albert Hall on July 31st which will be screened by the BBC then stage The Inspiration Awards in October for Sky Andrews. The charity raises breast cancer awareness and women who have caused social change in the past year.

www.michaelstrassen.com

 


CHRIS MUNDY
(MUSICAL SUPERVISOR)

Chris graduated from Girton College, Cambridge (2003-06), with an honours degree in music, and holds a performing diploma from the Royal Schools of Music.

Since leaving University: Orchestrations and Musical Director on the Edinburgh Fringe Sell-Out, 2007 Tony Blair: The Musical, (“an MD who knows how to do musical theatre” – The Stage), Musical Director  for the UK Stephen Sondheim Society’s inaugural Student Performer of the Year Competition (The Venue, Leicester Square), Keys 2 on Evita (Adelphi), rehearsal pianist for the Really Useful Group section of Concert for Diana (Wembley Stadium), Keys 2/Synth for Assassins (Landor), Musical Director on Speed Dating: The Musical (Jermyn Street), and Musical Director for The News Revue at the Canal Café Theatre, for which he was invited back for their “Best Of 2008” Christmas Run.

The beginning of Chris’s association with The Union Theatre was as Musical Director on Sweeney Todd (Time Out and Evening Standard Critics’ Choice) in late 2008. In 2009, he returned to The Union as Assistant Musical Director to Michael England on Company (Sunday Express 4*) before Musical Director on the all-male The Pirates of Penzance (Time Out Critics’ Choice, WHATSONSTAGE winner of Best off-West End Production 2010).

Other work in 2009 included the UK premiere of Austentatious at The Landor Theatre (“exactly the kind of London fringe musical that ought to get snapped up by the West End” – Time Out; “A three-strong band, under musical director Chris Mundy, make it sound terrific” – The Stage), Musical Director for Snappy Title, a concert of new musical theatre writing hosted by Stiles and Drewe at the Pigalle Club and Musical Director for a charity concert at Cadogan Hall, featuring Ruthie Henshall.

Work so far in 2010 includes Snappy Title 2: From The Heart (also at the Pigalle), Fashion Show (a revue at the V&A museum), filming for We Built Titanic (TwentyTwenty Television and Channel 4) and The Pirates of Penzance at Wilton’s Music Hall, and The Rose Theatre, Kingston. Future work includes a new musical version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke).

 


MICHAEL BRADLEY
(MUSICAL DIRECTOR)

Michael trained at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and previously worked as a Musical Director in Ireland at venues including Belfast’s Waterfront Hall and the BBC. Working as a freelance Musical Director and Composer, Michael most recently finished Musically Directing ‘Who Ate All The Pies’ at the Tristan Bates theatre, ‘Once Upon A Time’ At The Adelphi at the Union Theatre and ‘Cinderella’ at the Capitol Theatre. Other recent Musical Directing credits include: ‘Six Ways’ and ‘Falsettoland’ at Jermyn Street Theatre & Edinburgh Fringe Festival, ‘Nina and Shaz’, ‘Privates on Parade’, ‘My Favourite Year’, ‘Nunsense’, Jason Robert Brown Song Cycle(s) A…My Name is Alice, Performing Arts and Musical Theatre Showcase(s). Assisting Credits include ‘A New Brain’ and ‘The Flight of the Lawnchair Man’ and ‘Time of our Freedom’ by Conor Mitchell. The founder of Eight, an eight part a cappella choral harmony group, Michael has created work for a private function for Sir Paul McCartney. Performance credits include Bill Kenwrights production of ‘Cabaret’ and ‘Into the Woods’. He was also repetiteur for Rufus Wainwright’s World premiere of ‘Prima Donna’ at Manchester Palace Theatre.

Michael has recently composed and debuted his first original piece, ‘Six Ways’ – A New Musical at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival before transferring Off-West End to Jermyn Street Theatre, London. He won ‘Best New Score’ at the NSDF Awards 2009. Michael also works as a vocal coach (SLS) and accompanist.

 

 


ABIGAIL ROSSER
(ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTOR)

Abigail graduated from The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts ( LIPA) with a BA (Hons).

Credits include; Princess Jill in 'Mother Goose' (Hackney Empire), Ginger in 'Funny Girl' (Chichester Festival Theatre), Sarah in 'Company' (The Kings Head and Edinburgh Festival), Gabriella in 'Forgotten Million' (Barons Court Theatre) Samantha and Judy in 'Stolen' (The Landor), Abbey in 'The Icons' (The Venue, Leicester Square), Dick in 'Dick Whittington' (Oldham Coliseum), Demeter in 'Cats' (Capitol Theatre, Dusseldorf), Mrs Potifer in 'Joseph and his Technicolour Dream Coat' (UK tour and at The New London Theatre), Mina in 'Dragula' (Rosemary Branch, London).

Abigail had appeared in numerous commercials including national campaigns for Lloyds TSB, Prudential and Waterstones, as well as short films ‘Later’ and ‘True love Once removed’.

Choreography includes Dr Seuss (The Old Vic, London) and assisting Michael Strassen on Company both in Edinburgh and at The Union as well as on ‘Arm Candy’ at the O2.

Abigail works extensively with young people leading workshops, as well as writing, directing and choreographing productions throughout London.

 


RICHARD BATES
(ORCHESTRATIONS & KEYBOARD PROGRAMMING)

As Musical Director: Tick Tick…BOOM! (Union Theatre), From the Ritz to the Anchor & Crown (Noel Coward Society), A Night At The Music Hall (both Canal Café Theatre) Oh No It Isn’t (Union Theatre), Little Fish (European Premiere, Finborough Theatre), Fairystories (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), NewsRevue (2008 & 09 seasons, Canal Café Theatre), Edges (UK Premiere), It’s Behind You (both Union Theatre), Assassins (Landor Theatre), Wonderboy (Nitro Centre), Pride & Prejudice, the Pantomime (Vanbrugh Theatre, RADA), Sweeney Todd (Edinburgh Festival), as well as Too Darn Hot: A Night at the Musicals, Marry Me A Little, Threepenny Opera and Bugsy Malone. Richard also serves as musical director for James Haslam’s cabaret performances.

Forthcoming productions as musical director include: the world premiere production of Alex Loveless’ new musical The Remains Of The Day based on the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro.

As composer/lyricist, he is currently working on a new musical Animate, which is scheduled for a workshop-reading in London’s West End this Autumn. He wrote music and lyrics for Treasure Island (2008) and Stagefright (2005), and music for Oh No It Isn’t (2009) and A Cabaret of Menace (2006). He made new orchestrations for Little Fish and Assassins, and contributed vocal arrangements to It’s Behind You and Wonderboy. He holds an MA in Music from Cambridge University and the AMusTCL diploma in music.

 


REGAN DE WYNTER
(PRODUCER)

BIOGRAPHY COMING SOON

 


STEVE MILLER
(LIGHTING DESIGNER)

BIOGRAPHY COMING SOON