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    Michael Strassen

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    End Award for Best Production, also attaining Critics Choice and Show of the Week In Time Out.

    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. In 2009 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 You Tube'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. He sang in Sondheim's 80th birthday prom at the Royal Albert Hall on July 31st which was screened by the BBC then staged The Inspiration Awards in October for Skylet Andrews. The charity raises breast cancer awareness and women who have caused social change in the past year. Michael is working on two TV pilots at the moment and in Oct 2011 will stage the Inspirations awards in London and LA.

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