Michael graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) with a Bachelor in Music Theatre in 1999 and has a Diploma in Music Composition. He won the Helpmann Award for Best Cabaret Performer in 2016 for his Cole Porter tribute and was nominated for a Green Room Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Bob Crewe in Jersey Boys. He has also appeared in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, We Will Rock You! and Shout! His acclaimed cabaret shows In Vogue: Songs By Madonna, Sweet Dreams: Songs By Annie Lennox, Lucky: Songs By Kylie, Adolescent and Livvy & Pete have delighted critics and audiences across every cabaret festival in Australia and beyond to New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Hong Kong, Auckland and Edinburgh Fringe where he has received five star reviews and standing ovations. With Amelia Ryan, he mentors the annual Class Of Cabaret programme presented by the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and he is musical director for Carlotta: Queen of the Cross.
Michael can't wait to make his Broken Heel debut this year with Carlotta and his Kylie tribute, although he is quick to point out he's not a drag performer per se (even after two years in heels in the ensemble of Priscilla!). He performs his Kylie tribute without impersonation or wig and it is a joyous and camp celebration of some of the best pop songs from the last 30 years. Put your hand on your heart and step back in time, Kylie wouldn’t change a thing!