Peter Casey AM: Executive Member (NSW), MAGA National Executive

Peter is one of Australia's most versatile Musical Directors, having established a career spanning the genres of musical theatre, arena presentations, symphonic concerts, orchestration, television and recording.

During the past years, Peter has been Musical Director for several major music theatre productions, including 'Les Miserables', 'The Sound of Music', 'The King and I' (1991), 'The Producers', 'The Wizard of Oz', 'Chicago', 'Cabaret', 'Smokey Joe's Cafe', Topol's 'Fiddler on the Roof', 'Company', Monty Python's 'Spamalot', 'Jekyll & Hyde', the Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals 'Evita', 'Cats', 'Aspects of Love', 'Song and Dance', 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat', 'Jesus Christ Superstar', 'Sunset Boulevard', 'The Pajama Game', '42nd Street', 'Mame', 'Crazy For You', 'Kismet', 'Annie', 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang', 'The King and I' and 'Anything Goes'.

He has been Orchestrator and Arranger for many Australian artists, including Anthony Warlow, John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John, Debra Byrne, Kate Ceberano, Vanessa Amorosi, Silvie Paladino, Todd McKenney, Rachael Beck, David Hobson, Peter Cousens, Lisa McCune, Rhonda Burchmore, Glenn Shorrock, Doug Parkinson, and many of the major symphony orchestras - DSO, QSO, WASO, ASO and NZSO.

He was Musical Supervisor for 'Guys and Dolls', 'South Pacific', 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying', the 1998 Australian tour of 'Grease - The Arena Spectacular', 'Cats - Run Away To The Circus', 'A Chorus Line', and the 2016 touring production of 'The Sound of Music'.

Peter was Musical Director for the acclaimed arena production 'The Main Event', starring Olivia Newton-John, Anthony Warlow and John Farnham, and was associated with the Grand Opening of Fox Studios Australia in Sydney, as Musical Director for The Rodgers and Hammerstein Tribute, starring Shirley Jones and Hugh Jackman. He was Musical Director for the 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2006 Helpmann Awards.

Peter has worked extensively in South East Asia, co-composing and orchestrating several musical productions, operas and recordings in Singapore and Korea. He was Co-Composer and Orchestrator for the Korean musical opera, “The Last Empress”, which toured to London, Los Angeles and New York. He was Orchestrator and Conductor for the Korean film, “Typhoon”, which received nomination as Best Film at the 2006 43rd Daejong Film Awards Festival. In 2009, Peter was Orchestrator for the Korean musical drama, “Hero”, which toured Korea, and was presented at The Lincoln Centre, New York. He has been Guest Conductor and Orchestrator for the West Australian Symphony, Adelaide Symphony and Queensland Symphony Orchestras.

Peter was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia AM in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2018, for significant services to the performing arts, as a conductor and musical director.

Awards:

  • 2014 – Green Room Award: Musical Direction – 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'
  • 2010 – 16th Korea Musical Awards, Seoul: Best Orchestration: Korean Musical 'Hero'
  • 2010 – 4th Korea Musical Theatre Awards, Seoul: Best Orchestration: Korean Musical 'Hero'
  • 2004 – Green Room Award: Musical Direction – 'The Producers'
  • 2000 – ARIA Award: Best Original Cast Recording: 'The Sound of Music'
  • 2000 – ARIA Award: Multi-platinum sales: 'Highlights of The Main Event'
  • 1999 – ARIA Award: Multi-platinum sales: 'Highlights of The Main Event'

 

1971 Joined MAGA
1999 - 2001 Executive Member (NSW)
2018 - Current Executive Member (NSW)