... is one of cabaret's busiest and most sought-after entertainers, whether as a front man center stage, or behind the piano in a piano bar. The successful Broadway and Television actor made his cabaret debut in 1982 at New York City's famous DUPLEX in Greenwich Village. McAssey is a winner and three-time nominee of the MAC AWARD for Outstanding Male Vocalist, presented in New York by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs and made his Town Hall debut at the MABEL MERCER FOUNDATION'S 13th ANNUAL CABARET CONVENTION.
Michael has appeared at FREDDY'S SUPPER CLUB, EIGHTY-EIGHT'S and DON'T TELL MAMA in New York; THE GARDENIA in Los Angeles; TOULOUSE-ON-THE-PARK, DAVENPORT'S and GENTRY in Chicago; ODETTE'S in New Hope, PA.; MONTPARNASSE/ THE PIANO BAR in Mykonos, Greece, THE CARIBOU CLUB in Aspen and most recently winter seasons at INCANTO in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. He has guest hosted benefits for AIDS Charities (Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights Aids, Hearts and Voices), headlined with RSVP CRUISES for over ten years, and was featured at DISNEY-MGM STUDIOS (Television Academy Hall of Fame Awards).
As an actor he made his Broadway debut in the ill-fated musical LATE NITE COMIC. In New York he’s worked on and Off-Broadway (A HARD TIME TO BE SINGLE, SEX TIPS FOR MODERN GIRLS, IN GAY COMPANY & more) and at Lincoln Center. He co-starred as Herbie in GYPSY (with Tony nominee Sally Mayes), Sondheim’s PUTTING IT TOGETHER, Edna Turnblad in 2 productions of HAIRSPRAY, and as Max Bialystock in 3 different companies of Mel Brooks’ THE PRODUCERS. In Chicago Michael starred in the hit comedy SHEAR MADNESS, co-starred as Banjo in THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER (with TONY winner Andre de Shields) and as Guy Proclo in Terrence McNally’s THE RITZ (with Transparent’s Alexandra Billings).
Soap fans may remember Michael as blind pianist-singer George Baldwin on CBS-TV’s GUIDING LIGHT. He appeared with Barbara Cook and Patti LuPone in Paris and toured with Ms. LuPone in her nightclub act, THE ARGENTINA TURNER REVUE. An accomplished conductor & music director, Michael divides his time between onstage and off including conducting the Broadway National Tours of AVENUE Q, TITANIC: THE MUSICAL and PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT.
As a recording artist, Michael's CD, HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN? was released on Original Cast Records, followed by HOME FOR CHRISTMAS. Both are available alongside his debut CD, REQUESTS. He is also featured on the Original Broadway Cast recordings of LATE NITE COMIC, A HARD TIME TO BE SINGLE and Kurt Weill's SILVERLAKE (NY City Opera).
A native Chicagoan and long-time New Yorker, Michael spent 5 years in Aspen, Colorado where he was the music director and featured performer at THE CRYSTAL PALACE. He spent two years as a Vocal Director for ROYAL CARIBBEAN Cruise Lines and was a Vocal Coach for PACE UNIVERSITY School of Performing Arts in New York City. Named by CABARET SCENES MAGAZINE as one of "Cabaret's Premier Acts”, he has participated in many nationwide cabaret events including CABARET ON THE RECORD and the CHICAGO HUMANITIES FESTIVAL. He was the MAC AWARD winning host of Facebook's PIANO BAR LIVE! and this year's MAC AWARD winner for Outstanding Singer Instrumentalist for his work in Cabaret and Piano Bar.