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Michael McCarthy (singer)

Michael McCarthy
Born (1966-06-05) 5 June 1966
Turners Cross, Cork, Ireland
Genres Musical theatre
Occupation(s) Actor, singer, producer
Years active 1981–present
Labels CD Baby
Website .netmichaelmccarthy
External video
Michael McCarthy performing
Dracula, The Musical from Within My World via YouTube[1]

Michael McCarthy (born 5 June 1966),[2] is an Irish musical theatre performer who is best known for his many appearances as Javert in the musical Les Misérables.

Other musical stage roles have included: Max in Cabaret; Sir Lancelot in Camelot; Thomas Inkle in a 1997 revival of Inkle and Yarico; the Phantom in Ken Hill's Phantom of the Opera; Ivan Molokov in Chess and Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. McCarthy has also performed in operas, such as Rigoletto and dramatic roles including, Marco in A View from the Bridge, and Laurie in Little Women.

He has appeared in a number of high profile concerts including playing the Factory Foreman in Les Misérables tenth anniversary show, Les Misérables: The Dream Cast in Concert, and as Thomas Inkle in a concert performance of Inkle and Yarico at the Edinburgh Festival, which was transmitted live to the Royal Opera House in London. He has recorded three albums Broadway (1994), Living for the Moment (2000), and You're Still You (2012), and a number of his performances have been broadcast by the BBC and PBS.

He continues to perform and runs workshops in performing arts.


  • Early life 1
  • Education 2
  • Career 3
    • Stage 3.1
    • Recording and broadcast 3.2
  • Recent career 4
  • Other 5
  • Personal life 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life

Michael McCarthy was born in Turners Cross, Cork, Ireland on 5 June 1966.[2] He studied classical piano from a young age and started to perform professional roles, such as a member of the ensemble in Rigoletto, at the Cork Opera House, from the age of 15.[3]


McCarthy studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) where he received his diploma with honours, known as the A.L.A.M. diploma (Associate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art).

He performed with the Montfort Singers in Cork and also studied then taught at the Montfort College of Performing Arts. He then received a full scholarship to Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri in the United States where he gained his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theatre and music.[3] Parts that he performed at their summer stock theatre, the Okoboji Summer Theatre, and the college's Macklanburg Playhouse included: a soloist / ensemble member in a biographical revue of Cole Porter; Max in Cabaret; Tom in Brigadoon; Dominique in The Baker's Wife; Marco in A View from the Bridge; and Count Carl Magnus in A Little Night Music.[3][4]


See also: List of professional credits


During the 1980s, through to 1990, McCarthy performed in a number of professional productions at Cork Opera House in his native Ireland.[3] Roles included: a member of the ensemble in Rigoletto; Patrick Dennis in Mame; Tom Trainer in No, No, Nanette; Sir Lancelot in Camelot;[4][5] and The Red Shadow in The Desert Song.[6] He also played Laurie in Louisa May Alcott's Little Women at Cork's Everyman Palace Theatre in 1984.[7]

He began his connection with Les Misérables in 1990, initially playing Combeferre and then the Factory Foreman and understudy to the part of Javert at the Palace Theatre in London. He took the role of Javert in his own right in the Palace Theatre in Manchester in 1992, replacing Philip Quast.[8][9]

In November 1994 McCarthy appeared in a new musical, Out of the Blue, with Meredith Braun, who had previously starred alongside him as Éponine in Les Misérables in Manchester.[10] However, bad reviews forced the show to close after just 17 performances at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London.[11] The songs by composer, Shun-Ichi Tokura, and lyricist, Paul Sand, were subsequently released by Stage Door Records in 2010.[12]

He then went on to part of Javert which he played in thousands of performances, mostly in London,[9] but also at: the Theatre Royal, Sydney, Australia;[13] the Point Theatre, Dublin;[14] Melbourne (cover for Roger Lemke);[15] San Francisco;[16] Shanghai, China;[17] Seoul, South Korea[18] and he finished the show's run at the Imperial Theatre, New York for Terrence Mann.[13]

He revived his role as the Factory Foreman for the Les Misérables: The Dream Cast in Concert, the tenth anniversary concert of Les Misérables in 1995.[19] He also played the role of Javert in concert productions: in 1997, at the Chelmsford Festival;[20] in 2002 at the Globe Arena, Stockhlom;[21][22] and in 2004 for the Queen and her guests at Windsor Castle.[3][23]

Other concert performances as Javert include Guernsey[24] and Dublin,[25] both in 2008.

As well a Les Misérables, McCarthy has appeared as Thomas Inkle in a 1997 revival of Inkle and Yarico for the Holder's season, Barbados.[26] There were further performances in Washington, Edinburgh,[27] and Berlin.[28]

He also starred as the

External links

  1. ^ a b Michael McCarthy (18 October 2010). Within My World - Dracula, the musical ( 
  2. ^ a b "Michael McCarthy". London Musicals Online. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Michael McCarthy". Profs on Stage. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c "Michael McCarthy". Burnett Crowther. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "(2005)"The Montforts – A History Steeped In Theatre .  
  6. ^ "Set of press cuttings" (PDF).  
  7. ^ "Cork past and Theatre in Cork, 1984, Little Women". Cork City Council. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  8. ^ Manchester cast: Jeff Leyton (Jean Valjean), Michael McCarthy (Javert), Richard Burman (Marius), Sarah Ryan (Cosette),  
  9. ^ a b "Michael McCarthy". London Musicals Online. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  10. ^ "Out of the Blue: Cast". Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  11. ^  
  12. ^ a b McCarthy, Michael;  
  13. ^ a b Jones, Kenneth (25 March 2003). "Irish Actor Michael McCarthy Is Final Javert of Les Miz, Starting May 6".  
  14. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Les Misérables: Les Misérables-May 15th, 1999 Dublin". Whose Is That Face in the Shadows?. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  15. ^ MATP (28 August 1998). "In Brief".  
  16. ^ 12 June 2002 (blog)"Les Miserables"Review: . 22 June 2002. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  17. ^ Jones, Kenneth (22 June 2002). June 22-July 7"Les Miserables"Cosette in China: Shanghai Welcomes .  
  18. ^ Les Mis' ready for China"'".  
  19. ^ a b McCarthy, Michael;  
  20. ^ "Les Misérables". atriptothelibrary. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  21. ^ Gorman, Mike. "Les Miserables". Civil War Richmond. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  22. ^ "Vi är Skandinaviens största evenemangsområde:4 arenor, 1 turistattraktion, 300 evenemang och 2 miljoner besökare varje år" [We are Scandinavia's biggest event area: 4 arenas, one tourist attraction, 300 events and 2 million visitors each year].  
  23. ^ Thuesen, Gitte (December 2014). "Foolishness can happen in the woods... (blog)".  
  24. ^ "Cavill and McCarthy lead Guernsey concert". London Musicals Online. 17 July 2008. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
  25. ^ "Events: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber".  
  26. ^ "Inkle and Yarico"Barbados - Holders Season- . Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  27. ^ Howell, Mark A., "Sources consulted", in Howell, Mark A., Imaginative genius: Spectators on stage at Shakespeare's playhouses & Bristol's Old Vic, Google e-book,  
  28. ^ a b c "Michael McCarthy: Biography". Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  29. ^ "Alumni list". Ken Hill's Phantom of the Opera. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  30. ^ "Chess the musical".  
  31. ^ a b "Who Could Ask for Anything More (broadcast details)".  
  32. ^ "News Archive: 1999". Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  33. ^ "Archive listings for A Night of 100 Stars". UK Theatre Web. 22 April 2001. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  34. ^ a b McCarthy, Michael;  
  35. ^ "Pops announces 2007-08 season".  
  36. ^ "'I'm hooked on Bryn... I even named my dog after him'".  
  37. ^ "Michael Ball in Musicals on a Summer's Eve - 8th August".  
  38. ^ "Michael Ball in Musicals on a Summer's Eve - 22nd August".  
  39. ^ McCarthy, Michael (1994). Broadway (Media notes).  
  40. ^ McCarthy, Michael (2000). Living for the Moment (Media notes).  
  41. ^ McCarthy, Michael (2012). You're Still You (Media notes).  
  42. ^ McCarthy, Michael; Miller, Charles; Hammonds, Kevin (2010). It's Just The Beginning: The Songs of Charles Miller & Kevin Hammonds (Media notes). Richard Reynard, Pia Douwes, Louise Plowright, Cassidy Janson, Valerie Cutko, Ashleigh Fleming, Charlotte Page, Mark Evans, Jodie Jacobs, Donna Hines, Shona White, Emma Odell, Hannah Lindo, Julie Atherton, Paul Spicer, Marc Joseph, Helena Blackman, Alan Winner, Caroline O'Connor, Fenton Gray, Brenda Edwards, Emma Hatton, Adam Bayjou, Louise Willoughby, Christopher Bartlett, Drew Millar, Greg Davidson, Sophie Isaacs. MaKiNG Records.  
  43. ^ Michael McCarthy, Cassidy Janson, Charlotte Page, Valerie Cutko, Ashley Fleming (18 October 2010). Songs from "HOPE" by Charles Miller & Kevin Hammonds ( 
  44. ^ McCarthy, Michael; Evans, Gareth (Lyricist); Orton, Christopher J. (Composer) (2006). Dracula – Original London Cast (Media notes). Cast: Stephanie Benavente, Robert Fardell, Kit Orton, Alison Guill, John Barr, Christian Jon Billett, Alex Sangster, Steven Sparling, Deborah Crowe, Stephanie Evans, Claire Falconer, Ian Lynn, Christopher Orton, Anna-Lee Robertson.  
  45. ^ "Who Could Ask for Anything More (DVD details)".  
  46. ^ McCarthy, Michael;  
  47. ^ Frederick B. Owens (Caiaphas), Michael Shaeffer (Annas), Peter Gallagher (First Priest), Michael McCarthy (Second Priest), Philip Cox (Third Priest) (21 November 2008). This Jesus Must Die ( 
  48. ^ McCarthy, Michael (2000). Jesus Christ Superstar (Media notes). Cast: Glenn Carter, Jerome Pradon, Renée Castle, Fred Johanson, Rik Mayall, Frederick B. Owens, Michael Shaeffer, Tony Vincent, Cavin Cornwall, Peter Gallagher, Philip Cox, Matthew Cross, Kevin Curtin, Paul Vickers.  
  49. ^ McCarthy, Michael;  
  50. ^ "Buccament Bay Resort News: Kate Gillespie, Thomas De Keyser, Michael McCarthy confirmed for Performing Arts".  
  51. ^ "Performing Arts Summer School: at the Cork School of Music". Performing Arts Summer School Ireland via  
  52. ^ Charley Belcher (Presenter), Michael McCarthy (Guest), cast of Mary Poppins (Shorecrest Preparatory School) (20 April 1992). Mary Poppins on WTVT FOX 13 (Noon News) Tampa Charley's World (Television).  
  53. ^ "Shorecrest, be more: Our musical instructors".  
  54. ^ "Michael McCarthy's Broadway Studios". Michael McCarthy's Broadway Studios via  
  55. ^ "New Faces at Shorecrest".  


McCarthy's is married to a music teacher, Stephanie. The couple have a son, Cían.[55]

Personal life


As well as continuing to perform McCarthy is the Executive Producer for the Harlequin Performing Arts Academy, at the Buccament Bay Resort, Kingstown in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.[50] He also runs the Performing Arts Summer School at Cork School of Music,[51] is the guest musical director at Shorecrest Preparatory School, St. Petersburg, Florida,[52][53] and has his own classes in St.Petersburg, Florida.[54]

Recent career

Other broadcast work includes: the role of The Gypsy King in The 10th Kingdom;[4][28] the role of Second Priest in a TV film adaptation of Jesus Christ Superstar for PBS's series Great Performances,[47] which was also released as a DVD;[48] and he sang Summertime, Nature Boy and If Ever I Would Leave You on BBC Radio 2's Friday Night is Music Night, presented by Ken Bruce.[49]

Some of his concert performances have been broadcast and released on DVD, such as: Who Could Ask for Anything More? on BBC Radio 2;[31][45] Les Misérables: The Dream Cast in Concert;[19] Inkle and Yarico, documentary filmed at the Holder's Festival, Barbados;[3][28] and Lesley Garrett – Music from the Movies taken from the Opera In The Park concert, broadcast on BBC Two on Christmas Day 2004.[34][46]

McCarthy has recorded three solo albums of covers: Broadway (1994);[39] Living for the Moment (2000);[40] and You're Still You (2012).[41] He has also featured in recordings of musicals: Out of the Blue, as Dr. Akizuki (1994);[12] It's Just The Beginning: The Songs of Charles Miller & Kevin Hammonds, singing Sail Me There from their musical Hope (2010);[42][43] and a concept CD of a musical version of Dracula by Gareth Evans and Christopher J. Orton,[44] which features McCarthy as Dracula and was accompanied by the release of a music video of one of the tracks, Within My World.[1]

Recording and broadcast

He has played the part of Sky Masterson in a concert performance of Guys and Dolls with the Key West Pops Orchestera, Key West in Florida,[35] and covered for Bryn Terfel at Terfel's Faenol Festival in Gwynedd, North Wales.[36] He has also joined Michael Ball in his concert show The Musicals on a Summer's Eve on a number of occasions.[37][38]

Further concert performances include: a centenary celebration of Ira Gershwin's birth, Who Could Ask for Anything More?;[31] a concert performance of Inkle and Yarico at the Edinburgh Festival, which was transmitted live to the Royal Opera House in London;[32] A Night of 100 Stars at the London Palladium;[33] and Opera In The Park in the grounds of Temple Newsam, West Yorkshire, with the orchestra of Opera North, Lesley Garrett and Ruthie Henshall.[34]


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