Andrew Kay and Associates
Andrew Kay and Associates Pty Ltd is an international theatre Producer and concert Promoter based in Melbourne, Australia.
ABOUT ANDREW KAY AM
The Andrew Kay Group of Companies (AKA) is led by Andrew Kay AM. For over 35 years AKA has created, produced, and presented attractions across all genres of the entertainment industry. Prior to establishing AKA, Andrew worked as professional actor, a senior executive for a government arts funding authority, General Manager of Melbourne Theatre Company for six years and as CEO of one of Australia’s largest Rock and Roll Promoters.
In 1996, Andrew together with his friend, mentor and co-producer Jim McPherson, presented the extraordinarily successful world tour of pianist David Helfgott whose life was depicted in the film Shine. Later together, they would establish International Concert Attractions which went on to become listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. In 2003, with David Vigo (dec) and Clifford Hocking AM (dec), Andrew created, and continues to produce and manage, the three-time Grammy winning, Emmy Award winning and Academy Award nominated, Soweto Gospel Choir. In 2015 Andrew together with his English co-producing partner, Nic Doodson, created The Choir of Man which has subsequently toured the world to huge acclaim as well as being now resident on ships of Norwegian Cruise Lines where it is the highest rated show across their entire fleet. In 2022, after a record-breaking season in London, the Choir of Man was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Entertainment or Comedy Show.
Together with his theatrical co-producer Liza McLean, Andrew produced the world premiere of Alfred Hitchcock’s “North By Northwest” and has together with Liza, toured productions including the Old Vic/Brooklyn Academy production of "Richard III" starring Kevin Spacey, “Waiting for Godot” starring Ian McKellen, and “The Graduate” starring Jerry Hall as well as a recent Australian tour of Sir David Suchet.
Other notable tours include international productions of “The Hollow Crown” starring Sir Derek Jacobi, Dame Diana Rigg, Ian Richardson and Sir Donald Sindon,"The Importance of Being Earnest" starring Patricia Routlege and “Talking Heads” starring Dame Maggie Smith and Brenda Blethyn.
In Australia, Andrew has produced and toured "The Blue Room" starring Sigrid Thornton and Marcus Graham, "Masterclass" starring Amanda Muggleton, the Australian tour of "The 39 Steps" and "Secret Bridesmaids Business" starring Jacki Weaver.
Since 1996, Andrew has been Australia’s major producer of children's theatre including "Hi-5", "Bananas in Pyjamas", "Cat in The Hat", "Giggle and Hoot", "Hairy Maclary", "The Fairies", "LazyTown", "ABC Christmas Spectaculars" "Horrible Histories - Awful Egyptians" and "Barmy Britain","Charlie and Lola”, "We're Going on a Bear Hunt", “Dan TDM Live”, “Operation Ouch Live” and Steve Backshall’s “Deadly 60 Live”.
In 2020, together with BBC Studios and in association with Windmill Theatre Company, Andrew produced “Bluey’s Big Play” the first stage adaptation of the smash ABC hit animation ”Bluey” and toured it during the Covid-19 pandemic to 60+ venues throughout Australia.
In music, Andrew has presented artists of renown including Kathleen Battle, Yehudi Menuhin, Wynton Marsalis, Paco Pena, Ibrahim Ferrer and Omara Potuondo of The Buena Vista Social Club, Nigel Kennedy, as well as the brass bands: Grimethorpe Colliery Band and Austria’s Mnozil Brass.
In dance, Andrew produced and tours the world’s most acclaimed Tango show “Tango Fire” which has had sell-out seasons in New York and seven sell-out seasons in London and multiple tours of Europe, the USA and Asia. Other dance companies toured by Andrew include “Pilobolus”, “Complexions Dance Company” and “Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo”.
Other attractions and artists presented by Andrew include "QI Live" starring Stephen Fry and Alan Davies, with symphony orchestras productions of the BBC’s Doctor Who, Blue Planet 2 as well Monty Python’s Life of Brian "Not The Messiah" starring Eric Idle.
In other genres Andrew has presented "An Evening with Kevin McCloud", "The Goodies Live" starring Tim Brooke Taylor and Graeme Garden and “Louis Theroux Live on Stage” and with London impresario Alex Fane, tours by Nigella Lawson, Sir Michael Parkinson, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Margaret Attwood and the extraordinary Grayson Perry.
During the global pandemic, Andrew pivoted to the visual arts in the form Van Gogh Alive, a multi-sensory, immersive digital art experience which is toured in a purpose-built, over-sized, mobile, state of the art gallery aptly named “The Grand Pavilion”.
Between 2003 and 2018 Andrew had the honour of serving as President of Australia’s peak industry body for the entertainment industry, Live Performance Australia. In 2016 he was awarded the Order of Australia for significant service to the entertainment industry.