‘An extraordinary figure’: Celebrity agent and promoter Harry M. Miller dies
Famed theatre promoter and celebrity manager Harry M. Miller has died.
He was 84.
Entertainment reporter Peter Ford said Miller leaves behind a legacy of many decades as the nation’s most formidable impresario.
“What an end of an era it is,” he said.
“He put that flair into show business, sort of like a movie mogul of years gone by.
“He was an extraordinary figure.
“He brought a lot of big acts to Australia, the original seasons of The Rocky Horror Show, Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar.”
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Pete said Miller famously had a one night stand with Shirley Bassey, and had a long-time relationship with Deborah Hutton.
Miller retired in 2009 and was diagnosed with dementia in 2011.
He is credited with discovering Marcia Hines when she was just 16-years-old, and he represented a number of well-known figures such as Graeme Kennedy, Lindy Chamberlain, Judy Moran and Gai Waterhouse.
In 1992, Miller produced the first arena version of a stage musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, starring John Farnham, Kate Ceberano and Jon Stevens.
The production was seen by 1 million people and grossed $40 million in just 16 weeks, and established a new form of mass entertainment in Australia.
Photo: AAP – Miller in 2001