biography

Originally from South Dakota, Michael has graced the stages of Busch Gardens, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, and numerous regional theaters.  He is an in demand vocalist/accompanist/music director for many theaters and cabaret artists in central Florida including the award winning freeFall Theatre. 
In 2014 and 2015, Michael music directed and did additional arrangements for the Off-Broadway hit DISENCHANTED!
 
He is also a vocal director/arranger for shows at Busch Gardens and has worked around the world for Event Show Productions, Wizard Studios, and Club Med Resorts.  
 
Michael is a member of the band "RETROTASTIC!" and his cabaret shows have played to sold-out crowds including "THE PURSUIT OF SNAPPINESS" and his collaborations with Sara DelBeato "The BETTE Set - A Musical Journey to MIDLER Earth," "RING-A-DING-DING!" and "TOO DARN HOT!" 

Michael's musical influences include Ella Fitzgerald, Jamie Cullum, Blossom Dearie, Sinatra, Mel Torme', and Steve and Eydie.
music director

2010 - present

2010 - present

DISENCHANTED! - Off-Broadway - Theatre at St. Clements/Westside Theatre

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE (arranger for World Premiere Sci-Fi/80's Rock adaptation) - freeFall Theatre

THE LION IN WINTER (arranger for incidental music) - freeFall Theatre

EVITA (Music and Vocal Supervisor) - Orlando Shakespeare Theatre

PIPPIN - freeFall Theatre

MAMMA MIA! - American Stage In The Park

THE FANTASTICKS - freeFall Theatre

THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS - freeFall Theatre

DADDY LONG LEGS - freeFall Theatre

MAN OF LA MANCHA (with Davis Gaines) - Orlando Shakespeare Theatre

WHITE FANG - World Premiere (arranger for original songs) - freeFall Theatre/Jethro Compton Productions

UNDER FIRE (staged reading) - freeFall Theatre

HAIRSPRAY - American Stage In The Park

END OF THE RAINBOW - freeFall Theatre

PETER PAN (composer of original songs/score) - freeFall Theatre

ASSASSINS - freeFall Theatre

THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA - freeFall Theatre

MR. BURNS, a Post-Electric Play - freeFall Theatre

SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM - freeFall Theatre

THE BOY FROM OZ - TheatreZone

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER - freeFall Theatre

MAME - freeFall Theatre

BRIGHT LIGHTS BIG CITY - freeFall Theatre

INTO THE WOODS - freeFall Theatre

THE BURNT PART BOYS - freeFall Theatre

THE WIZ - American Stage In The Park

DISENCHANTED! (out of town tryout) - Straz Center For The Performing Arts

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF - freeFall Theatre

SPRING AWAKENING - freeFall Theatre

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE - American Stage In The Park

BERNARDA ALBA - freeFall Theatre

THE COLORED MUSEUM - Stageworks Theatre

CABARET - freeFall Theatre

ROCKY HORROR SHOW - American Stage In The Park

GREY GARDENS - freeFall Theatre

MAN OF LA MANCHA (vocal director) - freeFall Theatre

THE FROGS - freeFall Theatre 

PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES - New American Theater

 

 

cabaret 

THE PURSUIT OF SNAPPINESS (with Tito Vallejo) - New American Theater and freeFall Theatre

THE BETTE SET - A MUSICAL JOURNEY TO MIDLER EARTH  (with Sara DelBeato)- New American Theater and freeFall Theatre

FRIEND OF DOROTHY (with Sara DelBeato) - St. Petersburg Museum of History

RING-A-DING-DING! - A CHRISTMAS MUSICAL COCKTAIL PARTY (with Sara DelBeato) - American Stage Theatre

TOO DARN HOT! (with Sara DelBeato) - freeFall Theatre

A VERY SWELL NOEL! (with Sara DelBeato and Tito Vallejo) - freeFall Theatre
 

theme park 

DANCE TO THE MUSIC - (show concept/arrangements/vocal direction) - Busch Gardens Tampa

ROCK A DOO WOP - (vocal direction) - Busch Gardens Tampa

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION (select arrangements/vocal direction) - Busch Gardens Tampa

CHRISTMAS FROM THE HEART - (arrangements/vocal direction) - Busch Gardens Tampa

LET'S GET LOUD! - (show concept/arrangements/vocal direction) - Busch Gardens Tampa

KINETIX! - (arrangements/vocal direction) - Busch Gardens Tampa

TIMBUKTUNES - (arrangements/vocal direction) - Busch Gardens Tampa

BORN TO ROCK - (arrangements/vocal direction)

MOTOR CITY GROOVE - (arrangements/vocal direction)



HOLLYWOOD! LIVE ON ICE (performer) - Busch Gardens Tampa

INTERNATIONAL CELEBRATION (performer) - Busch Gardens Tampa

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION (performer) - Busch Gardens Tampa

DANCE TO THE MUSIC (performer) - Busch Gardens Tampa

BURN THE FLOOR (performer) - Busch Gardens Tampa

AMERICAN BEAT (performer) - Busch Gardens Tamp

MOROCCAN ROLL (performer) - Busch Gardens Tampa

SAFARI GROOVE (performer/arranger) - Busch Gardens Tampa

JUMP! (performer) - Valleyfair! 

FREEZE FRAME FLASHBACK (performer) - Valleyfair!



various

ROYAL CARIBBEAN - Adventure Of The Seas - jazz vocalist/promenade singer

CLUB MED RESORTS - show writer/vocal director/assistant director

EVENT SHOW PRODUCTIONS - performer/music director/arranger for various corporate gigs across the country

PATEL CONSERVATORY - instructor

SUNCOAST AIDS THEATER PROJECT - "Wizard Of Oz" "Blown By The Wind" - performer/music director/lyricist

STRAZ CENTER BROADWAY BALL - accompanist for Broadway's ROB EVANS (Jekyll & Hyde, Les Miserables) and                                                          LUBA MASON (How To Succeed, Jekyll & Hyde)

theater performance

L.M. - PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES - New American Theater

Pete Bartel - PETE 'N' KEELY - Largo Cultural Center

Frankie - FOREVER PLAID - Florida Tour

GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING - Francis Wilson Playhouse

Jeff Moss - BELLS ARE RINGING - Francis Wilson Playhouse

The Beast - BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - Largo Cultural Center

Agis - TRIUMPH OF LOVE - Palladium

 





​song writer

"Florida Is Home" - ZOOM'N - A Musical Journey of Florida's History - Florida State Fair

"Splash Bash" - SPLASH BASH - Florida Aquarium

"Where Is The Joy Of Christmas?" - HOLIDAY INC. - Straz Center For The Performing Arts

"A Very Swell Noel" / "Rudy Baby" - A VERY SWELL NOEL - freeFall Theatre

"Take A Trip Down South" - BLOWN BY THE WIND - S.A.T.P. at American Stage

 




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