Michael is the Executive Producer of a number of new musicals, including: Daddy Long Legs by John Caird (Les Miserables) and Paul Gordon, having recently completed a successful Off-Broadway run at the Davenport Theater in New York after an 18 city tour including Tokyo, London, Chicago, Los Angeles, Manitoba and Seoul, Korea (multiple Best Musical Awards); Séance on a Wet Afternoon the new opera by Stephen Schwartz, World Premiere Opera Santa Barbara, New York City Opera/Lincoln Center and upcoming Chamber version in development; and HANS, a musical about Hans Christian Andersen by Stephen Schwartz, American Premiere at PCPA and now being developed for Princess Cruises. Currently on Broadway, Michael is co-producing the hit revival Once on This Island (Circle in the Square) and Escape to Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffett (Marriott Marquis Opening Night March 15, 2018).
UPCOMING: The Hawaiian Goddess (Honolulu 2020) by Keali’i Reichel, Patrick Makuakane and Roslyn Catracchia; Poseidon by Jonathan Prince with Universal Theatrical; Little Miss Scrooge a modern re-telling of A Christmas Carol by John Caird, Sam Caird and Paul Gordon; and Abyssinia: Praise Singer, a musical at Hackney Empire in London.
PAST PRODUCTIONS: Most recently, Michael was a lead producer on Tuck Everlasting (Broadway April 2016) directed by Casey Nicholaw. He was a producer of the 50th Anniversary revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying on Broadway starring Daniel Radcliffe, Darren Criss and Nick Jonas (8 Tony Award Nominations, including BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL 2011), PIPPIN at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London 2011-12 , The Best Is Yet To Come: The Music of Cy Coleman devised and directed by David Zippel, Rubicon Theatre Company/59E59 Off-Broadway (2012 DRAMA DESK AWARD for BEST REVIEW), My Antonia, an adaptation of the Willa Cather novel by Scott Schwartz at Rubicon Theatre Company and Pacific Resident Theatre Company in Los Angeles (2008 LA Weekly Nominee, Best Production), It’s Only Life (2008 LA Ovation Award: Best Book/Music/Lyrics of an original work), by John Bucchino directed by Daisy Prince (2008 Santa Barbara Independent Award: Best Director), with vocal arrangements by Jason Robert Brown World Premiere at Rubicon Theatre Company, and tick, tick…BOOM!, by Jonathan Larson directed by Scott Schwartz, at the Coronet Theatre in Los Angeles following its successful run at the Rubicon Theatre in Ventura, CA (2005). Michael started his career in commercial theater with The Food Chain by Nicky Silver at the Westside Theater (1995) directed by Robert Falls and starring Hope Davis and Phyllis Newman followed by AVOW by Bill C. Davis (Mass Appeal) at the Century Theater and I, Do, I Do at Queens Theater in the Park with Donna McKechnie.
Michael served as the Musical Theater Liaison for the Harold Prince Musical Theater Program at The Directors Company in New York in 1993 and is currently the Managing Partner of WitzEnd Productions, LLC with Marvin Kahan, Jeffrey Grove and Laura Dean Koch. He is a graduate of the Commercial Theater Institute’s Producing Seminar, class of 1996 and continues to serve as Rubicon Theatre’s Director of New Work in California.