From Latin scholar to Broadway producer.
In high school, he lacked direction.
At Grosse Pointe High School, Michael was a student who excelled in the subjects he liked, but couldn’t imagine how they’d connect to what he’d eventually do in life. He was part of the drama club, sang in the choir, and played football. He knew what inspired him, but he didn’t see how his interests could lead to a clear career path.
At Albion, he discovered his passion.
Michael signed up for the activities and classes that intrigued him. He loved studying classical languages and literature, and found himself with a speech communication major. Through Anthony Taffs’ music class, he furthered his love of music, and his passion for the theatre began when he took to the Albion stage in Solid Gold Cadillac. When he graduated, two Albion professors encouraged him to apply to Yale’s prestigious drama school.
For the past 40 years, he's been taking Broadway by storm.
Now, more than 50 Tony Awards later, Michael has taken his passion for theatre to the next level. He’s produced more than 300 plays and musicals in New York, including some of Broadway’s most beloved shows, such as Jersey Boys, 42nd Street, Titanic, The King and I, and Tommy, and his production of Vanities holds the record as the longest-running play in Off-Broadway history.