Michael Mitchell, an accomplished musician, has an eclectic style of playing pulling from his classical training, gospel roots, love of jazz, and gift from God. The development of his style has been enhanced by his desire to learn, teach, and travel.
Michael is the Music Director for Amatuer Night at the world’s famous Apollo Theater. He was a part of the music team for NBC’s award winning production of The Wiz Live! His Broadway credits include: The Color Purple, Motown the Musical (Associate Conductor), Nice Work If You Can Get It, Memphis, and Baby It’s You. Michael completed 4 years as conductor/music director for the North American Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, starring Ted Neeley, of the motion picture Jesus Christ Superstar. He was also the Conductor/Music Director for Jesus Christ Superstar Gospel (Alliance Theater); where he was awarded the Suzi Bass Award for ‘Best Musical Director’. As the Music Director for The Best of Both Worlds, (dir. Diane Paulus), Michael was nominated for the Independent Reviewers of New England Award for the 'Best Music Director.' Michael debuted original songs and arrangements for a new gospel music "We Ain't Perfect" written by Kenneth L. Roberson ("Avenue Q") and Darryl Jovan Williams (Smokey Joe’s Café).
Michael arranged and recorded “Un Peu Plus Haut, Un Peu Plus Loin” ("A Little Higher, A Little Further") for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada; which was performed at the Opening Ceremony by the international artist: Garou. In 2013, Michael was commissioned to arrange and orchestrate "The Closer I Get To You/Where Is The Love" for the Classic Soul concert series, which was premiered by the Houston Pops Orchestra (conductor: Michael Krajewski). His orchestrations have been performed by: Charlotte Symphony, Harrisburg Symphony, Philly Pops, Atlanta Symphony, and Jacksonville Symphony. Michael can be heard performed on illustrious stages: Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, Apollo Theater, Feinsteins/54 Below, Joe’s Pub, etc.
Michael is the current music director and/or arranger for:
LaChanze (Tony/Emmy/SAG Award Winner),
Lillias White (Tony/Drama Desk Award Winner)
Capathia Jenkins (Newsies, The Look of Love),
Darius de Haas (Shuffle Along, Rent, Children of Eden),
Mykal Kilgore (The Wiz Live!, Motown, Hair)
Michael has performed with:
Bob Mintzer (Grammy winner), Michael J. Fox (Grammy/SAG/Emmy/Golden Globe winner), Brian Stokes Mitchell (Tony Award winner), Billy Porter (Tony and Grammy winner), Dr. Lillias White (Tony Award winner), Hinton Battle (3-time Tony Award winner), Chrisette Michele (Grammy Award Winner), Jazmin Sullivan (Grammy Award Nominee), Johnny Gill (Grammy Award Nominee), Kid Cudi (Grammy Award winner), Joan Osborne (Grammy Award Nominee), Christian McBride (Grammy Award Winner), Joan Jett (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Leslie Odom, Jr., (Tony/Grammy Award Winner), Brandon Victor Dixon (Grammy/Tony Award Nominee), Joshua Henry (Tony Award Nominee), The Boys and Girls Choir of Harlem Alumni Ensemble, and many others.
As a percussionist, Michael performed with The American Musical Ambassador Concert Band (European tour) and the John Philip Sousa Concert Band (Washington, DC). He has received many awards and honors on both, piano and percussions.
Michael has composed, arranged, performed and/or produced several albums nationally and internationally including: Invincible (guitarist Felton Offard); Lectionary Psalms: The Revised Grail Psalms (GIA Publications); Hot, Live & More with David A. Tobin’s Ministry of Song (Germany, Holland); Evolution (Yewende - Lotus Records); Smashing Musical Barriers (3 Mo’ Divas) and more.
Michael graduated from DePauw University with a degree in Music Business. He is a member of Mu Phi Epsilon International Musical Fraternity.
Michael continues to perform internationally and nationally. He is also working on a solo project filled with sounds of jazz, gospel, classical, soul and blues. Michael is grateful to God and for the support of his wife Annastasia, family, and friends because they have all aided in the success and development of a great man and musician.