Michael Mitchell is an award winning pianist, music director, composer, arranger and orchestrator who is an endorsed Yamaha Artist.
Michael is the Associate Conductor for the new Broadway hit MJ: The Musical - a behind the scenes look at Michael Jackson's 1992 Dangerous Tour. He is in his 7th year as the Music Director for"Amateur Night at the Apollo" at the world famous Apollo Theater in the historic Harlem, NY. Michael is also the Music Supervisor for the Theater and Dance Department at Montclair State University.
Michael, along with his wife, Annastasia Victory were commissioned to be the arrangers, composers, orchestrators, and music directors for a ground breaking new musical - "A Wonderful World: The Life and Music of Louis Armstrong." The new musical premiered at the Colony Theater in Miami, Florida in production with Tom Rogers and Miami New Drama.
Michael has made his mark in the Broadway world as an associate conductor on the smash hit show
Broadway credits include: Motown: The Musical (associate conductor). The Color Purple (keys 2/organ), Nice Work If You Can Get It (piano 2/accordion, Memphis (keys 2/organ), Baby It’s You (keys 2/organ). Michael was a part of the music team for NBC’s award winning production of The Wiz Live!
Michael completed 4 years as conductor/music director for the North American Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, starring Ted Neeley, from 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 (American Repertory Theater) and Dreamgirls (Dallas Theater Center), he received rave reviews for his music direction as well as pianistic abilities.
Michael arranged and recorded “Un Peu Plus Haut, Un Peu Plus Loin” ("A Little Higher, A Little Further") for the 2010 Winter Olympics (Vancouver, Canada) - performed at the Opening Ceremony by international artist: Garou. Michael was commissioned to arrange and orchestrate "The Closer I Get To You/Where Is The Love” - premiered by the Houston Pops Orchestra. Michael arrangements and orchestrations have been performed by: The Boston Pops, Philly Pops, San Diego Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, and many others.
Michael has performed with great artists like: Lisa Fischer, Rickey Minor, India Arie, Billy Porter, Ledisi, Michael J. Fox, Jennifer Holiday, Leslie Odom, Jr., Hinton Battle, Jazmin Sullivan, Christian McBride, Joshua Henry, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Mario Cantone, Johnny Gill, and many more.
As a percussionist, Michael performed with The American Musical Ambassador Concert Band (European tour) and the John Philip Sousa Concert Band (Washington, DC).
Michael has composed, arranged, performed and/or produced on many albums including: Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 (w/ Leslie Odom, Jr.); The Last Word (w/ the legendary O'Jays - S Curve records); Playing Chess (Elise LeGrow - S Curve Records); Simply Christmas [Deluxe Edition] (Leslie Odom, Jr. - S Curve Records); My Shania Twain Songbook (Staci Griesbach), Great Joy II: Around the World (Broadway Inspirations Voices); Invincible (Felton Offard); Lectionary Psalms: The Revised Grail Psalms (GIA Publications); Evolution (Yewende - Lotus Records); Smashing Musical Barriers (3 Mo’ Divas), and more.
Michael recieved his degree in Music Business from DePauw University. He is a member of SAG/AFTRA and the American Federation of Musicians - Local 802. He continues to perform internationally and nationally and has a new music coming in 2022.