"I can happily say Michael is the warmest, most inclusive man. Above all, his talent is mind-blowing. I don't know how he does what he does, but it is simply miraculous. I hope I get to work with him again on another project. I hope I get to spend time with this genuine talent and gentle man."
Patti LuPone: Two-Time Grammy Award, Two-Time Tony Award, & Two-Time Olivier Award Winning Actress. 2006 American Theatre Hall of Fame Inductee (Evita, Les Misérables, Gypsy, The Cradle Will Rock, Sweeney Todd, War Paint)
Norbert Leo Butz
“Michael Moritz is a musical force of nature. He can arrange, he can MD, he can produce, he can rock any style of music you throw at him. He can also shred a piano (if a piano can be shredded) with the best Rock ’n’ Rollers or R&B players out there. Plus, he’s tall and handsome and girls love to watch him play, so he improves the overall aesthetic of the audience. Finally, he’s my friend and a helluva nice guy to boot.
Actually, after writing this endorsement, maybe I secretly hate him. How come I can’t be THAT guy?”
Norbert Leo Butz: Two-Time Tony Award and Drama Desk Award winner (Catch Me if You Can, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Wicked, Rent, Big Fish)
“Working with Michael is a true pleasure. He is professional, respectful, easy, supportive, creative, engaged, and fun! I look forward to our next project.
Bebe Neuwirth: Two-time Tony Award winning actress (Chicago, Sweet Charity, Fosse, Damn Yankees, The Addams Family, A Chorus Line)
"Michael is a master music maker and entertainer. Last year in Orlando, I stood on stage and watched him bring together a 60 piece orchestra with some of the heaviest hitting singers in the industry (from all ages and genres) and, within mere minutes, put on a show that had everyone in tears. We, on stage, felt supported and inspired by Michael's command of the music and our emotions as we attempted to support and inspire those audience members affected by the tragic Orlando nightclub shooting.
Michael was our steady hand and fearless leader."
Kelli O'Hara: Tony Award winning actress and singer (The King and I, The Light in the Piazza, The Pajama Game, South Pacific, The Bridges of Madison County)
“Michael J Moritz can do it all. I’ve had the great fortune of working with Michael both in the recording studio and in concert, and I can tell you he is a remarkable talent and a great guy. He’s also very generous—always willing to share his wealth of knowledge about the ever-changing music business with me, for which I am very grateful. I look forward to our future collaborations!”
Liz Callaway: Tony Nominated and Emmy award-winning singer and actress (Original voice of Anastasia, Baby, A Christmas Story: The Musical)
“In this business it isn’t always easy to find someone who is gracious, patient, agreeable, unpretentious and incredibly talented. I did, indeed, find such a person in Michael. And, what great hair!"
Micky Dolenz: Vocalist and drummer of 1960’s pop/rock band The Monkees
"Michael is a wonderful musician and producer, who's passion and heart are matched with smarts and great chops."
Frank Wildhorn: Tony and Grammy Award nominated composer (Jekyll & Hyde, The Civil War, Bonnie & Clyde)
"Do you want excellence? Call Michael. Do you want gorgeous production? Call Michael. Do you want the music to soar? Call him already! And, if you don’t like to call, send him an email. Just get Michael!"
Andrew Lippa: Tony and Grammy Award Nominated Composer, Lyricist, & Book Writer (The Addams Family, The Wild Party, Big Fish)
"Michael's ears are two of the best in the business. That makes my work in the studio much easier!"
Alice Ripley: Tony Award Winning actress and singer (Next To Normal, Side Show, Sunset Boulevard)
"I had the pleasure of working with the excellent audio mixer/producer Michael Moritz. I found his work to be excellent in all respects and would highly recommend him as someone who is quick and easy to work with."
Henry Kreiger: Grammy Award winning, Academy Award and Tony Award nominated Theatre Composer (Dreamgirls, Side Show)
“I worked with Michael on a live album recorded from four different performances at 54 Below in NYC. Mixing a live multitrack recording is no small feat, and with the added element of pulling from multiple shows, each with its own personality, it’s nothing short of monumental. Michael was absolutely up to the task. There was a lot of work to do and he knocked out everything on the list expertly-and with aplomb.”
Jarrod Spector (Les Misérables, Jersey Boys, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical)
Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty
"Michael Moritz did an excellent job of producing and mixing our double album, “Nice Fighting You”. The singers sound amazing! Michael achieved a great sound for a completely live recording. We were really happy with the end result!"
Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty: Tony Award winning songwriting-team (Ragtime, Once on this Island, Anastasia, Seussical, Rocky, Little Dancer)
donna lynne champlin
“The first time Michael and I worked together was at a very large, very high-profile Broadway benefit. Like most benefits of that size, the atmosphere on the day was chaotic and compressed except onstage where Michael was running the orchestral tech rehearsal. I was immediately impressed by how brilliant a musical director and conductor he was, as well as somehow simultaneously creating the “safest space” in the building. We teched my three-minute number in under five minutes with a musician’s short-hand that I found massively reassuring. All of the performances that night went smoothly and the backstage consensus was that it was due to Michael’s talent, professionalism and attention to detail; he was the glue that held us all together. It wasn’t until after the concert that I learned his production company had also arranged many of the other successful aspects of the benefit (the musical arrangements, DVD video recording, lighting, sound, etc). He is truly one of the most gifted and versatile artists I’ve ever met (with personality to spare), and I’d trust him and his company implicitly in any situation. I look forward to working with him again in the future.”
Donna Lynne Champlin: Actress and singer (CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Billy Elliot: The Musical, John Doyle’s Sweeney Todd)
Andy Karl & Orfeh
"We gave Michael a set of pop and R&B tunes and an overall sound that's not at all traditional cabaret - because we certainly aren't. He ran with it and in the end, gave us something wonderful that honored the original vision and still managed to give a nod to the genre."
Andy Karl & Orfeh: Tony Award Winning/Nominated Actors and Singers (Legally Blonde, Groundhog Day, Rocky)
“Michael Moritz took the 100 million requests I had for my album and not only fulfilled them, but brought out things I didn’t even know I wanted. A true singer’s producer, he made my live recording sound exactly how it sounded in the room. I’m so lucky he produced my album as an experience, instead of just another album. I’m forever grateful...and now spoiled.”
Lesli Margerita: Olivier Award Winning actress and singer (Matilda The Musical, Dames at Sea, Homeland)
“I met Michael while working with him on “From Broadway with Love: Parkland”, a benefit concert for the Parkland community in Florida. It was a very quick and ambitious project and Michael handled it with aplomb. He’s the kind of MD and conductor that you trust. We ran my song once during soundcheck with a full orchestra IN AN ARENA and I knew immediately we were show ready. It was clear that he’s a focused and hard working collaborator and I look forward to working with him again!”
George Salazar (Be More Chill, The Lightning Thief, Here Lies Love, Godspell)
jay armstrong johnson
“Michael is the ultimate artist human. I say that because his truly genius musical skills are only matched by his warmth and kindness.”
Jay Armstrong Johnson (On The Town, The Phantom of the Opera, Catch Me If You Can, A Chorus Line, Hands On A Hardbody, ABC’s Quantico)
“Michael Moritz is a terrific pianist and arranger, and most of all he’s a great collaborator!”
Karen Ziemba: Tony Award winning actress (Contact, Steel Pier, Curtains)
“Working with Michael was a dream! We worked together on a VERY large event which was VERY quickly organized. Within one half-hour rehearsal, Michael had memorized every nuance and offered fantastic feedback to enhance my performance. We only needed one quick run of the song in tech with the fabulous band and the performance is one of my all time favorite experiences to date. Michael is a consummate professional, especially under pressure!”
Catherine Walker (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Ragtime, Mary Poppins)
“Michael is a joy to work with. He leads with his heart in everything we've done together. He can do it all, and can do it all well. He has always made me feel supported onstage and off and he is one of those special people that is committed to creating an experience for everyone involved. I absolutely love working with Michael.”
Carrie Manolakos (Wicked, Mamma Mia!, The Greatest Showman)
“Michael Moritz sat in with our honky tonk band and played the absolute hell out of the piano. He’s an incredibly skilled musician that plays both tastefully and soulfully. Most importantly, he is a great guy and very easy to be around and work with.”
Ben Hope (Once)
“I can’t wait to create a show with him.”
Ace Young (Grease, Hair, American Idol contestant)
“Michael knows how to please the masses.”
Diana DeGarmo (Hairspray, Hair, American Idol runner-up)
“Michael is amazing! He is great with kids and always makes sure you know what you are doing before he moves on. He knows how to bring out the best in his performers! Working with Michael on “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” was one of my best experiences so far! I would work again with him in a heartbeat!”
Luca Padovan (Marvin’s Room, School of Rock, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Newsies)
“Michael is an incredibly gifted and talented musical director whose work speaks for itself in its distinct superior quality. Having collaborated with Michael over the past few years on several projects, he is an absolute pleasure to work with. Both at a personal and professional level, there’s no one better in the business! He’s great with all ages and it’s evident he loves what he does for a living!”
Milly Shapiro (Matilda the Musical, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown)
“Michael is a great musical director to work with because he teaches you the music while allowing you to discover and interpret the piece in a way that showcases your own individual talents. Michael is extremely professional while keeping a fun environment that encourages creativity.”
Josh Colley (Les Misérables, Newsies)
“Michael was so helpful in learning hard music and difficult harmonies. He was able to convey what he wanted out of the songs concisely and thoroughly. It was fun and the product was professional and fun for us on stage. He’s fabulous at working with kids and able to relate with us to create a show that is a joy to watch as well as perform.”
Aidan Gemme (Finding Neverland, Mary Poppins, Waiting for Godot)
“Working with Michael was a creative learning experience that I will treasure forever!”
Gabriella Pizzolo (Matilda the Musical, Fun Home)
“I recently worked with Michael while he was our music director for “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” at 54 Below in NYC. At rehearsals, Michael worked with us to express our characters through our voices and showcase our vocal ability at the same time. He was also very good at helping us perfect difficult harmonies. Michael’s direction was clear, concise and easy to follow. He’s also just super nice! I really enjoyed working with him.”
Mavis Simpson-Ernst (You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Evita)
“Michael has worked with Zach on several occasion as his music director. Each time we have been so grateful for his professionalism and extreme talent.”
Zach Unger (Big Fish, Chaplin, Newsies)