Broadway World Interview with David Clark
In August 2015, Michael J. Moritz Jr. sat down with Broadway World’s David Clark for an in depth interview about Moritz’s upcoming national coaching tour. Michael will be visiting a handful of cities across the country- including Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, Tampa, and Houston- to lead individual coachings and masterclasses to students across the country. Having worked with some of the biggest names on Broadway and in the music industry, Michael goes in depth in this article about his career and journey in the music and entertainment world, along with what students across the country can expect from this tour.
Check out the interview HERE!
The 2019 Tony Award nominations were announced on Tuesday, April 30th. Hadestown leads with 14 nominations, including Best Musical, Best Director of a Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Leading Actress in A Musical.
The Anaïs Mitchell musical, directed by Rachel Chavkin and co-produced by Michael J. Moritz Jr., stars Reeve Carney (Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark), Amber Gray (Natasha, Pierre, and The Great Comet of 1812) Eva Noblezada (Tony Award Nominee for Miss Saigon), Andre De Shields, and Patrick Page.
The Broadway production of Hadestown will release an Original Broadway Cast recording on all major digital and streaming platforms on June 7th, 2019.
On Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 Hadestown opened at the Walter Kerr Theatre on Broadway. The Anaïs Mitchell musical, directed by Rachel Chavkin and co-produced by Michael J. Moritz Jr., stars Reeve Carney (Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark), Amber Gray (Natasha, Pierre, and The Great Comet of 1812) Eva Noblezada (Tony Award Nominee for Miss Saigon), and Patrick Page.
Tony Award nominee Nick Cordero (A Bronx Tale, Waitress, Bullets Over Broadway) makes his 54 Below on April 10th and 11th with music director Michael J. Moritz Jr. on piano. Cordero is joined by special guests Zach Braff (Scrubs, Bullets Over Broadway), Kathryn Gallagher (Jagged Little Pill, Spring Awakening), Drew Gehling (Waitress, Jersey Boys), and Sara Chase (The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, First Date).
On March 11th, 2019, No Bully presented BROADWAY AGAINST BULLYING, a one-night only cabaret at Feinstein’s/54 Below. Michael J. Mortiz Jr. served as music director.
Michael J. Moritz Jr. will co-produce Hadestown: The Musical, opening at The Walter Kerr theatre on Broadway in March 2019!
Erich Bergen will welcome in 2019 along with Michael J. Moritz Jr. and the Cleveland Pops Orchestra! The two hour New Year’s Eve concert features pop songs and classics from movies like Casino Royale, Jersey Boys, Love Story, The Breakfast Club, E.T., Titanic, and many more.
On Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 Hadestown opened in the Olivier Theatre at The National Theatre in London. Michael J. Moritz Jr. will co-produce the Hadestown transfer to Broadway in April 2019.
On November 12th, Norbert Leo Butz and friends hosted two sold-out concerts at Feinstein’s 54 Below to benefit The Angel Band Project, which provides music therapy to sexual assault survivors. The concert was music directed by Michael J. Moritz Jr., hosted by Mariska Hargitay, and featured the talents of Aaron Tveit, Jessie Mueller, Sherie Renee Scott, Lindsay Mendez, Rosanne Cash, Hannah Trombley, and Jennifer Hopper.
On September 30th, Erich Bergen (Madam Secretary, Waitress, Jersey Boys), performed in concert at Sony Hall under the musical direction of Michael J. Moritz Jr. The concert featured special guests Betsy Wolfe (Waitress, The Last Five Years) and Emmy nominee Mark Ballas (Kinky Boots).
Broadway Records will release a concert cast recording of “Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera” (book and lyrics by Elizabeth Searle and music by Mike Teoli) on Friday, September 28th. The record is produced and mixed by Michael J. Moritz Jr.
Broadway Records will release the concert cast recording of Session Girls both in stores and digitally on September 28th. The concert, recorded live at Feinstein’s/54 Below, features music direction by Michael J. Mortiz Jr. and a cast of Broadway performers including Tony nominee Lauren Worsham (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder), Jill Abramovitz (Fiddler on the Roof), and Oyoyo Joi (The Book of Mormon).
Arielle Jacobs (Broadway’s Aladdin) will release her debut solo album A Leap In The Dark, produced and mixed by Michael J. Moritz Jr. and released by Broadway Records on June 15th.
Broadway Records and Olivier Award Winner Lesli Margherita (Matilda: The Musical, Dames At Sea, Homeland) will release a new album titled “Rule Your Kingdom: Live At Feinstein’s 54 Below” on May 11th.
The album is produced and mixed by Michael J. Moritz Jr.
On April 16th, 2018, some of Broadway and Television’s biggest stars joined the students of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School at the BB&T Center for a one-night-only concert benefitting MSD Victims’ Fund and Shine MSD. Michael J. Moritz Jr. music directed and conducted the performance.
Tony Award-nominated actress Carmen Cusack (Bright Star, Wicked, Les Miserables) brought her solo show to Pittsburgh Cultural Trust on March 12th, 2019. Michael J. Moritz Jr. music directed the concert.
Tony Award-nominated actress Carmen Cusack (Bright Star, Wicked, Les Miserables) brought her solo show to the Tilles Center on March 9th, 2018. Michael J. Moritz Jr. music directed the concert.
Session Girls, a new musical by three-time Emmy nominee, Mia Moravis, will debut Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 9:30PM at Feinstein's/54 Below. Michael J. Moritz Jr. will music direct the cast of Broadway vets, including Lauren Worsham (A Gentleman’s Guide To Love and Murder), Jill Abramovitz (Fiddler on the Roof), Oyoyo Joi (The Book of Mormon), Emily Padget (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Lisa O’Hare (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), Jeff Hiller (Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson) and many more!
On February 13th, Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera had its 54 Below concert debut. The musical, with book and lyrics by Elizabeth Searle and music by Michael Teoli, featured Ashley Spencer, Lauren Worsham (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), and Nancy Opel (Urinetown, Toxic Avenger). Michael J. Moritz Jr. provided music supervision.
Tony Award-nominated actress Carmen Cusack (Bright Star, Wicked, Les Miserables) brought her solo show to Feinstein’s/54 Below from February 8-10, 2018. Michael J. Moritz Jr. music directed the concert.
Michael J Moritz Jr's current production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is receiving rave reviews for it's opening run in Australia at the Sydney Lyric Theatre.
"Broadway Against Bullying", a night featuring some of Broadway's biggest names coming together to raise awareness to stop bullying and cyberbullying, returns to NYC in February 2018. Michael J Moritz Jr and No Bully will team up once again to put on this benefit concert at Feinstein's/54 Below on Monday, February 5th at 7:00pm.
On December 2nd, 2017 in Orlando, Florida, Michael J Moritz Jr, along with his team members Billy LaGuardia and Brandon Loewit, won an Emmy Award for Audio for their work on the 2016 release of "From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert for Orlando".
Michael J. Moritz Jr. has been nominated for a 2017 Emmy Award for Audio for his work as Producer on the DVD release of "From Broadway with Love: A Benefit Concert for Orlando."
On Monday, October 16th, 2017, Michael J Moritz Jr will team up with some of Broadway's best and to perform Broadway Against Bullying at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco, California. The one-night-only show is being put on by No Bully, a nonprofit foundation whose primary goal is to promote empathy and put an end to bullying and cyberbullying.
On September 17th, 2017, Broadway's smash hit Beautiful: The Carole King Musical opened in Sydney, Australia. Michael J Moritz Jr serves as producer for the musical which has now staged productions on three different continents.
Two-Time Tony Award winning actress Patti LuPone will release a 2-disc album called "Don't Monkey with Broadway". The album is produced and mixed by Michael J Moritz Jr.
Two-Time Tony Award Winning Actor Norbert Leo Butz has returned to Feinstein's/54 Below in NYC with his show "Memory and Mayhem." Michael J Moritz Jr returns to lead a stellar band through Butz's rocking, southern roots inspired set which includes some of Butz's favorite performances from Broadway and some of his new originals.
On August 17th, 2017, Michael J Moritz Jr's current production of Broadway's Beautiful: The Carol King Musical will play its 1,500th show at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.