Carmen Cusack and Jeff Blumenkrantz perform in New Jersey, Michael J Moritz Jr music directs
Tony nominee and star of the musical Bright Star, Carmen Cusack, will team up with her co-star Jeff Blumenkrantz on for a cabaret show at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal, New Jersey on May 20th. Michael J Moritz Jr will music direct the night including Broadway songs and other compositions.
Cusack has previously also starred as Elphaba in the nation tour of Wicked and as Nellie Forbush for the North American tour of South Pacific. Blumenkrantz, an actor, garned his Tony nomination as part of the composition team for the 2003 musical Urban Cowboy, though has gone on to act in A Class Act, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and The Golden Apple.
Here's a video of Carmen performing a song from Bright Star at Feinstein's/54 Below:
On July 8th, 2019, Cleveland Musical Theatre presented a one-night-only concert presentation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods at New York City’s The Town Hall. Michael J. Moritz Jr. served as music supervisor.
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.
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 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 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).
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.
"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 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.
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.
Norbert Leo Butz has just announced he'll be returning to Feinstein's/54 Below in NYC to perform his "Memory & Mayhem" show. Michael J Moritz Jr will music direct this show which sees the Broadway and TV star exploring his passion for southern rock.
Michael J Moritz Jr will return this year to partner with No Bully, a group that focuses on teaching empathy to students and stopping bullying, for "Broadway Against Bullying."
Tony nominee and star of the musical Bright Star, Carmen Cusack, will team up with her co-star Jeff Blumenkrantz for a cabaret show at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal, New Jersey. Michael J Moritz Jr will music direct the night including Broadway songs and other compositions.
Michael J Moritz Jr will be the Musical Director for tonight's show at Feinstein's/54 Below featuring Coco Dolenz, sister to "The Monkees" Mickey Dolenz.
Micky Dolenz will return to the stage at Feinstein's/54 Below to perform his popular "A Little Bit Broadway, A Little Bit Rock n' Roll" show. Michael J Moritz Jr will return to serve as Musical Director for the show, which is now available for purchase from Broadway Records.
Michael J Moritz Jr served as liaison between The No Bully Organization and the Broadway community as they brought together the first ever Broadway Against Bullying concert at 54 Below. In addition, Michael was the music director and pianist.
Michael J Moritz Jr served as the liaison between the Broadway community and The No Bully Organization, as well as music director and pianist. No Bully is a non-profit organization that trains schools how to activate student compassion to stop bullying and cyber-bullying.
Michael J Moritz Jr will music direct Noah Stewart's upcoming 2016 UK tour, In Love Again. Stewart, an operatic tenor originally from Harlem, released a 2012 album entitled Noah, which peaked at number one on the UK Classical Album Charts.
Today marks the release of Norbert Leo Butz's new album, Girls Girls Girls: Live at Feinstein's's/54 Below. Michael J Moritz Jr serves as Musical Director, Pianist, Vocalist, and Arranger on this next installment in the "Live at 54 Below" series on Broadway Records.
Michael J Moritz Jr was involved in the second ever Elsie Fest as the music director and pianist to both Tituss Burgess and Julie James. Elsie Fest is a show tunes-centric outdoor music festival. This Labor Day, tons of attendees experienced performances from their favorite stage and screen stars at the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk. Performers included Darren Criss, Megan Hilty, Tituss Burgess, Jason Robert Brown, Corey Cott, Todrick Hall, Pasek and Paul, Julie James, Lena Hall, Rebel and a Basketcase, and special guest Cynthia Erivo!
Tyce Green will be returning to Feinstein's/54 Below for a reprise of his January solo concert. Michael J Moritz Jr will serve as Musical Director for Tyce's performances, which will take place on July 15th and 22nd.
Following the tragic event that took place at Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12, the Broadway and Orlando theatre communities will unite to perform From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert For Orlando – a healing night of music and dance to honor the 49 victims – on Monday, July 25 at 7:30 pm at the Disney Theatre in the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
Originally premiering in 2014, the cast of Dearly Beloved reunites for an encore performance in order to pay homage to the late pop star, Prince. Tony nominee Robin de Jesus, Tony winner Lena Hall, E. Clayton Cornelius and other Broadway names will be featured in the concert presented at 7 PM at the cabaret 42West, 514 W. 42nd St., in New York City. Michael J. Moritz Jr. returns to serve as musical director!
After taking part in the Broadway production of A Night With Janis Joplin, Michael J Moritz Jr served as music director/supervisor to the touring cast of the show in 2016.
Rachel Levy, who recently made her television debut in TLC’s special Broadway At The White House, brings her new show to Feinstein's/54 Below and Michael J Moritz will serve as Musical Director and pianist.