Michael Cerveris
American actor
Michael Cerveris
Michael Cerveris is an American singer, guitarist and actor. He has performed in many stage musicals and plays, including several Stephen Sondheim musicals: Assassins, Sweeney Todd, Road Show, and Passion. He won the Tony Award as Best Featured Actor in a Musical for Assassins. He was called, by Playbill.
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BroadwayCon Creates a Bubble for Theater Fans
Huffington Post - 11 days
By Megan Wrappe, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, February 13, 2017 When BroadwayCon, the theatre community's version of Comic Con, began as an idea to bring theatre fans together for one weekend, no one could have imagined just how big it would become. While last year's premiere BroadwayCon was a success, an unfortunate blizzard deterred some fans from the festivities. This year though, there was no keeping the fans away! The convention floor at BroadwayCon The second edition of BroadwayCon kicked off bright and early at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, January 27 at New York City's Javits Center and ran until 7:00 p.m. Sunday, January 29. In between the opening and closing ceremonies, thousands of theatre fans were treated to a plethora of workshops, panel discussions, sing-alongs, fan meetups, and autograph sessions with their favorite stars. And with so much activity, fans unknowingly created their own bubble where the events of the outside world couldn't touch them. An 'unidentif ...
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Hedwig Still Angry, Still Brilliant Extended thru 27th At Pantages
Huffington Post - 3 months
Darren Criss at the Pantages Curtain Call Opening Night, Photos by Chelsea Lauren The world is not new to being in shock on November 9th. In 2016, the worldwide shock was that Donald Trump could garner over 59 million votes and even though getting less votes than Hillary Clinton, seal the Electoral College and become President Elect. In 1989 the world sat with mouths open as one symbol of communism, oppression, of dictators fell, the Berlin Wall. Yes, the irony of Trump claiming victory on the day the Berlin Wall fell is not lost on me, nor would it be on Hedwig. Hedwig and the Angry Inch is currently on tour and has stopped at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood until November 27th. In fact, I have seen deals at various outlets giving as much as 30% off tickets for the rest of the extended run, so there's no time like the present if you're in Southern California. I almost didn't want to see it. My history with Hedwig is long and meaningful; and the play holds a very dear pl ...
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Michael Cerveris on the 'draining, exhausting' 'Fun Home'
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
NEW YORK (AP) — As a kid, Michael Cerveris was a big fan of black-and-white monster movies. But his loyalties weren't always with the humans.
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Marriage Equality Pioneer Edie Windsor Visits 'Fun Home' On Broadway
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Marriage equality pioneer Edie Windsor hit Broadway this week for a performance of the new musical,"Fun Home." Written by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori, the show features the first lesbian protagonist in a mainstream musical on Broadway, making it a fitting choice for the 85-year-old Windsor. The show got a very enthusiastic thumps-up from Windsor, who achieved a breakthrough victory for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in 2013 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in her favor and struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). She went on to call it "universal, beautiful and heartwarming." Based on Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir of the same name, "Fun Home" stars Michael Cerveris and Judy Kuhn, while three actresses (Sydney Lucas, Emily Skeggs and Beth Malone) portray Bechdel as a child, a college student and a middle-aged woman, respectively. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our ter ...
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First Nighter: The Lisa Kron-Jeanine Tesori "Fun Home" May Not Be Non-Stop Fun But It Damn Well Hits Home
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Musicals have dealt with incarceration (Kiss of the Spider Woman), hanging (Parade) and murder (Sweeney Todd, Bonnie and Clyde, Chicago, Sunset Boulevard, Murder Ballad, Murder for Two) but only now does it get around to suicide, where the bold and wrenching Lisa Kron-Jeanine Tesori musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel's autobiographical graphic novel Fun Home is playing--if "playing" is the appropriate word--at the Public. Oh, wait. There's always Les Miserables, but that suicide is welcome. Bechdel's quest in her illustrated work is hardly a simple one and infinitely more disturbing. Introducing her cartoonist 43-year-old self (Beth Malone), she's compelled to look back at her Small Alison (Sydney Lucas) and college-age Medium Alison (Alexandra Socha) as, at all three ages, she tries to understand--and is never quite able to--her deeply troubled father, Bruce (Michael Cerveris). In order to get a handle on aspects of her own lesbian identity, she's unrelievedly attemptin ...
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Theater: Not a 'Fun Home'; 'Two Boys' Trapped In DarkNet
Huffington Post - over 3 years
FUN HOME ** out of **** TWO BOYS ** out of **** FUN HOME ** out of **** PUBLIC THEATER It's rather a shock to realize how poorly represented the stories of lesbians are in theater. That makes Fun Home -- the new musical based on the acclaimed memoir by Alison Bechdel -- all the more welcome and refreshing. The story is even more specific and unusual: Bechdel's autobiographical tale is about a gay daughter coming out in a world of increasing acceptance while her gay dad remains closeted and afraid. Culturally, here in the U.S., it's a strange sliver of time perhaps where a closeted father will watch his lesbian daughter announce herself to the world. In a wonderful sense, we may not see this like again. (Of course, we will, but it may become far less likely than it was in the past few decades. It wasn't possible really before the 1970s and won't perhaps be necessary in such traumatic terms in the future.) Alison is a smart, creative girl growing up in Pennsylvania with her distant ...
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James Franco: Thoughts on Alan Cummings' One-Man Macbeth, The New Heaven's Gate Reissue, And More
The Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Dear F_____, The Testament of Mary was quite excellent, wasn't it? I think the engine or raison d'etre of that play was to make the familiar new. How do you tell the crucifixion story so that it can hit an audience with new significance and avoid all the Sunday school and Bible tales familiarity? You tell it through a new person, Mary. Make this person a woman who will talk about Christ as a human and a son and not about him as if he were already considered the Son of God. Make the account embodied and human. There may have been some criticism about the production design, but it too was in place to make the story new. The moment where she drops into the portal filled with water and stays under... simply amazing. *** Macbeth with Alan Cumming: another dazzling and brilliant one-person show. Yes, Macbeth as a one-man show. I am so jealous; they did it so right. Johnson said that Shakespeare held the mirror up to nature; well, yes, if we say that the mirr ...
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Maureen Ryan: 'Fringe': The Next Chapter (Want Some Amber?)
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
The story behind the cool new "Fringe" book is nearly as complex and interesting as the history of the show. Not content merely to publish an official tie-in book, the powers-that-be behind "Fringe," which ended its Fox run on Jan. 18, came up with a book that links directly to the drama's mythology. "September's Notebook," a lavish book published this month by Insight Editions, purports to be the journal of the character September/Donald (played by Michael Cerveris), and the hardcover volume contains all the information he collected about Peter Bishop, Walter Bishop, Olivia Dunham and their world(s). The meticulous journal, which contains hundreds of photos, catalogs the cases on which the Bishops and Dunham worked, chronicles character journeys and compiles information about Massive Dynamic, Fringe Division and the multiple realities explored by the characters. Given the appropriately trippy premise of the book, "Fringe" fans will probably be relieved to find ...
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Michael Cerveris On Mountain Stage
NPR - about 4 years
From West Virginia to Broadway and back again, this folksinger-turned-actor has returned home to play songs from his upcoming album. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Music Community Helps Town Heal After Massacre
Huffington Post - about 4 years
HARTFORD, Conn. — When 6-year-old Dylan Hockley was memorialized at a service following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, his parents were especially moved by one song. A writer, Dushyanthi Satchi, had reworked the lyrics to the Leonard Cohen song "Hallelujah," from Dylan's favorite movie, "Shrek." "Dylan's Hallelujah" begins, "It's calm, it's clear, it's a peaceful day, walking through the heavenly gates, hand in hand with teachers and my friends." "That one thing – that song – has been quite healing for us," Nicole Hockley, Dylan's mother, said Thursday. There have been many musical tributes to the victims of the Dec. 14 tragedy, some put on by world famous performers, others by local musicians and many involving the children of Newtown. Professional football players were on the verge of tears when a group of 26 children who escaped the Newtown shooting, including Dylan's older brother, Jake, joined Jennifer Hudson at the Super Bowl to sing ...
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Maureen Ryan: How 'Fringe' Could Have Ended But Didn't (And That's OK)
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Don't read on unless you've seen "Liberty"/"An Enemy of Fate," the series finale of "Fringe." To get to the important facts first: Of course Walter Bishop made me tear up during the "Fringe" finale. Or, I should say, John Noble made me misty, more than once, during the "Fringe" finale. The lab scene in which he said goodbye to Peter was moving, thanks to Noble and Josh Jackson's wonderful work and the undoubtedly real emotions the men felt as the cast filmed the finale. And the scene between Astrid (Jasika Nicole) and Walter snuck up on me as well. I was hoping for a Gene moment before the series ended, and to have those two characters reaffirm their bond as they gazed on the ambered cow made for a wonderful mixture of nostalgia and affection. Astrid is a lovely name. The thing is, I knew going in to the finale that I'd probably only be able to appreciate pieces of it. I was fairly certain that moments, scenes, performances and callbacks would satisfy me; I knew ...
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Lead Trio in 'Evita' To Depart Jan. 26
New York Times - ArtsBeat Blogs - about 4 years
The producers of the hit revival have not announced who will replace Elena Roger, Ricky Martin, and Michael Cerveris in the lead roles.
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Michael Cerveris On Mountain Stage
NPR - over 4 years
From West Virginia to Broadway and back again, this folksinger-turned-actor has returned home to play songs from his upcoming album. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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John Lee: OurLand Gives Ireland Cross Cultural Spin in Free NYC Fest
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Quite the McMashup at Out of Doors at Lincoln Center this Sunday, July 29 -- Led Zeppelin's Shannon Conley, Get Smart's Barbara Feldon, Pulitzer Prize winner William Kennedy (singing!), New York Dolls Syl SyLvain, Dennis Dunaway of Alice Cooper fame, the cast of the Tony Award winning musical Once, bestselling bards including Peter Quinn and Malachy McCourt, and hours of Irish music from trad to rad, all wrangled into the all day, all free OurLand Festival by Irish rocker Joe Hurley Emanating from multiple stages around Lincoln Center from 2-10 p.m., OurLand will celebrate the artistic, literary and musical heritage of Ireland, the mark it made on America and the cross-cultural ties that bind the two countries. The event begins with "The Gathering The Bards: From Galway to Rockaway" at 2 p.m. with literary legends weaving the art of storytelling with original works and classics of Irish-American culture in verse and song. "Nothing But My Genius" starts at at 5 p.m ...
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Andy Propst: Lullabies by Broadway's Best
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Imagine you could gather the likes of Tony Award winners Michael Cerveris, Sutton Foster, Donna Murphy, Audra McDonald and Anika Noni Rose together at your child's bedside to sing him or her to sleep. What if these artists -- and a host of others -- were there to perform original lullabies written by the likes of Stephen Schwartz, David Shire, Stephen Sondheim and Maury Yeston? These days, accomplishing this will be pretty darn easy, thanks to Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project, the just-released and utterly beguiling book/CD set that's the brainchild of Kate Dawson, Jodi Glucksman and Barbara Aronica-Buck. The CDs (which are also available digitally) feature 26 songs, which range from traditional sounding tunes that we all might have grown up with to ones that are jazzier and more contemporary and musically complex. In addition to the discs, there's a gorgeous picture book that's been illustrated by some of the best names in the business (both in children' ...
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TV Review: Fringe 4.22, “Brave New World Part II”
Obsessed with Film - What Cultur - almost 5 years
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars After we got the news that Fringe would return for a fifth and finale season of 13 episodes, I was comforted by the knowledge that any loose threads left by Season 4 would be able to be tied up eventually. No matter how badly they screwed up the finale, there would always be September (the month not the Observer). What I never considered was how badly they wouldn’t screw it up, and in a way, this is even worse. Things kick off where we last left them: William Bell (Leonard Nimoy) has taken Walter (John Noble); Astrid (Jasika Nicole) isn’t dead (silly me thought they might do something bold for a change); Olivia (Anna Torv) and Peter (Joshua Jackson) have no idea what’s going on; and David Robert Jones really was just a henchman. Bell is showing Walter a vision of the new world he is trying to create. All it seems to be is a pre-civilisation paradise for wilder beast. You’d think that a guy with the intellect capable of actually achieving the creation of ...
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Catching Up With the Tony Nominees, Part 2
Wall Street Journal - almost 5 years
Catching up with actors John Lithgow and Michael Cerveris, on their Tony nominations.
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Tony Awards 2012: Andrew Garfield, Cynthia Nixon Nominated
US Magazine - almost 5 years
Emma Stone must be so proud! Hollywood stars Cynthia Nixon, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Stone's boyfriend Andrew Garfield have all earned a nomination for the 64th Annual Tony Awards. PHOTOS: Stars' Tony Awards style photos Garfield and Hoffman both received a nod for their roles in the revival of Arthur Miller's classic drama Death of Salesman. Sex and the City star Nixon earned her Best Performance by an Actress nomination for her role in Wit, a play in which she shaved her head for in order to portray about a woman battling cancer. But it was the new musical Once (based on the 2006 film of the same name) that led the nominations list scoring 11 nods, including Best Musical. Other notable nominations include movie-to-stage adaptations, Newsies with eight nods and Ghost the Musical with three.  The 2012 Tony Awards will be held on June 10 at New York's Beacon Theater on CBS. Actor Neil Patrick Harris will host the show for the third time. Check out the complete list b ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Michael Cerveris
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 54
    In 2015, he won his second Tony Award as Best Actor in a Musical for Fun Home as Bruce Bechdel.
    More Details Hide Details He was called, by Playbill.com, "arguably the most versatile leading man on Broadway", playing roles from "Shakespeare's Romeo to The Who's Tommy, from the German transsexual rock diva Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch to the homicidal title character of Sondheim's Sweeney Todd." Cerveris' most visible television role to date has been as the Observer code-named September in the FOX science fiction television series Fringe. His character, a mysterious man seen attending many unusual events, has appeared regularly during the series and became one of the main characters to bring the story to its end. Cerveris was born in Bethesda, Maryland and raised in Huntington, West Virginia. His mother, Marsha (née Laycock), was a dancer, and his father, Michael Cerveris, was a professor of music; the two met while students at the Juilliard School.
  • 2011
    Age 50
    Cerveris has performed at many events, to honor or celebrate notable performers and creatives. He performed at The Drama League gala, A Musical Celebration of Broadway on February 7, 2011, which also honored Patti LuPone.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2010
    Age 49
    On December 8, 2010, he took part in the Symphony Space "Selected Shorts and Thalia Book Club" series of readings.
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    In November 2010 he appeared at the Sonnet Repertory Theatre benefit, which honored director Jack O'Brien.
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    His concert appearances include the Broadway Cabaret Festival, held in October 2010 at The Town Hall (New York).
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  • 2009
    Age 48
    He next played Dr. Givings in the Broadway comedy by Sarah Ruhl, In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play), starting in October 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Other venues In 2000 Cerveris played the lead role of Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch in the West End. He had previously played the role Off-Broadway from July 8, 1998 to August 4, 1998 and again from February 1999 He was a Garland Award winner, and Ovation Award nominee. During 2002, the Kennedy Center presented a "Sondheim Celebration"; Cerveris appeared in Passion as Giorgio. Ceveris has appeared several times at the Ravinia Festival Concerts (Chicago), including: Passion (2003) Sunday In The Park With George (2004), and Anyone Can Whistle in 2005. He performed in the New York City Center Encores! staged concert of The Apple Tree in 2005, with Kristin Chenoweth.; Regional A partial list of films Cerveris also appeared as The Observer at several real-life events covered by FOX as part of a viral marketing campaign for the series. These include appearing in the audience at a taping of American Idol, being shown in the stands at various football and NASCAR events, and a cameo in a commercial for Glee.
    On April 27, 2009, he performed at the Signature Theatre gala, a benefit and to celebrate the first annual Sondheim Award.
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  • 2008
    Age 47
    He appeared Off-Broadway in the Stephen Sondheim-John Weidman musical Road Show at the Public Theater in 2008 as Wilson Mizner.
    More Details Hide Details Ceveris appeared opposite Mary-Louise Parker in the limited Roundabout Theatre Company production of Hedda Gabler from January 2009 to March 2009.
  • 2007
    Age 46
    In 2007 he played Kent in King Lear at the Off-Broadway Public Theater, receiving a Drama League Award nomination.
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  • 2005
    Age 44
    In the 2005 Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Ceveris played the title role, and was nominated for the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama League Award, and received the Drama Critics Circle citation.
    More Details Hide Details In this John Doyle production, the actors also played instruments, with Cerveris playing lyric guitar. In the Broadway musical LoveMusik (2007) he appeared as Kurt Weill, and received Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, and Drama League Award nominations.
  • 2004
    Age 43
    He played the role of John Wilkes Booth in the Broadway musical Assassins in 2004, and won the Tony Award, Best Featured Actor in a Musical and the Outer Critics Circle Award.
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    In 2004, Cerveris won the Tony Award as Best Featured Actor in a Musical for Assassins as John Wilkes Booth.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1997
    Age 36
    He next appeared in the Broadway musical Titanic in 1997 as Thomas Andrews.
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  • 1993
    Age 32
    He made his Broadway debut in The Who's Tommy in 1993 as "18-20 year old Tommy/Narrator", receiving a Tony Award nomination as Best Featured Actor in a Musical, Drama League Award nomination, Theater World Award winner, and Original Cast Grammy winner.
    More Details Hide Details He had appeared in Tommy in the La Jolla Playhouse prior to Broadway.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1979
    Age 18
    He is a 1979 graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and a 1983 cum laude graduate of Yale University, where he was a member of Skull and Bones.
    More Details Hide Details He majored in theater studies, and also studied voice. Broadway and Off-Broadway Cerveris had roles in several Off-Broadway productions, starting with Macbeth in 1983 as Malcolm and including Total Eclipse in 1985 as Rimbaud at the Westside Theatre, Abingdon Square in 1987 as Frank at the Women's Project, and Blood Sports in 1987 as Nick at the New York Theatre Workshop.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1960
    Born
    Born on November 6, 1960.
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