William Michals: A Baritone On Broadway
November 12, 2016
While high belters rule Broadway today, during Broadway’s Golden Age the baritone was king — which means that the great male numbers written by the likes of Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hart, Rodgers & Hammerstein, The Gershwins, Sigmund Romberg, Cole Porter, and others of their iconic ilk, were largely written for baritones. But William Michals is the one Broadway star of today who is the singular baritone born for that great music. From 1920s operettas to classics ranging from Carousel to Man of La Mancha, you can revel in that rich, lustrous, resonating sound once again when William Michals takes the stage at Feinstein’s/54 Below. He was acclaimed as Emile de Beque in the Lincoln Center production of South Pacific, singing such classics as “Some Enchanted Evening” and “This Nearly Was Mine.” He has starred in Beauty & The Beast, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Bright Star. Regionally, he has starred in Man of La Mancha, and many of the great classics. He is a frequent performer at The Town Hall in Broadway by the Year and Broadway Unplugged. Wherever he is — and he will be at Feinstein’s/54 Below on November 12th — that’s when and where the baritone is king once more.