Michael Orland, composer, musical director, arranger, musician and vocal coach, joined Broadway Theatre Project’s 2013 season as a guest artist. In the morning, Orland answered questions about his experience as a music director and supervisor on “American Idol.” Later in the day, he taught a vocal master class with “American Idol” vocal coach Peisha McPhee. Apprentices sang songs ranging from pop ballads to Broadway show tunes. No matter the genre, Michael provided BTP apprentices with valuable performance advice.
Michael’s credits as a musical director include: “The Radio City Christmas Spectacular”, “A Snow White Christmas” (Pasadena Playhouse), “Bergen’s Live” (The RRazz) and “American Idol”. Performance credits include: “Forbidden Broadway”, “Ruthless!” and “When Pigs Fly”.
Broadway Theatre Project (BTP), a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization, is the renowned musical theatre intensive that provides its apprentices with critical training in the disciplines of acting, dancing and singing, taught by a faculty of accomplished educators and performers. As part of its mission, the program strives to engender apprentices with the personal skills necessary to work and survive in the professional world of performing arts. 2013 Artistic Directors are Debra McWaters and Darren Gibson.
Broadway Theatre Project’s 23rd season is currently taking place July 7- 28, 2013 in Tampa, Florida. Michael joins the ranks of Gregory Hines, Austin Pendleton, Julie Andrews, Joel Grey, and Patti Lupone, among many others as a guest faculty member at the Project.
The Broadway Theatre Project’s festival performances take place at 3:00 p.m and 7:00 p.m on July 27th at the University of South Florida. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com or http://bit.ly/12XgZRu.