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Michael Coleman

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A graduate of Rutgers prestigious Mason Gross School of the Arts, Mr. Coleman holds a BFA in acting and directing and an MBA from the University of Redlands.  Michael Coleman has a wealth of experience as writer, director and producer of more than one hundred theatrical shows and extravaganzas spanning a professional career of over thirty years.  Presently, he is working on a new West End production about the life of Dusty Springfield and most recently Mr. Coleman was the associate producer of the stage musical DIRTY DANCING seen on tour in America and throughout the world.  He was also an international producer for Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, SUGAR starring Robert Morse, and his company Cornerstone Entertainment International, Inc. produced The Laramie Project at the Laguna Playhouse.

As a writer, Mr. Coleman’s ‘TIS THE SEASON is making its world premiere at the new Encore Dinner Theatre in Southern California and he co-wrote and co-directed the one woman show VATICAN II: WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED starring Kathy Cogan, which premiered in New Jersey, Iowa and Southern California. The show is slated for Off Broadway.  Mr. Coleman’s through composed Civil War musical, UNBOUND GLORY was showcased in California and will be performed as a workshop for Broadway.  A novel of the same name has been picked up by a major publisher in New York and will be published in the fall of 2012.  For the Disney Company, Michael has written over seventy-five show concepts and was instrumental in creating story-line shows that were never thought possible at the parks.  He also wrote and directed all of Charles Fleisher’s voiceovers for Roger Rabbit in the Disney parks and Michael’s composition, ROCK THE POND can be heard on the MIGHTY DUCKS II film.  In addition, he has also written numerous plays and concepts for regional theatres, Off Broadway, and the Asian Games.

As director, Mr. Coleman assisted in staging the children in the National Tour of THE KING AND I starring the late Yul Brynner.  The show would go on to break box office records throughout America and on Broadway.  In 1984 Michael was the co-director on THE GLORY OF EASTER in Southern California where he also was one of the leading actors in the show.  The show would go on to win the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s Best Play award for Southern California.  It was Mr. Coleman’s partnership with Conwell Worthington that developed and directed the award winning GLORY OF EASTER and GLORY OF CHRISTMAS (Mr. Coleman wrote the new version) from 1983-1986.  That was the heyday of the shows that drew over three hundred thousand spectators.  Those shows starred Gregory Peck, Michael York, Debby Boone, Dean Jones and Robert Reed.  The music was recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra.  Mr. Coleman has also directed numerous plays and helped create and direct the NHL hockey extravaganza as seen on ESPN for Disney’s the Mighty Ducks.

His company produced the following shows and concerts: The Red Skelton Concert, The Andy Williams Christmas Show, The Doug Henning Magic Show in concert, Victor Borge, Tony Bennett, Tom Jones, as well as charitable events with Beverly Sills, Angela Lansbury, Itzack Perlman, Red Skelton, Dick Van Dyke, Danny Kaye and Ethel Merman.  In the mid-1990’s Mr. Coleman co-directed Caesars’ Magical Empire at Caesars’ Palace.