Michael Quintos

Michael Quintos

A So. Cal. Contributing Editor since 2009, Michael Lawrence Quintos is a talented, mild-mannered Senior Designer by day. But as night falls, he regularly performs on various stages everywhere as a Countertenor soloist, actor, and dancer for OC's MenAlive Chorus since 2002. He sings everything from Broadway, Jazz, R&B, Classical, Gospel and Pop, and has shared the stage with Bernadette Peters, Debbie Reynolds, Michael Feinstein, and Liza Minnelli. In June 2019, he made his soloist debut at the Hollywood Bowl in front of 17,000 concertgoers. His musical theater roots started early, performing in various stage productions and a couple of nationally-televised competition programs. The performing bug eventually brought him a brief championship run in the Philippines' version of "Star Search" before moving to Las Vegas at age 11. College brought him out to Orange County, California, where he earned a BFA in Graphic Design and a BA in Film Screenwriting. He has spent several years as a designer and art director for various media companies, while spending his free time going to Disneyland, binge-watching shows, or performing in or watching live shows. Follow Michael on TwitterX or Instagram @cre8iveMLQ.




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First Show:

The first show I ever saw on Broadway was the 2013 Revival of PIPPIN (my first time in NYC!)

Favorite Show:

1. RAGTIME 2. WEST SIDE STORY 3. SPRING AWAKENING4. WICKED 5. CAROUSEL 6. HAMILTON 7. FOLLIES8. DREAMGIRLS 9. A CHORUS LINE 10. HAIRSPRAY

Favorite Stories:

  • BWW Interview: Lily Tomlin (2013) - The resulting article from my almost 4-hour-plus conversation with Ms. Tomlin is still one of my favorite early pieces as a BroadwayWorld contributor. Our candid talk felt less like an interview and more like a casual chat with a living legend, who was mentoring and giving a detailed overview of a storied career to a fan. By the end of our talk, she even joked "well, you can probably write my biography at this point, I've told you so much!"
  • World of Color - Opening Night Coverage (2010) - Some of my early assignments for BWW (before doing mostly show reviews) involved covering the press line at red carpets on Opening Nights of shows. As a Disney fan, getting to cover the opening of WORLD OF COLOR at Disney California Adventure on the *blue* carpet was so much fun! I wish I had the bandwidth to cover more of these kinds of events nowadays.
  • BWW Reviews: All-Star RENT at the Hollywood Bowl (2010) - I celebrated my 1-Year Anniversary as a correspondent for BWW by reviewing (not just attending) the Hollywood Bowl's annual all-star summer musical, which in 2010 was Jonathan Larson's RENT, directed by Neil Patrick Harris. It was the night the world and I discovered ex-Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger needed to do more musicals.
  • BWW Reviews: CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND (2018) - Though I admittedly enjoy musicals far more than straight plays, once in a while I get to see some of the most extraordinary productions that don't involve people randomly bursting into song. This world premiere at South Coast Repertory in 2018 (which *does* have music) still sits in my brain and my heart, particularly because as I enter my 15th year covering local OC theater, it make me hopeful and encouraged by the increasing diverse voices I see in new works being staged (see also my review of SCR's 2023 World Premiere of COLEMAN '72).
  • BWW Interview: ALAN CUMMING (2009) - Everything has a beginning... and this article marked my first ever interview with a celeb after just a month of writing for BroadwayWorld. I still have this Tony winner's text saved (well a screenshot anyway) of him texting me to call him back because he was in an elevator when I originally called him to chat LOL.


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Review: Disney's Enchanting THE LITTLE MERMAID Swims Back to the La Mirada Theatre
Review: Disney's Enchanting THE LITTLE MERMAID Swims Back to the La Mirada Theatre
June 10, 2024

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts' mesmerizing, visually-stunning 2016 production of Disney's stage adaptation of THE LITTLE MERMAID has returned for a limited engagement continuing through June 23, 2024. Filled with colorful costumes and sets and soaring mermaids, this spectacular show will enchant both new and repeat audiences alike.

Review: Katerina McCrimmon's Star Shines Bright in FUNNY GIRL Revival at Segerstrom Center
Review: Katerina McCrimmon's Star Shines Bright in FUNNY GIRL Revival at Segerstrom Center
June 4, 2024

This 2022 revival of the 1964 musical is quite enjoyable, not because of its new changes (via director Michael Mayer and Harvey Fierstein's new book) but thanks mostly to its lead star McCrimmon, who is reason enough to see this touring iteration. The show continues at Segerstrom Center for the Arts (with co-star Melissa Manchester) through June 9.

Review: Seth Rudetsky presents Tony Winner Lillias White at OC's Segerstrom Center
Review: Seth Rudetsky presents Tony Winner Lillias White at OC's Segerstrom Center
May 31, 2024

To close out their 2023-2024 Series, Segerstrom Center welcomed theater aficionado Seth Rudetsky to serve as an interviewer/pianist for Tony Award winner Lillias White for three shows May 16-18, 2024 in one of the most incredibly wonderful, fan-favoring shows that the OC arts campus has ever hosted at the intimate Samueli Theater in Costa Mesa, CA.

Review: Chance Theater Stages OC Premiere of ALMA
Review: Chance Theater Stages OC Premiere of ALMA
May 24, 2024

Having its OC Premiere at Chance Theater in Anaheim, CA through May 31, ALMA—the touching, poignant, and very timely play written by Benjamin Benne—delves dramatically into the complex, sometimes contentious, but achingly relatable relationship between a struggling single immigrant mother and her smart but stubborn American-born teenage daughter.

Review: Tony Award Winner Matt Doyle Makes Segerstrom Center Cabaret Debut
Review: Tony Award Winner Matt Doyle Makes Segerstrom Center Cabaret Debut
May 20, 2024

Matt Doyle—the 2022 Tony Award winner for his gender-bent role of Jaime in the Broadway revival of COMPANY—made his Segerstrom Center for the Arts Cabaret Series debut over a three-night engagement that began on May 2, 2024 with an incredible set that showcased his amazing vocal talents and his charming, witty ability for personal storytelling.

PHOTOS: Orange County Theatre Guild Announces 2024 Award Winners
PHOTOS: Orange County Theatre Guild Announces 2024 Award Winners
May 19, 2024

For the 3rd Annual OCTG Theatre Awards—held at the Samueli Theatre in Costa Mesa on May 13, 2024—lauded productions of RIDE THE CYCLONE, A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER, CLYBOURNE PARK, YELLOW FACE, AND THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME earned the most wins.

Review: South Coast Repertory Presents World Premiere Play GALILEE, 34
Review: South Coast Repertory Presents World Premiere Play GALILEE, 34
May 5, 2024

Eleanor Burgess’ brilliant, thoughtful, and often bitingly funny GALILEE, 34—currently having its impressive world premiere production at South Coast Repertory through May 12, 2024—is a humorously insightful, beautifully-performed new play that offers an unreliably revisionist examination of supposed events following Jesus Christ’s crucifixion.

Review: A Triumphant JERSEY BOYS Debuts at the La Mirada Theatre
Review: A Triumphant JERSEY BOYS Debuts at the La Mirada Theatre
April 26, 2024

A brand-new, reimagined regional iteration of the Tony-winning 2005 musical JERSEY BOYS now at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts is exceeding all expectations. Featuring a superb ensemble cast performing The Four Seasons' greatest hits, this spectacular, high-energy, crowd-pleasing production continues through May 12, 2024.

Review: PRELUDE TO A KISS Returns to South Coast Repertory as a World Premiere Musical
Review: PRELUDE TO A KISS Returns to South Coast Repertory as a World Premiere Musical
April 23, 2024

Based on Craig Lucas' 1988 play and 1992 film adaptation of the same name, PRELUDE TO A KISS - THE MUSICAL is an admirable first attempt of a new musical that is, clearly, still a work-in-progress. In its current state, this genuinely charming but disjointed musical could use a sharp refocus and some more magical and narrative clarity.

Review: Wildly Over-the-top BEETLEJUICE - THE MUSICAL Spooks Laughs at OC's Segerstrom Center
Review: Wildly Over-the-top BEETLEJUICE - THE MUSICAL Spooks Laughs at OC's Segerstrom Center
April 22, 2024

Adapted from the 1988 Tim Burton cult classic, BEETLEJUICE - THE MUSICAL is an over-the-top, chaotic, and wildly unhinged reimagining that amps up the kooky-ness of its source material a thousand-fold. Mostly funny and entertaining despite its tonal shifts and forced outlandishness, the show elicits lots of laughs thanks to its title character.

Review: Musical Theatre West Brings MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Back to Life in Long Beach
Review: Musical Theatre West Brings MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Back to Life in Long Beach
April 19, 2024

More like one elongated impromptu jam session than a typical musical, Musical Theatre West's new production of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET doesn't involve a complex storyline, but instead focuses on imagining what it must have been like to be in the room where music history happened. The resulting concert-like jukebox musical is a rollicking good time.

Review: All-Star Cast Shines in A BROADWAY BIRTHDAY Celebrating Sondheim and Lloyd Webber
Review: All-Star Cast Shines in A BROADWAY BIRTHDAY Celebrating Sondheim and Lloyd Webber
April 10, 2024

A talented collection of Broadway vets led by Tony winner Betty Buckley gathered together for a one-night-only concert 'A BROADWAY BIRTHDAY: SONDHEIM, LLOYD WEBBER, AND FRIENDS' at Segerstrom Concert Hall on March 28, 2024 to celebrate the legacy—and coincidental same birthdate—of musical theater royalty Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Sondheim.

Review: MJ - THE MUSICAL Moonwalks Into OC's Segerstrom Center
Review: MJ - THE MUSICAL Moonwalks Into OC's Segerstrom Center
March 23, 2024

An overall resounding triumph despite its insistence on side-stepping some of the more salacious scandals associated with its subject, pop star Michael Jackson—MJ - THE MUSICAL is a genuinely entertaining and nostalgic show that purposely aims to celebrate the creative, if misunderstood genius behind some of the biggest hits in pop music history.

Review: Grammy Nominee Jane Monheit Makes OC Return at Irvine Barclay
Review: Grammy Nominee Jane Monheit Makes OC Return at Irvine Barclay
March 19, 2024

Returning to Orange County, CA for a one-night-only concert at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, Monheit stunned the audience with her incredible talents, offering fresh live performances of superb tunes—including many from the Broadway stage—that are slated for her upcoming new studio album releasing this summer.

Review: Musical Theatre West Revisits Classic 42ND STREET in Long Beach
Review: Musical Theatre West Revisits Classic 42ND STREET in Long Beach
February 13, 2024

For the most part, MTW's brand-new, admirably plucky 2024 production—now on stage through February 25—succeeds as an entertaining, visually cheerful show, filled with strong performances, a rousingly robust orchestra, and dynamic, zestfully tap-tastic dance numbers. Despite its lack of any real, serious stakes, the show itself is still a fun time.

Review: Bold Staging of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH Rocks Chance Theater
Review: Bold Staging of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH Rocks Chance Theater
February 9, 2024

Featuring a humorous yet surprisingly poignant original story from John Cameron Mitchell and piercing, high-octane tunes from composer Stephen Trask, the gloriously ribald glam-rock musical HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH is currently flipping its wigs out in a brand new extremely engaging production at the Chance Theater continuing thru February 25.

Review: Disney's THE LION KING Rules Once More at OC's Segerstrom Center
Review: Disney's THE LION KING Rules Once More at OC's Segerstrom Center
February 6, 2024

Now in its 27th year, Disney's game-changing, Tony Award-winning global megahit THE LION KING has once again taken over OC's Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa for another month of performances that continues through February 25, 2024. Even today, the show still manages to elicit genuine wonder and awe for kids and adults alike.

Review: Broadway's Jessica Vosk Honors the Songwriters of Laurel Canyon at OC's Segerstrom Center
Review: Broadway's Jessica Vosk Honors the Songwriters of Laurel Canyon at OC's Segerstrom Center
January 30, 2024

A spectacular one-night-only concert at OC's Segerstrom Center starring one of Broadway's most acclaimed stars, Jessica Vosk's 'California Dreamin'' is a rousing, informative tribute to the incredible singer/songwriters that populated the Laurel Canyon artists community in Los Angeles that included Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, and more.

Review: Fun-Filled Musical Remake of MYSTIC PIZZA Debuts at La Mirada Theatre
Review: Fun-Filled Musical Remake of MYSTIC PIZZA Debuts at La Mirada Theatre
January 25, 2024

A lively, vibrant new jukebox musical based on the 1988 film, La Mirada Theatre's fun and entertaining new production of MYSTIC PIZZA—now playing through February 11, 2024—is a charming, if forgivably predictable coming-of-age tale featuring 80's/90's hits and a cast of likable actors and characters that will easily win audiences' affections.

Review: Broadway Talents Honor Olivia Newton-John at OC's Segerstrom Center
Review: Broadway Talents Honor Olivia Newton-John at OC's Segerstrom Center
January 19, 2024

Hosted by Scott Coulter at OC's Segerstrom Center, this beautifully-curated 'greatest hits' showcase celebrating Olivia Newton-John provided an entertaining tribute, delivered via superb performances from the likes of Jessica Hendy, David Burnham, and Mike Schwitter, plus a first-person testimonial from her longtime producer John Farrar.



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