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Michael Arden

 
Birth Place:
Midland, TX, USA
Bio:
Michael Arden is a Tony-nominated director for his revival of Spring Awakening. The acclaimed production transferred from Deaf West Theater in Los Angeles to Broadway in fall 2015. He also won the Outer Critics Circle for Outstanding Director of a Musical and was nominated for a Drama Desk award for ... (read complete bio)
 

Birth Place: Midland, TX, USA

Bio:
Michael Arden is a Tony-nominated director for his revival of Spring Awakening. The acclaimed production transferred from Deaf West Theater in Los Angeles to Broadway in fall 2015. He also won the Outer Critics Circle for Outstanding Director of a Musical and was nominated for a Drama Desk award for ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [San Diego, CA (Regional)]
U.S. Premiere La Jolla Playhouse Production, 2014
Quasimodo
  [San Diego, CA (Regional)]
Old Globe Production, 2007
John Robert
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2006
Coyote
  [San Diego, CA (Regional)]
World Premiere, 2006
Coyote
  [New York]
New York Concert, 2005
Dickon
  [Off-Broadway]
2005
Nick
  [Regional (US)]
Reprise! Concert, 2005
Pippin
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2004
Peter
Peter
  [Broadway]
Roundabout Revival, 2003
Ensemble
Tom Sawyer

Productions

 
[Broadway, 2023]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2022]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2020]
Director
 
[US Tour, 2019]
Director
 
[Los Angeles, 2018]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2017]
Director
 
[Los Angeles, 2016]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2015]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2008]
Assistant Director

Michael Arden Biography

Michael Arden is a Tony-nominated director for his revival of Spring Awakening. The acclaimed production transferred from Deaf West Theater in Los Angeles to Broadway in fall 2015. He also won the Outer Critics Circle for Outstanding Director of a Musical and was nominated for a Drama Desk award for the production. Michael made his Broadway debut in Deaf West Theater and the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Big River. Other directing credits include My Fair Lady at Bay Street Theater; Merrily We Roll Along at the Wallis Annenberg Center in Los Angeles, where he is currently the Artist in Residence; LA Ronde for his company, the Forest of Arden; and For the Record: John Hughes in LA and NYC. His production of The Pride opened at the Wallis Annenberg Center in June 2017. Other theatre credits include The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Times they are a Changin', Ragtime (Avery Fisher), It's Only Life, Swimming in the Shallows, Ace, Juno, As You Like It, The Winter's Tale, The Secret Garden, Pippin (Mark Taper Forum), and Aspects of Love at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London. Michael's film work includes Source Code, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Bride Wars and So B It. He has also worked extensively in TV, most notably on FX and Fox's "Anger Management." Other TV credits include "GCB," "Nurse Jackie," "Royal Pains," "Unforgettable," "Off the Map," "Kings," "The Closer," "The Forgotten," "Bones," "The Return of Jezebel James," "Cashmere Mafia," "Grey's Anatomy," and "NUMB3RS." Concert work includes singing with Barbra Streisand, Chris Botti, and performances at 54 BELOW, Feinstein's at the Regency and Joe's Pub. Michael is an alum of The Interlochen Arts Academy and The Juilliard School.

Michael Arden Awards and Nominations

 
BroadwayWorld Awards - 2018 - Best Direction of a Musical Gold Star
Michael Arden, Once on this Island
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2018 - Outstanding Director of a Musical
Michael Arden, Once on this Island
 
Tony Awards - 2018 - Best Direction of a Musical
Michael Arden, Once on this Island
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2016 - Outstanding Director of a Musical
Michael Arden, Spring Awakening
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2016 - Outstanding Director of a Musical Gold Star
Michael Arden, Spring Awakening
 
Tony Awards - 2016 - Best Direction of a Musical
Michael Arden, Spring Awakening

Michael Arden News

Jessica Vosk To Lead GET HAPPY: A JUDY GARLAND CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION At Carnegie Hal Photo Jessica Vosk To Lead GET HAPPY: A JUDY GARLAND CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION At Carnegie Hall
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 29, 2022

On Monday, December 12 at 8:00 p.m., Carnegie Hall presents Get Happy: A Judy Garland Centennial Celebration featuring Broadway stars Jessica Vosk alongside Andy Karl. Written by Robert Cary and Jonathan Tolins, and directed by Michael Arden with Music Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell, Get Happy celebrates the life and artistry of the legendary Judy Garland.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL Announces In-Person Rush Policy Photo A CHRISTMAS CAROL Announces In-Person Rush Policy
by Stephi Wild - Nov 29, 2022

The critically acclaimed production of A Christmas Carol starring Tony Award winner Jefferson Mays, has announced its in-person rush policy.

Broadway Buying Guide: November 28, 2022 Photo Broadway Buying Guide: November 28, 2022
by Team BWW - Nov 28, 2022

Looking for the best deals on Broadway shows? Welcome to our new weekly guide to the most popular shows listed on BroadwayWorld. Check out which shows are selling this week, November 28, 2022.

Photos: On the Red Carpet at Opening Night of A CHRISTMAS CAROL Photo Photos: On the Red Carpet at Opening Night of A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by Jennifer Broski - Nov 22, 2022

Jefferson Mays' universally celebrated, one man virtuoso, tour-de-force performance in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol officially opened last night and BroadwayWorld was there. Check out photos from the red carpet here!

Review Roundup: Jefferson Mays Brings One-Man A CHRISTMAS CAROL To Broadway! Photo Review Roundup: Jefferson Mays Brings One-Man A CHRISTMAS CAROL To Broadway!
by Review Roundups - Nov 21, 2022

Tony Award winner Jefferson Mays' stars in the new Broadway production of his universally celebrated, one man virtuoso, tour-de-force performance in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

VIDEO: Tituss Burgess Shares Update on His THE PREACHER'S WIFE Musical Photo VIDEO: Tituss Burgess Shares Update on His THE PREACHER'S WIFE Musical
by Michael Major - Nov 18, 2022

Tituss Burgess has given an update on when his musical adaptation of The Preacher's Wife is coming to Broadway! In 2018, a workshop for the musical was held and starred Ledisi Young, Quentin Earl Darrington, Donald Webber Jr., and Loretta Devine. It was directed by Michael Arden. Watch the new interview clip now!

Broadway Buying Guide: November 14, 2022 Photo Broadway Buying Guide: November 14, 2022
by Team BWW - Nov 14, 2022

Looking for the best deals on Broadway shows? Welcome to our new weekly guide to the most popular shows listed on BroadwayWorld. Check out which shows are selling this week, November 7, 2022.

Video: Alex Joseph Grayson Sings 'Feel the Rain Fall' from PARADE at New York City Ce Photo Video: Alex Joseph Grayson Sings 'Feel the Rain Fall' from PARADE at New York City Center
by Show Highlights - Nov 8, 2022

The parade my be over, but there is still more to enjoy from New York City Center's epic gala production. Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry's 1998 Tony Award-winning musical Parade, starring Ben Platt and Micaela Diamond, with direction by Michael Arden, played its final performance on November 6, 2022. Watch as Alex Joseph Grayson sings 'Feel the Rain Fall' in this video!

Digital Lottery Policy Announced For A CHRISTMAS CAROL Starring Jefferson Mays Photo Digital Lottery Policy Announced For A CHRISTMAS CAROL Starring Jefferson Mays
by Stephi Wild - Nov 7, 2022

Preview performances begin tomorrow at 8 PM for Tony Award winner Jefferson Mays' universally celebrated, one man virtuoso, tour-de-force performance in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Learn more about the lottery for A Christmas Carol here!

Wake Up With BWW 11/4: ALMOST FAMOUS Reviews, Opening Night Coverage, and More! Photo Wake Up With BWW 11/4: ALMOST FAMOUS Reviews, Opening Night Coverage, and More!
by - Nov 4, 2022

Top stories include reviews for Almost Famous, which opened on Broadway last night! Plus, Lewberger, featuring Keith¬†Habersberger¬†of the Try Guys, will make their Off‚ÄďBroadway debut in Spring 2023, and more.

Michael Arden Videos

VIDEO: Tituss Burgess Shares Update on His THE PREACHER'S WIFE Musical Videoplay
VIDEO: Tituss Burgess Shares Update on His THE PREACHER'S WIFE Musical

by Michael Major - Nov 18, 2022

Tituss Burgess has given an update on when his musical adaptation of The Preacher's Wife is coming to Broadway! In 2018, a workshop for the musical was held and starred Ledisi Young, Quentin Earl Darrington, Donald Webber Jr., and Loretta Devine. It was directed by Michael Arden. Watch the new interview clip now!

Video: Alex Joseph Grayson Sings 'Feel the Rain Fall' from PARADE at New York City Ce Videoplay
Video: Alex Joseph Grayson Sings 'Feel the Rain Fall' from PARADE at New York City Center

by Show Highlights - Nov 8, 2022

The parade my be over, but there is still more to enjoy from New York City Center's epic gala production. Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry's 1998 Tony Award-winning musical Parade, starring Ben Platt and Micaela Diamond, with direction by Michael Arden, played its final performance on November 6, 2022. Watch as Alex Joseph Grayson sings 'Feel the Rain Fall' in this video!

Video: Watch Ben Platt Sing 'This Is Not Over Yet' From PARADE Videoplay
Video: Watch Ben Platt Sing 'This Is Not Over Yet' From PARADE

by Show Highlights - Nov 2, 2022

New York City Center is presenting Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry's Tony Award-winning musical Parade, starring Ben Platt and Micaela Diamond, with direction by Michael Arden. The production opened with a gala performance on Tuesday, November 1, and runs through November 6, 2022. Watch a clip of Ben Platt singing 'This Is Not Over Yet' here!

Photos & Video: First Look at Ben Platt, Micaela Diamond & More in PARADE Videoplay
Photos & Video: First Look at Ben Platt, Micaela Diamond & More in PARADE

by Show Highlights - Nov 2, 2022

New York City Center is presenting Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry's Parade, starring Ben Platt and Micaela Diamond, with direction by Michael Arden. The production opened with a gala performance on Tuesday, November 1, and runs through November 6, 2022. Get a first look at photos and video from the production here!

Video: Richard Ridge Chats With PARADE Stars Ben Platt, Micaela Diamond, and More Videoplay
Video: Richard Ridge Chats With PARADE Stars Ben Platt, Micaela Diamond, and More

by Sneak Peek - Oct 26, 2022

New York City Center is presenting Jason Robert Brown's Parade Tuesday, November 1 through Sunday, November 6. The production stars Ben Platt as Leo Frank, Micaela Diamond (Lucille Frank), Gaten Matarazzo (Frankie Epps), and more. Go inside press day for the show as BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge chats with the stars and creatives of this hotly anticipated production. 

Video: Ben Platt, Micaela Diamond, Jason Robert Brown & More Rehearse City Center Enc Videoplay
Video: Ben Platt, Micaela Diamond, Jason Robert Brown & More Rehearse City Center Encores! PARADE

by Sneak Peek - Oct 25, 2022

BroadwayWorld has a first look inside rehearsals for New York City Center's production of Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry's 1998 Tony Award-winning musical Parade,. Watch stars Ben Platt and Micaela Diamond, with direction by Michael Arden in this video!

Video: Jefferson Mays Says 'Happy Trails' to THE MUSIC MAN and Prepares for A CHRISTM Videoplay
Video: Jefferson Mays Says 'Happy Trails' to THE MUSIC MAN and Prepares for A CHRISTMAS CAROL

by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 25, 2022

Exclusive video has been released of Tony Award winner Jefferson Mays saying ‚Äúhappy trails‚ÄĚ to his acclaimed run in The Music Man as he prepares to begin performances in two weeks in his universally celebrated tour-de-force performance in Charles Dickens‚Äô A Christmas Carol. Watch the video here!

VIDEO: Diana Huey Talks Disney & More on the Latest Episode of 32 BAR CUT Videoplay
VIDEO: Diana Huey Talks Disney & More on the Latest Episode of 32 BAR CUT

by Stage Tube - Jun 10, 2021

On this week's episode of 32 Bar Cut: The Show, we are sitting down with a Disney princess, Diana Huey! Diana played Ariel on the Broadway tour of The Little Mermaid and made history as the first Asian-American woman to do so. Diana shares with us what her life has been like since that day, her career now, her favorite roles over the years and so much more! 

VIDEO: The Forest of Arden Releases New Song 'Next Christmas' Videoplay
VIDEO: The Forest of Arden Releases New Song 'Next Christmas'

by Stage Tube - Dec 26, 2020

The Forest of Arden has released a new video, Next Christmas, featuring members of its company. The song was written by Michael Arden, Jackson Teeley, and Andy Mientus, and sung by Dez Duron.

Broadway Rewind: ONCE ON THIS ISLAND Gets Ready to Return to Broadway! Videoplay
Broadway Rewind: ONCE ON THIS ISLAND Gets Ready to Return to Broadway!

by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 28, 2020

Today we rewind to 2017, when Once On This Island was getting ready to return to Broadway. Once On This Island opened on December 3 at the Circle in the Square Theatre, where it played for 457 performances.


Michael Arden Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Michael Arden been in?
Michael Arden has appeared on Broadway in 2 shows.

How many West End shows has Michael Arden been in?
Michael Arden has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Michael Arden been nominated for?
Best Direction of a Musical (BroadwayWorld Awards) for Once on this Island , Outstanding Director of a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Once on this Island , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Once on this Island , Outstanding Director of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Spring Awakening Outstanding Director of a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Spring Awakening and Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Spring Awakening .

What awards has Michael Arden won?
Best Direction of a Musical (BroadwayWorld Awards) for Once on this Islandand Outstanding Director of a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Spring Awakening.