Michael Arden

Birth Place: Midland, TX, USA

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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.

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Michael Arden 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

Michael Arden Productions

 
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[Broadway, 2023]
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[Off-Broadway, 2020]
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[US Tour, 2019]
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[Los Angeles, 2018]
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[Broadway, 2017]
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[Los Angeles, 2016]
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[Broadway, 2015]
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[Broadway, 2008]
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Michael Arden Movies

[2006]The Good Shepherd Pinafore Actor

[2009]Bride Wars Kevin

[2009]The Cave Movie Sam

[2011]Source Code Derek Frost

[2012]The Odd Life of Timothy Green Doug Wert

[2016]So B. It Elliot


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MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL, SOME LIKE IT HOT & More Set for Broadway In Detroit 2024-25 Subscription Season

Broadway in Detroit has revealed its 2024-25 Subscription Season with seven shows coming to the Fisher Theatre and Detroit Opera House. 

Ginna Claire Mason, Nathan Gunn, NaTasha Yvette Williams, and More Join SOUTH PACIFIC in Concert With The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Ginna Claire Mason, Nathan Gunn, NaTasha Yvette Williams, and more join South Pacific in Concert with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra on May 10-11, 2024. Don't miss this captivating presentation of the beloved musical! Tickets available at IndianapolisSymphony.org.

WICKED, A BEAUTIFUL NOISE & More Set for BroadwaySF 2024/25 Season

BroadwaySF has unveiled the seven Broadway musicals that will make up the 2024/2025 season. See which shows are part of the lineup, and lear how to purchase tickets!

SHUCKED, PETER PAN & More Set for Broadway at the Hobby Center 2024-2025 Season

The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts has revealed the 2024-2025 Memorial Hermann Broadway at the Hobby Center Season. See full programming and learn how to purchase tickets!

Hennepin Theatre Trust Announces PURPLE RAIN World Premiere, KIMBERLY AKIMBO And More For 2024-2025 Broadway Season

Hennepin Theatre Trust announces the 2024-2025 Bank of America Broadway on Hennepin season. Find out the exciting lineup of shows coming to Minneapolis. The lineup includes seven Minnesota premieres and four returning favorites, highlighted by recently announced pre-Broadway world premiere of Purple Rain at the historic State Theatre in 2025.

Kristin Chenoweth-Led THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES Will Have Pre-Broadway Run in Boston This Summer

New Stephen Schwartz musical, The Queen of Versailles, starring Kristin Chenoweth, will have its pre-Broadway run in Boston this summer! Learn more about this new musical and find out when you can catch it here!

Sandy Duncan, Andrea McArdle, Krysta Rodriguez & More to Star in LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE at Theatre Aspen

Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss and What I Wore will be presented at Theatre Aspen in March. See who is starring and learn how to purchase tickets!

Full Cast Set For THE WHO'S TOMMY on Broadway

Complete casting has been announced for the newly reimagined Broadway production of The Who’s TOMMY.  Find out who is starring in the show here!

Lea Salonga, Gavin Creel, Vanessa Williams, Brian d'Arcy James & More Set for MISCAST24

MCC Theater has revealed that Miscast24 will take place on Monday April 15, 2024 at the Hammerstein Ballroom. Learn additional details!

Wake Up With BroadwayWorld January 25, 2024

Rise and shine, BroadwayWorld! It is January 25, 2024 and it's time to catch up on all of the theatrical happenings you may have missed in the last 24 hours.

Caissie Levy, Nathan Levy, and Lorna Courtney Will Take Part in Michael Arden- Helmed THE LOST BOYS Industry Presentation

A private industry presentation will soon be held for THE LOST BOYS, A NEW MUSICAL on February 23, 2024. Watch a video teaser of the new musical here!

& JULIET, SHUCKED, and More Set For Regions Bank Broadway in Atlanta's 2024/2025 Season

Regions Bank Broadway in Atlanta has announced that the Atlanta premiere of the 2023 Tony Award® nominated & JULIET will anchor the 2024/2025 Regions Bank Broadway in Atlanta season at the Fox Theatre. Learn more about the full lineup here!

Broadway Shows Based on the Top 1000 Highest-Grossing Films

Of all the films on IMDB's list of the 1000 highest-grossing movies of all time, 31 have been adapted into Broadway musicals. Check out a guide to each those musicals below, along with musicals that are in development or ones that have not yet made their way to Broadway.

Alison Luff, Adam Jacobs, John Ambrosino, Bobby Conte, and Christina Sajous Join THE WHO'S TOMMY on Broadway

Reprising their roles from the Goodman Theatre in Chicago are Alison Luff as Mrs. Walker, Adam Jacobs as Captain Walker, John Ambrosino as Uncle Ernie, Bobby Conte as Cousin Kevin, and Christina Sajous as The Acid Queen. They join previously announced Ali Louis Bourzgui as Tommy Walker, also reprising his Jeff Award-winning role from the Goodman. 

Wake Up With BroadwayWorld December 14th, 2023

Rise and shine, BroadwayWorld! It is December 14, 2023 and it's time to catch up on all of the theatrical happenings you may have missed in the last 24 hours.

THE LOST BOYS Musical In Development Directed by Michael Arden

Learn details about the musical adaptation of THE LOST BOYS, as director Michael Arden takes the helm.

Broadway Revival Production of PARADE Will Embark on Tour in 2025

The acclaimed Broadway revival of Parade is hitting the road in 2025! The musical will launch its tour in January 2025 at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady, followed by its official tour premiere at Hennepin Theatre Trust’s historic Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis.

Wake Up With BroadwayWorld December 12th, 2023

Rise and shine, BroadwayWorld! It is December 12, 2023 and it's time to catch up on all of the theatrical happenings you may have missed in the last 24 hours.

Hunter Arnold and Michael Arden Will Transform Limelight Church in Manhattan Into a Theater

The Limelight church in Manhattan will be transformed into a theater thanks to some folks known to the Broadway community. Learn more about how the former night club will now serve as a functioning theater space.

Review: East West Players Presents Energetic SPRING AWAKENING

Based on Frank Wedekind's controversial 1891 play about a group of young students ill-informed about their budding sexuality, this 2006 Broadway adaptation is buoyed by its alt-rock score by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik. EWP's new production boasts a pleasantly diverse cast blessed with excellent singing voices.

Michael Arden FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Michael Arden has appeared on Broadway in 2 shows.

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Michael Arden has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. Some of his notable nominations include Best Direction of a Musical at the BroadwayWorld Awards and the Tony Awards for his work on "Once on this Island." He has also been nominated for Outstanding Director of a Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for both "Once on this Island" and "Spring Awakening." Additionally, Arden received a nomination for Outstanding Director of a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for his work on "Spring Awakening."

Michael Arden has won several awards for his work in the Broadway industry. He received the Best Direction of a Musical award at the BroadwayWorld Awards for his work on "Once on this Island." Additionally, he was recognized as the Outstanding Director of a Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for his direction of "Spring Awakening." These accolades highlight Arden's talent and contribution to the world of theater.

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