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Michael Patrick Walker

 
Bio:
Michael Patrick Walker’s debut musical, Altar Boyz, garnered him two Drama Desk nominations (shared with Gary Adler) for both outstanding music and outstanding lyrics, won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off Broadway Musical and ran for five years. He also co-conceived and wrote the score ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Michael Patrick Walker’s debut musical, Altar Boyz, garnered him two Drama Desk nominations (shared with Gary Adler) for both outstanding music and outstanding lyrics, won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off Broadway Musical and ran for five years. He also co-conceived and wrote the score ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

Productions

 
[Off-Broadway, 2009]
Musical Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2005]
Vocal Music Arranger
Vocal Music Arranger
 
[New York, 2004]
Musical Director
 
[Broadway, 2003] [Replacement]
Conductor[Replacement]
Keyboard[Replacement]

Writing

Composer
Lyricist

Photos

Michael Patrick Walker (Piano and Co Arranger) and James Sampliner (Hammond B3) Photo

Michael Patrick Walker (Piano and Co Arranger) and James Sampliner (Hammond B3)

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10/08/2018
Telly Leung, Michael Patrick Walker and James Sampliner Photo

Telly Leung, Michael Patrick Walker and James Sampliner

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10/08/2018
Michael Patrick Walker, Zina Goldrich, Michael Croiter and Steve Marzullo Photo

Michael Patrick Walker, Zina Goldrich, Michael Croiter and Steve Marzullo

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12/06/2017
Michael Patrick Walker, Stephanie Rothenberg and performer Photo

Michael Patrick Walker, Stephanie Rothenberg and performer

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12/06/2017
Chita Rivera & Michael Crofter, Music , Michael Patrick Walker, Assoc. Music , Piano, Photo

Chita Rivera & Michael Crofter, Music , Michael Patrick Walker, Assoc. Music , Piano, Jim Donica Bass, Dan Willis, Reeds

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04/20/2016

 

Stage

Productions

[Off-Broadway, 2009]
Musical Director

[Off-Broadway, 2005]
Vocal Music Arranger

Vocal Music Arranger

[New York, 2004]
Musical Director

[Broadway, 2003] [Replacement]
Conductor[Replacement]

Keyboard[Replacement]

Writing
Composer
Lyricist

Michael Patrick Walker Biography

Michael Patrick Walker’s debut musical, Altar Boyz, garnered him two Drama Desk nominations (shared with Gary Adler) for both outstanding music and outstanding lyrics, won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off Broadway Musical and ran for five years. He also co-conceived and wrote the score for The Distant Bells which was a finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Musical Theatre Festival and received a reading at the Roundabout Theatre in early 2011 starring Chita Rivera, Ana Gasteyer and Rachel York. He is currently writing an original new musical with book-writer Rick Elice (Jersey Boys, Peter and the Starcatcher) and developing a dance musical with director Stafford Arima (Carrie, Altar Boyz) and choreographer Andrew Palermo (artistic director of dre.dance). Beyond the world of theatre, he composed the new Rockette dance number Humbugged! for the 2011 Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and his music and lyrics can be heard on TV on the Disney Channel’s “Johnny and the Sprites” and Nick JR’s “Olivia”. Recordings include the Altar Boyz cast album, Out of Context: The Songs of Michael Patrick Walker and several editions of BC/EFA’s Carols for a Cure.




Michael Patrick Walker News

BWW Review: BWW REVIEWS: ALTAR BOYZ  at Garden Theater Photo BWW Review: BWW REVIEWS: ALTAR BOYZ at Garden Theater
by Paul Batterson - Jan 24, 2022

Director/choreographer Dionysia Williams describes the 90-minute musical as a “perfect love letter to the late 1990s/early 2000 boy bands”

BWW Review: ALTAR BOYZ at Porthouse/Kent State University Photo BWW Review: ALTAR BOYZ at Porthouse/Kent State University
by Roy Berko - Aug 1, 2021

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ALTAR BOYZ And BEEHIVE to be Presented by Forestburgh Playhouse Photo ALTAR BOYZ And BEEHIVE to be Presented by Forestburgh Playhouse
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 13, 2021

Celebrating its 75th Anniversary as 'The Miracle of the Forest,' Forestburgh Playhouse, under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Franklin Trapp, will present in Rep: the heavenly musical hit ALTAR BOYZ and the 60s salute to girl groups BEEHIVE with performances July 13-25.

VIDEO: Watch ALTAR BOYZ Casts Reunite to Sing a Heavenly 'I Believe' Photo VIDEO: Watch ALTAR BOYZ Casts Reunite to Sing a Heavenly 'I Believe'
by Stage Tube - Jul 2, 2020

Tony Award-winning Broadway Producer, Ken Davenport, announced a virtual reunion with the cast and creatives of Altar Boyz on July 9th at 8pm EDT on The Producer's Perspective Live. Susan Blackwell ([title of show], a?oeSide By Side By Susan Blackwella??, a?oeNow Here Thisa??) is set to host the virtual event.

ALTAR BOYZ Cast and Creatives Will Reunite For The Actors Fund Photo ALTAR BOYZ Cast and Creatives Will Reunite For The Actors Fund
by Stephi Wild - May 28, 2020

The Altar Boyz cast and creatives are reuniting for a special livestream to raise money for The Actors Fund!

Over Sixty Songwriters Worldwide Collaborate In New Song Cycle Hosted Digitally By Th Photo Over Sixty Songwriters Worldwide Collaborate In New Song Cycle Hosted Digitally By The Other Palace
by Stephi Wild - Apr 13, 2020

MPTheatricals are working in collaboration with The Other Palace to present on hope: a digital song cycle - a live, one of a kind musical theatre trilogy exploring the many shades of hope. Written by over 60 composers from around the world, on hope: a digital song cycle explores the spectrum of sounds, experiences and perspectives of hope.

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of UNMASKED: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber at Photo Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of UNMASKED: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber at Paper Mill Playhouse
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Feb 10, 2020

Unmasked: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber has officially opened at Paper Mill Playhouse!

ALTAR BOYZ at Island City Stage Extends Through February 23 Photo ALTAR BOYZ at Island City Stage Extends Through February 23
by Stephi Wild - Jan 24, 2020

With many performances already sold out, Island City Stage has extended it's run of the musical 'Altar Boyz' through February 23.

ALTAR BOYS Announced At Island City Stage Photo ALTAR BOYS Announced At Island City Stage
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 20, 2020

Island City Stage Presents The Hit Musical ALTAR BOYS, playing Now Through Feb. 16

Island City Stage Presents ALTAR BOYZ Photo Island City Stage Presents ALTAR BOYZ
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 20, 2019

Having saved souls on the Ohio bingo-hall-and-pancake-breakfast circuit with rousing songs such as 'Jesus Called Me on My Cell Phone' and 'God Put the Rhythm in Me', the Altar Boyz, Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham, have taken their heavenly boy-band act on the road and are making a final stop in sinful Wilton Manors. 

Michael Patrick Walker Videos

VIDEO: Watch ALTAR BOYZ Casts Reunite to Sing a Heavenly 'I Believe' VideoVIDEO: Watch ALTAR BOYZ Casts Reunite to Sing a Heavenly 'I Believe'
by Stage Tube - Jul 2, 2020

Tony Award-winning Broadway Producer, Ken Davenport, announced a virtual reunion with the cast and creatives of Altar Boyz on July 9th at 8pm EDT on The Producer's Perspective Live. Susan Blackwell ([title of show], a?oeSide By Side By Susan Blackwella??, a?oeNow Here Thisa??) is set to host the virtual event.

BWW TV Exclusive: Go Inside Glenn Close's Big Night at Birdland!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 4, 2017

The Broadway at Birdland just welcomed Glenn Close, joined by the cast of Sunset Boulevard in a one-night-only event benefiting Bring Change 2 Mind, which works to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness. 'Vintage Hollywood' featured musical combinations celebrating the Golden Age of Hollywood, with musical direction by Michael Patrick Walker.

BWW TV Exclusive: Watch Glenn Close and the Cast of SUNSET BOULEVARD Tribute Vintage Hollywood at Birdland!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 29, 2017

The Broadway at Birdland just welcomed Glenn Close, joined by the cast of Sunset Boulevard in a one-night-only event benefiting Bring Change 2 Mind, which works to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness. 'Vintage Hollywood' featured musical combinations celebrating the Golden Age of Hollywood, with musical direction by Michael Patrick Walker.

VIDEO: Watch All the Performances from AN ANDERSON AND PETTY CHRISTMAS
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2017

Transatlantic songwriting duo Anderson & Petty returned The St. James Studio over the holidays to present 'An Anderson & Petty Christmas' featuring a host of West End and TV stars stars.

STAGE TUBE: First Listen! Anderson & Petty to Release New Christmas Single
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Transatlantic songwriting duo Anderson & Petty are thrilled to be releasing this brand new Christmas single just in time for the holidays and their London Christmas show. Sung and recorded by Jenna Nicole Schoen and David LaMarr, the single will be available for download on iTunes and Amazon next week. In the meantime, check out the music video for the song below!

BWW TV Exclusive: Broadway Legend Chita Rivera Will Return to the Cafe Carlyle Next Week!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 14, 2016

Broadway legend Chita Rivera recently made her Cafe Carlyle debut with An Evening of My Favorite Songs, an engagement that was postponed earlier this year due to an injury. Now she's returning for an encore engagement (May 18-21), and she's chatting with BroadwayWorld's own Richard Ridge to tell him out about it!

BWW TV Exclusive: Better Late Than Never! Broadway Legend Chita Rivera Prepares for Her Cafe Carlyle Debut
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 10, 2016

Broadway legend Chita Rivera will make her Cafe Carlyle debut later this month with An Evening of My Favorite Songs, an engagement that was postponed earlier this year due to an injury. Now she's ready to take the stage and she's chatting with BroadwayWorld's own Richard Ridge to tell him out about it! An Evening of My Favorite Songs is a a two-week engagement, running April 19-30. For tickets, visit: http://www.ticketweb.com

STAGE TUBE: ALLEGIANCE's Telly Leung Sings 'Second Chances' at Joe's Pub
by Stage Tube - Nov 28, 2015

Leung celebrated the album at JOE'S PUB at The Public Theater earlier this week November 23 at 7:00 PM. Check out a clip from the performance below!

STAGE TUBE: Chita Rivera Previews PBS Special - A LOT OF LIVIN' TO DO
by Stage Tube - Oct 26, 2015

The dynamic Broadway singer, dancer, and actress Chita Rivera has created the iconic roles Anita in West Side Story, Rosie in Bye Bye Birdie, and Velma in Chicago - to name a few memorable characters. The legend has been lighting up Broadway and international stages for over 70 years. In this special that includes archival footage and new concert performances, her co-stars and collaborators Dick Van Dyke, John Kander, Carol Lawrence, Ben Vereen, and other luminaries pay tribute. Chita Rivera: A Lot of Livin' to Do sizzles onto THIRTEEN's Great Performances Friday, November 6 at 9 pm on PBS (check local listings).

BWW TV: Chita's Back! Broadway Legend Chita Rivera Previews Birdland Return!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 13, 2014

The incomparable CHITA RIVERA returns to Birdland (315 West 44 Street) for seven shows only, Tuesday, October 7 through Saturday, October 11. In the intimate setting of Birdland, CHITA'S BACK will feature Ms. Rivera performing some of her favorite songs, a special tribute to her dear friends John Kander and Fred Ebb, as well as recreating signature moments from her legendary career. She will be accompanied by her long-time music directorMichael Croiter, associate music director/pianist Michael Patrick Walker and Jim Donica on bass. She just chatted with BroadwayWorld about the upcoming series and below you can catch the full interview!


Michael Patrick Walker Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Michael Patrick Walker written?
Michael Patrick Walker has written 1 shows including Altar Boyz (Composer).