Michael Townsend Wright

Birth Place: Red Bank, NJ, USA

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Michael Townsend Wright was born in Red Bank, New Jersey on February 28, 1956. He began doing puppet shows for the neighborhood children at age 3 and has been performing ever since. He started in local theater groups, then regional theater and New York productions. He toured as a teenager with a medicine show and joined The Uncle Floyd Show in 1987. Wright continues to work with Floyd Vivino in live performances. He has appeared in the films, The Rat Pack (as Walter Winchell), Lansky, written by David Mamet (as Jake Lansky)among others. On television he has been featured on Rescue Me, The Naked Brothers Band and voice over work for Nickelodeon. On stage Wright played Eddie Foy in Chip Deffaa's The Seven Little Foys at The NY Fringe Festival as well as a production at the York Theater. He has done numerous staged readings for playwrights such as Arje Shaw and a production of the Negro Ensemble Company. Wright is currently playing Irving Berlin in Chip Deffaa's Irving Berlin's America, with co-star Giuseppe (Billy Elliot, Newsies) Bausilio.

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GEORGE M. COHAN: THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION A New 3-CD Set, Benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

'George M. Cohan: The Ultimate Collection'-- a specially priced three-CD set celebrating the father of the modern Broadway musical--is being released on July 4th, which Cohan always claimed as his birthday.

Adrienne Haan & William Michals to Lead FINAL DAY? THE MUSICAL Industry Reading

Curtis Productions will present private industry readings of “FINAL DAY? The Musical” with book, music & lyrics by Danny Curtis and music direction by Richard Danley. 

Vincent Gogliormella to Present LOVE GOUMBAS STYLE at The Sheen Center in September

Vincent Gogliormella, author of the off-Broadway hit Six Goumbas and a Wannabe, will be presenting his new play Love Goumbas Style at The Sheen Center on Thursday September 22, 2022.  

THE SOPRANOS and THE WANDERER Stars Lead New Play Reading at Sheen Center

On September 14th (at 7pm) at the Sheen Center (18 Bleecker Street) there will be a reading of “It Fell Off a Truck”, a full-length comedy by veteran PR man Jules Feiler, loosely based on the life of his own father. The piece centers on the relationship between the “tough guy” father (David Proval) his son, (Johnny Tammaro) and the daughter-in-law (Joli Tribuzio). It's a father and son reunion that after 20 years no one would mistake for a happy one.

Betty Buckley & More to be Featured on IRVING BERLIN: LOVE SONGS AND SUCH

ASCAP Award-winning writer/producer Chip Deffaa's new CD, 'Irving Berlin: Love Songs and Such'--being released December 13th--features such  Broadway and cabaret  notables as  Betty Buckley, Anita Gillette, Karen Mason, Stephen Bogardus, Steve Ross, Jon Peterson.

SAY IT WITH MUSIC Cast Album Out Now

ASCAP Award-winner Chip Deffaa's 'Say it with Music' cast album--with a cast of 21 led by  Michael Townsend Wright and Jed Peterson, who helped develop the show at New York's 13th Street Theater--is out now!  The album--featuring no less than 40 songs by Irving Berlin---may be ordered now (as either a physical CD or digital download).

Chip Deffaa's SAY IT WITH MUSIC Cast Album Will Be Released May 23rd

ASCAP Award-winner Chip Deffaa's 'Say it with Music' cast album, co-starring Michael Townsend Wright and Jed Peterson, who helped develop the show at New York's 13th Street Theater, will be released on May 23rd. 

Chip Deffaa's New Album, 'Irving Berlin: Sweet And Hot' Is Out Now

ASCAP Award-winning writer/producer Chip Deffaa's new CD 'Irving Berlin: Sweet and Hot' is out now.   

Steve Ross, Jerry Dixon And More Star On Chip Deffaa's New Cd 'Irving Berlin: Sweet And Hot'

ASCAP Award-winning writer/producer Chip Deffaa's new CD, 'Irving Berlin: Sweet and Hot'--being released January 4th--features such  Broadway and cabaret  notables as Steve Ross ('Private Lives'),   Jerry Dixon ('Once On this Island'),  Seth Sikes ('The Band's Visit'), Analise Scarpaci ('Mrs. Doubtfire'),  Alex Dreier ('Finding Neverland'), Charlie Franklin ('The Book of Mormon'),  Giuseppe Bausilio ('Hamilton'), Matthew Nardozzi ('Dracula'), Jon Peterson ('Cabaret'), and others. 

Chip Deffaa's 20th Play, SAY IT WITH MUSIC, is Published

Stage Rights has just published--and will be licensing--ASCAP award-winner Chip Deffaa's 20th play, 'Say it with Music,' a celebration of  Irving Berlin.  The musical play was developed at Deffaa's base in New York, the 13th Street Repertory Theater (Joe Battista, Producing Artistic Director). 

Chip Deffaa's THE IRVING BERLIN DUETS ALBUM Out Now!

ASCAP Award-winning writer/producer Chip Deffaa's latest CD, 'The Irving Berlin Duets Album'--featuring  such  Broadway notables as Stephen Bogardus ('Bright Star'), Jon Peterson ('Cabaret'), Seth Sikes ('The Band's Visit'), Giuseppe Bausilio  ('Hamilton'), and more--is out now. 

Chip Deffaa's THE IRVING BERLIN DUET ALBUM Out August 31

ASCAP Award-winning writer/producer Chip Deffaa's new CD, 'The Irving Berlin Duets Album'--being released August 31st--will features such  Broadway notables as Stephen Bogardus ('Bright Star'), Jon Peterson ('Cabaret'), Seth Sikes ('The Band's Visit'), Giuseppe Bausilio  ('Hamilton'), and more.  The album, an outgrowth of shows  celebrating Berlin that Deffaa has been presenting  at the venerable 13th Street Theater, features 29  Irving Berlin duets--a mix of  famed numbers, rarities, and rediscoveries--including some never-before-recorded material.  The album--which will be available  from Amazon, CDBaby, ITunes, Footlight Records etc. on August 31st--may be pre-ordered, as either a physical CD or a digital download, here:  https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/chipdeffaasirvingberlind.  

Garden State Film To Present Live Script Reading Of 2019 Screenplay Competition Winner

In addition to the over 245 fabulous films from around the globe screening throughout The 17th Annual Garden State Film Festival's spectacular FIVE-DAY EVENT March 27-31st, GSFF is presenting the following informative and inspiring professional panel discussions. These lively discussions and workshops offer an array of fascinating topics related to film production and the industry.

Chip Deffaa's AN IRVING BERLIN TRAVELOGUE Album Is Released Today

ASCAP Award-winning writer/producer Chip Deffaa's new CD, 'An Irving Berlin Travelogue,' is being released today. The album is an outgrowth of shows celebrating Berlin that Deffaa has been presenting at his base in New York, the 13th Street Theater. It features Broadway performers singing rare--and in some cases, never-before-recorded--songs by master songwriter Berlin. The album includes such Broadway pros as Jon Peterson ('Cabaret'), Charlie Franklin ('Book of Mormon'), Giuseppe Bausilio ('Hello, Dolly!'), Seth Sikes ('The Band's Visit'), Jackson Demott Hill ('Finding Neverland'), Alex Dreier ('Billy Elliot'), Matthew Nardozzi ('Dracula'), Analise Scarpaci ('Matilda'), and more. Richard Danley is the music director. The album, available from Amazon, CDBaby, iTunes, Footlight Records, etc., may be ordered here now: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/chipdeffaasanirvingberli

Chip Deffaa's AN IRVING BERLIN TRAVELOGUE Album Set for Dec. 3rd Release

ASCAP Award-winning writer/producer Chip Deffaa's new CD, 'An Irving Berlin Travelogue,' will be released December 3rd.  The album is an outgrowth of shows celebrating Berlin that Deffaa has been presenting at his base in New York, the 13th Street Theater. 

Kate Solomon-Tilley Wins Second Annual Matthew Nardozzi Award

In an awards ceremony at the 13th Street Repertory Theater, veteran stage/screen/television actor Michael Townsend Wright has presented the second annual 'Matthew Nardozzi Award'--the only award celebrating reliability and dependability in theater--to Kate Solomon-Tilley.

Chip Deffaa's New IRVING BERLIN: RAGTIME RARITIES Album Out Now

ASCAP Award-winning playwright/producer Chip Deffaa's latest album, 'Irving Berlin: Ragtime Rarities,' is out now. The CD, featuring an all-star New York cast performing two dozen rare--and, in many cases, never-before-recorded--ragtime numbers, is the 24th CD that Deffaa has produced and the tenth dealing with master songwriter Irving Berlin.

Chip Deffaa New 'Irving Berlin: Ragtime Rarities' Album Out 11/20

ASCAP Award-winning playwright/producer Chip Deffaa's latest album, 'Irving Berlin: Ragtime Rarities,' will be released on November 20th.

Stephen Bogardus and More Featured on IRVING BERLIN REDISCOVERED Album, Out Today

ASCAP Award-winning writer/producer Chip Deffaa's new CD, 'Irving Berlin Rediscovered' - being released today - features such Broadway notables as Stephen Bogardus ('Bright Star'), Giuseppe Bausilio ('Hello, Dolly!'), and Jon Peterson ('Cabaret'), plus such nightclub and cabaret stars as Seth Sikes and Natalie Douglas.

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