"WHO Am I, ANYWAY...?"
"TIME TO MAKE THE DONUTS"
That's what the Dunkin' Donuts guy used to say. I wanted nothing more than to be the Dunkin' Donuts guy! Because in my three-year-old mind, you're the Dunkin' Donuts guy, you get to eat the donuts! My mom explained that Michael Vale (the Dunkin' Donuts guy) didn't actually work at Dunkin' Donuts; he was an actor. "Do actors get to eat donuts?" I asked.
'Yes, actors get to eat donuts," my mother smiled.
And with a determined nod, it was decided. "Then I wanna be an actor."
I've been a lot of things in my off-stage life: a Sears catalogue model, a choir member, a 'church-boy", a playwright, a composer/lyricist, a waiter, a photographer, a talent agent, a set designer, a director, a stage manager, a lighting/set/graphic/web designer, a makeup artist, and loving father (to a hellion of a french bulldog). But my favorite roles have always been onstage as the bumbling sidekicks, hilarious henchmen, lovable losers, dangerous psychopaths, beautiful women, even the leading man. And even though I've never played the Dunkin' Donuts guy (...yet...), I've learned to make my own way, make my own roles, and even make my own donuts!
"Am i my Resumé...?"
Notes on Vocal Range:
Low C2; Belt to A4; Strong Falsetto to F5
EDUCATION & TRAINING
SPECIAL SKILLS & TALENTS
"THAT IS a picture of a person i don't know."
"SO mANY FACes all around and here we go..."
"WHAT'S THE BUZZ...?"
THE BOYS IN THE BAND
"Michaels' effeminate Emory is the gay-man-as-fireball, a screaming comet of wicked glee. I would be perfectly pleased to never hear another gay man call his fellows 'Mary so long as I live, but the way Michaels does it makes me want to join a sorority."
"Each actor gets a moment, or many, to shine... For example, Emory (the very funny Christopher Michaels) is flamboyantly campy as he refers to the other guests as 'she' or 'Mary'."
"Michaels admirably goes back and forth from the lower-voiced, mature man of 53 at the 1958 parole hearing to the youthful 19-year-old Leopold of 1924. Michaels gives a wonderful performance riding Leopold's emotional roller coaster throughout the show. His need for Loeb is raw, his romantic fervor for him made palpable by the longing and injured looks cast at Bryan C. Ortega's Loeb."
"Michaels' Leopold is flat-out addicted to Loeb. Nothing else, not even murder, matters to him... And there is a twist just after the two 'superior' killers are caught, one that Michaels handles with just the right amount of relish."
TOP GUN: THE MUSICAL
"Christopher Michaels is a Mario Cantone clone who steals the show!"
"Michaels is a pleasure to watch. His performance injects his character with some personality and back-story, transcending the Iceman role to show the actor playing the character as a world-weary theatre gypsy who’s seen many big breaks fall through. He’s especially funny when he’s trying to introduce a little homoerotic bromance into the storyline. Ironically, Michaels stepped in for an ailing actor, and only had six hours of rehearsal before opening night. He’s going to be replaced after opening weekend by another actor, who has a pretty big flight suit to fill."
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
"...there’s great support from Christopher Michaels as LeFou who, in both sight and sound, is a dead-ringer for his animated counterpart!"
"Christopher Michaels is equally as hilarious as Gaston's comical sidekick LeFou... Michaels doesn't overplay LeFou broadly, which is a huge plus."
"Michaels as Leopold inhabits his character, giving a strong performance, both dramatically and vocally. This is the more demanding role of the two as the script calls for his character to frequently change moods ― from young, lovestruck college boy to a 53-year old prisoner facing a parole board 34 years later. Michaels handles the task with skill and the transition is never choppy. His Leopold is immature, nervous and nerdy, but also likable."
"But what truly makes this production enjoyable, more than anything else, is its cast of characters, brought to life by an ensemble of five compelling actors. Christopher Michaels delivers a highly delightful performance in the role of the comically blustering Police Chief!"