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Michael Berresse & Jeff Bowen

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Michael Berresse (born August 15, 1964) is an American actor, dancer, choreographer, and director. The son of artist and author Cynthia Berresse Ploski, he has appeared on Broadway in many shows including: Kiss Me, Kate, Chicago, Fiddler on the Roof, Carousel and Damn Yankees, and The Light in the Piazza as Giuseppe Naccarelli. Berresse was recently seen on Broadway as Zach in the revival of the musical A Chorus Line and more recently in an L.A. production of Jason Robert Brown's "Parade" at the Mark Taper Forum. He resides in Brooklyn, New York, with his partner Jeff Bowen.

Reared primarily in Chicago, Berresse's father was an engineer and his mother was an artist and writer. In the early 80's, he deferred his admission to college to accept a job dancing at a Walt Disney World theme park in Orlando, Florida. That fall, he was offered a year-long contract with Disney and accepted it, putting off college indefinitely. He spent several years touring with Disney, dancing in shows around the world. In 1992, he appeared on Star Search in a dance group called "The Boys Back East", winning the title of Best New Dance Group and a shared prize of $100,000. In 1996, he appeared in the sixth annual Broadway Bares, a show put on by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS to raise money to support AIDS research.

He was the director and choreographer of the Broadway musical, for which he was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award and a recipient of off-Broadway's Obie Award. He reprised his duties for the Broadway mounting of the show, [Title of Show] in 2006, which starred and was co-created by his partner Jeff Bowen.

Berresse made his film debut as the Stage Manager in Spielberg's A.I. Artificial Intelligence, but most recently played an assassin in State of Play, directed by Kevin Macdonald and starring Russell Crowe, which opened in theaters on April 17, 2009. He also appears as himself in the documentary film Every Little Step, which follows the casting process of the production of A Chorus Line in which he starred. At a Broadway talk-back event in 2009, Berresse discussed his interest in focusing more on directing, but did not discuss details of any imminent projects. While working on "Parade", Berresse gave an interview in October 2009 in which he revealed that a permanent relocation to L.A. "isn't out of the question" given that the TV show that he and collaborators have pitched to ABC takes off.


Michael Berresse is an American actor, dancer, choreographer, and director. He resides in Brooklyn, New York, with his partner Jeff Bowen. He was the director and choreographer of the Broadway musical, Broadway Bares, for which he was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award and a recipient of off-Broadway's Obie Award. He reprised his duties for the Broadway mounting of the show, [Title of Show] in 2006, which starred and was co-created by his partner Jeff Bowen.

Berresse plays the cello, saxophone and piano and is of French descent. In the program for the London run of Kiss Me Kate, which ran from October 2001 to August 2002, Michael revealed that he has accidentally "tumbled into the orchestra pit" on two separate occasions while working on two separate shows.

Jeff Bowen (born August 30, 1971, in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American composer, lyricist and actor. He is best known as one of the authors and stars of the Broadway musical [title of show]. He is currently developing a new musical work titled Now. Here. This. with his [title of show] collaborators Hunter Bell, Susan Blackwell, Michael Berresse, Heidi Blickenstaff and Larry Pressgrove. The show was presented in a two week lab performance in June 2011 at The Vineyard Theatre.

Bowen attended college at Stetson University in Deland, Florida. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with his life partner Michael Berresse.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Berresse

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The Best Plays Theater Yearbook 2005-2006 by Jeffrey Eric Jenkins
Series: Best Plays
Hardcover: 562 pages
Publisher: Limelight Editions; 87 edition (August 1, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0879103469
ISBN-13: 978-0879103460
Amazon: The Best Plays Theater Yearbook 2005-2006

(Best Plays Theater Yearbook). This annual chronicle of United States theater continues its long tradition of preserving the history of theater in the United States. For this 87th edition, essays by noted theater critics and writers celebrate the season and the ten best plays of 2005-2006. In addition to providing a variety of historical perspectives for the study and enjoyment of theater lovers, Best Plays includes a compendium of facts and figures about the year in United States theater, all illustrated with 100 black-and-white photographs.

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