Born in Holyoke, MA, but reared primarily in Joliet, IL, Berresse's father was a chemical engineer and his mother is the artist and author Cynthia Berresse Ploski. He has an older brother and two older sisters. A nationally competitive gymnast and diver from age eight, he went straight from high school to a stint performing in Walt Disney theme parks in Orlando and Tokyo before moving to New York and making his Broadway debut in the 1990 revival of Fiddler on the Roof. 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.
He has appeared on Broadway in many shows including: Kiss Me, Kate, Chicago (first as the murder victim, Fred Casely, and later as the lawyer, Billy Flynn), Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls, Carousel, Damn Yankees, The Light in the Piazza and most recently as Zach in the revival of A Chorus Line. For his performance as Bill Calhoun in Kiss Me, Kate, Berresse was nominated for a 2000 Tony Award for best featured actor in a musical as well as London's Olivier Award. In addition to Broadway, he has worked extensively in regional theatre, most recently in Jason Robert Brown's musical Parade at the Mark Taper Forum in L.A. as well as Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart at Arena Stage (Washington, D.C.) in Washington, D.C.
Berresse was the director and choreographer of the Broadway musical, [title of show] for which he was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award and a recipient of off-Broadway's Obie Award and which starred and was co-created by his partner Jeff Bowen. In 2012 he reunited with the [title of show] creative team to direct the off-Broadway musical Now. Here. This. He recently directed the world premiere of Paul Gordon's Analog & Vinyl in summer 2014.
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.
He made his film debut as the Stage Manager in Spielberg's A.I. Artificial Intelligence, played an assassin in State of Play, directed by Kevin Macdonald and starring Russell Crowe, and recently appeared in The Bourne Legacy, with Jeremy Renner. 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. Berresse plays the clarinet, 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.
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)
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(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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