MICHAEL ROTH is a composer, music director, orchestrator, pianist, and sound designer whose work has been described as music “one could imagine Charles Ives composing had he lived long enough to encounter rock-and-roll and beat poetry.” Having graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan, where he studied composition with William Bolcom, he has been an active professional for over 35 years, creating a body of work that encompasses chamber music, new and experimental opera and music/theatre, music for dance, music for film, and especially music and sound for theatre, having composed the music for over 250 productions at major theatres throughout North America, including Broadway, off-Broadway, the Stratford Festival in Canada, and as a resident artist and composer at
both South Coast Repertory and La Jolla Playhouse in California. Michael is also known for his many collaborations with composer Randy Newman, as a music director, orchestrator, arranger, and pianist, including musical direction for THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG (Disney Animated Features), HARPS & ANGELS (Center Theatre Group), THE EDUCATION OF RANDY NEWMAN (Act Theatre, Seattle; SCR), FAUST (La Jolla Playhouse, Goodman Theatre), and editing five definitive songbook anthologies for Alfred Music Publishing. Michael was proud to be a 2011 fellow at the prestigious Sundance Institute Composers/Documentary Lab.
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