Michael Cavanaugh (musician)

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Michael Cavanaugh
Born 1972 (age 42–43)
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Occupation(s) Actor, musician, singer
Instruments Piano
Years active 1999-present
Associated acts Billy Joel, Twyla Tharp, Boston Pops Orchestra
Website www.michaelcavanaugh.com

Michael Cavanaugh (b. 1972, Cleveland, Ohio, USA) is an actor, musician and singer most famous for playing the piano/lead vocals in the band for the Broadway musical Movin' Out. Michael was handpicked by Billy Joel for this musical and appeared in the show for three years and over 1200 performances, receiving many accolades.[citation needed]


Cavanaugh is the youngest of four boys who all played instruments. When Michael was 7, his parents bought a piano and he began playing immediately.

His first full-time gig as a musician was an extended engagement in Orlando, Florida at a piano bar on International Drive called Blazing Pianos. In January 1999, Michael had the opportunity to play in Las Vegas at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino, where later he happened to catch the attention of Billy Joel in February 2001. Consequently, Michael moved to New York City to work with Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp, who together shaped the Broadway musical Movin' Out. While appearing on Broadway, Cavanaugh and his family lived in Glen Rock, New Jersey.[1]

With the close of Movin’ Out at the end of 2005, Michael began touring on his own, creating a show that reinterprets the modern pop/rock songbook. Michael soon became one of the hottest artists in the corporate events market. He continues to perform worldwide for corporate and charity functions, as well as at sporting events including the PGA Tour, the US Open, and the Indy 500. Symphony orchestras soon began booking Cavanaugh. He accepted his first orchestra engagement, a "Michael Cavanaugh–The Songs of Billy Joel and more" program which debuted in April 2008 with the Indianapolis Symphony; he currently still tours with this production. In October 2008, he signed with ADA/Warner to distribute his first CD titled In Color.

Cavanaugh made his Boston Pops Orchestra debut on May 8 & 9, 2009, with Steven Reineke conducting. Michael just recently debuted a new show called Generations of Rock where he plays Elton John and other artists who have inspired him.

When not on the road or recording, Cavanaugh resides in Las Vegas with his family. He is the father of son Matthew and daughter Mikayla. Michael and his family are Christians.

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2003, for his role in Movin' Out, Cavanaugh received a Grammy nomination and a Tony nomination, losing to Dick Latessa (who played Wilbur Turnblad in Hairspray).


  1. ^ Dunlap, LucyAnn. "What's New in Princeton & Central New Jersey?", U.S. 1 Newspaper, July 8, 2009. Accessed February 28, 2011. "His home base is Las Vegas. He and his family moved there from Glen Rock, New Jersey, where they had lived while he was on Broadway."

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