Michael James Scott

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Michael James Scott (born May 24, 1981) is an American actor and singer, known for his work on the Broadway stage. He is best known for playing the Genie in Disney's Aladdin musical in the Original Australian Cast, as well as in the West End, U.S. National Tour, and Broadway productions.

Early life[edit]

Scott was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Michael and Karen Scott. He attended Rock Springs Elementary school in Apopka, Florida, then Robinswood and Gotha Middle School. In high school, he attended the Dr. Phillips High School Visual and Performing Arts Program.

Michael worked as a child actor doing commercials, TV shows, and musicals; he also sang in concerts around the Central Florida area.

He trained with Ann Reinking's Broadway Theatre Project for four years, two as an assistant.


As a young adult Michael got a string of TV work, theatre shows and singing engagements, before getting his BFA degree at The Conservatory of Theatre Arts program at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. While in college, he was the standby for Ben Vereen on the international tour of Fosse from 2003 to 2004. He joined the first National U.S. tour of Mamma Mia! from 2004 to 2005. In 2005, he made his Broadway debut in 2005 in the musical All Shook Up. He appeared off-Broadway opposite Donna McKechnie in Here's to the Public. In 2006, after a short stint in Disney's Tarzan on Broadway, he reprised his Mamma Mia! role of Eddie in the Broadway production. In 2007, he was in the original Broadway company for Boublil and Schönberg's new musical The Pirate Queen. In 2008, he was a part of the concert cast of Jerry Springer: The Opera at Carnegie Hall and shortly afterwards went on to originate Barry Belson (actor)in the Las Vegas production of Jersey Boys. He returned to Broadway in 2009 in a revival of Hair, continuing on to the West End production the following year, for which he was also associate choreographer. At the end of that year, he returned to Broadway in the original cast of Elf, until it closed in 2011. He then played Dr. Gostwana in the original Broadway company of The Book of Mormon. During his time in Book of Mormon, he took a short break to play Donkey in Shrek the Musical at the MUNY of St. Louis before finally leaving Mormon in 2013. He joined the original Broadway company of Disney's Aladdin musical as the Genie standby. In 2015, he left to originate the Minstrel in Something Rotten! on Broadway.

He originated the role of Genie in the Australian production of Disney's musical Aladdin, which opened in Sydney in August 2016, before leaving the company in December 2017 to join the U.S. national tour of Aladdin. He received a Helpmann Award in 2017 for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical for his work in the Australian Production.

Scott is a member of the group The Broadway Boys and Grammy-nominated Broadway Inspirational Voices. He continues to sing at concerts, special events and benefits around the country.

Theatre credits[edit]


Personal life[edit]

Scott is gay;[4] he married filmmaker Jeremy Merrifield after dating for ten years and knowing each other for about twenty.[5] They have a French Bulldog named Chloé Phylicia.[6]


  1. ^ "BroadwayWorld". broadwayworld.com. Broadway World. Retrieved 2016-03-19.
  2. ^ Vault, Playbill. "Broadway Credits". Playbill Vault. Playbill. Retrieved 2016-03-19.
  3. ^ Scott, Michael. "IMDB". IMDB. Retrieved 2016-03-22.
  4. ^ Rocca, Jane (2016-10-09). "What I know about women: Michael James Scott". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2017-07-01.
  5. ^ "They Met at Theater Camp! Broadway's Michael James Scott Celebrates the Ultimate Broadway Wedding". Broadway.com. Retrieved 2019-12-20.
  6. ^ "Checking in With… Aladdin Star Michael James Scott". 17 August 2020.