Michael McElroy (actor)

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Michael McElroy
Michael McElroy in 2009
Born (1967-04-18) April 18, 1967 (age 56)
Alma materCarnegie Mellon University
Occupation(s)Actor, Singer
EmployerUniversity of Michigan

Michael McElroy (born 1967) is a Grammy[1] and Tony nominated American musical theatre actor,[2] singer and music director.

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Shaker Heights, Ohio, to Marcella Caffie, McElroy moved to New York City in May 1990 after earning his BFA in Theatre from Carnegie Mellon University. He made his Broadway debut in The High Rollers Social and Pleasure Club. He has since appeared in numerous productions, both on and off-Broadway, and in 2004 was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for Big River. He has also been nominated for Drama Desk Awards for Violet and Big River. In 1995, McElroy appeared in the premiere performance of John Adams' opera I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky in Berkeley, California.

In 1999, McElroy became the founder and director of the Broadway Inspirational Voices,[3] a diverse, non-denominational gospel choir made up of Broadway singers. In the fall of 2021 McElroy was appointed as chair of the Musical Theatre Department at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance.[4]McElroy resigned from the position in June, 2023.

Stage credits[edit]


Year Title Role Notes[5]
1992 The High Rollers Social and Pleasure Club Sorcerer Broadway debut, Original Broadway production
1993 The Who's Tommy Hawker Original Broadway production
1997 Rent Tom Collins Replacement
Street Corner Symphony Vocal arranger
2000 The Wild Party Oscar D'Armano Original Broadway production
2003 Big River Jim Revival
2010 Next To Normal Dr. Madden/ Dr. Fine Replacement
2016 Disaster! Vocal arranger
2017 Sunday In The Park With George Ensemble Revival





Year Title Role Notes
1995 Stonewall Princess Ernestine
2005 Romance & Cigarettes Ten Commandments Priest
2008 Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway Tom Collins


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Spin City Gym manager Episode: These Shoes Were Made for Cheatin'
2001 Santa, Baby! Voice TV movie
Great Performances Self Season 28, My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs
2005 Judge / Captain / Crook Season 32, Leonard Bernstein's 'Candide' with the New York Philharmonic
2006 Love Monkey Perky director Episode: Confidence
2008 Canterbury's Law Assistant M.E. Barry Schulze Episode: Baggage
2019 Rent: Live Alumni singer uncredited
After Forever Clifford 3 episodes
2021 New Amsterdam (2018 TV series) Singer #1 Season 3, episode 5 Episode: ‘’Blood, Sweat & Tears’’ Air date: ‘’2021-03-30’’

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
1997 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Violet Nominated
2004 Outstanding Actor in a Musical Big River Nominated
Tony Award Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical Nominated
Grammy Award Best Arrangement, Instrumental and Vocals Joy to the World Nominated
2019 Tony Award Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre Honored


  1. ^ "MICHAEL MCELROY, Artist". grammy.com. Retrieved 10 December 2020.
  2. ^ Pogrebin, Robin (12 November 2001). "VOLUNTEERING; Broadway Stars Spread The Gospel at Benefits". The New York Times. p. 25. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
  3. ^ "about". broadwayinspirationalvoices.org. Retrieved 10 December 2020.
  4. ^ "MICHAEL MCELROY". smtd.umich.edu. Retrieved 5 August 2021.
  5. ^ "Michael McElroy Vault". playbill.com. Retrieved December 10, 2020.

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