Michael Ogborn was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, and currently makes his home in New York City. A graduate of DeSales University,he made his Off-Broadway debut in 1993 with the critically acclaimed musical revue Box Office of the Damned, featuring then “newcomer” Kristin Chenoweth. He has worked steadily in the professional theater for the past twenty five years creating musicals, cabaret revues, song cycles and special material. His work has been produced at the Arden Theatre Company, People’s Light & Theater Company, The Wilma Theater, in Philadelphia, The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; City Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA; Theater LaB, Houston, TX and Radio City Music Hall and the Signature Theatre in New York City. Together his productions have received over 40 Barrymore Awards nominations and have received 10 awards.
Michael with The Radio City Rockettes
Some career highlights and awards include World Premier productions of Baby Case, Café Puttanesca (featuring Megan Hilty) and also Tulipomania at The Arden Theatre Company under the direction of Terry Nolen; creating special material for the legendary Radio City Rockettes. As a “Piano
Man”, he received Philadelphia Magazine's "Best of Philly" Award in 1992 for
Cabaret Performer, a Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award in 1993 for the PBS music video
"Soldiers in the Sky" and in 2003, the “Harrington Award” for outstanding creative
achievement given by BMI Musical Theater Workshop.
In 2002, his musical fantasia Baby Case, received eleven Barrymore nominations and
Since 2007, Michael has written the scores to the holiday pantos at Peoples Light and Theatre Co. in Malvern, PA. In 2008, Cinderella: A Musical
four Barrymore Awards including Outstanding Music and Best Musical of the Year. In
2012 Baby Case was produced at the NYMF and received four festival awards including Best Music & Lyrics and “Best of the Festival”. The next
productions are scheduled early next season at the History Theatre in St. Paul, MN, and the University of Hartford, CT.
Panto received seven Barrymore nominations and four awards including Outstanding Original Music and Best Musical of the Year. This production
Michael with the late, great Jilline Ringle
will be remounted and open at the PLTC in November 2013. That will be followed in 2014 by an all new panto suggested by the legend of King Arthur. His first panto Treasure Island was recently published with Playscripts Inc. and available for production world wide.
A work in progress is A Tour of the Ruins.
Mr. Ogborn is a proud member of Pi Kappa Phi, the Dramatists Guild Inc., The BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, MAC and the owner of Leydensong Music Co.
Other produced titles include: Fishwives ('81) Earbeds ('83); The Vagabond Age ('84); "Oh, Antigone!" ('86); Pinocchio: A Real Boy ('87); "C'est la Guerre!" ('89); Ozone-a-thon ('96) Regalia ('97); Jungle Book (‘00); “Mary, Don’t Ask !” (‘03) and The USED faces of 2004; Treasure Island (‘07); Cinderella (‘08); Sophisticated Twinkies (‘08); Snow White in Follywood (‘09); The Three Musketeers ('09); Tulipomania ('12) Aladdin (’12) The Teacher From the Black Lagoon (‘13) Field Hockey Hot ('14), The Three Maries ('15), Arthur and the Red Dragon ('16)
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