Michael's primary home is in Musical Theatre. He has worked in that field as Producer / Director / Music Director / Arranger and Orchestrator of over 150 stage productions as well as Business Theatre and Corporate events. His work has taken him all over the world to numerous theaters, and other venues ranging from Montreal's Place des Artes and the Vienna Concert House to New York's Madison Square Garden, L.A.'s Universal Amphitheater, the White House and practically every major hotel in Las Vegas.


Along with singer Mary Donnelly Haskell, he founded the children's music series "My Songs." With Peter Schneider he collaborated on stage productions such as "Sister Act",  the re-conceived "Pal Joey", "Grand Hotel" and others.


He spent a number of years in San Francisco doing local cabaret and theatre, and became known for his song "San Francisco Bye-Bye," which became an unofficial anthem of the city at the time. He made his mark in Los Angeles with the West Coast Premiere of "Working" for which he won the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Musical Direction.


His film credits include "North 'Cross Jordon", "Time on Their Hands," "The Lion King", "Coming to Ametrica", and the Hallmark seasonal favorite "Twice Upon a Christmas." His television credits also include "The Miss America Pageant", and various projects for NBC including "An Evening at the Improv" and "The Great American Laugh Off."


From 1995-2005 he was Vice President of Command Performance Productions, providing original  music and entertainment for corporate clients.


His current projects include a new musical, "Judy & Johnny's I Doo-Wop Wedding,"  "Stonewall: A Musical Remembrance,"  a work-in-progress to celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the the Stonewall Inn Riots of 1969, and  a series of original Country songs


He now resides in Big Bear Lake, California, where he  has become known as Producer,  Director and Musical Director of many productions.




ABOUT MICHAEL RENo (Member ascap & aea)