Michael Cavanaugh was the original star lead performer of “Movin’ Out”, Twyla Tharp’s Tony-Award winning Broadway show based on the songs of Billy Joel.
Michael was hand-picked by Billy Joel to perform all of the vocals and piano in the show and was nominated for Tony Award for his performance and the Grammy Award for the soundtrack.
Michael’s professional career began at age 12 in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. Since then this talented pianist and vocalist has performed all over the US and Europe. In addition to him being an accomplished entertainer, he has been the voice of an Emmy Award winning kids show character. He plays several instruments but is best known for his vocal and piano talent. He has been writing songs since he was teenager, has admired Billy Joel’s music for most of his life and is currently working on his own recording project.
At private events Michael performs several of Billy Joel’s greatest hits, but mixes up the rest of the set with classic pop/rock tracks by The Beatles (“Twist & Shout”), The Rolling Stones (“Brown Sugar”, “Honky Tonk Woman”), Elton John (“Crocodile Rock”), Jerry Lee Lewis (“Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On”, “Great Balls of Fire”), Van Morrison (“Brown Eyed Girl”), Lynyrd, Skynrd (“Sweet Home Alabama”), Bob Seger (“Old Time Rock & Roll”), and nearly any other major artist you can think of. Michael is like a human jukebox and knows thousands of songs. And he also knows how to get your guests on the dance floor.
In addition to performing in the private events sector, Cavanaugh also tours symphony orchestras with his programs “Michael Cavanaugh in Concert: The Music of Billy Joel and More!”, “Michael Cavanaugh in Concert: The Songs of Elton John and More,” and a third show: “Singers and Songwriters”.
“The New Voice of the American Rock & Roll Song Book”
— Billboard Magazine
“Corporate / Private Event Entertainer of the Year”