Eric Michael Gillett

When not busy performing, ERIC MICHAEL GILLETT (2008 MAC Award Winner-Outstanding Director) has directed a roster of concert and cabaret talent including the Grammy-Award winning vocalist, Lari White (My First Affair, Love Letters), international star Karen Akers (2007’s Simply Styne, which Stephen Holden of the New York Times has called “Extraordinary” and “The cabaret event of the season”), Move On), KT Sullivan (Autumn in New York), Sheera Ben-David (Come Summer), and Jana Robbins (One Hell of a Ride).  Eric Michael's directing clients also include Aaron Lee Battle (Step Right Up and Simple Joys), Olivia Stevens (Pleasure and Peril: Songs of Zarah Leander), Ron Ramsay (Go With Me), Culver Casson (Island Magic),  Rita Harvey (Letting Go) and Annette Hunt (The Grace Moore Songbook), as well as the cabaret debut of Gilligan's Island reality show star, Melissa Mason Jones.  At Town Hall, Eric directed Broadway Musicals of 1943 (featuring Sally  Mayes and Heather MacRae) and Broadway Musicals of 1957 (featuring Alix Korey and Tony-Award winner Adriane Lenox), the premiere performances of Scott Siegel's Broadway by the Year series.  A champion of new theater composers, Eric directed The Ben Moore Songbook at The Triad, starring Kerry Butler and Richard Todd Adams, and the Beaux Arts Society has named him a recipient of the Leonardo da Vinci Award for Excellence for his direction of the Pat Rasile  Songbook, Gift From the Heart  Eric is also represented as writer and director of A Song in My Heart:   The Jane Froman Songbook for cabaret artist Valerie Lemon and, in November, 2007, made his Weill Recital Hall directing and performing debut with the concert, 1907-It Was a Very Good Year.   Eric also directed and produced the Brownville Concert Series Christmas Show, At Home for the Holidays, with Melanie Vaughan (Original Broadway casts of Sunday in the Park,  Starlight Express, Parade, et. al.),  Leslie Anderson (MAC and Bistro Award Winner), and Nancy McGraw (Broadway's original cast Nine) in December, 2005.  Most recent theatrical credits include the 2006 Carnegie Mellon School of Music production of A Little Night Music.   Current projects  include Maureen Kelly Stewart (Heart's Desire at the Laurie Beechman) and Anna Bergman (Wherever Love Takes Me at both Feinstein's and the Prince Theater in Philadelphia), as well as new shows for KT Sullivan, Karen Akers, and Sheera Ben-David.  He also appears as a performing artist in his own right with his new show Best of My Love,  at the Metropolitan in  New York City.  A New York productions of Blacker Russ Weatherford’s play about the last days of Oscar Wilde, is currently being workshopped.


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