#TBT YouTube Spiral: The Musicals of Head Over Heels' Tony-Winning Director Michael Mayer
September 27th, 2018
by Josh Ferri
Tony Award winner and five-time Tony nominee Michael Mayer is the man at the helm of the contagiously fun and wildly woke new Go-Go's musical Head Over Heels, now running at Broadway's Hudson Theatre.
Mayer's musical directing career on Broadway is punctuated with Tony-winning Best Musicals and Best Revivals and star-is-born performances from relative unknowns like Sutton Foster, Kristin Chenoweth, Jessie Mueller, and Jonathan Groff (chances are future iterations of this list will include Head Over Heels standout Bonnie Milligan as well). Scroll on as we take a YouTube dive into the musicals of Michael Mayer.
Triumph of Love, 1997
The short-lived musical earned Betty Buckley a 1998 Tony nomination and featured a supporting cast that would all go on to become Tony winners or Tony nominees (plus Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham).
You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, 1999
The Tony-nominated Best Revival featured performances that won Tony Awards for Roger Bart as Snoopy and Kristin Chenoweth as Sally Brown.
Thoroughly Modern Millie, 2002
The musical adaptation won seven Tony Awards in 2002 including Best Musical, Best Actress for Sutton Foster, Best Featured Actress for Harriet Harris, and Best Choreography for Rob Ashford. It also featured the Broadway debut of future Tony winner Gavin Creel.
Spring Awakening, 2006
Michael Mayer won his Tony Award for directing the blockbuster musical. Spring Awakening picked up a total of eight 2007 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book, Best Score, Best Choreography, and Best Featured Actor for John Gallagher Jr. and his performance as Moritz.
American Idiot, 2010
The Green Day musical was nominated for Best Musical in 2010 and won Tony Awards for Best Scenic and Lighting Design. It should probably return to New York at New World Stages and be super topical about the current administration.
Everyday Rapture, 2010
On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, 2011
The short-lived revival of On a Clear Day is remembered best by Broadway fans as the breakout, Tony-nominated debut of Chicago actress (and future Tony winner) Jessie Mueller.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch, 2014
When the beloved off-Broadway musical Hedwig finally made it to Broadway, the Michael Mayer production won Tony Awards for Best Revival, Best Lighting, Best Actor for Neil Patrick Harris, and Best Featured Actress for Lena Hall.
Other Notable Musicals
Wrapping up with a spotlight on Michael Mayer's off-Broadway superhero musical Brooklynite, his opera for the Met Rigoletto, and his West End revival of Funny Girl.
Don't miss Michael Mayer's Head Over Heels at Broadway's Hudson Theatre.