"A storyteller with a bold, imaginative voice."
MICHAEL WARTOFSKY is a Professor at Berklee College of Music, where he established an undergraduate minor in Musical Theater Writing in 2015 and won a Distinguished Faculty Award in 2018. His album "All the Possibilities: Broadway Sings Wartofsky" on Yellow Sound Label features twelve breathtaking Broadway voices interpreting his original songs.
Michael composed the musicals LATE (2022 Workshop with Moonbox Productions), Car Talk: The Musical!!! and Cupcake, both produced in Boston in 2012, and wrote music/lyrics for The Man in My Head starring Darius de Haas at New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) 2006. In 2014, he was a finalist in the Davenport Musical Theater Songwriting Contest, and his song “Without Your Love” was released on Write This Way, a solo album by John Michael Dias. In 2013, Michael’s songs were featured in the revue Never Far From Home at Central Square Theater with script by Broadway playwright Lydia Diamond; and in The Concert hosted by Seth Rudetsky at Second Stage in NYC. The Broadway Boys have performed on numerous occasions "All the Possibilities," named one of the “top 25 songs” of 2012 by ContemporaryMusicalTheatre.com.
Adjunct faculty and alumnus, NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program; Founder, NOMTI (New Opera & Musical Theater Initiative); member, The Dramatist Guild. Winner, Frederick Loewe Foundation First Look Award 2009; Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant in Music Composition, 1997.
“Hummable melodies by composer Michael Wartofsky with memorable lyrics by David Reiffel weave seamlessly into Bradley Seeman’s book. The adorable ballad “Love Me Till Labor Day” — registers just one of the many high notes in this buoyantly romantic musical comedy. […] Cupcake seems destined to be a seaside resort classic.”
Boston Spirit Blog review, 2012
Original cast of Cupcake (L to R) Hallie Brevetti, Max Sangerman, Karen MacDonald, Grant MacDermott; Photos by Joel Benjamin
Darius de Haas played seven characters in the solo musical The Man In My Head.
Photos: Ben Strothmann, Collage: David Reiffel
“Wartofsky’s almost non-stop score is a percolating delight; lapidary in its complications but bursting with lyricism...”
Broadway.com review, The Man in My Head,
New York Musical Theater Festival, 2006