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Michael Orland is currently the Pianist, Arranger, and Associate Musical Director for the hit TV series AMERICAN IDOL. Through this amazing opportunity, Michael has appeared on OPRAH, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, ACCESS HOLLYWOOD and a record number of appearances on THE ELLEN SHOW. He has collaborated with music industry giants such as Burt Bacharach, Neil Sedaka, Diane Warren, Elton John, Dolly Parton, Martina McBride, Jennifer Lopez, and Tony Bennett all as a result of "American Idol." In addition to playing and conducting for many celebrities including Susan Anton, Lucie Arnaz, Kaye Ballard, Lynda Carter, Sam Harris, Jennifer Holliday, Lainie Kazan, Sally Kellerman, Gladys Knight, Barry Manilow, Maureen McGovern, Chita Rivera, Cybill Shepherd and the late Wayland Flowers & Madame, Michael played for the hit shows FORBIDDEN BROADWAY, RUTHLESS!, and WHEN PIGS FLY in Los Angeles. He made his Hollywood Bowl debut accompanying the legendary MGM star Ann Miller. Every winter, Michael musical directs one of the touring companies of the RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR starring the world-famous Rockettes. A published author in the best-selling book “Chicken Soup for the American Idol Soul,” Michael's songs can be heard on Debbie Gravitte’s Alan Menken Album and MGM Album; Rita McKenzie’s Ethel Merman’s Broadway and Ruthless! The Musical.
Check out the rest of this interview in the October issue of Musical Theatre Magazine.
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