Grammy-nominated actor/singer ("Grease," "I Love My Wife," "Promises, Promises," television's "Mr. Belvedere," many more.)
"Michael Larsen is a consummate professional. An insightful, sensitive teacher, a highly skilled pianist, an enthusiastic, clear conductor, a creative arranger, and a coach who understands what each client needs for each task. He is efficient and no-nonsense while maintaining a great sense of humor and deep humanity. His legions of former students and campers who have gone on to success in the arts is too long to list here, but he obviously has done something very right in training them. He engenders enormous loyalty and love from all who work with him, and it is great news that he is expanding his studio to more clients. You simply cannot do better than to work with Michael, and you'll make a friend for life in the process."
Head of Abrams Artists Youth Division
"I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to work with Michael Larsen when I was still performing as a teenager. He directed and musically directed me in various musicals, coached me for auditions, put an act together for me, and created musical charts for me to take my act on a cruise ship. Michael's unique brand of nurturing support and musical genius was my secret weapon.
Now that I am a talent agent and head of the youth division at Abrams Artists Agency I always recommend him to all of my clients for coaching."
Tony Award Winning actor/singer ("City of Angels," "Les Miserables", "A Class Act," many others)
"Michael Larsen is my friend, colleague, coach and co-teacher of musical theater performance. He is supremely gifted at all of the above. Michael understands the craft of acting the song, is extremely informed in the musical theater repertoire, and can give you a mini voice lesson on the spot.
What really makes a trip to Michael's studio worthwhile is his actual experience in the audition room. He has accompanied hundreds of singers at professionl auditions for Broadway and off-Broadway productions, so he knows first hand what is expected of you and what it takes to get the job! I highly recommend Michael, having coached with him personally. He puts his heart and soul into preparing you for your audition."
Grammy Award-winning actor, playwright, director
("Scrubs," "Garden State," "Bullets Over Broadway," "Wish I Was Here," countless others)
The following was published in The New York Times on March 19th, 2014 under the title
"An Invisible Boy Keeps His Promise: Zach Braff on the Path from Summer Camp to Broadway"
"A few years later, at Stagedoor Manor in Loch Sheldrake, N.Y., I joined an intensive theater boot camp for kids just like me...It was utopia, and I never wanted to leave.
It was there I met Michael Larsen, the musical director of the camp. He told me that I wasn’t just a camper having fun, but that I also had talent. And he was tough — sometimes he’d scream at me — but I knew it was because he thought I had a shot. Michael was the first...instrumental in guiding me to where I am now."
(copyright 2014 The New York Times Company)
Zach still coaches with Michael, most recently in preparation for his Broadway musical debut in "Bullets Over Broadway."
here are a few kind words from some very talented friends and colleagues...
Ovation and Carbonell Award winning actor, producer, author and musician (New Yiddish Rep's "Death of a Salesman," Starz TV's "Magic City," "Too Jewish?," "The Rise of David Levinsky," "The Golden Land," countless others.)
"For the past 30 years, I have known and worked with Michael Larsen in many capacities. He has directed, co-directed, musically directed, accompanied and coached me, and most importantly has been a dear and loyal friend. He may very well be the most knowledgeable and professional theatre person I have ever had the pleasure to be associated with. He may very well be the greatest asset anyone could have in this crazy business."
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actor/singer/musician (CBS' "Madam Secretary,"
"Jersey Boys" (stage and screen), "Anything Goes," many others.)
"I started working with Michael when I was 10 years old. Yes, you heard right. Now, almost 20 years later, I still work with Michael on new material, going over old material, and making sure I'm in top shape for my next big moment. What's astounding is that even after all this time, I still continue to learn as much from Michael today as I did when I was a kid. His assistance in setting my own bar higher and higher as a performing artist has been instrumental to my success, and I can't imagine getting as far as I have without him."
director ("Godspell" on Broadway, "True West" at Williamstown, "Walmartopia," many, many regional credits.)
"I have known Michael for longer than I remember and there is no one I'd rather have playing for me. He acts along with you through the piano while you're singing, making anything you sing better. His knowledge of musical theater is encyclopaedic, and his insight into performance is astonishing.
Michael has touched a whole generation of arts professionals, and I can ALWAYS tell when someone has Michael on their resume that it's going to be a helluva audition."