Summer: The Donna Summer Musical


National Tour to launch October 2019!

After serving as the Associate Director on SUMMER's premiere production at the La Jolla Playhouse and the Broadway production at the Lunt Fontanne, Michael is thrilled to continue  with the show on it’s national tour. Directed by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff, SUMMER is a high octane journey through Donna Summer's life, legacy, and enduring musical hits. 

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Shooting Star: A Revealing New Musical


SHOOTING STAR: A Revealing New Musical
a world premiere production
May 25, 2019 - June 30, 2019
Hudson Backstage Theatre, Los Angeles

Story and Book by Florian Klein
Music and Lyrics by Thomas Zaufke & Erik Ransom

Directed by Michael Bello
Music Direction by Gregory Nabours
Choreography by Jim Cooney

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Letters to the President

Letters to the President


The Great Hall at Cooper Union
Monday, April 8th at 7pm

Co-Conceived by Michael Bello and Jessica Kahkoska
Music Direction by Patrick Sulken
Dramaturgy by by Jessica Kahkoska
Directed by Michael Bello

Featuring Whitney Bashor, Andrew Chapelle, Zoe Jensen, Oyoyo Joi, Orville Mendoza and Matt Rodin.

with songs by Simone Allen, Preston Max Allen, Dawn Avery, Nick Blaemire, Emily Gardner Xu Hall, Elliah Heifetz, Anna K. Jacobs, The Lobbyists, Naomi Matlow & Teresa Lotz, Madeline Myers, Ronvé O’Daniel & Jevares Myrick, Alexander Sage Oyen, Rona Siddiqui, Mark Sonnenblick, Will Van Dyke & Jeff Talbott, Ben Wexler, Zack Zadek

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We Are The Tigers


Theatre 80
80 St. Marks Place

to be released April 26th on Broadway Records

Written by Preston Max Allen
Music Supervision by Patrick Sulken
Choreography by Katherine Roarty
Directed by Michael Bello

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“…the off-beat, quirky must-see Off-Broadway event of the winter.” - BroadwayWorld

We Are The Tigers sparkles and shines.” - The Broadway Blog

“Director Michael Bello’s energetic staging injects scope, momentum and visual flourishes.” - Theater Scene

“The talented cast, energetically directed by Michael Bello, sings well under the musical supervision of Patrick Sulken, and moves with enthusiasm to the bouncy choreography of Katherine Roarty.” - Theater Life

Between the Sea and Sky


Between the Sea and Sky

New York Musical Festival

The Acorn Theatre at TheatreRow
410 W. 42nd St.

Written by Luke Byrne
Music Direction by Elizabeth Doran
Choreography by Jim Cooney
Directed by Michael Bello

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Errol & Fidel

Errol & Fidel
New York Musical Theatre Festival

PeterJay Sharp Theater
July 10-16, 2017

Show-Score Best of Fest: Production WINNER
Best Musical NOMINEE
Outstanding Direction (Michael Bello) NOMINEE
Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role (George Psomas) WINNER
Outstanding Individual Performance (Sydia Cedeño) WINNER
Outstanding Choreography (Justin Boccitto) WINNER
Outstanding Musical Arrangements & Orchestrations WINNER
Outstanding Overall Design NOMINEE

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The Script @Stage74


The Script @Stage74


The Script @Stage74, a new musical reading series, is dedicated to developing new works and cultivating artists while also benefiting the surrounding community.
Admission to the readings will be gained with a donation, such as a can of food, an item of clothing, or a book, that benefits a chosen mission program of Jan Hus Presbyterian.
At The Script, artists and audiences come together to inspire

March 16

by Naomi Matlow & Teresa Lotz
directed by Michael Bello
$5 + can of food

April 20
Archie's Final Project

by David Lee Miler, James Presson, Alexander Sage Oyen,
directed by Michael Bello
$5 + item of clothing

May 18
The Rumoured Lyfe and Certain Death of Delia Bacon

by Elise LeBreton, Zdenko Martin, Madeline Myers, Matthew Russell
directed by Michael Bello
$5 + a book



The Rage: Carrie 2 and Matches The Musical

The Rage: Carrie 2
An Unauthorized Musical Parody
Feinstein's 54 Below

Written by Rebekah M. Allen
Directed by Michael Bello

Matches The Musical
The New York Theatre Barn

Music by Julien Salvia
Lyrics by Ludovic-Alexandre Vidal
Book by Anthony Michineau
English Adaptation by Michael Conley
Directed by Michael Bello

The Last Word

The Last Word
New York Musical Theatre Festival

The Duke on 42nd Street
July 22 - 29, 2016

written by Brett Sullivan
directed by Michael Bello
choreography by Nick Kenkel 

WINNER of 2 Best of Fest Awards for Excellence

featuring Felicia Finley (The Wedding Singer, Mamma Mia), Jessica Jain (Pitch Perfect), Travis Kent (Disaster!), Nathan Lucrezio (Aladdin), MJ Rodriguez (Rent, Encores' Runaways), and Philip Jackson Smith (Mozart in the Jungle) 

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In The Heights

In The Heights

directed by Michael Bello
choreographer by Justin Boccitto

April 23, 2016 - May 15, 2016 - SOLD OUT
The Gallery Players


nominated for
Outstanding Direction
at the
2016 New York Innovative Theatre Awards

We Are The Tigers: A New Musical

We Are The Tigers
a world premiere musical

written by Rebekah M Allen
directed by Michael Bello

October 2, 2015 - November 8, 2015
Hudson Backstage Theatre, Los Angeles


nominated for
3 LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards
Outstanding Production of a Musical
Outstanding Lyrics / Composition
for an Original Musical

“'Anyone that has gone to high school will have no trouble relating to this excellent pop-rock musical.” -

We Are The Tigers, a genre-bending, rule-breaking new musical... an entertaining Halloween season treat.” - StageSceneLA 

“This world premiere musical comse up with a fresh, often hilarious, and sometimes moving tale of trying to survive high school.” - The Advocate

"A fun and energetic musical with an edge. We Are The Tigers is a clever tale of teenage angst to the max! .” -  KPCC Radio

What Do Critics Know?
New York Musical Theatre Festival

Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre
July 23 - 27, 2015

NYMF Awards of Excellence for Best Choreography, Best Individual Performance (Mary Mossberg) and Honorable Mention for Best Score 

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Tell Tale. a new musical.
Thespis Theatre Festival

Hudson Guild Theater
July 14 - 18, 2015

Best Production Finalist

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We Are The Tigers
Musical Theater Factory

August 3, 2015

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HELLO AGAIN nominated for
2015 IRNE Awards

The Bridge Repertory Theater of Boston's
Hello Again has been nominated for 4
2015 IRNE Awards!

Best Musical
Best Director of a Musical - Michael Bello
Best Music Director - Mindy Cimini

Best Supporting Actress - Aubin Wise


Doctor Zhivago

Doctor Zhivago

Broadway Theater
Previews begin March 27, 2015
Opening Night, April 21, 2015

Book by Michael Weller
Music by Lucy Simon
Lyrics by Michael Korie & Amy Powers

Directed by Des McAnuff

Assistant Director


We Are The Tigers

We Are The Tigers

54 Below
Saturday, January 17 at 11:30pm

New York's hottest young performers sing We Are The Tigers, an original pop/rock musical and darkly comic murder mystery about a dysfunctional group of high school cheerleaders. 

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Rebekah M. Allen
Directed by Michael Bello
Musical Direction by Patrick Sulken

Industry Readings on January 12 at 7:30pm and January 13 at 3pm.

Musical Theatre Factory and UglyRhino

Fearsome Frank

book, music, & lyrics by Tim Duncheon
directed by Michael Bello

part of the 4x15 Series
at the Musical Theatre Factory

Sunday, November 16 at 7pm



a short play by T. Adamson
directed by Michael Bello

part of the TinyRhino: The Theatrical Drinking Game
at UglyRhino

Tuesday, December 16 at 8pm

Next to Normal

Lindsay Bayer, Carman Napier, Chris Caron, and Luke Hobak
Photo by Danny Bristol


The Gallery Players
directed by Michael Bello

Sept - Oct 2014

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2015 New York Innovative Theater Award nomination for
Outstanding Production of a Musical

"...director Michael Bello maintains the intensity of this production while offering just the right amount of entertaining theatrics... this production is chock full of compassioned charm."
    - Gisella Batista, NYTheatreGuide

"...there is an inherent challenge at play in reviving a Broadway hit. This challenge isn’t just met but conquered by the production’s artists... It is in this plight for mental stability that this production of Next to Normal finds its brilliance. The staging of the piece, by director Michael Bello, always balances the nature of the human world with its inherent theatricality."
   - Wesley Doucette, New York Theatre Review

"packed with psychological potency... this production has the same impact of the original. The Gallery Players' performance has a unique ability to move any audience."
    - Caroline Cunfer, Washington Square News

“Director Michael Bello’s fluid direction keeps the action moving swiftly… it would be hard (no, make that impossible) to experience any of them without shedding a tear or two
    - Stuart R. Brynien, Viva! Lifestyles

Cares Continues at The Cutting Room

Cares Continues
A Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Benefit Concert

Why must a new generation carry on the fight?

A concert benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Featuring alumni from BC/EFA's most successful collegiate fundraisers (Boston Conservatory, Elon, Emerson, Hartt School, Ithaca, Syracuse, and Wagner). 

Performers Include: 
Alex Boniello (Nat'l Tour of American Idiot), Adam Kaplan (Broadway's Newsies), Julia Mattison (Broadway's Godspell), Michael Tacconi (Off-Bway's Bare), and more.

Directed by Michael Bello
Musical Direction by Jason Yarcho


A Little More Alive


A Little More Alive

a world premiere new musical

by Nick Blaemire


director, Sheryl Kaller (TONY nominee, Mothers & Sons, Next Fall)

assistant director, Michael Bello


Kansas City Repertory Theater
April 11, 2014 - May 11, 2014

Hello Again

The Bridge Repertory Theater of Boston
by Michael John LaChiusa
directed by Michael Bello

...the Bridge Repertory Theater makes “Hello Again” into an exuberant cabaret piece…It’s an evening worth saying “hello” to. Perhaps even “hello again.”

     - The Boston Globe

Bello makes use of every nook and cranny of Hall A upstairs at the Calderwood Pavilion, and his stagecraft is compelling. With strong directorial vision, fresh and fearless talent, and a commitment to connect with the audience, Hello Again is a greeting you'll want to hear.

     - BroadwayWorld Boston

It’s a musical that’s about how lonely many of us are and how we use sex to try to find what’s missing… in this well-conceived production directed by Michael Bello.

     - The Examiner 

…the time you’ll spend in that world is such a whirl of song and movement, and such a flurry of funny, poignant encounters that you won’t need a drink at all to feel that you’ve left ordinary reality behind.

          - EDGE Boston

Michael Bello’s direction is quite graphic... And Bello invents wonderful scene changes so that the vignettes flow seamlessly into one another. Bello glues the scenes together with artistry, symmetry and plenty of chemistry.

     - Beverly Creasey, Boston Arts Review 


March 2014 at the Boston Center for the Arts