Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts
60 Locust Ave
Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922
Contact: Brenda Kohn
Wharton Arts welcomes world-renowned Broadway star and music industry veteran Michael Keller to its line-up of Performing Arts School faculty to participate in “Wednesday Webinars at Wharton”, a series of weekly one-hour online virtual workshops exploring what it means to have a career in the professional musical theatre world, including the sharing of personal experiences, behind-the-scene stories, tips, training, and more. Proceeds from the series will benefit the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts Scholarship Fund.
Each weekly webinar will be hosted on Zoom on Wednesday afternoons from 4-5PM EST. Tickets are $20 ($10 for Wharton Arts students). For more information, call (908) 790-0700 or email email@example.com.
ABOUT MICHAEL KELLER
Born and raised in Queens, NY, Michael Keller is a graduate of the prestigious Archbishop Molloy High School as well as the renowned conservatory The Manhattan School of Music (MSM). Upon graduation from MSM in 1971, he pursued a career as a professional performing musician spanning the next 35 years. Keller started his professional playing career by being a frequent substitute drummer/percussionist at the long-running Off-Broadway production of Jacques Brel Is Alive & Well & Living in Paris. Besides touring in the early 70s with Broadway national tours of Promises, Promises; Applause; and The Magic Show, Keller was also in bands backing Sally Kellerman, Dionne Warwick, The 5th Dimension, and Jane Olivor.
Being hired as the original drummer for They’re Playing Our Song on Broadway led to the beginning of his long and rewarding working and personal relationship with Marvin Hamlisch. From 1990 until 2005, Keller was conductor and drummer for all of Marvin’s concert appearances. With Marvin’s complete and trusting support, Keller embarked on a second career as a music coordinator beginning in 1992. In 1993, he was Music Coordinator and drummer for Marvin’s The Goodbye Girl. In addition to contracting many film and TV score recordings of Marvin’s music, Keller was given his greatest opportunity when Marvin entrusted him with the responsibility of hiring and coordinating a 63-piece orchestra for the Barbra Streisand concert tour in 1994. Upon the closing of the Broadway production of Imaginary Friends featuring Marvin’s music, Keller chose to put away his drumsticks and concentrate solely on his burgeoning career as a Music Coordinator. Among over a hundred Broadway productions coordinated by Keller since 1993 are Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, The Book of Mormon, Wicked, and The Lion King.