Singer | Actor | Cabaret Diva
NYC | Boston
"I wish we had more voices like yours...
I want to write a character for your voice."
If Ethel Merman and Shakespeare had a baby, it would be me.
I was born and raised in Everett, Massachusetts—a city just north of Boston affectionately called “The Dirty E"—and achieved epic nerd status at an early age through my affinities for marching band and homework. I studied English and Italian at Harvard, and spent my junior spring in London, where I took classes at The Globe Theatre and became something of a Magner's cider expert.
A Little Night Music, as I watched a single tear trickle down Bernadette Peters' cheek as she heart-wrenchingly delivered "Send in the Clowns," I realized that performing is not a secondary hobby; it is my first love.After Harvard, I moved to New York City, intending to pursue a career in dramaturgy. But while attending a performance of
I embraced this love in a summer apprenticeship at Barrington Stage Company, where I worked with the likes of William Finn, Marin Mazzie, Leslie Kritzer, and Annie Golden. I then pursued my MFA in Musical Theater at The Boston Conservatory, where I developed a one-woman cabaret, Mother Mary Says to Me, which I've performed to packed houses at American Repertory Theatre's OBERON and Feinstein's/54 Below. Recently, I have performed as everything from a gospel-belting octopus to a sleezy male nightclub owner, a drunk orphanage matron to a Star Trek icon Off-Broadway, and I can't wait for the next adventure!
News & Updates
Thank you, Michael Kushner, for my fierce new headshots! I'm coming out of the 2020 gate strong, folks! http://www.michaelkushnerphotography.com/
I had a fabulous time performing with some distinguished cohorts in an evening of good, old-fashioned belting honoring the iconic Jule Styne at Guild Hall in East Hampton! https://www.guildhall.org/events/let-me-entertain-you-the-jule-styne-songbook/
This summer I was a washed-up alcoholic who bullied children and seduced middle-aged laundrymen. Also, I played Miss Hannigan at The Dutch Apple in Lancaster, PA. www.DutchApple.com
I made my Off-Broadway debut in The Big Bang Theory: A Pop-Rock Musical Parody, as gender-bending, smartass extraterrestrial Q from Star Trek. I spent my spring antagonizing the Big Bang gang -- all in good fun, of course. www.bigbangparody.com! 🖖
September - December 2018
My brassy butt shuffled off to...Fort Myers to play Maggie Jones in 42nd Street and Deb/Ensemble in Elf the Musical at the Broadway Palm Theatre, part of the Prather Entertainment Group!
I hit the road once again with WaistWatchers: The Musical!, working my buns off in Miss Cook's Women's Gym, this time in CO.
June - July 2018
This Super Trouper had a freakin' blast playing Rosie in Mamma Mia! to sold-out houses at The Cumberland Theatre in Cumberland, MD. Check out one of our fab reviews HERE!
I painted Provincetown red belting tunes alongside the luscious percussive sounds of Brian Calhoon and Greg Jukes as part of their nationally renowned Marimba Cabaret. One step closer to becoming the queer Bette Midler of our time...
January - March 2018
We had a BIG ball bringing WaistWatchers to the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix, AZ, and the historic El Portal in Los Angeles!
January 20, 2018
I absolutely loved returning to Boston with my hit cabaret Mother Mary Says to Me, at the best place to kiki, Club Café. We sold the place out!
October - November 2017
I descended upon Sacramento with WaistWatchers—now in the lead role of Cindy! I belted my face off...and exercised everything else off. Oct. 19 - Nov. 19.
April - August 2017
I just had a wild workout originating the role of Mildred/Swing in WaistWatchers: The Musical! for more than 4 months—traveling with the show from Arlington, MA to Huntington Beach, CA.
I had my Joe's Pub debut as a soloist in The Sondheimas Mixtape—the fourth annual concert/religious experience celebrating the birthday of the legendary Stephen Sondheim. What a rush! Check us out on Playbill.com.
Headshots & Modeling
"Meagan Michelson plays Miss Hannigan, the orphanage's caretaker and overall troublemaker. It was clear that Michelson was having as much fun playing the role, as the audience had watching her. I especially liked the fact that she was more childish and immature than most of the 8 year olds in her care." - Rich Mehrenberg, Broadway World | Read the full review HERE.
And check out my exclusive Broadway World interview with Andrea Stephenson HERE.
"Miss Hannigan is played so wonderfully and comically by Meagan Michelson that you *almost* want to like her."
- Hope Frick, Sarah Bozich Review | Full review HERE.
BIG BANG THEORY: A POP-ROCK MUSICAL PARODY
My solo from The Big Bang Theory: A Pop-Rock Musical Parody was featured on Playbill.com! Check it out HERE.
This ensemble is a well-oiled tap-dancing machine, and when the entire cast is singing and dancing, it’s phenomenal. Ms. Michelson, a great belter, gets her moments in the spotlight, though I would’ve loved to have heard more of her, and Broadway Palm favorite Victor Legarreta gets to play his vaudeville-like schtick as Bert, the co-creator of “Pretty Lady.” - Nancy Stetson, Florida Weekly
"Rosie [is] played by the heir apparent to Bette Midler, Meagan Michelson." - Shane Riggs, Allegany Magazine
Read the full review HERE.
MOTHER MARY SAYS TO ME
"[The show] expressed the kind of gratitude one hopes to share with their own mother figure. I wish I had brought my Mom to see it; MMSTM had the kind of edge my Mumma Geek enjoys, and the heart to put a twinkle in anyone’s eye...Michelson has an invigorating belt that colors her storytelling with a spectrum of colors...This shading is particularly evident in her rendition of “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” It’s a funny but sad moment of reminiscing on romantic disappointments...[H]er voice’s color really shines...Michelson performs for us with vulnerability and comedic bravada. This performance was sold out – and with good reason. Next time she’s in town, be sure to buy your tickets early."
- Kitty Drexel, The New England Theatre Geek
"Back from her world tour of Boston, Meagan returns to Feinstein's/54 Below with her hit cabaret, Mother Mary Says to Me." Read the full Broadway World article here!
WAISTWATCHERS THE MUSICAL!
"One of the show's unsung heroes is Meagan Michelson, who first greets the audience and works to get us pumped up for the show, then comes back onstage in various laugh-inducing guises." - The Orange County Register
BOSTON GLOBE FEATURE
"Michelson follows her dreams onto stage." Read my artist spotlight in The Boston Globe here!
HARVARD CRIMSON INTERVIEW
The Harvard Crimson interviews me about my road to pursuing a life in the limelight. Read the feature here!
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
I played busybody Mirala in Fiddler on the Roof led by Brad Oscar at Barrington Stage Company! Read the BroadwayWorld announcement here!
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