F E A T U R E D R E V I E W S
"The actors manage to come across as sincere while looking and sounding like they came out of a cartoon and are very good at engaging with the audience. American Michael Austin (Kelvin) in particular belongs on Broadway with his powerful vocal ability and fantastic comic timing."
Weekend Special (Johannesburg, South Africa), Dylan Date
"...Ethan Girard, played with deft humor by Michael J. Austin. Malcolm's Act II number, "You Walk with Me," in which he and Ethan declare their love is poignantly sung."
"Another number that is remarkable is "Master of the House" from LES MISERABLES. Michael J. Austin and Kristen Brewer are outstanding in this song. Austin is incredibly energetic and emotive in his performance throughout the entire show, but his energy made his performance in this song brilliant."
"The first success is the acting of vocalist Michael J. Austin, who manages to break through the blur of an ensemble cast to establish a memorable character through strong comedic acting choices. I caught myself bursting out with a laugh a couple times because of his acting."
"The sixth member of the group is played by the very talented Michael J. Austin playing Ethan Girard. He is making his MSMT debut and is also the dance captain of THE FULL MONTY. He has an amazing voice and is a talented actor.
One of the highlights was the song “You Walk With Me” which was sung by Ragsdale and Austin. The vocals and harmony were perfect."
The Cryer, Charles Crosby
"One of the best duets in the show is a duet between Michael J. Austin and Ric Zimmerman, "I am the Starlight" from STARLIGHT EXPRESS. Both these performers are full of fervor in their vocals and stage presence. In addition, Austin's passion comes through in each of his performances, but particularly in his vocals in "The Phantom of the Opera."
Michael J. Austin is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association, founded in 1913, the labor union that represents more than 48,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
Michael can be seen onboard ROYAL CARIBBEAN'S beautiful FREEDOM OF THE SEAS as the Featured Male Singer, through June 2019. He will be performing the B1 track on the ship in their award-winning shows MARQUEE, a review featuring the best of Broadway, and ONCE UPON A TIME, a collection of fairytales told through some of musics biggest hits.
In 2017 Michael was offered the chance to create the lead role of Kelvin Gizmo with Cartoon Network UK & Live Nation Concerts for the World Arena Tour of CARTOON NETWORK LIVE! He spent 2017-2018, leading this international cast, crew, and creative team, touring the Middle East, South Africa, Europe. Michael opened to stellar reviews around the globe.
Michael originated the role of the Interloper in Stiletto Entertainment & Celebrity Cruises Production of TOPPER. Leading the cast with songs including "A Sky Full of Stars", "Counting Stars", and "Uptown Funk".
Directed by the the creators of Broadway's The Illusionists, original Universal Studios shows, and the U.K.'s Grease Live Tour, Michael toured China & the Middle East with Live Nation, DreamWorks, Broadway Asia, and IEG Productions, as King Julien in in MADAGASCAR LIVE!
Michael originated the M1 track in TAG U.K. and Celebrity Cruise's Production's ROCK CITY. Featured songs included "One" (U2) and "Edge of Glory" (Lady Gaga)".
Under the direction of those responsible for the success' of Kylie Minogue, Jennifer Lopez, the X Factor, and Broadway / West End's Ghost the Musical, Michael originated the role of The Writer in Temporary and Celebrity Cruises THE CHANDELIER onboard the Eclipse.
Michael played the role of Ethan Girard in THE FULL MONTY up and down the eastern coast of the United States in a co-production between The Fulton Theatre & Maine State Music Theatre, directed by Donna Drake, known for her time on Broadway in the original company of A Chorus Line. Michael received rave reviews for this role. He also served as Dance Captain.