Michael Palitz (Executive Producer) was born and bred in New York City (Manhattan!) and has lived there all his life except for a short five year stint in Philadelphia. He began his professional career in banking and finance, where his passion for numbers flourished, elevating him to the position of senior officer at both Chemical Bank (now J.P. Morgan Chase) and Bankers Trust Company (now Deutsche Bank). He left banking to co-found and develop a Middle Market Equipment Finance Company, where he sustained the role of Chief Financial Officer until 1992 when he took the company public in an IPO led by Paine Webber (now UBS). After steadily propelling the company’s earnings and assets to over $ 2 billion, it was sought after and acquired by Peoples United Financial in 2010.
Michael’s passion for theater began when he was asked to produce his first Broadway show, NEXT FALL, along with producer Elton John, written by Geoffrey Nauffts (The Commish (1991), A Few Good Men (1992) and Mississippi Burning (1988), which received a TONY Award nomination for Best Play of 2010. Michael has since been deeply involved in producing Broadway Theater.
His next show, THE SCOTTBORO BOYS, which featured Joshua Henry, currently playing Aaron Burr in HAMILTON, was nominated for twelve TONY Awards, including Best Musical of 2011. After moving the production to London, where, after a sell-out production at The Young Vic, THE SCOTTBORO BOYS found a home on the West End. Michael’s next TONY nominated Broadway production, LEAP OF FAITH, presented at The St. James Theatre, was shared with lead producer Michael Manheim, and starred Raul Esparza, currently on Law & Order SVU, and Leslie Odom, Jr, who originated the role of Aaron Burr in HAMILTON.
In time for the 2012 election, Michael produced Gore Vidal’s THE BEST MAN, nominated for two TONY’s in 2012 for Best Revival of a Play, and Best Leading Actor James Earl Jones. The production delivered an all-star cast including Candice Bergen, Angela Landsbury, John Larroquette, Donna Hanover, John Stamos and Jefferson Mays, among others.
Michael’s next production was the two-time TONY Award WINNING Revival of WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF, presented at the Booth Theater on Broadway. Among the cast was Tracy Letts in the role of George – a role that overthrew Tom Hanks as Best Actor for a TONY Award that same year - who shared the stage with Carrie Coon in a Steppenwolf adaptation that also claimed the TONY Award for Best Revival of a Play.
As the productions continued, Michael won a TONY for Best Play with the Broadway production of VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE, a comedy starring David Hyde Pierce, Sigourney Weaver and Billy Magnussen. The production went on to garner other awards such as the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, Drama League Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Tony Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play - Kristine Nielsen, New York Drama Critics' Circle, Theatre World Award, and an Artios Award.
Michael’s most recent Broadway show was the 2014 revival of THE GLASS MENAGERIE, also at The Booth Theater, with a Broadway debut by Zachary Quinto, and also starring Cherry Jones, Celia Keenan-Bolger and Brian J. Smith, which received seven Tony Award nominations, including Best Revival of a Play.
After producing numerous Broadway shows, Michael has found a passion for film and is currently embarking on a cable series adaptation of the book Trilogy titled EKKO.