Michael has written music, lyrics and/or book for a number of productions, including: Knute Rockne - All American and How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back? (Aesop's Fables), along with over 40 songs for Northwestern's annual "Waa-Mu Show." Michael's work has been performed in various songwriter showcases in both New York and Chicago, garnering several honors. With Alan Schmuckler, Michael is the co-music director/arranger of the Chicago Sound Connection, and has released five recordings of liturgical songs. Michael received a lead actor Jeff Citation Award for MY FAVORITE YEAR and a lead actor THE SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS.