Michael Scott Harris has just finished a successful, critically acclaimed run as the dastardly Captain Hook in Peter Pan at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Recently he was seen as Emile de Becque in South Pacific at the Utah Shakespeare Festival where he also played Count Orsini-Rosenberg in Amadeus.
He has performed all over Southern California is such musicals as Jekyll and Hyde (Jekyll/Hyde) at the Candlelight Pavilion, Mary Poppins (George Banks) at Cabrillo Music Theatre, Camelot (Sir Dinadan) at the Granada Theater in Santa Barbara (staring Robert Sean Leonard), Ewart Dunlop in Music Man with Musical Theater West, and Cyril Fonsdale in the reading of Going Hollywood. Prior to his move to Los Angeles, Michael spent a couple of years traveling the world as the lead singer for Crystal Cruises. Previous to that, he was touring the U.S. with the Broadway National Tour of The Phantom of the Opera where he performed the role of Piangi. Michael grew up in Portland, Oregon (really a suburb but close enough) where his parents encouraged his love of singing by allowing him to join any singing group that would have him. From church choir to jazz from pop/rock to opera from barbershop to musical theater he sought every opportunity to connect with people through song. This love of music led him to earn a Bachelors of Music degree from the University of Arizona and a Masters degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Both on full merit scholarships. He then went on to star Off- Broadway with the critically acclaimed New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players for six seasons. There he performed lead roles in The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance, H.M.S. Pinafore, Trial by Jury, The Gondoliers, Patience and The Sorcerer among others. Other favorite regional productions, in both musical theater and opera, include A Little Night Music, My Fair Lady, Music Man, Jekyll and Hyde, West Side Story, Full Monty, Beauty and the Beast, Tosca, Carmen, Cavalleria Rusticana, and Rigoletto. Michael was a regional finalist in The Metropolitan Opera Competition and was honored with the Special Encouragement Award.