Michals has been understudying the role since the show premiered and has performed as Emile on many occasions. His credits also include Beauty and the Beast on Broadway, and tours of The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Music Man, Les Misérables, Man of La Mancha, and The Phantom of the Opera. He is a frequent concert performer, and has released the CD, william michals - broadway in concert.
Bartlett Sher has directed this musical, based on James Michener's Tales of the South Pacific, and featuring music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, and a book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan. The production, which also stars Laura Osnes as Ensign Nellie Forbush, won 7 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival as well as the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Award for Best Musical Revival.
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