A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD

Summer Stock Austin, Tx

“Director Michael McKelvey who has always brought us great production has done it again delivering a production that “works”!  We look forward to many more from this power house of talent.... This show is a 6 out of 5 stars, go see this show or you will regret it! If you don’t see it you will be sad because it is going to be all your friends can talk about for months to come."  Olin Meadows and Joan Baker, Austin Entertainment Weekly

 “Six nights into the run, audience members rose to their feet in a unified cheer of approval at show's end – which wasn't surprising after two hours of nearly nonstop laughter.”  ​Alexander Smith, Austin Chronicle

SILENCE, THE MUSICAL

Doctuh Mistuh Productions, Austin, Tx

LEGALLY BLONDE

Summer Stock Austin

“Director Michel McKelvey tackles the project with zest.  He paints interesting, dynamic pictures on the stage, with characters swirling around each other as they attempt to get the upper hand.”   Jeff Davis, Broadway World

 “Chess is a strange little musical, but the cast and crew, led with skill by Michael McKelvey, are able to turn this tangle of material into something quite enjoyable.”  Ryan E. Johnson, Austin Theatre Examiner

CHESS

Austin Playhouse & Summer Stock Austin

“...excellent vocal direction and staging from prolific musical master Michael McKelvey, who miraculously managed to squeeze two guitarists and 15 actors onto the Blue Theatre's intimate stage.”  Jillian Owens, Austin Chronicle

Austin Chronicle's 10 Best Theatrical Events of 2012
“Screw the history books. This gloriously messy musical reveled in irreverence, ditching the same-old, same-old "Old Hickory" for an emo rock god." - Robert Faires
“Under Michael McKelvey’s direction, the song and dance numbers pull the audience laughingly along for the ride. While some songs deal flippantly with adult issues, there are also moments of sincere beauty.” Cate Blouke, Austin 360
...directed by one of Austin's masters of musicals, Michael McKelvey..It is a chamber musical of no pretensions...Everything about this production is quick and smooth.” Barry Pineo, Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle Pick for 10 Best Theatrical Events of 2011

I LOVE YOU BECAUSE

(Penfold Theatre, Hyde Park Theatre, Austin, Tx)
PIPPIN 

Summer Stock Austin, Tx

BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON 

(DMProductions, Blue Theatre, Austin, Tx

Reviews

B. Iden Paynes Awards for Outstanding Musical & Director of a Musical

10 Reasons I Stayed in Love with Theatre in 2013

Robert Faires, Austin Chronicle

“Michael McKelvey and his gang of top-notch musical theatre performers still haven't come down from the success of last summer's Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, but perhaps the armload of B. Iden Payne and Austin Critics Table awards helped Doctuh Mistuh Productions get even higher this year with a buzzing production of Reefer Madness…The cast is solid, with tightly rolled vocals, courtesy of McKelvey's legendary musical direction....”  Jillian Owens, Austin Chronicle

REEFER MADNESS

Doctuh Mistuh Productions, Austin, Tx

A MINISTER'S WIFE

Penfold Theatre Company

“Director Michael McKelvey proves once again that he is the king of Chamber musicals, and musical theatre as a whole in his superb staging of this new musical.”  Joan Baker and Olin Meadows, Austin Entertainment Weekly

“Legally Blonde is very easy to love – all you really need is a cast that's committed to wringing every last drop of joy from a show that's saturated in the stuff, and a director who knows how best to set them loose.”  Dan Solomon, Austin Chronicle

Michael Mckelvey

Director, music director, performer, producer & Teacher

AWARDS

Austin Critics Table Award - Outstanding Musical

“...the way that director Michael McKelvey and his engaging young cast have realized them (Lobel's books) here, with sweetness and verve and heart, make it clear: True friendship never goes out of season.”  Robert Faires, Austin Chronicle

“The zany show fits musical/stage director Michael McKelvey like a glove. The score, particularly the rock-fueled numbers, sounds fantastic, and his decision to keep the show consistently campy and melodramatic enhances the comedy and keeps the audience laughing. McKelvey's direction...utilize every inch of the intimate Spiderhouse Ballroom, often putting several of the performers in the aisles of the audience.”  Jeff Davis, Broadway World

ORDINARY DAYS

Penfold Theatre Company, Austin, Tx

B. Iden Payne Award - Outstanding Production of a Show for Youth

“So much of what makes Pippin work is the notion that the world of lights and songs and magic we see onstage is dazzling, and director Ginger Morris and co-musical directors Michael McKelvey and Adam Roberts do a fine job of setting up that illusion.”   Dan Solomon, Broadway World

“Director Michael McKelvey keeps the show blissfully simple. He smartly brings all the action to the downstage area…to make the action more immediate to the audience. He also doesn't treat the
material like a children's show. Instead of letting his actors take the characters to over-the-top Hokey Land, an area in which most children's shows stray, his actors give us very grounded performances that are always interesting, funny, and sweet, but never cheesy, forced, or exaggerated. Though the characters are frogs, toads, and birds, this isn't a show about animals.
It's a show about friendship.”  
Jeff Davis, Broadway World

 “Michael McKelvey's direction beautifully fits the material and his wonderful cast of actors. Like the show itself, McKelvey's direction is understated and simple but incredibly effective. While the pacing, particularly in the first hour, is quite brisk, there are quite a few moments where McKelvey lets us breathe, particularly in the moments where Eugene's affection towards Candida is discovered by Morell and later by Candida herself.”  Jeff Davis, Broadway World

“...the chance to see a small-scale, character-driven production sans grandiose spectacle proved irresistible...Ordinary Days is a study of intimacy.”  Stacy Alexander Evans, Austin Chronicle

PEOPLE TO WATCH FOR 2016

New Orleans Magazine


OUTSTANDING MUSICAL, HEATHERS

B. Iden Payne Awards 2015


OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR, HEATHERS

B. Iden Payne Awards 2015


OUTSTANDING MUSIC DIRECTION

(w/Adam Roberts), HEATHERS

B. Iden Payne Awards 2015


OUTSTANDING MUSICAL, SILENCE THE MUSICAL

B. Iden Payne Awards 2014


OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR, SILENCE THE MUSICAL

B. Iden Payne Awards 2014


OUTSTANDING MUSICAL, LEGALLY BLONDE

Austin Critics Circle


DEACON CRANE AWARD

Friends of the Zilker Summer Musical


BEST PRODUCTION FOR YOUTH, A YEAR WITH FROG & TOAD

B. Iden Payne Awards


OUTSTANDING MUSICAL, SWEENEY TODD

B. Iden Payne Awards


OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR, SWEENEY TODD

B. Iden Payne Awards


OUTSTANDING MUSICAL DIRECTION, SWEENEY TODD

B. Iden Payne Awards


OUTSTANDING MUSICAL, JOHN & JEN

Austin Critics Table


OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR, ASSASSINS

B. Iden Payne Awards


OUTSTANDING MUSICAL DIRECTION, ASSASSINS

B. Iden Payne Awards


OUTSTANDING MUSICAL, THE LAST 5 YEARS

Austin Critics Table


OUTSTANDING MUSICAL DIRECTION, PARADE & OTHERS

Austin Critics Table


JOHN BUSTIN AWARD

Austin Critics Table


OUTSTANDING MUSICAL DIRECTION,

CRAZY FOR YOU

Austin Critics Table

 “The entire show is a non-stop slew of jazz standards and impressive dance numbers. Co-directors Vincent Sandoval and Michael McKelvey have created a show in which the clear goal is to entertain, and the show does so from beginning to end… the six piece band, led by McKelvey, blasts the roof off of the Rollins Studio Theater.”  Jeff Davis, Broadway World

THE LAST 5 YEARS

(Penfold Theatre Company, Austin, Tx 2010 & 2015)

SWING

Summer Stock Austin, Tx