THE LAST FIVE YEARS @ Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, November 2017
"The back-and-forth is deftly directed by Michael E. McKelvey...the show exhibits a fine attention to detail, finding significance in the smallest of gestures, from half-smiles and loving gazes to rolling eyes or a dismissive wave."  New Orleans Advocate

"With little action, the performers are boldly exposed onstage. Each move and gesture must be carefully thought out, for any false notes would shatter the mood. Director Michael McKelvey recognizes this and guides Owens and Watkins through the shifting perspectives with delicacy and nuance. McKelvey and his cast also smoothly navigate the tone of the piece, transitioning from moments of disappointment and anger to simple silly bits of humor to a deeply heartfelt longing."  New Orleans Times-Picayune

REEFER MADNESS/Doctuh Mistuh Productions, Austin, Tx

​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....”  - 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.” Broadway World

A MINISTER'S WIFE/Penfold Theatre Company, Austin,  Tx

 “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.”  - Broadway World

LEGALLY BLONDE/Summer Stock Austin

“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.”  - Austin Chronicle

CHESS/Austin Playhouse & Summer Stock Austin, Tx

“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.” - Austin Theatre Examiner


“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.”  

- Broadway World

I LOVE YOU BECAUSE/Penfold Theatre, Austin, Tx

Austin Chronicle Pick for 10 Best Theatrical Events of 2011


“...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.” - Austin Chronicle


“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.” - Austin 360

BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON/Blue Theatre, Austin, Tx

​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, Austin Chronicle


​“...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.”  - Austin Chronicle

Reviews

THE LAST 5 YEARS/Penfold Theatre Company, Austin, Tx 2010 & 2015

​“The show seems like about thirty minutes and gone too soon. Attribute this to the deft and efficient direction of Michael McKelvey, surefooted and fresh…” Central Texas Live Theatre 

“You leave the theatre, an ache of a melody threaded through your chest, tribute to director and music director Michael McKelvey, who has crafted a tender, wistful anatomy of a relationship.” – Austin Chronicle

"Forgive me for gushing, but this is the sort of production that audiences are lucky to see: unique, intimate, beautiful, painful and wonderful."- Austin-American Statesman


BEST PRODUCTION OF A PLAY, HAND TO GOD

Big Easy Awards 2018


BEST DIRECTOR, HAND TO GOD

Big Easy Awards 2018


CO-THEATRE PERSON OF THE YEAR

New Orleans Times-Picayune  2017


OUTSTANDING MUSICAL, NEVERMORE

B. Iden Payne Awards 2017


OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR, NEVERMORE

B. Iden Payne Award 2017


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 Table


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

AWARDS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS


ORDINARY DAYS/Penfold Theatre Company, Austin, Tx

​“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.” - Austin Entertainment Weekly


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

GYPSY/Summer Lyric Theatre, August 2017

​“McKelvey’s direction of the production is brilliant…” – Theatrecritism.com

“In a staging that displays wisely thought-out choices made in nearly every aspect, director Michael McKelvey and his team present one of the strongest renditions of the musical that local audiences have seen.” – Times-Picayune

SWING/Summer Stock Austin, Tx

​ “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.”  - Broadway World


Nevermore, The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe 

/DM Productions & Austin Playhouse, October 2016
“Michael McKelvey has created pure theatrical magic with this production that begins the moment the house lights snap out in synch with the music. Everything about this show is a pure delight. The end effect is like seeing a live action Tim Burton-esque film reminiscent of The Nightmare Before Christmas in both look and tone; it has that same macabre joy to it.” – Broadway World

“The nightmare sequences are delightfully horrifying retellings of Poe’s work, all of which Michael McKelvey (director) successfully staged to maintain the integrity of the original texts’ tones.”

– Austin Entertainment Weekly

HAIRSPRAY/Summer Lyric Theatre, July 2017
“The show’s humor is edgy, but its rendering is brilliant and heartwarming under the masterful direction of Michael McKelvey.” – Gambit Weekly

A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD/Summer Stock Austin, Tx

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

​“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

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET/Rivertown Theatres for the Performing Arts
"Moving the show at a breakneck pace, Michael McKelvey directs with a smooth hand, almost unseen as the actor-musicians maintain a genuine sense of spontaneity. The sheer joy of performing, even just for one another in the studio, comes through, along with the competitive drive that would propel each to stardom."  Times-Picayune

"Michael McKelvey strikes absolute gold with a cast that is almost as perfect were the real-life characters to magically been summoned back from the past...His fresh take on this recent Broadway hit is every bit as good, if not slightly better than the national tour that swung through New Orleans a few years back." WYES-TV​

SILENCE, THE MUSICAL/Doctuh Mistuh Productions, Austin, Tx

“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.”  

​- Austin Chronicle


​“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..." - Austin Entertainment Weekly

Michael McKelvey

Director, music director, performer, producer & Teacher

HEATHERS/DM Productions, Austin, Tx, July 2015
“Serving as both Director and Music Director, Michael McKelvey once again proves that he has his finger on the pulse of new and exciting music theatre. McKelvey has assembled the best up-and-coming local talent, and after seeing a production of the original Off-Broadway cast, I can honestly say that I preferred this cast both vocally and dramatically….” – Broadway World

HAND TO GOD/The Storyville Collective, April 2017
“Hand to God,” receiving a deft production by the Storyville Collective...and smartly directed by Michael McKelvey.... McKelvey, flawlessly in tune with Askins’ desire to shock and scandalize, knows this play works best as a modern farce with bite (literally as the Act One curtain attests)…McKelvey handles this plot with dexterous swiftness, eliciting refreshing honesty from all of his first-rate actors.” – The Advocate