MICHAEL SLADE is a playwright, librettist, award-winning children’s author, and Emmy-nominated television writer. His short play, THANKSGIVING was first produced by MCC in NYC.  AND A CHILD SHALL LEAD is regularly performed in regional, community and school theatres in the United States and around the world. The Roundabout Theatre Company produced a reading of UNDER A RED MOON, starring Kate Burton and Billy Crudup. UNDER A RED MOON subsequently premiered as a co-production between The Human Race Theatre, Dayton, OH and The Carnegie Center, Covington, KY in October, 2012. The Human Race Theatre previously commissioned CHANGE, which they produced in September, 2011. His musicals include AND THE CURTAIN RISES (music by Joseph Thalken, lyrics by Mark Campbell) which premiered at the Signature Theatre, Arlington, VA, March 2011, directed by Kristin Hanggi, and BYE, BYE BIG GUY (music by David Evans, lyrics by Faye Greenberg) which premiered at the Lortel Theatre, NYC as part of the 2007 NYC Fringe Festival, directed by Devanand Janki.  Mr. Slade has written extensively for young and family audiences, credits include POKEMON LIVE ! (which premiered at Radio City Music Hall before touring the United States and four continents) and nine musicals for Theatreworks/USA. His TV credits include ANOTHER WORLD (WGA Award nomination), ONE LIFE TO LIVE (Emmy nomination), DAYS OF OUR LIVES, and PASSIONS.  His children’s novel, THE HORSES OF CENTRAL PARK (Scholastic Hardcover/Apple Paperback) won the ISAR Award for Children’s Literature. READ FULL BIO


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  • MET HYPOCRISY

    19 June, 2014

    Yesterday, Peter Gelb, the General Manager of the Metropolitan Opera announced that the Met would cancel its Live in HD transmission of John Adams's opera, The Death of Klinghoffer, scheduled for November 15, 2014, which tells the story of the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro cruise ship and the killing of one of its Jewish passengers, Leon Klinghoffer, by a group of Palestinian terrorists.  According to the Met's press release, the decision was made in response to "an outpouring of concern that [the transmission] might be used to fan global anti-Semitism." Continue Reading >>
  • GEORGIA ON MY MIND

    19 May, 2014

    I just read a terrific article in Variety by Brian Lowry in which he suggests that "with gun-control proponents floundering for a legislative remedy, perhaps relocating Georgia-based productions to a less-armed camp would at least send a message." What a wonderful idea!

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  • STERLING SILVER

    2 May, 2014

    I've followed the disgusting story of Donald Sterling's racist comments.  And I applaud the decision by NBA Commissioner Alan Silver to both ban Sterling from the NBA for life and fine him $2.5 million...  the maximum fine he had the ability to impose. But one thing in all this leaves me feeling of two minds. Continue Reading >>
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News

  • Thrilled to announce that Corbin Bleu and Colleen Zenk will be heading the cast of the premiere of FAMILY SHOTS at the Human Race Theatre in Dayton. And thrilled that they'll be joined by Adam Halpin, Arash Mokhtar and Annie Pesche. Kevin Moore, the theatre's Producing Artistic Director will direct the production which opens January 22, 2015.

  • My profile of opera librettist Gene Scheer appears in the current (July) edition of Opera News magazine.
  • The short-live online version of ONE LIFE TO LIVE, for which I was script editor and writer, was just nominated for a number of Daytime Emmys including Best Daytime Drama;  One of the two episodes submitted to the nominating committee for consideration was written by me. Though production has ceased, our first (and last) online season can be viewed in its entirety on Hulu.com.
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