If you’ve spent any time in New York City after 9:00 p.m. in the last two decades, chances are you’re already familiar with Michael Garin. You may have heard him playing piano and singing in such legendary boîtes as The Monkey Bar, The Rainbow Room, Café Feenjon, the notorious VIP Room at Limelight (where he performed for and with such luminaries as Frank Zappa, James Chance, David Lee Roth, and Kool & the Gang), and Elaine’s. He has been hailed in the press as “a virtuoso musical wit” (Stephen Holden, The New York Times) who “presides over the best party in town” (David Finkle, the Village Voice).
With his on- and off-stage partner, the singer-comedienne Mardie Millit, Michael performed weekly at Elaine’s for the last three years of the restaurant’s life. Satirical, witty, acerbically intelligent, Michael has a number of specialty songs that he’s known for. His repertoire is massive and eclectic: everything from Middle Eastern and Yiddish to standards to music from classic and obscure cult films to early rock and R&B. Will Friedwald of the Wall Street Journal calls him “perhaps the most extreme polymath I’ve ever encountered.”
Michael’s other credits include running the cabaret and writing original music for the Williamstown Theatre Festival (where he accompanied Elaine Stritch, Jane Krakowski, and Nathan Lane, to name a few). His two CDs, “The Song of the Alpha Male” and “Tulsa is Just a Slut Spelled Backwards,” are available on iTunes and at cdbaby.com. He co-wrote and co-starred in the hit Off-Broadway musical Song of Singapore, for which he won both the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards.
With Song of Singapore co-creators Robert Hipkens and Erik Frandsen, Michael is currently developing the ’60s cult film comedy John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! for the musical stage. Academy Award winner William Peter Blatty has written the book based on his novel and screenplay.
Michael recently served as Associate Producer for the award-winning documentary film Buried Prayers.
His original song, “Elevator,” is featured in the major motion picture 23 Blast, directed by Dylan Baker, which was released in October 2014.