|“||It was my first New York audition. I'm not a dynamic auditioner. In fact, it was how I got my agent. They almost didn't hire me because they thought I didn't sing well enough. I can say that Gillian Lynne (Associate Director and Choreographer) told me that of all the people she worked with, Steve Barton and I were the best Munkustraps. I do feel that I did master that role. As difficult as that show was, it was a great experience.||”|
— On being cast in CATS.
- "I also love the immediate gratification I get from a live audience. For me, the best thing about what I do is being able to make people feel good and maybe go away with some sort of message."
- "Every actor wants to be in the hot new thing, and it's easy to get into that toxic mindset of `What's this doing for my career? Who cares about this show that's been open for 15 years?' I take a breath and remind myself that I have a great job. I've grown as an artist doing Cats, and that's all that matters."
- "For me, success is defined by the wonderful moment you learn something about yourself or you realize you did something you didn't think you could do before."
- "In retrospect, my life has been fairly easy and the transitions relatively easy as well. I am no big overnight success but instead I've worked my way up. I always try to reinvent myself with each role I get."
- As a teenager, Michael Gruber was a professional diver. When Michael was only 14, he was ranked second in the world.
- He has two older sisters and one older brother. He is the only member of his family who is an actor and singer.
- He considers the Cats video to be the signature of his career.
- He is often compared to Gene Kelly in his performances; Both have portrayed Don Lockwood in Singin' in the Rain.
- He studied with the same dance teacher as Madonna in college.
- While performing in the final company of A Chorus Line on Broadway, he tore a stomach muscle when performing an acrobatic stunt. Because of the injury, Michael had to take a break for two weeks. When he returned to the show, he didn't miss a performance for the next six months.
- After his final performance of "I Can Do That" as Mike Costa in a Chorus Line he received over a minute of applause from the audience.
- He was also playing the role of Munkustrap in Cats when it broke the record for the longest running show on Broadway, alongside Jacob Brent.
- While filming the Cats video in London, he had dinner with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Sarah Brightman who encouraged him to keep writing.
- His great aunt was an opera singer.
- His parents still live in the same house he grew up in as a child and teenager in Cincinnati.
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