Tony Award-winner Debbie Gravitte has had a varied career that has taken her from the Broadway stage, to the concert stage, and beyond. She received the prestigious Tony Award for Jerome Robbin' Broadway, along with a Drama Desk Award Nomination and New York Showstopper Award. After making her Broadway debut in the original cast of They're Playing Our Song, she went on to appear in Perfectly Frank (Drama Desk Award nomination), Blues in the Night, Ain't Broadway Grand, Zorba, Chicago, and Les Misérables. She has appeared in New York City Center Encores! series productions of The Boys from Syracuse, Tenderloin, and Carnival.
Debbie has performed her critically acclaimed act worldwide, from New York's Rainbows and Stars, to London's Pizza on the Park, and back home again to Atlantic City, where she's had the honor to perform with Jay Leno, Harry Anderson, and the legendary George Burns. A frequent soloist with orchestras, she recently toured with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops, and has sung with many of the greats, including the National Symphony (with Marvin Hamlisch), Peter Nero and the Philly Pop, The NY Pops with the legendary Skitch Henderson, The Atlanta Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, and Pittsburgh Symphony, Utah Symphony, St. Louis, Houston, Dallas, and San Diego Symphonies. Overseas, Debbie has sung with the London, Aalborg and Birmingham Symphony Orchestras, Stockholm Philharmonic, the Gotesborg and Jerusalem Symphonies, Munich Philharmonic, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra Massimo del Palermo, and Symphonica of Brazil.
Her TV credits include the CBS series "Trial and Error" and NBC's "Pursuit of Happiness." She starred in several specials for PBS, including "Live from The Kennedy Center," "The Boston Pops Celebrate Bernstein," "Rodgers and Hart for Great Performances," and "Ira Gershwin's 100th Birthday Celebration at Carnegie Hall."
Recently, her latest CD "Defying Gravity" was released as a follow-up to "The MGM Album" and "Part of Your World: The Music of Alan Menken." Her other recordings include: "Calamity Jane," "Unsung Sondheim," "Lucky Stiff," "Miss Spectacular," "Louisiana Purchase," and "A Broadway Christmas," as well as "Mack and Mabel in Concert," live from the Drury Lane in London, and others. She is currently working on her latest project: "Big Band Broadway."
Debbie recently sang with the New York City Ballet in Peter Martin's "Thou Swell" at Lincoln Center. She appeared with Bette Midler in the Universal feature, "Isn't She Great?" and can be heard as one of the voices in "Disney's The Little Mermaid." She is the proud mother of three beautiful children.
MICHAEL ORLAND(Musical Director / Pianist) is currently the Pianist, Arranger and Associate Musical Director for the hit FOX-TV series AMERICAN IDOL. Through this amazing opportunity, Michael has appeared on OPRAH, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, ACCESS HOLLYWOOD and a record number of appearances on THE ELLEN SHOW. At the end of every IDOL season, Michael also accompanies the top 3 contestants to New York for appearances on REGIS & KELLY, CBS EARLY SHOW, and concerts on the plaza for THE TODAY SHOW. He has collaborated with music industry giants such as Burt Bacharach, Neil Sedaka, Diane Warren, Elton John, Dolly Parton, Martina McBride, Jennifer Lopez, and Tony Bennett all as a result of American Idol. He also served as a pianist/coach for the successful summer series AMERICA?S GOT TALENT (Seasons 1 & 2) and a few seasons back AMERICAN JUNIORS and has Associate Produced two hit singles (GOD BLESS THE U.S.A. and WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE) for AMERICAN IDOL as well as the hit compilation CD from AMERICAN JUNIORS.
Michael began his impressive musical career in his hometown of Worcester, Massachusetts at the tender age of three, when he escorted each member of his family, one by one, to see ?MARY POPPINS? and then sat down at the piano and played the songs by ear. Since this auspicious beginning, he has become one of the most acclaimed musical directors on the concert, theater, and nightclub scene.
In addition to playing and conducting for many celebrities including Susan Anton, Lucie Arnaz, Kaye Ballard, Lynda Carter, Sam Harris, Jennifer Holliday, Lainie Kazan, Sally Kellerman, Gladys Knight, Barry Manilow, Maureen McGovern, Chita Rivera, and the late Wayland Flowers & Madame, Michael played for the hit shows ?FORBIDDEN BROADWAY?, ?RUTHLESS!?, and ?WHEN PIGS FLY? in Los Angeles. He made his Hollywood Bowl debut accompanying the legendary MGM star Ann Miller.
Prior to AMERICAN IDOL, television appearances have included The Rosie O?Donnell Show, Leeza, The Maury Povich Show, The Wayne Brady Show, and Geraldo. He also appeared on the hit sitcom ?THE NANNY? performing an original song. He also played a pianist (it?s a stretch) on the WB sitcom ?WHAT I LIKE ABOUT YOU? and the UPN sitcom HALF & HALF.
Every winter, Michael musical directs one of the touring companies of the RADIO CITY CHRISTMA SPECTACULAR starring the world-famous Rockettes. And he is now a published author in the best-selling book ?Chicken Soup For The American Idol Soul?
An accomplished songwriter, his songs have been featured on several daytime soaps and primetime shows. On recordings, he can be heard on Debbie Gravitte?s ?Alan Menken Album? and ?MGM Album?; Rita McKenzie?s ?Ethel Merman?s Broadway?, ?Ruthless! The Musical?, and produced and arranged several CD?s for cabaret artists. Michael is currently working on a solo piano album due out soon.
Please visit Michael's web site (www.michaelorland.com) periodically for news updates and upcoming events.