Michael Darrin
(August 20, 1946 - July 2, 2008)

For more than 40 years, Michael Darrin had performed and created productions all over the United States, Mexico, Europe, South Africa, Japan and the Far East. He has done 56 Broadway and stock musical comedies and has performed with many of the biggest stars in Show Business, including Martha Raye, Jane Powell, Elizabeth Taylor, Bob Hope, Jessica Walters, Richard Chamberlain, Diana Ross, Cher and Lucille Ball, to name just a few.

Michael has partnered the legendary Juliet Prowse, for four years, all over the world, including many television appearances. He also partnered the famed Cyd Charisse, for three years, including an engagement at the London Palladium, as well as designing and choreographing for Miss Charisse.

Michael choreographed Paula Abdul’s video, "Cold-Hearted Snake." It was the first video to ever debut on the Top-20-Countdown at #1, and remained #1 for several consecutive weeks. He received "Billboard’s Music Video Award," as well as the "American Dance Award" for Best Choreography in a video for 1989. MTV named "Cold-Hearted Snake" as one of the "Best 10 Videos of the Decade." Michael collaborated with Paula, choreographing the opening number of the "1990 American Music Awards" and also the "1990 Academy Awards." Together, they received television’s highest award when they won the coveted "Emmy" for "Outstanding Achievement in Choreography" for the 17th Annual "American Music Awards."

Michael was one of fourteen "Legends of Las Vegas" invited to dance and perform the show-stopping Tony award-winning number from the "Will Roger’s Follies," for the 2003 Golden Rainbow Aids Gala at the Paris hotel in Las Vegas, starring 300 celebrities & performers.

Michael has been considered one of the most dynamic director/choreographers, costume and lighting designers in the business. He takes the elements of ceaseless sensuality and adds it to the world of dance, however, not in a typical way.

His production of "Rage" received National Acclaim from New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Nevada, as well as one of 26 "Best Show of the Year" awards, that Michael has received.

Some of his others, include "Pazazz," "Les Vamps," "Passion," "Wild Things," "Sassy Class," "Magic 2010," "Country Fever 1 & 2," "Night Beat," and "Aireus," which hailed him extraordinary rave reviews from critics all over the country, and won six "Best Show of the Year" awards, in a two-year run at the Reno Hilton Hotel.