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MICHAEL K. LEE has been seen on stages across the world. He began his career when he was plucked straight out of Stanford University to originate the role of "Thuy" in the second national touring company of Miss Saigon, and then taking over the role on Broadway before he was 21. Since then, he hasn't had to wait tables or sell blood for a living (yet), being lucky enough work across the states and around the world. Since then, on Broadway, he was seen rockin' in Rent and Jesus Christ Superstar.
Locally, he's worked extensively with East West Players, in productions such as Sweeney Todd; Pacific Overtures; Beijing Spring (for which he received a nomination for Best Actor in a Musical); Heading East; A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum; and The World Goes 'Round. Nationally, he helped Theaterworks in the Bay Area receive the Best Musical Production Award for his portrayal of "Manjiro" in their production of Pacific Overtures; in Chicago, he helped Barry Manilow with his world premiere production of a revue of his work, performing in Could It Be Magic? The Barry Manilow Songbook; in Seattle, he's won accolades for his performances in the Asian American Rock Musical Making Tracks and a musical adaptation of Ang Lee's Film The Wedding Banquet. Internationally, he's worked opposite Lea Salonga in the Singapore Repertory Theater Company's Production of They're Playing Our Song.
Upcoming projects include revisiting his two favorite works for revivals: Pacific Overtures on Broadway with the Roundabout Theater Company in the fall and winter 2004; and Making Tracks at San Jose Repertory Theater in Spring 2005. He currently is working on his first album, A Voice For Voices, featuring songs from Asian American Musicals. He dedicates his performance in Mame to his family and friends, especially Ock Soon Hwang, for her kindness and hospitality.