Michael Antin is a gifted musician and composer, whose 45-year “day job” was as a tax attorney. When he retired in 2008, he returned to his first love — music. “Never retire from something; retire to something,” he says. And that he did.
With several musicals under his belt, all produced and performed in Los Angeles and New York, Antin is enjoying the true second act of his life, as an award-winning composer. He shares his stories and songs at the Write Act Repertory Theatre in NoHo (he performed there on December 2 and returns on December 16), with the help of two talented singers, Dana Shaw and William Grundler, accompanied by David Kamenir on piano and Larry Klein on drums.
The stage was set simply: three chairs and two music stands. Antin told his tales and gave a short synopsis of each of his musicals, while the singers brought the songs to life. Perhaps a little more attention to the set design and placement would have made the production a tad more polished, but the music and voices held their own. The anecdotes were compelling and left the audience wanting to know more.
To achieve success later in life by fulfilling a lifelong dream is inspirational. Antin’s positive outlook, his motto to “Make a great day,” and his zest for life contribute to his success.
This reviewer looks forward to his next musical, Swing, opening in NoHo in March with, hopefully, many more to follow.
“Holiday of Lights – A Cabaret Celebration of Music by Michael Antin” has one performance remaining on Sunday, December 16 at 7pm. Admission is $20 including refreshments; $15 for seniors. Tickets can be purchased at BrownPaperTickets.com or by calling (800) 838-3006. Write Act Repertory Theatre is located at 10950 Peach Grove St., in their new NoHo Arts District home. Also visit MichaelAntin.com for snippets of past performances and for links to his books.