Valley Resident Is Broadway Bound

When the Broadway production of “Big Fish” opens Friday in Chicago, the name of Michael Moritz will be on the publicity poster.

Moritz, 30, a native of Youngstown’s South Side, has been playing piano since kindergarten. It’s how he first fell in love with the arts.

” Pretty much right out of high school, I got into music directing and things like that.  I’ve owned Continuous Jams. It was a high school business that just kept going,” Moritz said.

As the owner of Continuous Jams Music on Market Street in Boardman, Moritz, a Cardinal Mooney and Youngstown State University graduate, is involved in recording, advertising, TV production and instrument sales.

And through his connections in New York, he’s now a co-producer of the Broadway musical “Big Fish,” which is based on the 2003 movie.

“It’s a re-imagination of the movie.  It’s not a scene-by-scene copy.  It’s a musical,” Moritz said.

Moritz will be in Chicago Friday when “Big Fish” opens and then will follow the show to New York City and Broadway when it starts there Oct. 6.

” My part is much more financial, making sure the investors are covered, all of that,” he said.

Moritz is a pianist, business owner and now a Broadway producer. The hodgepodge of occupations doesn’t seem to have a logical fit.

“Oh it does though.  It has a perfect logical fit,” he said. “We talk all the time about concentric circles.  It all kind of ties in, there’s a lot of cross-pollination in this business.”

While Mortiz spends most of his time on the road, he’s proud of his roots. His business is in Boardman and he owns a condo in Poland.

If “Big Fish” wins a Tony, Moritz will be one of the people on stage accepting the award.

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