2018 Tom Killen Award

Michael O’Flaherty has been the man behind the music — and baton, too. Entering his 27th season as Goodspeed’s resident music director, O’Flaherty has guided more than 100 shows at the East Haddam and Chester theaters, several of them (“By Jeeves,” “Gentleman Prefer Blondes”) to Broadway. He’s also a key figure behind the Festival of New Musicals, as well as the composer for a new locally-rooted show: “A Connecticut Christmas Carol.”

Photography ©Mara Lavitt
June 11, 2018
Tom Killen Award recipient Michael O’Flaherty, Goodspeed’s resident musical director, at the 28th Annual Connecticut Critics Circle Awards, Westport Country Playhouse.

His expertise also goes well beyond Goodspeed, being the musical supervisor for productions at Paper Mill Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Ford’s Theatre, the Kennedy Center, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival, among others. He’s guided first class revivals, overseen new orchestrations and nurtured brand new work and young artists.

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