Michael Brown is a composer, lyricist, producer, writer, and director. Born in Texas, he wanted first to be a teacher, but after four universities, two degrees, and a Phi Beta Kappa key, he turned his attention to the theatre.
He founded his production company, Michael Brown Enterprises, Inc, in 1953 and has produced large-scale musical entertainments for scores of corporate clients in the United States and has also presented productions in Venezuela, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, France, and Belgium.
For DuPont's trail-blazing Wonderful World of Chemistry at the 1964 New York World's Fair, Brown wrote, produced, and directed a multi-million-dollar, innovative musical production combining live performers working interchangeably with life-sized actors on film. In 17,224 performances given by ten companies of singers and dancers, it was seen by an audience of 5,256,126.
He was the prime contributor to Julius Monk's revues at Plaza Nine and Upstairs at the Downstairs, and his first work on Broadway, in New Faces (http://users.bestweb.net/~foosie/newfaces.htm), the lively Lizzie Borden, caused a sensation.
Writing with Harold Arlen, he gave Pearl Bailey her show-stopping Indoor Girl in House of Flowers and then by himself created the score for the English musical Is There Intelligent Life on Earth?. He also wrote a production number for the Carol Channing company of Sugar Babies and the book, music, and lyrics for Different Times. With his one-man show Out of Step, he has traveled more than 30,000 miles across the United States.
Brown has served five consecutive terms as a member of the board of the Songwriters Guild of America.
In children's books his stories about Santa Mouse have sold more than 2,500,000 copies.
Brown is married to Joy Williams, a soloist for George Balanchine in The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, a principal dancer for Roland Petit in Les Ballets de Paris, and the only American member of the Grand Council of the Royal Academy of Dancing. He is the father of three sons and lives in New York City.