Our Musical Directors
An immensely talented musician, Renzi is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music in 1973 and Berklee College Of Music, in Boston, 1974. During his study years, he worked with local bands and visiting artists, one of whom was Sylvia Sims. Arising out of this engagement he was hired to work with Mel Tormé.
In '76 he moved to New York City and for the next two decades worked on and appeared on scores of albums, sometimes as a pianist, often as an arranger.
His repertoire includes playing keyboards and guitar. He developed his own style and became sought after as an arranger and composer.
He lists many artists with whom he has worked, acting as their Musical Director, including, Diahann Carroll, Blossom Dearie, Lena Horne, Etta Jones, Jack Jones, Eartha Kitt, Cleo Laine, Peggy Lee, Liza Minnelli, Annie Ross, George Shearing, and an eight-week tour with the one and only, Frank Sinatra.
He has also been Musical Director for many years on the Emmy Award-winning, "Sesame Street", where Renz composed most of the incidental music. He worked on another long-term television project as one of four resident composers on the soap opera, "All My Children. "
Respected by his peers, Renzi brings professionalism and standards of musical excellence to his chosen vocation.
CabaretFest is pleased to welcome Mike Renzi to the 20th Anniversary Provincetown CabaretFest.
Numerous MAC Award-winner & Nominee NYC Cabaret Artist, we are proud to introduce this year's Musical Director for the CabaretFest - Michael McAssey
“Non-stop entertainment, punctuated as often by his dazzling vocal prowess as it is by his comic genius” - New York Post
“He manages to somehow be both cabaret’s most accomplished balladeer, and it’s wildest, most uninhibited musical clown!” - Variety
Michael McAssey is the host of Brandy's Piano Bar Live, which streams shows live on Facebook every Monday night. This show was recently nominated for a 2019 MAC Award for recurring series, and WON!
“Mac” has been a popular member of the New York Piano Bar & Cabaret communities for over 30 years, whether at the piano or standing center stage.
In NYC he opened both Don't Tell Mama and Eighty-eights, in addition to appearing regularly at The Duplex, The Five Oaks, Studio Six (Atlantic City), Odettes's (New Hope, PA), Montparnasse, The Piano Bar (Mykonos, Greece), Gentry of Chicago, The Gardenia,(L.A.) and RSVP Cruises.
His piano bar entertaining earned him a Bistro Award and his stand-up cabaret act won him one of the first MAC Awards for Outstanding Male Singer and an invitation to make his Town Hall debut at the Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention.
An accomplished conductor & music director, Mac divides his time between onstage and off including conducting the Broadway National Tours of Avenue Q, Titanic: The Musical, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and appearing onstage as Max Bialystok in three different companies of Mel Brooks’ The Producers'.