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February 21, 2018

2/7/2018 2:12:00 PM
Broadway star brings Billy Joel tribute to LTC
Michael Cavanaugh at the piano in his Billy Joel tribute.
Michael Cavanaugh at the piano in his Billy Joel tribute.
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It is not often that a Broadway performer makes it onto the stage of the Zwermann Arts Center on the campus of Lincoln Trail College, but for one night only, Michael Cavanaugh, a charismatic performer, musician and actor known for his piano and lead vocals in the Broadway musical Movin' Out, will bring his Billy Joel tribute to Robinson Tuesday, Feb. 13.

This special one-night-only pre-Valentine's Day concert will feature the romantic ballads and classic love songs including "Wonderful Tonight," "Uptown Girl," "Sweet Caroline," "Oh What A Night," and more.

Cavanaugh's latest album, The Way I Hear It, was released in April 2017, and debuted at 17 on the Billboard Heatseekers Album Chart. Handpicked by Billy Joel to star in Movin' Out, Cavanaugh evokes a style rivaling the "Piano Man" and appeared in the show for three years and more than 1,200 performances culminating with both Grammy and Tony Award nominations.

He began playing at age 7 when his parents bought their first piano. Encouraged by family and friends, and inspired by his hero Billy Joel, he formed his first band at age 10 and began playing local functions. In January 1999, Cavanaugh received an offer that would unknowingly change his life: an opportunity to play Las Vegas at the famed New York, New York Hotel and Casino. It was there that Billy Joel spotted Cavanaugh, joining him on stage one night in February 2001 - and it only took two songs before Joel was convinced that he had found his new "Piano Man."

With the close of Movin' Out at the end of 2005, Cavanaugh began touring in his own right, creating a show that reinterprets the modern pop/rock songbook. Today, he continues to tour his symphony productions along with performing shows with his band in performing arts centers and other public venues.

Tickets are still available for this show by calling the Lincoln Trail College Foundation office at 544-2373. Show time is 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

The LTC Foundation continues to bring outstanding performers to the stage. Coming April 4, will be Cody Ray, ELVIS!, with Motortown coming June 23, and Tusk-Fleetwood Mac Tribute coming Sept. 20.

Through the community support of these concerts and other activities the foundation has been able to provide over $200,000 in scholarships and grants to students and LTC.

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