Mike Petrone | Kent State University

Mike Petrone

Mike Petrone is a pianist, singer/songwriter, composer, arranger and bandleader with a career spanning more than 30 years. He currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio where he can be seen performing on a near nightly basis. Mike is often called a “human jukebox” for his ability to sing and perform literally thousands of songs from memory. He is always ready from Bing Crosby to Bruno Mars. 

Mike has worked in the professional theatre as a musical director and has authored several musicals and scores. He has performed with The Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall and at Blossom Music Center where he worked with conductor, Leonard Slatkin and soprano, Kathleen Battle. He has worked with Broadway legend, Jim Dale on the musical "The Invisible Man"and Motown's "The Funk Brothers" at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Mike's groups have opened for acts such as; Ray Charles, The Temptations, Willie Nelson, and Gloria Estefan. In 2001 his original musical "Full Moon" premiered at Cleveland State University with Frank Dunlop of The British National Theatre directing. He has also composed several motion picture soundtracks, most recently his 2005 scores for the independent features "Hard Pill" and "Christmas at Maxwell's". Filling out his piano trio tonight will be longtime collaborators, Dr. Mike Vacante, on bass and Gary Naherny, on drums.

This Performance is part of the Cabaret Series.
The Cabaret Series brings outstanding performers and audience members together onstage for a special evening of great food and exceptional entertainment. Share an evening with one hundred fellow audience members as you are seated onstage in an intimate performance setting and enjoy a three course catered meal as part of your ticket price.