October 21, 2009

Reflections from Michael Ingersoll

October 21st, 2009

The Off-Broadway In Chicago blog has a marvelous feature on Michael Ingersoll. Check out this preview!

“Losing your job is never easy,” said Chicago actor and Jersey Boy Michael Ingersoll about the announcement that Jersey Boys will close on January 10, 2010.

By the time the show closes Ingersoll will have played Jersey Boy Nick Massi eight times a week for three years without stopping. Eight times a week for three years. That’s… a lot. When asked what he was planning to do after it closes in January, he responded,

“I might take a trip with my wife.”

Good answer. Give the Jersey Boy a vacation! He deserves it. Though he would never say that. Ingersoll expressed nothing but deep gratitude for the opportunity to be a part of this show from opening to closing announcement. The experience has completely changed his life from allowing him to escape the hand to mouth living, give back to the community and by providing many “pinch me” moments- such as performing on Leno to sitting down with Oprah.


  1. Michael Ingersoll is amazing. I’ve seen the show multiple times, he’s the only “Nick” I’ve seen and I wouldn’t have it any other way! His acting never fails to move me. And Michael is always so gracious and sweet, he doesn’t have an arrogant bone in his body. Chicago is lucky to have Michael in JB from the beginning to the end..We love you Michael!

    Comment by Amy — October 21, 2009 @ 8:27 am

  2. I’ve seen Jersey Boys more than 35 times — I’ve seen at least seven different performers in the Nick Massi role. All have been good, a couple great — but Michael Ingersoll who I saw first in San Francisco and have seen more than 25 times in the Nick Massi role is an outstanding performer in the role. From the singing, to the “but when you’re Ringo…” he’s the best — and nobody knocks his head on the table better than Michael.

    Comment by Jim Schreier — October 21, 2009 @ 8:28 am

  3. Thanks to Michael for the many, many great shows and for being so kind to his fans. Chicago loves you! We’ll definitely be seeing you and your amazing talents in the future. All the best.

    Comment by Rose — October 21, 2009 @ 8:36 am

  4. Michael, you have always been gracious to me and my family at the Italian Fests. I realize you really deserve a vacation, but you can’t let JB leave Chicago. What can us “loyal fans” do to make it “STAY”? I’ve only seen JB 10 times, but it’s still not enough. You truly are one of the best Nick Massis I’ve seen! Keep in touch.

    Comment by Mitzi — October 21, 2009 @ 10:21 am

  5. Ditto to all of the above. Michael is a class act and his Nick is off-the-charts great. What a combination…..incredibly talented actor and singer, great looking, kind, and devoted to his wife. How can you not love him??

    Comment by Lynn — October 21, 2009 @ 4:10 pm

  6. Michael should be picked up on Broadway fast. He’s a talented and creative. Any show would be lucky to have him as part of their cast! BROADWAY, TAKE NOTE!

    Comment by Sandra — October 24, 2009 @ 6:30 pm

  7. First of all I have never met a more talented person.Whether it be the JB show or Michaels own show he is doing.
    He is truly a man with the biggest hart. He helped the clinic I help at Make about $22,000 from the AIDS walk with the rest of the cast.
    I have seen JB 3 times going for John Michaels last show Jan.9 2010 and I have see Michaels own show 3 times and going two more times. His wife Angela is also VERY talented having seen Richard III, and also her singing with Michael.
    We need more people like him
    God Bless You Michael. I am so glad we met.
    Rick and Larry

    Comment by Rick Kautz — October 26, 2009 @ 10:43 pm

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