The Music of Billy Joel

Jack Everly, Conductor

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for Performing Arts

300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Mar 4-6, 2016
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Michael Cavanaugh, vocalist & pianist

The Philly POPS will put you in a “New York State of Mind” as we present the magical music of Billy Joel, one of America’s most beloved singer-songwriters of all time.

We’re thrilled to welcome guest vocalist Michael Cavanaugh, the charismatic performer, musician, and actor who was handpicked by Mr. Joel to play the lead in the Broadway musical Movin’ Out, as we cover heartwarming favorites like Scenes From an Italian Restaurant, Just the Way You Are, and My Life.

Helpful Information

This program, including intermission, is approximately two hours in length. Artists and program are subject to change without notice.

Discounted parking passes are available from select garages. For more information, please call 215.893.1999 or add a parking pass during checkout when purchasing your tickets.


We hope all of our guests will have a great time and make many memories at our concerts and events. Post your photos or videos on social media and include #phillypops for a chance to win a pair of tickets to any upcoming concert in the current or following season! Please refrain from flash photography in the concert hall. 

Enjoy the show!

Guest Artist

Michael Cavanaugh, vocalist


Michael Cavanaugh is a charismatic performer, musician, and actor most well-known for his piano/lead vocals in the hit Broadway musical Movin’ Out. Michael, who was handpicked by Billy Joel to star in the title role, appeared in more than 1,200 performances over three years, garnering both Grammy and Tony award nominations. Michael began playing at age seven, when his parents bought their first piano. Encouraged by family and friends, and inspired by his hero Billy Joel, Michael formed his first band at age 10 and began playing local functions, fine-tuning the craft that would become his chosen career. In January 1999, Michael received an offer that would change his life: an opportunity to play Las Vegas at the famed New York, New York Hotel and Casino, where Billy Joel joined him on stage one fateful night in February 2001. It only took two songs before Billy was convinced that he had found his new “Piano Man.” Michael began touring solo in 2005 with a show that reinterpreted the modern pop/rock songbook, and he performs worldwide with the Indianapolis Symphony and corporate, charity, and sporting events, including PGA tour events, the U.S. Open, and the Indy 500. In October 2008, he signed with Warner/ADA to distribute his first CD, In Color.

“The new voice of the American Rock and Roll Songbook!”
– Billboard Magazine
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