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Cantor Jonathan Angress’ musical career began at the age of 6, when he saw “Fiddler on the Roof” and knew that he wanted to play the violin. As a teenager, Cantor Angress performed for The Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Bar-Ilan University and Friends of Israel Defense Forces. He was also the assistant concertmaster of the South Florida Youth Symphony, for which he composed and conducted Jewish music, introducing and teaching a Judaic music repertoire for the first time in the organization’s 40-year history.
Throughout high school, Cantor was called upon to lead services on a regular basis. Throughout college and graduate school, Cantor Angress held cantorial and teaching positions at Beth Torah Benny Rock Campus, Sunrise Jewish Center, Temple Sha’aray Tzedek in Sunrise, Florida, Congregation Or Zarua in New York City, and Ohr Kodesh Congregation in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Cantor Angress has starred in many productions since his first “dream role” as the fiddler in “Fiddler on the Roof” when he was 14. Some of his favorite performances have been Javert in “Les Miserables,” Gaston in “Beauty and the Beast,” Chief Sitting Bull in “Annie Get your Gun,” and Audrey (voice) in “Little Shop of Horrors.”
Cantor Angress studies voice and acting with Broadway actor and singer Paul Schoeffler, and has served as a private Jewish musical consultant to specific cast members of the 2015 Broadway revival of "Fiddler on the Roof." Because of his ties to the Broadway community, Cantor Angress has been called upon to serve as a Jewish spiritual and musical guide to several Broadway performers.
From packing LA's comedy clubs at age 9 to now following in his late father's footsteps performing on Broadway in the heartwarming classic musical "Fiddler On The Roof," actor Michael Bernardi was seen by audiences performing Fiddler on Broadway 8 shows a week as 'Mordcha,' the innkeeper. He was also the understudy for 'Tevye,' the iconic role his father Herschel Bernardi made famous nearly 50 years ago. Michael reprised the role for a show in August 2016, receiving rave reviews for his performance from the likes of Billboard and Broadway World. Forever bonded with his father through this experience (even owning his original costume and using it as inspiration), performing this musical has always been a lifelong dream of Michael's.
Michael attended SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Theatre Arts in Upstate New York where he was studying the greats which included William Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, Henrik Ibsen and Anton Chekhov, just to name a few. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and after graduation moved back to LA but always had dreams of starring on Broadway. After little luck in Hollywood, he got a call from a friend who was directing "Fiddler On The Roof" at a theatre in Massachusetts and asked Michael to play 'Tevye', the role his father had infamously played almost 50 decades before and couldn't resist the offer. A few weeks before that show had closed, he heard about a revival of the show in New York City, sent an auditon tape and the rest is history!
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Michael never truly knew his father as he suddenly passed away when he was 2 years old, however, he always kept the company of his parent's friends, especially at the extravagant soirees hosted by his mother, which is where he first got a taste for performing. He would stand in front of whoever came to the party, which typically included hot shot Hollywood actors, writers, and producers, telling jokes. Impressed by Michael's gumption, his mother's friends encouraged her to sign Michael up for classes and enrolled him in a child's class at the world famous Comedy Store on Sunset Boulevard. By the time he was 9 years old, he was performing in front of a packed house in the club's Original Room, making crowds laugh uncontrollably until one night when an audience member taunted him, and he chose to take a step back from the lime light. From then on, he lived a normal life going to school, playing on sports teams, and performing in school productions.