Adam Guettel
American composer
Adam Guettel
Adam Guettel is an American composer-lyricist of musical theater and opera . He is best known for the musical The Light in the Piazza, for which he won two Tony Awards, for Best Score and Best Orchestrations, and two Drama Desk Awards, for Best Music and Best Orchestrations.
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At the Classical New York Festival of Song, Music for Deciding a Vote
NYTimes - 4 months
Songs by Richard Rodgers, Mary Rodgers and Adam Guettel at Merkin Concert Hall, and compositions by Gabriela Lena Frank at National Sawdust.
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Jay Armstrong Johnson - In Bernstein's 'On the Town' - This Week with SF Symphony
Huffington Post - 9 months
Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony will present Leonard Bernstein's On the Town in a semi-staged concert version this week at Davies Hall. There will be four performances, 5/25-26 and 5/28-29. The cast includes members from the 2014/15 Broadway Production - Clyde Alves (Ozzie), Jay Armstrong Johnson (Chip), Tony Yazbeck (Gabey), Megan Fairchild (Ivy), and Alysha Umphress (Hildy). The cast also includes opera star Isabel Leonard (Claire), Shuler Hensley (Pitkin), Sheri Greenawald (Madame Dilly), and Peabody Southwell (Diana Dream/Dolores). I spoke to Jay Armstrong Johnson shortly after his acclaimed appearance in New York at Feinstein's/54 Below. It was a sell-out. "The show was recorded for a live album. Right now we're working on getting it mastered and produced. Hopefully, it will be available in the fall. It was a completely eclectic set. My inspiration is a monologue that Whoopi Goldberg delivers in Sister Act 2. She teaches her music class the word 'eclectic' ...
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First Nighter: Hoffman, Epperson Make Merry in 'Once Upon a Mattress'
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Bah humbug! to anyone who goes to the Transport Group Theatre Company's Once Upon a Mattress, at the Abrons Arts Center, and doesn't have a thoroughly entertaining time. Only Ebenezer Scrooge would leave dissatisfied. Most of us know the leading role of Princess Winifred was initially performed by Carol Burnett, who seemed born to play it and thereby became a star. But she hasn't been the only one who fits it glove-like. Right now, we have Jackie Hoffman, who with a belt as strong as the north wind, is making the princess of the swamps her own. Fairy tales are forever, and fractured fairy tales are, too--as is this one with music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer and book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Barer. Here, a minstrel (Hunter Ryan Herdlicka) explains that, as it's usually recounted, the tale of the princess, the pea and disturbed sleep isn't quite accurate. According to him, the princess--that would be Winifred (Fred for short)--was beauty-challenged. Neither ...
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Celebrating the Talent, Recognizing the Voice: Judy Kuhn
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Before Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth and Kelli O'Hara, Judy Kuhn was the voice exciting audiences on Broadway and beyond. The 56-year-old star originated the roles of Cosette and Florence in Les Miserables and Chess, respectively, two musicals that resonated with fans well beyond the confines of the Great White Way. Then there were her celebrated turns in Sunset Boulevard, She Loves Me and Rags. If these don't ring a bell, let me paint you a picture -- or, rather, an illustrated character that is now a cherished part of the Disney legacy. As the singing voice of Pocahontas, Kuhn crooned the iconic tunes "Colors of the Wind," and "Just Around the Riverbend," which were penned by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. As a solo artist, the TONY-nominated star now extends her talents to more intimate venues. On Feb. 4, she'll hit the stage of New York's Appel Room for the "Lincoln Center Presents the American Songbook Series." "I'm really excited about it," Kuhn said of the forthco ...
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Judy Kuhn Sings Three Generations of Rodgers
Huffington Post - about 2 years
This coming Wednesday evening, Lincoln Center's American Songbook series is presenting what promises to be a remarkable concert in the glorious Appel Room at the Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle. Judy Kuhn, one of our great singers, has put together an evening comprised entirely of songs composed by Richard Rodgers, his daughter, Mary Rodgers, and his grandson, Adam Guetell. The obvious rightness of this family gathering does not preclude the fact that this is, so far as I know, the first time anyone has had the guts to tackle the Rodgers trio as one. I was asked to contribute program notes for the occasion and I thought, in case you couldn't make it, I would share them here. The notes appear in the program under the title, "A Family's Secrets, Buried in Generations of Song:" If the father, daughter, and grandson share anything at all through their music, it is an unwillingness to surrender their secrets easily. Perhaps this is what makes the music of each one of them so m ...
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Video: In Performance: At Home With Audra McDonald
NYTimes - almost 4 years
The singer accompanies herself on piano to Adam Guettel’s “Migratory V,” a song from her new album, “Go Back Home.”     
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Video: In Performance: At Home With Audra McDonald
NYTimes - almost 4 years
The singer accompanies herself on piano to Adam Guettel’s “Migratory V,” a song from her new album, “Go Back Home.”     
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Not enough clear urgency for a musical about a man trapped in a cave
Chicago Times - over 4 years
THEATER REVIEW: "Floyd Collins" by Boho Theatre ★★ THEATER REVIEW: "Floyd Collins" by Boho Theatre ★★ ... The potent Adam Guettel and Tina Landau musical "Floyd Collins" is all about a young and unlucky 1920s Kentucky spelunker who finds himself trapped down a hole.
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On The Boards Theater Listings - Artvoice
Google News - over 5 years
FLOYD COLLINS, musical by Adam Guettel and Tina Landau presented by American Rep Theater of WNY, directed by Jeffrey Coyle, starring Steve Copps, James R Finan, Courtney Weather, Pamela Rose Mangus, Adam Yellen, Gary Darling, Josh Synder,
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92Y Tribeca to Host Playwrights Horizons Season Discussion, 9/12 - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
... Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's Once on This Island, Jon Robin Baitz's The Substance of Fire, Scott McPherson's Marvin's Room, AR Gurney's Later Life, Adam Guettel and Tina Landau's Floyd Collins and Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley's Violet
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Heavyweight play puts 'August' heat on CAST - Charlotte Observer
Google News - over 5 years
"August" begins a season full of regional professional premieres: David Mamet's lawyerly polemic "Race," Robert Glaudini's wry comedy "Jack Goes Boating," Adam Guettel and Tina Landau's 1920s-set musical "Floyd Collins" (about a trapped cave explorer
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Mandy Patinkin Brings 'Mamaloshen' to Toronto, 9/17 & 18 - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
Patinkin's live performances have received wide critical acclaim and include songs from Stephen Sondheim, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, Randy Newman, Adam Guettel and Harry Chapin, among others. Pamela Sommers of the Washington Post wrote,
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Prospect Theater to Reinvestigate Myths and Hymns and Cole Porter's Nymph Errant - Playbill.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
The Prospect Theater Company will stage Tony Award winner Adam Guettel's Myths and Hymns, a revised version of Cole Porter's Nymph Errant and the musical Iron Curtain as part of its 2011-2012 season. Iron Curtain, which received its
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Prospect Theater Company Announces 3 MUSICALS FOR $99 - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
Venture into one family's mythologized past as stage and film director Elizabeth Lucas (Clear Blue Tuesday) offers her innovative vision for this song cycle by acclaimed composer and lyricist Adam Guettel (The Light in the Piazza)
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Audra McDonald to Tour Beginning October 1 - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
As an exclusive Nonesuch recording artist, McDonald has released four solo albums on the label, interpreting songs from the classic (Gershwin, Arlen, and Bernstein) to the contemporary (Michael John LaChiusa, Adam Guettel, and Ricky Ian Gordon)
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Jennifer Sheehan Debuts at Bob Egan's, 9/3 - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
... audiences around the country and critics alike (including an outstanding notice in The New York Times), features songs by Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Marilyn and Alan Bergman, Adam Guettel, and many more
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Victoria Clark Set for SISTER ACT's 'Conversation on Broadway,' 8/18 - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
In 2005, Clark received Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards, as well as a Drama League honor for her luminous portrayal of protective but domineering mother Margaret Johnson in the critically acclaimed Craig Lucas-Adam Guettel musical The
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Review: 'Caliban Dreams' is a confused snooze at Berkeley West Edge Opera - San Jose Mercury News
Google News - over 5 years
But quickly, the score became a mélange of weak echoes -- of Sondheim, Adam Guettel, Wayne Shorter (his Brazilian period), Steve Reich, a touch of Stravinsky and maybe John Adams. The clave underpinnings to one tune and the next began to lose interest,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Adam Guettel
    FORTIES
  • 2014
    Age 49
    Guettel is the son of composer, author and Juilliard School chairman Mary Rodgers, who died on June 26, 2014 and grandson of legendary musical theater composer Richard Rodgers.
    More Details Hide Details His father Henry Guettel (died October 7, 2013) was a film executive and was the Executive Director of the Theater Development Fund. When Guettel took up music composition in his mid-teens, he was encouraged by his family. His mother said that she offered him advice for around a year, "After that, he was so far beyond anything I could ever have dreamed of, I just backed off." Richard Rodgers, who died when Guettel was 15, overheard an early composition, said he liked it and asked him to play it louder. Guettel has qualified the compliment, noting that "He was literally on his deathbed on the other side of the living-room wall." In his high school and collegiate years and into his early twenties, Guettel worked as a rock and jazz musician, singing and playing bass, before realizing "that writing for character and telling stories through music was something that I really loved to do, and that allowed me to express love."
    In 2014, Guettel married "sinewy chanteuse" Haley Bond in St. John, USVI.
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  • 2007
    Age 42
    Guettel received an honorary doctorate from Lehman College in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details In a 2003 profile in The New York Times, Guettel discussed, among other things, his history with addiction. Published during the Seattle tryout of The Light in the Piazza, he spoke with regret about an earlier time in his life when these struggles hindered his creative productivity. While Guettel is best known for his work in the theatre, he is lesser-known for his work in environmental conservation. His lifelong concern for the environment was sparked at age seven, when he read The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss. Today, his conservation efforts are primarily carried out on behalf of family dairy farms in New York State and Vermont, where he has a residence. His interest in Dr. Seuss carried into his professional life: at age 19, he composed and orchestrated a one-act opera based on The Butter Battle Book, which was never produced due to rights negotiations.
    In summer 2007, Guettel composed incidental music for a production of Anton Chekhov's play Uncle Vanya at the Intiman Playhouse in Seattle, Washington.
    More Details Hide Details In July 2009, the Signature Theatre of Arlington, Virginia commissioned Guettel to write a new musical for their 2011-2012 season, under the auspices of their American Musical Voices Project. Currently in the works, this will be a musical adaptation of the Danny Boyle film Millions. Other current projects include an opera based on the short stories of Washington Irving and a musical of The Invisible Man, which is rumoured to be directed by Daniel Kramer. He is also making a musical out of the 1962 film Days of Wine and Roses. Another major aspect of Guettel's career is his work as a teacher. Since 1995, he has taught masterclasses and seminars in musical theatre performance and songwriting, considering this to be an important complement to his work as a composer. He has led such classes at DePauw University, New York University, Pace University, Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University, Emerson College, Elon University, The Boston Conservatory, Southern Methodist University, Syracuse University, and many others.
    As of January 2007, Guettel had written the music for ten songs for the project.
    More Details Hide Details An orchestral suite from the score was performed at the Hollywood Bowl in November 2006, and Lincoln Center conducted a workshop of Bride in January 2007. The project was abandoned when Goldman reportedly demanded 75 percent of the author's share, even though Guettel was writing both the music and the lyrics.
  • 2005
    Age 40
    He spent much of the period from 2005 to 2007 working on a musical adaptation of The Princess Bride with original screenwriter William Goldman.
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    The show, which starred Victoria Clark and Kelli O'Hara, met with mixed critical notices, but on June 5, 2005, Adam Guettel won the Tony Award for Best Original Score and the Tony Award for Best Orchestrations.
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    After six years working on the project, Guettel's musical The Light in the Piazza opened on Broadway in 2005.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2004
    Age 39
    In 2004, Guettel contributed vocals to Jessica Molaskey's P.S. Classics album Make Believe, dueting with Molaskey on the song "Glad To Be Unhappy."
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  • 1999
    Age 34
    In 1999, he performed a concert evening of his own work at New York's Town Hall.
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  • 1996
    Age 31
    His early works include 1996's Floyd Collins, Love's Fire, and Saturn Returns (which was recorded as Myths and Hymns).
    More Details Hide Details Guettel's music was almost immediately characterized by its complexity and chromaticism. His major influences include Igor Stravinsky, Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Benjamin Britten, and Stevie Wonder. Stephen Sondheim has referred to Guettel's work as "dazzling." Guettel's songs have been recorded by such artists as Audra McDonald and Brian d'Arcy James. He also contributed original scores to several documentary films, including Arguing the World and Jack: The Last Kennedy Film.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1987
    Age 22
    He attended Phillips Exeter Academy, School Year Abroad (SYA France), Interlochen Center for the Arts and graduated from Yale University in 1987.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1964
    Born
    Guettel was born December 16, 1964 to film executive Henry Guettel and writer/composer Mary Rodgers, daughter of famed composer Richard Rodgers, and was raised on the Upper West Side of New York City.
    More Details Hide Details He performed as a boy soprano soloist in operas including Pelléas et Mélisande and The Magic Flute, both at the Metropolitan Opera and the New York City Opera, and in another production of Pelléas with the Santa Fe Opera. He was also slated to play Amahl in the film remake of Gian Carlo Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors". He later claimed that he ended his career as a boy soprano at age 13, by faking that his voice was changing; he turned to music composition soon afterward.
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