Frank Wildhorn
American composer
Frank Wildhorn
Frank Wildhorn is an American composer known for both his musicals and popular songs. He is most known for his musical Jekyll & Hyde, which ran four years on Broadway, and for writing the #1 International Hit song "Where Do Broken Hearts Go?" for Whitney Houston.
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Corinna Sowers-Adler Delivers "Something Beautiful" Just When We Need It Most
Huffington Post - 3 months
On November 5th, two-time Tony nominee for Excellence in Theater Education, Corinna Sowers-Adler debuted her show "Something Beautiful" in the Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center. The show, which incorporated both well-known and lesser known songs spanning genres from country to pop to Broadway, was crafted to uplift and remind and encourage us all to bring and to be "something beautiful" in this world. And it succeeded. Sprinkled with humor, and accompanied by Broadway musical veteran Lawrence Yurman on piano, Christian Fabian on bass, and Colleen Clark on drums, Sowers-Adler delivered a musical journey that took the audience from laughter to tears and back again seamlessly and seemingly effortlessly. Also joining Sowers-Adler on stage during parts of the show, were award-winning Broadway star T. Oliver Reid, dancer Lisa Grimes, and many of Sowers-Adler's New Jersey theater and voice students, who clearly displayed exactly why she has been a Tony nominee for education. The ...
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Core Bites: June 14
Blue Ridge Now - over 3 years
Dashboard Blue at Music on Main Street The Music on Main Street concert series continues with Dashboard Blue from 7 to 9 p.m. June 21 at the Visitors Information Center, 201 S. Main St., Hendersonville. Dashboard Blue is based in Asheville. The group's repertoire includes songs such as "Brown Eyed Girl," "Stand by Me," "Drive My Car," "My Girl," "Rock Around the Clock" and "I Love Beach Music." Members of the band are Rex Cutshall, Thomas Mitchell, Frank Saine, George Schuler and Will Springer. The Hendersonville Antique Car Club will showcase vintage and antique cars. The 15th annual Music on Main Street concert series will be held every Friday evening through Aug. 16 at the Visitors Information Center. The seating area opens after 5:30 p.m.; early admission is prohibited. No animals, alcoholic beverages or coolers allowed. Admission is free. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be postponed until 8 p.m.; if the weather does not improve, the performance will be ...
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So Long, 'Jekyll & Hyde'
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
NEW YORK — The revival of "Jekyll & Hyde" won't last nearly as long as the original on Broadway. Producers said Friday the show starring former "American Idol" contestant Constantine Maroulis and singer Deborah Cox will play its final show May 12. It had initially been scheduled to run through June 30. When it closes, it will have played 15 previews and 30 regular performances at the Marquis Theatre following a 25-week national tour. "Jekyll & Hyde" made its Broadway debut in 1997 with songs such as "This Is the Moment," "A New Life" and "Someone Like You," earning four Tony nominations. It lasted 1,543 performances. With music by Frank Wildhorn, it tells the story of a London doctor who unleashes his evil alternate personality in his quest to cure his father's mental illness. Poorly reviewed, the revival didn't earn a single Tony nomination this week. It joins "The Testament of Mary," "Hands on a Hardbody," "The Anarchist," "Scandalous" and "The ...
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Michael Giltz: Theater: Nathan Lane Kills, Alan Cumming Bores, Deborah Cox Delights And More....
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
THE NANCE *** out of **** THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES ** 1/2 out of **** JEKYLL & HYDE * 1/2 out of **** THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE ** 1/2 out of **** MACBETH * out of **** THE NANCE *** out of **** LYCEUM THEATRE An excitingly ambitious new play by Douglas Carter Beane, The Nance is held back only by some poor casting and a modest lack of context. But it's essential theater for anyone who wants to see Nathan Lane -- one of the greats -- at the top of his game. He plays Chauncey, a gay actor in burlesque living a quiet life in New York City in 1937. Chauncey kills 'em playing a "nance," a stereotypical gay stock character, a nancy boy. He's outrageously queer ("Hi, simply hi!" is one of his catch phrases, always delivered with a limp wrist held high) on stage and firmly respectable off, a Republican who gets his sexual thrills on the down low. At the time, black people were playing maids and dumb servants on stage and film and it felt demeaning. What The Nance captures is ho ...
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Frank Wildhorn's 'Jekyll & Hyde,' at the Marquis Theater - New York Times
Google News - almost 4 years
New York Times Frank Wildhorn's 'Jekyll & Hyde,' at the Marquis Theater New York Times Frank Wildhorn musicals: the crab grass of Broadway. Although they have been liberally sprayed with herbicidal reviews ever since the first, “Jekyll & Hyde,” opened in 1997, they have continued to sprout every few years: “The Civil War” and “Dracula,” ... Jekyll & Hyde: Theater ReviewHollywood Reporter 'Jekyll & Hyde' brings '90s bombast back to Broadway - USA TodayUSA TODAY Review: 'Jekyll & Hyde' overwrought, in a good New York Daily News -Newsday -New York Post all 19 news articles »
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Composer Frank Wildhorn Bridges Pop And Broadway
NPR - almost 4 years
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Deborah Cox Talks New Role
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
NEW YORK — Every performer has a special routine before hitting the stage. For the last few months, you may have found Deborah Cox singing into a computer. The actress and singer was on a 25-week national tour with "Jekyll & Hyde," which meant being apart from her husband and three young children back in Florida. So before the curtain went up in places like Philadelphia or Dallas, Cox would sing lullabies to her oldest, 9-year-old Isaiah, who would take a computer to bed to hear mommy. "That was the hardest thing when I made the decision to go out on the road: It would mean not being with them the way I want to," she says, tearing up. "It was a tough time. Tough time. Tough time. Oh, I'm getting emotional." Those pre-curtain check-ins are still necessary, but the grueling road trip is thankfully over. A battle-tested "Jekyll & Hyde" has rolled into Broadway and opens this month at the Marquis Theatre. "It's the end of the road and the beginning of ...
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Charles Karel Bouley: Eder: One of the Few Voices Working Takes West Coast in Song
Huffington Post - about 4 years
CKB II: Wanna go see Linda Eder tonight? Jon Patton: Hmm... wait, who is that again? That was the scene on my iPhone 5 on Thursday, February 14th, Valentine's Day. I was going to see a singer I adore, and over the years been lucky enough to become acquainted with professionally (bias noted, but I can't but wonder if Van Gogh's friends also adored his work), Linda Eder. She was performing at The Grove of Anaheim on the 14th, went on to Yoshi's in Oakland and then finished Feb. 17th at the McAllum Theatre in Palm Desert. I caught up with her prior to leaving the East Coast for my radio show and then again at The Grove. You see, she's not a household name like Aguilera, Celine or Streisand. She has all of the notes, power and perfect pitch of any of them, and those who seek out and find incredible vocalists have known of her for years. But my texting friend wasn't alone in having to ask to be reminded. It's ironic, her Christmas Album, Christmas Stays the Same brings he ...
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Charles Karel Bouley: A New Life for Jekyll & Hyde With Maroulis and Cox (PHOTOS)
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Okay, I didn't want to like the recent Broadway-bound production of Jekyll & Hyde as much as I did at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles (Feb. 12-March 3). But the fact is, I loved it. The reason? For the same reason I've never seen a production of Funny Girl. That role, the role of Fanny Brice, on Broadway, made a star out of Barbra Streisand. Jeckyll & Hyde brought the world a vocalist equally as talented (yes, I said it), in the personification of the Lucy character: powerhouse Linda Eder. I will never forget sitting 17 years ago at the Orange County Center for the Performing Arts watching another Broadway bound production, the original, and writing in the Orange County Blade, "this is what audiences must have felt when they discovered Streisand in Funny Girl. By the end of the production the audience was putty in Eder's hands, knowing we had discovered a woman destined to become a lasting icon." So when a play gives that kind of experience, it's hard to re-i ...
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The Next 'Les Mis'?
Popeater - about 4 years
Has the success of "Les Miserables" made film audiences that much more likely to spend money on big-screen musicals? That's the hope of Phoenix Pictures CEO Mike Medavoy, who -- along with a group of producers -- is readying an adaptation of the popular musical "Jekyll and Hyde." Based on the novella by Robert Louis Stevenson, "Jekyll and Hyde" debuted on Broadway in 1997 and has been translated to over 28 languages. As TheWrap notes, he popular musical will return to the stage in April for a limited run starring Constanine Maroulis ("Rock of Ages"); the producers hope the film version is ready by 2015. “The film musical is a very strange animal,” Leslie Bricusse, who wrote the book and lyrics for the musical, told The New York Times last week. “They can bite you in the back, or they can do very well for you.” "Les Miserables" fits into that latter category. The film has earned over $282 million worldwide since its debut on Christmas Day; "Les Mis" was also nominated ...
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Michael Giltz: NYMF 2012 Roundup #5: The Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping and the Lure of Eternal Youth
Huffington Post - over 4 years
This is the fifth in a series of roundups covering shows appearing in the New York Musical Theatre Festival, or NYMF. Every year I attend as many shows as I can and invariably see one or two that will rank among the best of the year, as well as discovering some new talented performers and behind the scenes artists I'll want to keep an eye on in future productions. Go to the NYMF website for more info on inexpensive tickets. BABY CASE ** 1/2 out of **** FOREVERMAN * 1/2 out of **** BABY CASE ** 1/2 out of **** SIGNATURE THEATRE This is perhaps the most ambitious and potentially most exciting show I've seen at NYMF this year. It's clearly in the vein of Kander and Ebb, a cynical, smart, unexpected tale that bites off quite a bit -- media frenzy, prejudice, celebrity and much more. It will be fascinating to see if this show develops further. Creator Michael Ogborn has been working on it for a decade and the passion and care shows. It centers on the kidnapping of the ...
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Fourth of July events
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
Fourth of July events Alameda County Fair Horse racing, livestock exhibits, food, music, carnival rides. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Wed.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sun. Berkeley Marina Fourth of JulyA family-friendly festival with kids activities, live entertainment, food and fireworks. Fireworks Spectacular with the S.F. Symphony Works by John Williams, Elgar, Frank Wildhorn, Bill Conti, Bach, Randy Newman, Richard Adler and more. 8 p.m. $24-$35. Marin County FairPerformances by the Temptations and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, exhibits, food, and fireworks at sundown. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun. through Wed. $14-$16; children younger than 4 free. Santa Rosa Red White and BoomLive music local food vendors, kids activities from 4-9 p.m. Fireworks 9:30 p.m. $3-$7.
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Tony Nominations Spread Out But 'Once' leads
Third Age - almost 5 years
There was something for virtually everyone to smile about on Broadway on Tuesday after 30 of 37 shows this season got at least one Tony Award nomination. The folks at "Once" had the most reason to celebrate tonight at their working bar on stage. The musical based on the low-budget 2006 film about an unlikely romance between a Czech flower seller and an Irish street musician in Dublin earned a leading 11 nominations, including nods for best musical, for both its lead actors, its book, lighting, sound, choreography and its set, which offers the audience real drinks before the show in a replica pub. "`Once' constantly surprises me. I think it's the power of the music and the storytelling that people connect with," said John Tiffany, who was nominated for best director of a musical. Two other big winners were Disney and the Gershwin estate: Two musicals using George and Ira Gershwin songs - "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" and "Nice Work If You Can Get It" - each got 10 nominations ...
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'Once' leads 2012 Tony Award nominations
KXLY - almost 5 years
The nominations are in for the 66th annual Tony Awards, and the musical "Once" leads the pack with 11 nominations, including best direction, best lead actress, best lead actor and best musical. In that category, "Once" is going up against "Nice Work if You Can Get It," "Newsies" and "Leap of Faith." The revival of "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" is right behind "Once" with 10 nods, including a best lead actress in a musical nomination for "Private Practice" actress Audra McDonald. For plays, "Peter and the Starcatcher" leads with nine nods, and is up for best play against "Clybourne Park," "Other Desert Cities" and "Venus in Fur." Both Philip Seymour Hoffman and Andrew Garfield are nominated for their performances in the revival of "Death of a Salesman" (best lead actor and best featured actor, respectively), and "Death of a Salesman" is also up for the best revival of a play Tony. Cynthia Nixon's "Wit" is competing with "Death of a Salesman" in that category, and the fo ...
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Musical 'Once' Leads 2012 Tony Award Nominations
WNYC - Culture - almost 5 years
On Tuesday, Tony- and Emmy-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth and Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actor Jim Parsons announced the nominees for the 66th annual Tony Awards. The musical "Once" got the most nominations -- 11. Both musicals "The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess" and "Nice Work If You Can Get It" got 10 nominations, followed by the play "Peter and the Starcatcher," which landed nine. Here's a list of the nominees: Best Play "Clybourne Park" "Other Desert Cities" "Peter and the Starcatcher" "Venus in Fur" Best Musical "Leap of Faith" "Newsies" "Nice Work If You Can Get It" "Once" Best Revival of a Play "Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman" "Gore Vidal's The Best Man" "Master Class" "Wit" Best Revival of a Musical  "Evita" "Follies" "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" "Jesus Christ Superstar" Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play James Corden - "One Man, Two Guvnors" Philip Seymour Hoff ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Frank Wildhorn
  • 2015
    Age 55
    In 2015, Wildhorn created a musical based off the popular manga series Death Note.
    More Details Hide Details Upcoming projects include Havana, and a song cycle titled Huberman: A Song for My Father, based on the life of Bronislaw Huberman.
  • 2014
    Age 54
    In 2014, he announced his engagement to Yoka Wao, a former Takarazuka male-role top star who played the lead role in Never Say Goodbye and the Japanese production of Dracula. They were married on July 26, 2015 in Maui, Hawaii.
    More Details Hide Details Wildhorn produced (& composed) a majority of Linda Eder's solo albums, and is widely recognized for his ability to release a score before the show opens and selling very well. Below are the Major-concept and cast recordings he has made over his career that have been released, or were planned to at some point in the United States. Additionally, Wildhorn's musicals The Civil War and The Scarlet Pimpernel were nominated for Best Musical at the Tony Awards, and The Civil War and Bonnie & Clyde earned Drama Desk nominations for Outstanding Broadway Musical. Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Civil War, and Bonnie & Clyde also received nominations for Outstanding Musical by the Outer Critics Circle.
  • 2009
    Age 49
    Another musical, with music by Wildhorn and lyrics by Don Black, Bonnie and Clyde, received an industry reading in February 2009 and premiered at the La Jolla Playhouse in California in November 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Also in November 2009, another new musical, Wonderland: Alice's New Musical Adventure premiered at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Art in Tampa, Florida, with another production following at the Alley Theatre, Houston, Texas, in January 2010. In the popular music arena, Wildhorn has worked with such artists as Stacy Lattisaw, Natalie Cole, Kenny Rogers, Trisha Yearwood, Tracy Lawrence, Trace Adkins, Patti LaBelle, Dennis DeYoung and Linda Eder, to whom he was married. His "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" was an international number one hit for Whitney Houston in 1988. Wildhorn is Creative Director of Atlantic Theatre, an Atlantic Records division that develops new American musicals. In 2005, he co-founded GlobalVision Records with long-time collaborator Jeremy Roberts. GlobalVision releases include a new concept recording of Dracula, the Musical and a new studio recording of Jekyll & Hyde: Resurrection
  • 2008
    Age 48
    The musical Count of Monte Cristo, with a score by Wildhorn and book and lyrics by Jack Murphy, received a workshop reading in November 2008, and opened at the Theatre of St. Gallen, Switzerland in March 2009.
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    The musical Carmen, with music by Wildhorn and lyrics by Jack Murphy, premiered in Prague in October 2008.
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  • 2004
    Age 44
    He and Eder divorced in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details Wildhorn was engaged to Brandi Burkhardt, best known for playing the role of Crickett on Hart of Dixie. They separated in late 2008.
    In 2004, he collaborated with Don Black and Christopher Hampton on a musical based on Dracula.
    More Details Hide Details Wildhorn has become a prominent composer globally, with many productions in Europe and Asia having long runs. Jekyll & Hyde is one of the longest running musicals of all time in South Korea.
  • 1999
    Age 39
    In 1999, Wildhorn became the first American composer in 22 years to have three shows running simultaneously on Broadway: Jekyll & Hyde at the Plymouth Theatre, The Scarlet Pimpernel at the Minskoff Theatre, and The Civil War at the St. James Theatre; however, all three shows closed without making a profit, for a total loss approaching $20 million.
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  • 1998
    Age 38
    Wildhorn married Linda Eder on May 3, 1998.
    More Details Hide Details They have a son, and he has another son from an earlier marriage.
  • 1959
    Born on November 29, 1959.
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