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Bobby Cronin Biography

Bobby Cronin is a fast-rising, hard-working award-winning composer/writer who “...thinks big. In all ways. Writing in a contemporary musical theatre vein, the songs are passionate and powerful in a take-no-prisoners way that will knock your socks off.” -- Rob Lester, Cabaret Exchange.

Bobby's current project is a contemporary, pop/rock driven new musical called WELCOME TO MY LIFE (W2ML). The original musical with music and lyrics by Cronin and book by Cronin and Alicia Dempster, was produced and well reviewed in June 2009 by Chicago’s The Music Theatre: “In the workshop showing of Bobby Cronin’s new rock musical, the creators centered on legitimate teenage crises, with a strong script and worthwhile plot, which, along with some brilliant music and lyrics (by the ingenious Cronin), resulted in a first draft of a promising future product. He even gives us some songs, which can qualify as traditional American musical theatre style, though still within the rock genre.” An industry reading was presented in April 2011 by DRIVING MISS DAISY producer Judy Messmer Kent, and plans are in discussions for future NYC and UK productions.

Bobby has had many sold-out concerts throughout NYC including headlining the Songbook Series at Lincoln Center, featuring top-notch Broadway talent. He made his Los Angeles debut in May 2010 with a jam-packed concert at Show At Barre featuring a mix of Broadway, pop, and rock performers. He made his West End debut with a concert featuring twenty West End performers at The New Players Theatre produced by SimG Productions.

Many of Bobby’s sought-after songs have been used by theatre companies, universities, and solo artists throughout NYC, Chicago, and Seattle stretching as far as Japan and Australia. His debut CD “Reach The Sky: Live at The Beechman” featuring a slew of Broadway performers, is available on iTunes and Amazon.

Bobby’s music made its BC/EFA debut in December 2007 along with songs by Andrew Lippa and Larry O’Keefe, featuring Tony and Emmy Nominee Lea Michele. Bobby was selected to write a song specifically for Eden Espinosa (WICKED, BROOKLYN) for the 2008 Broadway in South Africa benefit at Symphony Space featuring new songs by Jeff Blumenkrantz, Michael John LaChiusa and more. He also had songs in concerts and/or headlined at Lincoln Center, Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre, Birdland, The D-Lounge, The Metropolitan Room, and The Laurie Beechman Theatre.

Bobby is hard at work on new projects including a four person musical called DAYBREAK (add'l lyrics by Brett Teresa) which had a reading in NYC in January 2011 by STEP Theatre Company and April 2011 by ReVision Theatre in NJ, and was presented as a benefit for the NYC LGBT Center. DAYBREAK will open in the UK in March 2012; and ‘TIL DEATH DO US PART (book by Allen Mogol, Music/Lyrics by Bobby Cronin), a large musical about the mystifying murder of a southern preacher by his mousy wife. He wrote four songs for TEN REASONS I WON’T GO HOME WITH YOU, which was awarded "Outstanding Music & Lyrics" and nominated for "Outstanding Musical" for the 2010 Midtown International Theatre Festival. He also composed music for the mockumentary webseries THANK YOU, NEXT for which he was awarded "Outstanding Original Score" for a webseries.

Bobby is the conceiver and co-writer of THAT'S ANDY, a new musical about a boy who dreams of playing ANNIE. He’s directed two NYC readings starring Tony Winner Beth Leavel, Burke Moses, Laura Bell Bundy, and Lauren Kennedy. Also, Bobby’s well-reviewed contemporary musical adaptation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL written with Angelyn Benson, has been seen at five regional theatres as well as a New England tour.

Bobby Cronin is a graduate of Yale University where he was awarded the prestigious Michael P. Manzella Award for Excellence in Arts, Scholastics and Character. He is a member of ASCAP (having been awarded the ASCAP PLUS award three times), The Dramatists Guild, in addition to SDC (which he has been a member of for ten years, having directed around the country and in NYC) and is on faculty at CAP21. He is represented by The Penny Leudtke Agency in the US and James Beresford at Shepherd Management in the UK, james@shepherdmanagement.uk.co

 
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