Kevin Stites Biography
Kevin Stites is currently serving as Principal Conductor at Radio City Music Hall for their new show HEART AND LIGHTS. Most recently he was Music Director/Conductor for TITANIC IN CONCERT, with members of the original Broadway cast, and a 250 voice choir with the New York City Chamber Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall. Last fall he served as Music Director/Pianist for Deborah Voigt's VOIGT LESSONS, presented by the Celebrity Series in Boston. He also conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in concert with Kristin Chenoweth, as well as conducting two PBS specials for IL VOLO, and Music Directing LES MISERABLES at the Muny in St. Louis.
Kevin has served as the Music Director and Conductor for the 25th Anniversary National Tour of LES MISERABLES as well as the Musical Director for THE PRODUCERS at the Hollywood Bowl, (directed by Susan Stroman) and Conductor for PERFECTLY FRANK: FROM HOLLYWOOD TO BROADWAY at the Grant Park Music Festival. He has worked as the Music Supervisor for the German Premiere of REBECCA in Stuttgart, as well as the Music Supervisor/Conductor for the World Premiere of Maury Yeston, Peter Stone and Thomas Meehan's DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY at Roundabout Theatre Company, and as Music Director/Pianist for Deborah Voigt's VOIGT LESSONS at The Glimmerglass Festival.
Other work includes - Broadway: SOUTH PACIFIC (LCT), TALE OF TWO CITIES, THE COLOR PURPLE (Music Supervision/Incidental Music), TITANIC (Original Musical Supervisor/Music Director), SUNSET BOULEVARD, PAMELA'S FIRST MUSICAL, CHILDREN AND ART, LES MISERABLES (2006 revival), THE THREEPENNY OPERA (Roundabout Revival), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Alfred Molina), NINE (Antonio Banderas), OKLAHOMA! (Nunn/Stroman), ON THE TOWN, NINE TO FIVE (Additional Musical Arrangements). National Tours: LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, THE COLOR PURPLE, MARTIN GUERRE, MISS SAIGON, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, LES MISERABLES, TITANIC. Regional: THE MASTER BUTCHERS SINGING CLUB (world premiere) by Marsha Norman (Composer/Music Arranger) at The Guthrie, TITANIC at the St. Louis Muny, and TAKE FLIGHT at The McCarter Theatre. Film/Television: "Rosie Live!," "Reefer Madness," "Letterman," "Rosie," several Tony Awards Telecasts, "Macy's Fourth of July Spectacular," "NBC's, NBC'S CHRISTMAS AT ROCKEFELLER CENTER, and others. Guest Conductor: Grant Park Symphony (Sondheim, Bernstein, and Gershwin tributes), Hollywood Bowl's GUYS AND DOLLS and LES MISERABLES.
Awards: Six Jefferson Awards for Music Direction: SWEENEY TODD, CHESS, PAL JOEY, SUNDAY IN THE PARK, BABY and WINDY CITY. Teaching: Guest Faculty, UNC School of the Arts (Music Director for 1776, INTO THE WOODS, SHE LOVES ME). Education: Bachelor and Master of Music, University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign, where he studied under the tutelage of John Wustman and Kenneth Drake, and was awarded the Creative and Performing Arts Fellowship.
Future projects include: The Broadway Revival of TITANIC, BEHIND THE PAINTING (Maltby/Shire) and DR. ZHIVAGO (Simon, Korie, Powers, Weller, directed by Des McAnuff).