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Benjamin Velez

 
Bio:
Benjamin Velez is a composer/lyricist and Columbia graduate (114th Varsity Show), born and raised in Miami, FL. Proud member of the Advanced BMI workshop (2012 Harrington Award) and a Sundance Artist at Ucross. His work has been at MTF, Ars Nova, NAMT, NEO, the Civilians, 4@15, and Joe's Pub. His ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Benjamin Velez is a composer/lyricist and Columbia graduate (114th Varsity Show), born and raised in Miami, FL. Proud member of the Advanced BMI workshop (2012 Harrington Award) and a Sundance Artist at Ucross. His work has been at MTF, Ars Nova, NAMT, NEO, the Civilians, 4@15, and Joe's Pub. His ... (read complete bio)

 

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Composer & Lyricist

Benjamin Velez Biography

Benjamin Velez is a composer/lyricist and Columbia graduate (114th Varsity Show), born and raised in Miami, FL. Proud member of the Advanced BMI workshop (2012 Harrington Award) and a Sundance Artist at Ucross. His work has been at MTF, Ars Nova, NAMT, NEO, the Civilians, 4@15, and Joe's Pub. His musical AFTERLAND, written with Katie Hathaway, was developed at the Yale Institute for Music Theater and the York Theater, directed by Mark Brokaw. He developed BOOMERANGS (also with Hathaway) at Dixon Place (2017) and Manhattan School of Music (2021), directed by Jaki Bradley. His musical BORDERLINE, written with Aryanna Garber, won the 2018 Weston Playhouse New Musical Award, and opened the 2019 O’Neill Musical Theater Conference. It will have its world premiere at Delaware Theater Company in April 2023, directed by Sarna Lapine.

He was a 2018-2019 Dramatist Guild Foundation Fellow, the 2019 Fred Ebb Award Winner, a 2020 Thom Thomas Award winner, and a 2020 Jonathan Larson Grant recipient. His musical KISS MY AZTEC, written with John Leguizamo, Tony Taccone, and David Kamp, was developed at the Public Theater (2018), before premiering at Berkeley Rep (2019), followed by a run at the La Jolla Playhouse (2019). It will be presented at Hartford Stage in June of 2022. Other upcoming projects include a Public Theater commission, a commission by La Jolla Playhouse for an original musical he’s writing with Harrison David Rivers, and co-writing the score on a Broadway-bound adaptation, directed by Sergio Trujillo.

Instagram: @benjaminvelezmusic




Benjamin Velez News

VIDEO: John Leguizamo Reveals KISS MY AZTEC! Musical Will Come to Broadway in 2023 on Photo VIDEO: John Leguizamo Reveals KISS MY AZTEC! Musical Will Come to Broadway in 2023 on LATE NIGHT
by Michael Major - Nov 17, 2022

John Leguizamo appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers last night to promote his new movie, The Menu. During the interview, Leguizamo revealed that his new musical, Kiss my Aztec, will open on Broadway in 2023. Leguizamo also discussed playing Bruno in Encanto and 'second acting' Broadway shows. Watch the new interview video now!

Beth Malone, Joél Perez, Krystina Alabado & More to Join Rhinebeck Writers Retreat F Photo Beth Malone, Joél Perez, Krystina Alabado & More to Join Rhinebeck Writers Retreat Fundraiser at Sardi's
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 14, 2022

Tony nominee Beth Malone and Joél Perez, from the original cast of FUN HOME, are hosting Rhinebeck Writers Retreat’s annual fundraiser “Summer Songs at Sardi’s” on December 1 at 6:30pm.  Guests will be treated to cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, and a concert in Times Square’s iconic Sardi’s restaurant. 

Julia Riew to Receive 18th Annual Fred Ebb Award Photo Julia Riew to Receive 18th Annual Fred Ebb Award
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 7, 2022

The Fred Ebb Foundation in association with the Roundabout Theatre Company will present the eighteenth annual Fred Ebb Award for aspiring musical theatre songwriters to Julia Riew.

Sierra Boggess, Jeffrey L. Page, Clint Ramos & More Nominated for 6th Berkie Awards - Photo Sierra Boggess, Jeffrey L. Page, Clint Ramos & More Nominated for 6th Berkie Awards - See the Full List of Nominees Here!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 17, 2022

The Berkshire Theatre Critics Association has announced the nominees for the 6th Berkshire Theatre Awards, known colloquially as The Berkies. This year’s awards recognize shows that opened in the greater Berkshire region between October 1, 2021 and September 30, 2022.

Berkeley Repertory Theatre's The Ground Floor to Celebrate 10th Anniversary With Upco Photo Berkeley Repertory Theatre's The Ground Floor to Celebrate 10th Anniversary With Upcoming Residency Lab
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 4, 2022

Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s Artistic Director Johanna Pfaelzer and Director of the Ground Floor Madeleine Oldham announced the Residency Lab participants and the return to full capacity of the Residency Lab portion of The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work.

Wake Up With BWW 6/21: Emma Pittman Extends in CHICAGO, Cynthia Erivo Visits WICKED,  Photo Wake Up With BWW 6/21: Emma Pittman Extends in CHICAGO, Cynthia Erivo Visits WICKED, and More!
by - Jun 21, 2022

Today's top stories include Emma Pittman extending her run in Chicago on Broadway, Cynthia Erivo stops by Wicked, and more! Plus, Between the Lines cancels off-Broadway performances due to COVID-19, and more.

VIDEO: Get A First Look At Krystina Alabado, KC Dela Cruz, Angelica Maria Beliard & M Photo VIDEO: Get A First Look At Krystina Alabado, KC Dela Cruz, Angelica Maria Beliard & More In Pre-Broadway KISS MY AZTEC! at Hartford Stage
by Stage Tube - Jun 20, 2022

BroadwayWorld has a first look at the East Coast Premiere of the hilarious Kiss My Aztec! An upbeat musical comedy, Kiss My Aztec! features a book by comedy legend John Leguizamo and acclaimed director Tony Taccone; music by Benjamin Velez; lyrics by David Kamp, Leguizamo and Velez; and choreography by Mayte Natalio.

BWW Review: KISS MY AZTEC!  at Hartford Stage Photo BWW Review: KISS MY AZTEC! at Hartford Stage
by Ariana Straznicky-Packer - Jun 14, 2022

Kiss My Aztec! Is a hilarious musical based on Latin American history “…. Very loosely!” This upbeat show is a real party with entirely original music, bold and bright-colored sets and costuming, as well as an exceptionally multitalented cast that keeps the energy up from start to finish.

BWW Interview: John Leguizamo of KISS MY AZTEC! at Hartford Stage Photo BWW Interview: John Leguizamo of KISS MY AZTEC! at Hartford Stage
by Ariana Straznicky-Packer - May 29, 2022

Read an interview with John Leguizamo in which he takes about Kiss My Aztec! an irreverent new musical loosely based on Latin American history. Travel back to the 1500's as a group of Aztecs lead the resistance against Spanish invaders. With a fierce female warrior at the helm and a not-so-fierce clown in tow, they mount a scrappy attack - and get entangled with royalty, colonizers, pop stars, and puppets

LISTEN: Broadway's Backbone with Stacey Tookey Photo LISTEN: Broadway's Backbone with Stacey Tookey
by Broadway's Backbone - May 23, 2022

Stacey Tookey’s dream was to be in a ballet company. After achieving that dream, Stacey realized that she wasn’t  fulfilled and that dreams can change. After five years dancing with Celine at Ceasars Palace and due to an incredible support system, her choreography career started as an 'accidental happening.'

Benjamin Velez Videos

VIDEO: John Leguizamo Reveals KISS MY AZTEC! Musical Will Come to Broadway in 2023 on Videoplay
VIDEO: John Leguizamo Reveals KISS MY AZTEC! Musical Will Come to Broadway in 2023 on LATE NIGHT

by Michael Major - Nov 17, 2022

John Leguizamo appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers last night to promote his new movie, The Menu. During the interview, Leguizamo revealed that his new musical, Kiss my Aztec, will open on Broadway in 2023. Leguizamo also discussed playing Bruno in Encanto and 'second acting' Broadway shows. Watch the new interview video now!

VIDEO: Get A First Look At Krystina Alabado, KC Dela Cruz, Angelica Maria Beliard & M Videoplay
VIDEO: Get A First Look At Krystina Alabado, KC Dela Cruz, Angelica Maria Beliard & More In Pre-Broadway KISS MY AZTEC! at Hartford Stage

by Stage Tube - Jun 20, 2022

BroadwayWorld has a first look at the East Coast Premiere of the hilarious Kiss My Aztec! An upbeat musical comedy, Kiss My Aztec! features a book by comedy legend John Leguizamo and acclaimed director Tony Taccone; music by Benjamin Velez; lyrics by David Kamp, Leguizamo and Velez; and choreography by Mayte Natalio.

VIDEO: Benjamin Velez Accepts the 2020 Jonathan Larson Grant With Virtual Speech Videoplay
VIDEO: Benjamin Velez Accepts the 2020 Jonathan Larson Grant With Virtual Speech

by Stage Tube - May 14, 2020

In lieu of a ceremony, 2020 Jonathan Larson Grant recipient Benjamin Velez shares what this grant means to him in a virtual acceptance speech.

Living Room Concerts: THE CHER SHOW's Micaela Diamond and CURSED CHILD's Nathan Salst Videoplay
Living Room Concerts: THE CHER SHOW's Micaela Diamond and CURSED CHILD's Nathan Salstone Sing from a New Musical, BORDERLINE

by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 2, 2020

For today's performance we've got THE CHER SHOW's Micaela Diamond and CURSED CHILD's Nathan Salstone!

Video: First Look at KISS MY AZTEC! at La Jolla Playhouse Videoplay
Video: First Look at KISS MY AZTEC! at La Jolla Playhouse

by Paul Smith - Sep 19, 2019

The world premiere of Kiss My Aztec! is currently running at La Jolla Playhouse through October 13th following a previous run at Berkeley Rep. Get a first look at clips below!

VIDEO: Get A First Look At John Leguizamo's Musical KISS MY AZTEC at Berkeley Rep Videoplay
VIDEO: Get A First Look At John Leguizamo's Musical KISS MY AZTEC at Berkeley Rep

by Alan Henry - Jun 14, 2019

BroadwayWorld has a first look at Berkeley Repertory Theatre's Kiss My Aztec! Check out the video! John Leguizamo teams up with Artistic Director Tony Taccone for this musical comedy, following their collaboration on the hit one-man show Latin History for Morons, which received its world premiere at Berkeley Rep before heading to Broadway. Leguizamo will serve as co-writer and co-lyricist only for Kiss My Aztec! - 11 other talented actors will perform in this production. Taccone will also direct.

BWW TV Exclusive: CUTTING-EDGE COMPOSERS CORNER- Van Hughes Sings Hathaway & Velez's 'Before the End'
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 20, 2014

This week we are excited to share the song 'Before the End' from the new musical Afterland written by Benjamin Velez and Kathryn Hathaway. The talented Van Hughes, with backup vocals from PJ Adzima and Gerianne Perez, performed the song at our concert at 54 Below.

BWW TV Exclusive: CUTTING-EDGE COMPOSERS CORNER- Nic Rouleau Sings Benjamin Velez's 'Neverland'
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 31, 2013

This week's featured composer is Benjamin Velez. Benjamin Velez is a composer/lyricist and recent Columbia University graduate where he studied film and wrote the 114th Annual Varsity Show. He is a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater workshop where he was named the Jerry Harrington award winner for the 2nd year workshop. His work has been featured as part of AWOL's 8 Minute Musicals at NYMF, The Platform concert series, and in last year's NEO concert. He is currently workshopping his original musical Afterland with collaborator Kathryn Hathaway, and recently premiered the title song at Joe's Pub as part of the latest CEC concert. While originally from Miami, he is now happy to call New York home sweet home.


Benjamin Velez Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Benjamin Velez written?
Benjamin Velez has written 1 shows including Kiss My Aztec! (Composer & Lyricist).