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David Abbinanti is a Producer for Stageworks Productions with partner, Sean Cercone, as well as VP of Music & Creative at Broadway Licensing. In addition, he is a national award-winning composer, songwriter and orchestrator.

Credits include SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER THE MUSICAL (Orchestrations, Arrangements and Additional Music & Lyrics), BEAT BUGS: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE” (Book, Arrangements & Orchestrations)—both written with Cercone, DISENCHANTED (Orchestrations and Arrangements), THE PERFECT DOG (Music and Lyrics), GHOST THE MUSICAL; (Orchestrations), GHOST THE MUSICAL CHAMBER VERSION (Orchestrations and Arrangements), BEEHIVE (Orchestrations and Arrangements), RING OF FIRE 5-THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH; (Additional Arrangements) and Molly Shannon’s TILLY THE TRICKSTER (Orchestrations); Tour, Stock & Amateur editions.

Before joining Broadway Licensing, David was a Vice President at Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW), where he oversaw all curation of scores, scripts, recordings, arrangements and orchestrations for TRW’s catalog of shows. Ranging from children’s musicals to major Broadway blockbusters, shows included were JERSEY BOYS, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, GREASE, MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT, BIG FISH, ALL SHOOK UP and many more.

He was the first recipient of the Songwriters Guild of America’s National Award for Best Pop Song for “Back to Las Vegas”–part of his debut CD-Local Train to Babylon. David has worked as a music engraver and editor for many of the major publishers in New York City including G. Schirmer, Peer Music and Boosey & Hawkes.

Passionate about music education, he is a proud member of the adjunct faculty at Nassau Community College, where he teaches Music Theory, Piano, Guitar and the History of Rock and Roll. Member of The Dramatists Guild of America, ASCAP and the American Federation of Musicians (Local 802).

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New Authorized Musical ELVIS: A MUSICAL REVOLUTION Premieres in Australia This Year

David Venn Enterprises (Cruel Intentions: The ‘90s Musical, The Wedding Singer, Bring It On: The Musical) presents the professional premiere of Elvis: A Musical Revolution set to premiere in Sydney from 5 August, followed by Melbourne from 6 October.

Interview: William Draper of ELVIS: A MUSICAL REVOLUTION at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre

Join the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre cast and crew for this exciting new show featuring numerous songs that will take you down memory lane and get your feet tapping. Tickets for Elvis: A Musical Revolution can be found at www.dutchapple.com.

RING OF FIRE Comes to New Stage Theatre Next Month

Ring of Fire comes to New Stage Theatre in May. Performances run May 30, 31, June 1-3, 2023 at 7:30 p.m., and June 4 and 11, 2023 at 2 p.m.

RING OF FIRE Comes to New Stage Theatre in May

Ring of Fire comes to New Stage Theatre in May.  Performances run May 30, 31, June 1-3, 2023 @ 7:30 p.m., and June 4 and 11, 2023 @ 2 p.m.

RING OF FIRE Comes to Florida Repertory Theatre in March

Florida Repertory Theatre’s 25th anniversary season continues with “Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash,” created by Richard Maltby, Jr., conceived by William Meade.

ELVIS: A MUSICAL REVOLUTION Set To Tour Australia in 2023

The producers behind Cruel Intentions: The '90s Musical, The Wedding Singer, and Bring It On: The Musical have announced the professional premiere of Elvis: A Musical Revolution set to tour Australia in 2023.

Drury Lane Theatre Announces 2023-2024 Season Featuring GREASE, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF & More

Drury Lane Theatre has announced its 2023/2024 season, which opens with Grease, followed by the riotous whodunit The 39 Steps. The season continues with Ring of Fire, featuring the music of Johnny Cash, the magical family-favorite Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and the celebrated classic Fiddler on the Roof.

Photos: First Look at SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER at Laguna Playhouse

Laguna Playhouse presents the hottest musical of the Summer, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, based on the Paramount/RSO Picture and the story by Nik Cohn, adapted for the stage by Robert Stigwood in collaboration with Bill Oaks, musical arrangements and orchestrations by David Abbinanti, featuring songs by The Bee Gees, musical direction by Ricky Pope and directed & choreographed by Karen Babcock Brassea. 

Laguna Playhouse to Present SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER

“You Should Be Dancing” at LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE as it presents the hottest musical of the Summer, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, based on the Paramount/RSO Picture and the story by Nik Cohn, adapted for the stage by Robert Stigwood in collaboration with Bill Oaks, featuring songs by The Bee Gees.

North Carolina Theatre Announces Full Cast for RING OF FIRE

North Carolina Theatre has announced the full cast for Ring of Fire with music and lyrics by Johnny Cash directed by Randy Redd, who was a part of the Original Broadway cast of Ring of Fire.  Performances will run from April 29 – May 8 at A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh.

Broadway Licensing Acquires Rights for SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER

Saturday Night Fever has been acquired for North and South American licensing by Broadway Licensing.

KeyboardTEK Programming Now Available with Broadway Licensing Shows

In a new partnership, Broadway Licensing and KeyboardTEK have made industry-standard keyboard programming available for popular Broadway Licensing musicals like Head Over Heels, Escape to Margaritaville, Clue, Summer, and many more

Theatre In The Heights Presents CLUE: ON STAGE

Theatre In The Heights presents Clue: On Stage, adapted by David Abbinanti, and adapted for the stage by Jonathan Lynn, Hunter Foster, Eric Price, Sandy Rustin Directed by Blake Flores.

Cape Fear Regional Theatre Presents CLUE: ON STAGE in Spring 2021

It’s a dark and stormy night, and the host of a dinner party has turned up dead in his own mansion. Inspired by the board game and film, join Miss Scarlett, Colonel Mustard, Professor Plum, and other colorful guests for this hilarious murder mystery. As the guests race to find the killer, audiences will be in stitches to try and figure out WHO did it, WHERE, and with WHAT!

Florida Rep's CLUE: The Stay-at-Home Version Is On Sale Now

Florida Repertory Theatre presents a virtual reading production of 'Clue' to benefit the theatre while COVID-related restrictions prevent indoor in-person gatherings.

Laguna Playhouse Presents Youth Theatre Production Of Musical THE PERFECT DOG

Laguna Playhouse will present THE PERFECT DOG, THE MUSICAL with music and lyrics by David Abbinanti, book by Jill Abbinanti, and inspired by the book a?oeThe Perfect Doga?? by John O'Hurley. Sam, a twelve-year old perfectionist, is searching for a flawless dog to enter in the town's dog contest. Unable to find a canine that measures up, Sam must resort to training the family dog, Max, who is less than eager to obey commands. THE PERFECT DOG, THE MUSICAL will perform beginning Friday, January 17 through 19, 2020 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Drive in Laguna Beach.

Stageworks Names Sara Skolnick Vice President of Production

Theatrical developer Stageworks Productions names Sara Skolnick as Vice President of Production.

BWW Review: Songs of The Beatles Make BEAT BUGS a Family Must-See at Coterie Theatre

From strawberry fields to Bug Stock BEAT BUGS to quote Crick is, "A truly magical place." BEAT BUGS a musical inspired by songs from the Beatles is now playing at The Coterie Theatre in Kansas City. BEAT BUGS directed by Producing Artistic Director Jeff Church with musical direction by Anthony T. Edwards is based on the Netflix original series, "Beat Bugs". The musical was created by Josh Wakely and written by Sean Cercone and David Abbinanti.

BWW Review: BEAT BUGS at Pantochino Productions

Beatles Music is performed in a well written and performed show called Beat Bugs, suitable for the entire family, and a must see for Beatles fans, especially those who are astute at noticing lyrical references.

Photo Flash: First Look at Pantochino's BEAT BUGS: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE

Award-winning Pantochino Productions Inc., a not-for-profit professional theatre company for family audiences, presents the world premiere of 'Beat Bugs: A Musical Adventure' for a three-week run at the MAC, Milford Arts Council in Downtown Milford now through October 28th.

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