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David Austin

 
Bio:
David Austin, composer, lyricist, playwright, and orchestrator, is the recipient of The Stephen Sondheim Artist Citation. Mr. Austin's songs have been performed and recorded by Tony winners Kelli O’Hara, and Sutton Foster, Primetime Emmy winner Megan Mullally, Saturday Night Live alumni, Ana ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
David Austin, composer, lyricist, playwright, and orchestrator, is the recipient of The Stephen Sondheim Artist Citation. Mr. Austin's songs have been performed and recorded by Tony winners Kelli O’Hara, and Sutton Foster, Primetime Emmy winner Megan Mullally, Saturday Night Live alumni, Ana ... (read complete bio)

 

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David Austin Biography

David Austin, composer, lyricist, playwright, and orchestrator, is the recipient of The Stephen Sondheim Artist Citation. Mr. Austin's songs have been performed and recorded by Tony winners Kelli O’Hara, and Sutton Foster, Primetime Emmy winner Megan Mullally, Saturday Night Live alumni, Ana Gasteyer TV/film/Broadway's, Cheyenne Jackson, Caroline in the City's, Malcolm Gets, and Broadway’s finest, including Tony nominees Caitlin Kinnunen (‘The Prom’), and Nancy Opel (‘Urinetown’).

He has written the book, music, and lyrics to 26 original musicals, including ‘Writing Arthur Danby’, ‘The Innocence’, ‘Every Little Vow’, and ‘Mr. Scrooge’s Christmas Carol’. His adaptation of ‘The Little Prince’ garnered his accreditation by the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry estate. David’s youth-oriented musicals have toured the U.S. with The Children’s Division have played stages across the world. Original Cast Albums of ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘Every Little Vow’ appear courtesy of TMCWorks.

Alongside novelist Iris Rainer Dart, and playwright Thom Thomas, David
created the musical adaptation of ‘Beaches’, based on the beloved,
best-selling novel by Ms. Dart, and Garry Marshall film starring Bette
Midler. ‘Beaches - the musical’ premiered at The Signature Theatre,
then Chicago’s Drury Lane Theatre. In 2016, a significantly updated version under the new direction of Lonny Price received a 2018 London staged presentation for U.K.’s top producers, investors, and theatre owners.

Austin is a proud alumnus of the Tony Award-winning BMI Lehman Engel
Musical Theatre Writer’s Program. In 2013, Mr. Austin was awarded The
Stephen Sondheim Artist Citation by Mr. Sondheim at the Italian
Embassy in Washington DC.

Commissions include ‘Klondike!’, and ‘What Carla Found’ (The 5th
Avenue Theatre, Seattle), ‘On Common Ground’, and ‘Marta’s Light’ (The
Village Theatre, Seattle), ‘Rumplestiltskin’ - an English Panto (Youth
Theatre Northwest, Seattle), ‘A Christmas Carol’ (Puget Sound Musical
Theatre, Seattle), ‘Robin Hood’ (Skye Theatre, Seattle).

David Austin’s work as a professional Equity actor/singer has afforded
him the opportunity to perform on stages across the world. In New
York, he received a rave from The NY Times for his performance in the
original cast of ‘I Love You Because’ (book/lyrics: Ryan Cunningham,
music: Joshua Salzman, original cast album available on PS Classics).

National and international tours took Austin to China and Singapore as
Shawn in Brian Yorkey’s musical adaptation of ‘The Wedding Banquet’,
and across the U.S. as Jesus in ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’. Other New
York credits include ‘Mouse/Cookie’, off-Broadway at the Lucille
Lortel, and his role as Ben in ‘Rags’ at The Nokia Theatre (starring
opposite Eden Espinosa as Bella, Carolee Carmello, Michael Rupert, and
Lainie Kazan). Other notable roles include Freddie (The American) in
‘Chess’, Curly in ‘Oklahoma’, Dickon in ‘The Secret Garden’, Rooster
in ‘Annie’, Jack in ‘Into The Woods’, and Pippin in ‘Pippin’.





David Austin News

VIDEO: GLAAD Presents New Film Clip From GEORGE MICHAEL FREEDOM UNCUT Photo VIDEO: GLAAD Presents New Film Clip From GEORGE MICHAEL FREEDOM UNCUT
by Michael Major - Jun 15, 2022

The documentary features numerous celebrities, with contributors including Stevie Wonder, Sir Elton John, Ricky Gervais, Nile Rogers, Mark Ronson, Tracey Emin, Liam Gallagher, Mary J. Blige, Jean Paul Gaultier, James Corden, Tony Bennett, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, and Tatjana Patitz.

BE FESTIVAL Announces Garden State Programme Photo BE FESTIVAL Announces Garden State Programme
by Stephi Wild - May 24, 2022

A programme of performances, talks and workshops has been announced to take place in Garden State, a four-day installation that is made up of plants lent by local residents, placed in Midlands Arts Centre to create a conceptual map of the city.

VIDEO: GEORGE MICHAEL FREEDOM UNCUT Trailer Released Photo VIDEO: GEORGE MICHAEL FREEDOM UNCUT Trailer Released
by Michael Major - Apr 27, 2022

The documentary features a slew of famous faces, contributors include George Michael, Stevie Wonder, Sir Elton John, Ricky Gervais, Nile Rogers, Mark Ronson, Tracey Emin, Liam Gallagher, Mary J. Blige, Jean Paul Gaultier, James Corden, Tony Bennett, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, and Tatjana Patitz.

GEORGE MICHAEL FREEDOM UNCUT to Screen in Cinemas Worldwide Photo GEORGE MICHAEL FREEDOM UNCUT to Screen in Cinemas Worldwide
by Michael Major - Apr 20, 2022

Contributors for the documentary include George Michael, Stevie Wonder, Sir Elton John, Ricky Gervais, Nile Rogers, Mark Ronson, Tracey Emin, Liam Gallagher, Mary J. Blige, Jean Paul Gaultier, James Corden, Tony Bennett, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista and Tatjana Patitz.

BWW Interview: Christine Andreas of AND SO IT GOES at 54 Below Talks About the 'Bigne Photo BWW Interview: Christine Andreas of AND SO IT GOES at 54 Below Talks About the 'Bigness' of Life and her Extraordinary Career
by Ricky Pope - Sep 20, 2021

There are some people who just have a passion for living. Passion is a word that applies to everything Christine Andreas touches. She has been bewitching Broadway audiences since she first appeared as the wicked maid Nancy in Angel Street. Her turns in much-heralded revivals of My Fair Lady, Oklahoma!, and On Your Toes made her Broadway's ingenue of choice and earned her two Tony nominations. She also wowed Broadway audiences in The Scarlet Pimpernel and the 2010 revival of La Cage aux Folles. She conquered the West End in The Fields of Ambrosia, written by her husband and collaborator, Martin Sylvestri.

VIDEO: The Duplex's MOSTLY SONDHEIM is Back Online This Week Photo VIDEO: The Duplex's MOSTLY SONDHEIM is Back Online This Week
by Stephi Wild - May 7, 2020

This Friday evening at 10pm, hosts and guests of the legendary Duplex open mic night, 'Mostly Sondheim', reunite for an evening of story and song. Not for the faint of heart.

Kristin Stokes Makes Her Solo Concert Debut At Feinstein's/54 Below Photo Kristin Stokes Makes Her Solo Concert Debut At Feinstein's/54 Below
by Stephi Wild - Jan 21, 2020

Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Kristin Stokes in SOLO on Monday, February 10, 2020. After finishing her Broadway run in The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical, Kristin Stokes makes her Feinstein's/54 Below solo debut. In this intimate and spellbinding evening of songs, Broadway's favorite wise girl shows you sides of her you've never seen. Joined by some special surprise guests, Stokes will perform music by Paul Simon, Rufus Wainwright, Dave Malloy, and Stephen Schwartz, among others.

The Theatre Centre And The ECT Collective Present HERE ARE THE FRAGMENTS Photo The Theatre Centre And The ECT Collective Present HERE ARE THE FRAGMENTS
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 6, 2019

How do we trust what we see or feel? How do we know which voices are truly our own? THE THEATRE CENTRE and THE ECT COLLECTIVE are proud to Co-produce HERE ARE THE FRAGMENTS., an immersive work of theatre written by Suvendrini Lena, Theatre Centre Residency artist and CAMH Neurologist. Based on the psychiatric writing of famed political theorist Frantz Fanon and combining narratives, sensory exploration, and scientific and historical analysis, HERE ARE THE FRAGMENTS. reflects on the relationships between identity, history, racism, and mental health. FRAGMENTS. will run November 19 to December 1 at The Theatre Centre (Opening Night November 21).

Acclaimed Actor Maxine Peake To Support Clapperboard UK Ltd's New Partnership With BB Photo Acclaimed Actor Maxine Peake To Support Clapperboard UK Ltd's New Partnership With BBFC
by Tori Hartshorn - Feb 13, 2019

Clapperboard UK's Director Maureen Sinclair is delighted to announce an exciting year ahead for Clapperboard UK, which includes a new partnership with BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) for the launch of #MeToo Media Merseyside project.

They Played Productions Launches CAPTIVATED ACT TWO: VICTORIA Photo They Played Productions Launches CAPTIVATED ACT TWO: VICTORIA
by Stephi Wild - Jul 20, 2018

In March, They Played Productions launched their psychological nightmare immersive production, Captivated: An Obsession in 3 Acts, with the first segment of the story called Justine. August will see the premiere of the next chapter of this dark story-Act Two: Victoria.

David Austin Videos

STAGE TUBE: BEACHES' Shoshana Bean Performs Acoustic Version of 'Wind Beneath My Wings'
by Stage Tube - Aug 7, 2015

Drury Lane Productions and Jennifer Maloney-Prezioso (Broadway's Spring Awakening, Rock of Ages) present the pre-Broadway production of Beaches, A New Musical, based on the beloved novel by Iris Rainer Dart. The show began previews June 24 and runs through August 16, 2015. The original musical is written by Iris Rainer Dart andThom Thomas, with music by David Austin and lyrics by Iris Rainer Dart. The production is directed by Eric Schaeffer(Broadway's Follies, Million Dollar Quartet). Show star Shoshana Bean is back at it with another entry in her backstage vlog, this time performing the show's anthem, 'Wind Beneath My Wings.'

STAGE TUBE: BEACHES' Shoshana Bean, Kamilah Marshall & Melanie Nyema Perform 'Quittin' Time' Backstage at Drury Lane
by Stage Tube - Jul 23, 2015

Show star Shoshana Bean is back at it with another entry in her backstage vlog, this time featuring Kamilah Marshall and Melanie Nyema performing 'Quittin' Time.' Check it out below!

STAGE TUBE: Show Swap! BEACHES' Whitney Bashor & Shoshana Bean Sing from THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
by Stage Tube - Jul 17, 2015

Below,  the two leading ladies bring us a performance straight from Bean's dressing room. Watch as they perform Bashor's big song from THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY- 'Another Life.'

BWW TV: Watch Highlights of Shoshana Bean and Whitney Bashor in Drury Lane's BEACHES!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 8, 2015

Drury Lane Productions and Jennifer Maloney-Prezioso (Broadway's Spring Awakening, Rock of Ages) present the pre-Broadway production of Beaches, A New Musical, based on the beloved novel by Iris Rainer Dart. The show began previews June 24 and runs through August 16, 2015. The original musical is written by Iris Rainer Dart and Thom Thomas, with music by David Austin and lyrics by Iris Rainer Dart. The production is directed by Eric Schaeffer (Broadway's Follies, Million Dollar Quartet). BroadwayWorld has a first look at the stars in action below!

STAGE TUBE: Alysha Umphress and Mara Davi Sing Duet from Signature Theatre's BEACHES
by Stage Tube - Feb 27, 2014

BEACHESThis spring, Virginia's Signature Theatre presents the world premiere musical Beaches, adapted from the beloved 1985 novel by Iris Rainer Dart. Directed by Signature Theatre's Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer (Broadway's Follies, Million Dollar Quartet), this heartfelt chronicle of a decades-long friendship between two unforgettable women starsMara Davi (Broadway's A Chorus Line and The Drowsy Chaperone) as Bertie White and Alysha Umphress(Broadway's American Idiot and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever) as Cee Cee Bloom. Click below to watch Alysha Umphress and Mara Davi sing 'What I Should Have Told Her' over footage from rehearsal!

AUDIO: First Listen- Alysha Umphress Sings 'The View From Up Here' from BEACHES
by Stage Tube - Feb 25, 2014

This spring, Virginia's Signature Theatre will present the world premiere musical Beaches, adapted from the beloved 1985 novel by Iris Rainer Dart. Directed by Signature Theatre's Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer (Broadway's Follies, Million Dollar Quartet), this heartfelt chronicle of a decades-long friendship between two unforgettable women will starMara Davi (Broadway's A Chorus Line and The Drowsy Chaperone) as Bertie White and Alysha Umphress(Broadway's American Idiot and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever) as Cee Cee Bloom. Click below for a first listen to the song 'The View From Up Here', featuring Umphress!

AUDIO: First Listen- Mara Davi Sings 'A Bunch of Kids' from Signature Theatre's BEACHES
by Stage Tube - Feb 11, 2014

This spring, Virginia's Signature Theatre will present the world premiere musical Beaches, adapted from the beloved 1985 novel by Iris Rainer Dart. Directed by Signature Theatre's Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer (Broadway's Follies, Million Dollar Quartet), this heartfelt chronicle of a decades-long friendship between two unforgettable women will starMara Davi (Broadway's A Chorus Line and The Drowsy Chaperone) as Bertie White and Alysha Umphress (Broadway's American Idiot and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever) as Cee Cee Bloom. Click below for a first listen to the song 'A Bunch of Kids', featuring Davi!

AUDIO: First Listen - Alysha Umphress and Mara Davi Sing 'Extraordinary' from Signature Theatre's BEACHES!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2014

This spring, Virginia's Signature Theatre will present the world premiere musical Beaches, adapted from the beloved 1985 novel by Iris Rainer Dart. Directed by Signature Theatre's Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer (Broadway's Follies, Million Dollar Quartet), this heartfelt chronicle of a decades-long friendship between two unforgettable women will star Mara Davi (Broadway's A Chorus Line and The Drowsy Chaperone) as Bertie White and Alysha Umphress (Broadway's American Idiot and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever) as Cee Cee Bloom. Click below for a first listen to the song 'Extraordinary', featuring Umphress and Davi!

STAGE TUBE: Jessica Phillips, Andrea Burns & More Perform in ONCE UPON A TIME IN NYC Concert
by Stage Tube - Feb 4, 2013

For generations, musical theatre writers have come to New York City to change the world. 'Once Upon A Time In New York City' is a concert series about the people who have changed THEM. After a sold-out first edition, the series returned to Joe's Pub yesterday, February 3, and you can check out highlights below!