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David Yazbek has become one of Broadway's preeminent composer/lyricists. Three of his shows, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown have been nominated for Best Score Tony Awards. He is a Tony Award winner for his most recent musical, The Band's Visit, which opened on Broadway to rave reviews and has been named to every Best of the Year list for 2017. The show also received 10 Tony Awards, as well as the Lucille Lortel Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, and the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Musical. He's also received three Grammy nominations and a Drama Desk Award. Yazbek won an Outstanding Writing Emmy Award for his stint on "Late Night with David Letterman." He scored the last season of HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," wrote the theme song to "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego," and has written hundreds of songs, scripts, scores and jingles for adult and children's TV. As a recording artist, Yazbek is responsible for five albums—The Laughing Man, Tock, Damascus, Tape Recorder, and Evil Monkey Man. He has written and/or produced for such acts as XTC, Ruben Blades, The Persuasions, Joe Jackson, Tito Puente and many others. As a performer, he and his band are engaged in an ongoing series of monthly shows at NYC's 54 Below club.

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David Yazbek Awards and Nominations


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Drama Desk Awards - 2024 - Outstanding Lyrics

David Yazbek, Dead Outlaw

Drama Desk Awards - 2024 - Outstanding Music

David Yazbek, Dead Outlaw

Drama Desk Awards - 2024 - Outstanding Orchestrations

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New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 2024 - Best Musical

David YazbekDead Outlaw

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2024 - Outstanding Orchestrations (Broadway or Off-Broadway)

David YazbekDead Outlaw

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2024 - Outstanding Score (Broadway or Off-Broadway)

David Yazbek, Dead Outlaw


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Drama Desk Awards - 2019 - Outstanding Lyrics

David Yazbek, Tootsie


winner
Drama Desk Awards - 2019 - Outstanding Music

David Yazbek, Tootsie


winner
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 2019 - Best Musical

David Yazbek, Tootsie

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2019 - Outstanding New Score

David Yazbek, Tootsie

Tony Awards - 2019 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

David Yazbek, Tootsie


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Tony Awards - 2018 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

David Yazbek, The Band's Visit


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Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2017 - Outstanding New Score (Broadway or Off-Broadway)

David Yazbek, The Band's Visit

Drama Desk Awards - 2011 - Outstanding Music

David Yazbek, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Drama Desk Awards - 2011 - Outstanding Orchestrations

David Yazbek, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Tony Awards - 2011 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

David Yazbek, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Tony Awards - 2005 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

David Yazbek, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Tony Awards - 2001 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

David Yazbek, The Full Monty


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Drama Desk Awards - 2000 - Outstanding Lyrics

David Yazbek, The Full Monty


winner
Drama Desk Awards - 2000 - Outstanding Music

David Yazbek, The Full Monty

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David Yazbek News


VIDEO: Ramin Karimloo & Hadley Fraser Sing 'Dirty Rotten Number' from DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS

Before Dirty Rotten Scoundrels comes The London Palladium in concert for two very special performances on Sunday 24 November, watch Ramin Karimloo and Hadley Fraser sing 'Dirty Rotten Number' in this all-new promo video.
Photos: Backstage with the Drama Desk Awards Winners

Check out photos from backstage with the winners of the 2024 Drama Desk Awards!
2024 Drama Desk Awards Winners- The Full List

The best of Broadway and off-Broadway came together for the 68th Annual Drama Desk Awards, which were held at The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.
TOOTISE Extended at Diamond Head Theatre to Late June

Diamond Head Theatre has extended TOOTSIE due to popular demand. Follow Michael Dorsey's comedic journey as he disguises himself as Dorothy Michaels to achieve Broadway stardom. Learn how to purchase tickets.
SHE WAS HERE World Premiere & More Set for Austin Playhouse 25th Anniversary Season

Austin Playhouse 2024-25 Season will include a world premiere, an outlandishly fun musical, a thought-provoking masterpiece, and more. Learn how to purchase tickets.
Photos: Broadway Bets Raises $540,600 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Broadway Bets, the annual evening of Texas Hold ’em poker at Sardi’s, one of the theater district’s most legendary restaurants, raised a record $540,600 on June 3, 2024. See photos!
Ramin Karimloo and Hadley Frasier Will Lead DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS Concert at the London Palladium

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is coming to The London Palladium in concert for two very special performances on Sunday 24 November.   
Hank Azaria, Ramin Karimloo & More Join Lineup for Broadway Bets 2024

A full house of Broadway favorites are in the cards to attend Broadway’s official game night when Broadway Bets returns this Monday, June 3, 2024. Check out the full list of celebrity guests here!
Interview: Victoria Clark and Jason Danieley talk BROADWAY TODAY! BROADWAY'S MODERN MASTERS

Interview: Victoria Clark and Jason Danieley talk BROADWAY TODAY! BROADWAY'S MODERN MASTERS
Wake Up With BroadwayWorld May 29, 2024

Rise and shine, BroadwayWorld! It is May 29, 2024 and it's time to catch up on all of the theatrical happenings you may have missed in the last 24 hours.
Photos: Inside 2024 New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards

The New York Drama Critics' Circle named David Adjmi’s Stereophonic best play of the 2023-24 season. The award for best musical went to Dead Outlaw, music and lyrics by David Yazbek and Erik Della Penna, book by Itamar Moses. Check out photos from inside the ceremony!
Bebe Neuwirth, Huey Lewis, Jeremy Jordan, and More Set for 2024 Broadway Teachers Workshop

Celebrating its 24th year, the Broadway Teachers Workshop is an enormously popular three-day series of interactive workshops and seminars with prominent Broadway artists, tickets to four (4) hit shows, and post-show discussions with cast and crew.
Photos: Inside the 2024 Outer Critics Circle Awards

Just yesterday, the Outer Critics Circle (OCC), the official organization of writers on New York theatre for out-of-town newspapers and national publications, celebrated the winners of the 2024 Outer Critics Circle Awards. View a full list of winners and check out photos from inside the special event here.
Interview: Craig Smith of THE FULL MONTY at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre

The Full Monty, adapted from the 1997 British film, features a score by David Yazbek and book by Terrence McNally. The show introduces the audience to six unemployed steelworkers who come up with a seemingly crazy way to raise some money—performing a Chippendales-style act. The Full Monty, which first opened on Broadway in 2000, follows these characters and their families as they work to overcome both external and internal struggles. Actor Craig Smith takes the stage as Jerry in The Full Monty at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre.
TOOTSIE Continues Way Off Broadway's 30th Anniversary Season

The Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre will continue its blockbuster 30th Anniversary Season this summer with the new comedy musical Tootsie, opening June 21st.
Inkwell Singers Bring BROADWAY BABIES: Our Favorite Showtunes to The Triad in June

INKWELL SINGERS will debut their new show BROADWAY BABIES: Our Favorite Showtunes on June 6th and June 8th, 2024, at 7:00pm at The Triad Theater.
The Capitol Theatre Port Hope Unveils Cast & Tour For BED & BREAKFAST

Get ready for a summer of laughter at The Capitol Theatre Port Hope with Mark Crawford's comedy BED & BREAKFAST. Learn how to purchase tickets.
Cast And Creative Team Announced For DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS At San Jose Stage Co.

Get the latest scoop on the cast and creative team for the upcoming production of DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS at San Jose Stage Co.
STEREOPHONIC and DEAD OUTLAW Take Top Prizes At New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards

The New York Drama Critics' Circle has named David Adjmi’s Stereophonic best play of the 2023-24 season. The award for best musical went to Dead Outlaw, music and lyrics by David Yazbek and Erik Della Penna, book by Itamar Moses. The selections were made at the organization’s 88th annual voting meeting.
STEREOPHONIC, SUFFS & More Win Outer Critics Circle Awards

The Outer Critics Circle, the official organization of writers on New York theatre for out-of-town newspapers and national publications, announced the winners of the 2024 Outer Critics Circle Awards. Check out the Full List of winners here!

David Yazbek FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many shows has David Yazbek written?

David Yazbek has written 7 shows including Mojo (Music), The Full Monty (Composer), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Composer), Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown (Lyricist), The Band's Visit (Music and Lyrics), Tootsie (Composer & Lyricist), Dead Outlaw (Music & Lyrics).

What awards has David Yazbek been nominated for?

David Yazbek has been nominated for several awards throughout his career, including Outstanding Lyrics and Outstanding Music at the Drama Desk Awards for "Dead Outlaw." He also received nominations for Outstanding Orchestrations at the Drama Desk Awards and the Outer Critics Circle Awards for the same show. Additionally, Yazbek was nominated for various awards for his work on productions such as "Tootsie," "The Band's Visit," "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown," "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," and "The Full Monty." His nominations include categories like Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Outstanding New Score, recognizing his talent as a composer and lyricist in the theatre industry.

What awards has David Yazbek won?

David Yazbek has won several awards for his work in Broadway shows. These include Outstanding Lyrics and Outstanding Music at the Drama Desk Awards for "Tootsie," Best Musical at the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards for "Tootsie," Best Original Score at the Tony Awards for "The Band's Visit," Outstanding New Score at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "The Band's Visit," Outstanding Lyrics at the Drama Desk Awards for "The Full Monty," and Outstanding Music at the Drama Desk Awards for "The Full Monty."

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