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David Yazbek

 
Bio:
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, ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
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, ... (read complete bio)

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[US Tour, 2021] [Replacement]
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[Broadway, 2015]
Original Music
 
[Off-Broadway, 2014]
Original Music
 
[West End, 2014]
Music and Lyrics
 
[Broadway, 2010]
Orchestrator
 
[Off-Broadway, 2006]
Composer
 
[Broadway, 2005]
Vocal Music Arranger
 
[Broadway, 2004]
Lyrics
 
[Off-Broadway, 2004]
Composer
 
[Off-Broadway, 1988]
Composer

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Music
Lyricist
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David Yazbek Biography

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.

David Yazbek Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2019 - Outstanding Lyrics Gold Star
David Yazbek, Tootsie
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2019 - Outstanding Music Gold Star
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
 
Tony Awards - 2018 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre Gold Star
David Yazbek, The Band's Visit
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2017 - Outstanding New Score (Broadway or Off-Broadway) Gold Star
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
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2000 - Outstanding Lyrics Gold Star
David Yazbek, The Full Monty
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2000 - Outstanding Music Gold Star
David Yazbek, The Full Monty

David Yazbek News

NAMT Announces Recipients for 2022/2023 Frank Young Fund for New Musicals Writers Res Photo NAMT Announces Recipients for 2022/2023 Frank Young Fund for New Musicals Writers Residency Grants
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 30, 2023

​The National Alliance for Musical Theatre has announced the Award Recipients for the 2022/2023 Writers Residency Grants.

Review: DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS at John W. Engeman Theater Photo Review: DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS at John W. Engeman Theater
by Melissa Giordano - Jan 26, 2023

What did our critic think of DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS at John W. Engeman Theater?

Atlantic Theater Company Announces Judith Champion Launch Commissions From Isabelle B Photo Atlantic Theater Company Announces Judith Champion Launch Commissions From Isabelle Barbier, Shayan Lotfi & a.k. payne
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 25, 2023

Atlantic Theater Company has announced its Judith Champion Launch Commissioning Program writers for 2023, Isabelle Barbier, Shayan Lotfi and a.k. payne.

Photos: DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS Opens at The John W. Engeman Theater Photo Photos: DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS Opens at The John W. Engeman Theater
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Jan 22, 2023

The John W. Engeman Theater's production of DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS opened on Saturday, January 21st and BroadwayWorld was there for the festivities. Performances run through Sunday, March 5, 2023.

TOOTSIE Will Play Washington Pavillion in February Photo TOOTSIE Will Play Washington Pavillion in February
by Blair Ingenthron - Jan 21, 2023

TOOTSIE, the hilarious Tony Award-winning musical, is coming to the Mary W. Sommervold Hall at the Washington Pavilion for three performances February 3–4, 2023.

Kelli O'Hara & Brian d'Arcy James to Lead DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES World Premiere Music Photo Kelli O'Hara & Brian d'Arcy James to Lead DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES World Premiere Musical
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 20, 2023

Atlantic Theater Company will present the world premiere musical Days of Wine and Roses, adapted from the 1962 film and original 1958 teleplay. See who is starring the production, performance dates, and how to purchase tickets!

Review: Arkansas' Theatrical Flagship brings TOOTSIE to Robinson Center Photo Review: Arkansas' Theatrical Flagship brings TOOTSIE to Robinson Center
by Theresa Bertram - Jan 18, 2023

What did our critic think of TOOTSIE at Robinson Center?

Atlantic Theater Extends CORNELIA STREET Starring George Abud, Norbert Leo Butz, Mary Photo Atlantic Theater Extends CORNELIA STREET Starring George Abud, Norbert Leo Butz, Mary Beth Peil, and More
by Blair Ingenthron - Jan 18, 2023

Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director) has announced an extension for the world premiere musical Cornelia Street. The production, which will begin performances this Friday, January 20th and open on Tuesday, February 14th, will now play through Sunday, March 5th, Off-Broadway at Atlantic Stage 2.

KIMBERLY AKIMBO Original Broadway Cast Recording Gets Release Date Photo KIMBERLY AKIMBO Original Broadway Cast Recording Gets Release Date
by Nicole Rosky - Jan 13, 2023

On February 14, Ghostlight Records will release the cast recording of the critically-lauded new musical Kimberly Akimbo, which is now running on Broadway at the Booth Theatre.

TOOTSIE Will Play The Bushnell Next Month Photo TOOTSIE Will Play The Bushnell Next Month
by Stephi Wild - Jan 13, 2023

TOOTSIE, the hilarious Tony Award-winning musical, is coming to The Bushnell for a limited eight performance engagement from February 21 through 26, 2023. Tickets are on sale now.

David Yazbek Videos

VIDEO: First Look at the National Tour of TOOTSIE in Denver Videoplay
VIDEO: First Look at the National Tour of TOOTSIE in Denver

by Stephi Wild - Mar 8, 2022

The National Tour of Tootsie comes to the Denver Center for the Performing Arts beginning this month. Get a first look at the show in the video here!

PHOTO/VIDEO: Get A First Look At TOOTSIE On Tour Videoplay
PHOTO/VIDEO: Get A First Look At TOOTSIE On Tour

by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 28, 2021

Get a first look at the non-equity national tour of Tootsie in all new photos and videos! The cast includes Drew Becker as Michael Dorsey, Ashley Alexandra as Julie Nichols, Payton Reilly as Sandy Lester, Lukas James Miller as Max Von Horn, Jared David Michael Grant as Jeff Slater, Kathy Halenda as Rita Marshall, Steve Brustien as Stan Fields, and Adam du Plessis as Ron Carlisle.

VIDEO: David Yazbek Discusses His Career, Process, and Inspiration With the Atlantic  Videoplay
VIDEO: David Yazbek Discusses His Career, Process, and Inspiration With the Atlantic Theater

by Stage Tube - Jun 12, 2020

Multi-award-winning composer of The Band's Visit David Yazbek chats with Artistic Director Neil Pepe about his process and sources of inspiration, and plays three songs written over the course of his celebrated career.

VIDEO: Atlantic Theater Flashes Back to THE BAND'S VISIT Videoplay
VIDEO: Atlantic Theater Flashes Back to THE BAND'S VISIT

by Stage Tube - Apr 15, 2020

Today, Atlantic Theater posted a flashback to its massively successful world premiere production of David Yazbeck's The Band's Visit!

VIDEO: Take a Look at the Trailer for Bay Area Musicals' THE FULL MONTY Videoplay
VIDEO: Take a Look at the Trailer for Bay Area Musicals' THE FULL MONTY

by Stage Tube - Feb 26, 2020

Bay Area Musicals will present the Company's first 2020 production, the 10-time Tony Award-nominee THE FULL MONTY.

VIDEO: THE BAND'S VISIT Tour Performs on Toronto's Breakfast Television Videoplay
VIDEO: THE BAND'S VISIT Tour Performs on Toronto's Breakfast Television

by Alan Henry - Oct 4, 2019

The first national tour of The Band's Visit is currently on stage at Toronto's Ed Mirvish Theatre! Check out the cast performing music from the show!

VIDEO: Get A First Look At THE BAND'S VISIT on Tour Videoplay
VIDEO: Get A First Look At THE BAND'S VISIT on Tour

by Alan Henry - Jul 12, 2019

The first national tour of The Band's Visit is now making its way across the country after launching at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Rhode Island! BroadwayWorld has a first look at the show's leads Chilina Kennedy and Sasson Gabay in action! Check out the video

VIDEO: The Cast Of TOOTSIE Performs 'Unstoppable' at the 2019 TONYS Videoplay
VIDEO: The Cast Of TOOTSIE Performs 'Unstoppable' at the 2019 TONYS

by Stage Tube - Jun 10, 2019

On the 2019 Tony Awards last night, Santino Fontana transformed from failed actor Michael to the sparkling Dorothy in the blink of an eye as he and the cast of Tootsie performed 'Unstoppable.'

Tonys Talk: David Yazbek, Robert Horn & Scott Ellis Reveal How They Updated TOOTSIE f Videoplay
Tonys Talk: David Yazbek, Robert Horn & Scott Ellis Reveal How They Updated TOOTSIE for 2019

by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Jun 6, 2019

It's been almost four decades since Dorothy Michaels first won the hearts of audiences in movie theatres. A lot has changed since 1982, and David Yazbek, Robert Horn and Scott Ellis, the creators of the 11-time Tony nominated Tootsie, had a lot of work to do in reinventing the iconic character for the modern era. They rose to the occasion. 

WATCH NOW! Zooming in on the Tony Nominees: Robert Horn Videoplay
WATCH NOW! Zooming in on the Tony Nominees: Robert Horn

by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 4, 2019

What does Tootsie book writer Robert Horn have to say about being a first time Tony nominee? Find out!


David Yazbek Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has David Yazbek written?
David Yazbek has written 6 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).

What awards has David Yazbek been nominated for?
Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for Tootsie , Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for Tootsie , Outstanding New Score (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Tootsie , Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Tootsie , Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for The Band's Visit , Outstanding New Score (Broadway or Off-Broadway) (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Band's Visit , Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown , Outstanding Orchestrations (Drama Desk Awards) for Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown , Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown , Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels , Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for The Full Monty Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for The Full Monty and Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for The Full Monty .

What awards has David Yazbek won?
Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for Tootsie, Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for Tootsie, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for The Band's Visit, Outstanding New Score (Broadway or Off-Broadway) (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Band's Visit Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for The Full Montyand Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for The Full Monty.


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