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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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Writers Theatre Adds Performances For THE BAND'S VISIT

Writers Theatre has announced an additional week of performances to the run of The Band’s Visit, featuring music and lyrics by David Yazbek, book by Itamar Moses, and based on the screenplay by Eran Kolirin.

Review: THE BAND'S VISIT at Writers Theatre

Director Zi Alikhan has gifted Chicago audiences with a production of THE BAND'S VISIT whose talent and creative execution equal---and may even exceed---those of the Broadway and touring productions. It runs through March 17 at Writers Theatre in Glencoe.

National Alliance for Musical Theatre Reveals 2023/2024 Writers Residency Grant Recipients

The National Alliance for Musical Theatre has announced the NAMT Member Theatre and Writer Recipients for the 2023/2024 Writers Residency Grants, part of the Frank Young Fund for New Musicals. Learn more about the recipients here!

Chicago's Paramount Aurora Theatre Will Stage FROZEN & WAITRESS; Full 2024/25 Season Announced

Chicago's Paramount Aurora Theatre will stage the metropolis' premiere of Disney's Frozen the Musical as the 2024 holiday season show. The city, which has previously the touring production, will be one of the first to see a production staged by a local theatre company. 

Photos: Meet the Cast of Audible Theater's DEAD OUTLAW

Audible Theater will soon present the world premiere of Dead Outlaw, with music & lyrics by Tony Award winner David Yazbek. The company just met the press and you can check out photos from the big day here!

THE FULL MONTY Comes to the Forum Theatre Next Month

The Full Monty comes to the Forum Theatre next month. Performances run February 22 – March 10.

Atlantic For Kids' EL OTRO OZ Begins Performances Tomorrow

Atlantic For Kids' EL OTRO OZ Begins Performances Tomorrow - Atlantic Theater Company's production of EL OTRO OZ starts tomorrow.

Wake Up With BroadwayWorld January 11, 2024

Rise and shine, BroadwayWorld! It is January 11, 2024 and it's time to catch up on all of the theatrical happenings you may have missed in the last 24 hours.

Cast Set For Audible Theater's World Premiere of DEAD OUTLAW, From the Team Behind THE BAND'S VISIT

Full casting has been announced for Audible Theater's upcoming world premiere musical Dead Outlaw, with music & lyrics by Tony Award winner David Yazbek.

Photos: First Look at North Star Theater Company's THE FULL MONTY in Rehearsal

Directed by Christine Brooks Bokhour, North Star Theater Company's “THE FULL MONTY” will be performed at The Performing Arts Center at Sussex County Community College (1 College Hill Road in Newton, NJ) on January 19, 20, 26 & 27th at 8 pm, and January 21st and 28th at 2 pm. Check out rehearsal photos here!

BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Sets Final Extension at Atlantic Theater Company

Atlantic Theater Company will present a final extension for the world premiere of Buena Vista Social ClubTM due to high demand.

The Capitol Theatre Port Hope Unveils 2024 Season Featuring Concerts, Shows & More

The Capitol Theatre Port Hope announces new 2024 programming, including concerts and shows such as 'Any Dream Will Do: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber' and 'Billboard in Concert 1973.' Visit capitoltheatre.com for more information.

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens At Atlantic Theater Company

Atlantic Theater Company’s world premiere musical, Buena Vista Social Club ™ officially opened Off-Broadway on December 13th.  See photos from opening night.

Broadway Buying Guide: December 18, 2023

Looking for the best deals on Broadway shows? Welcome to our new weekly guide to the most popular shows listed on BroadwayWorld. Check out which shows are selling this week, December 18, 2023.

Review Roundup: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Opens at Atlantic Theater Company

Buena Vista Social Club officially opened at Atlantic Theater Company last night, December 13. The reviews are coming in now. Read the reviews for Buena Vista Social Club here!

Photos: First Look At THE BAND'S VISIT At Writers Theatre

Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma and Artistic Director Braden Abraham, continues its 2023/24 Season with The Band’s Visit, featuring music and lyrics by David Yazbek, book by Itamar Moses, and based on the screenplay by Eran Kolirin. See photos from the production. 

THE GARDENS OF ANUNCIA Original Cast Recording to be Released in 2024

GHOSTLIGHT RECORDS will release an original cast recording for 'THE GARDENS OF ANUNCIA' from LINCOLN CENTER THEATER.

Broadway Buying Guide: December 4, 2023

Looking for the best deals on Broadway shows? Welcome to our new weekly guide to the most popular shows listed on BroadwayWorld. Check out which shows are selling this week, December 4, 2023.

Tony-Winning Musical TOOTSIE Now Available for Licensing At Music Theatre International

Music Theatre International announces that the Tony Award-winning Musical, Tootsie, is now available for licensing.

Photos: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Extends at Atlantic Theater Company; Plus Check Out New Photos!

Atlantic Theater Company has announced an additional extension for the world premiere of Buena Vista Social Club due to high demand. Plus, check out all new photos here!

David Yazbek FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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).

David Yazbek has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. Some of his notable nominations include Outstanding Lyrics and Outstanding Music at the Drama Desk Awards for the musical "Tootsie." He was also nominated for Best Musical at the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards for "Tootsie" and Outstanding New Score at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for the same show. Yazbek received nominations for Best Original Score at the Tony Awards for both "Tootsie" and "The Band's Visit." He was also nominated for Outstanding New Score at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "The Band's Visit." In addition, Yazbek received nominations for Outstanding Music and Outstanding Orchestrations at the Drama Desk Awards for the musical "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown." He was also nominated for Best Original Score at the Tony Awards for the same show. Yazbek's nominations also include Best Original Score at the Tony Awards for "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" and "The Full Monty." He received nominations for Outstanding Lyrics and Outstanding Music at the Drama Desk Awards for "The Full Monty."

David Yazbek has won several awards for his work in the Broadway industry. Some of his notable achievements include winning Outstanding Lyrics and Outstanding Music at the Drama Desk Awards for the musical "Tootsie." He also received the Best Musical award from the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards for "Tootsie." Additionally, Yazbek won the Tony Award for Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for his work on "The Band's Visit." He was also honored with the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Score (Broadway or Off-Broadway) for "The Band's Visit." Furthermore, Yazbek won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics and Outstanding Music for the musical "The Full Monty."

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