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Gillian Berkowitz

 
Bio:
An in demand New York pianist and music director, Gillian Berkowitz has performed piano, keyboard, accordion, and vocals in over 40 Broadway and Off Broadway shows. Currently performing as Pianist in The Lehman Trilogy(Director Sam Mendes) at the Nederlander Theatre. Past engagements include ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
An in demand New York pianist and music director, Gillian Berkowitz has performed piano, keyboard, accordion, and vocals in over 40 Broadway and Off Broadway shows. Currently performing as Pianist in The Lehman Trilogy(Director Sam Mendes) at the Nederlander Theatre. Past engagements include ... (read complete bio)

 

Gillian Berkowitz Biography

An in demand New York pianist and music director,
Gillian Berkowitz has performed piano, keyboard, accordion, and vocals in over 40 Broadway and
Off Broadway shows. Currently performing as Pianist in The Lehman Trilogy(Director Sam Mendes) at the Nederlander Theatre.
Past engagements include performing as
onstage pump organist in the acclaimed Broadway play To Kill A Mockingbird (adapted by Aaron Sorkin,directed by Barlett Sher).
She also served as Associate Conductor of Avenue Q.

Previous credits include Pianist for the British productions of The Lehman Trilogy: both at the Piccadilly Theatre in London's West End and for the US Premiere at The Park Avenue Armory. (www.armoryonpark.org)
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Some favorite past shows have included
Billy Elliot, Wicked, Head Over Heels, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying(Daniel Radcliffe), Summer, Rocky, A Bronx Tale, Mamma Mia!,
School Of Rock, and Jersey Boys.
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Gillian has music directed dozens of new works throughout her career and has been on the creative team at the O’Neil Theatre Conference, NYMF, NAMT, Playwrights Horizons, Human Race Theatre, and Goodspeed. She is a regular contributing music director at 92nd Street Y, NYU’s Musical Theatre Composition program, TACT, and Lincoln Center's Songbook Series, and has served on faculty for Italy's Music Academy International: Trentino Music Festival Per Mezzano Romantica.
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She has been featured as both a soloist and collaborator playing jazz, pop, classical, contemporary, and theatre music in venues across New York City including 54 Below, Jazz At Lincoln Center,
Green Room 42, Park Avenue Armory, Town Hall, Birdland, Merkin Hall, City Winery, Le Poisson Rouge, and both the Consulate General of Hungary and the Australian Consulate.
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Her two trios: City Swing Trio and The Whitetail Trio perform for corporate and private events across New York and New England. She has also performed with the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra.

Gillian has conducted When You’re In Love, the Whole World is Jewish in collaboration with Jason Alexander and music directed productions of Vanishing Point: A New Musical www.vanishingpointthemusical.com/Home.html
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She composes and performs with The Sheba Ensemble, promoting Jewish music with a unique contemporary twist www.theshebaensemble.com
and is a pianist for Scarlett Entertainment and Honeydew Artists. Gillian is also an adjunct faculty member at Pace University.





Gillian Berkowitz News

Nicolas Dromard and Desiree Davar Return To 54 Below in March Photo Nicolas Dromard and Desiree Davar Return To 54 Below in March
by Stephi Wild - Jan 24, 2023

Two triple threats walk into a cabaret…and magic happens. There’s no punchline here; just an evening of show-stopping, heartfelt, and high-octane entertainment. 

SUPERHEROES IN LOVE Holiday Special Comes to The Green Room 42 Photo SUPERHEROES IN LOVE Holiday Special Comes to The Green Room 42
by Stephi Wild - Dec 5, 2022

Green Room 42, Broadway's funkiest cabaret club located in YOTEL Times Square, presents Nicolas Dromard and Desirée Davar in Superheroes in Love Holiday Special on December 10th at 9:30 p.m.

THE PRETTY PANTS BANDIT Teaser Concert Announced At Ripley Grier Studios This Month Photo THE PRETTY PANTS BANDIT Teaser Concert Announced At Ripley Grier Studios This Month
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 26, 2022

CHASE PEACOCK & JESSICA DE MARIA present a 30 minute teaser concert of their original musical, THE PRETTY PANTS BANDIT, Thursday November 17th, 2pm at Ripley Grier Studios (520 8th Avenue, Studio 17 T).

BWW Interview: Composer/Sound Designer Nick Powell Making Integral Music For THE LEHM Photo BWW Interview: Composer/Sound Designer Nick Powell Making Integral Music For THE LEHMAN TRILOGY
by Gil Kaan - Mar 4, 2022

The critically acclaimed The Lehman Trilogy opens March 6, 2022, at the Ahmanson after its successful runs on Broadway and the West End. Multi-award-winning Sam Mendes directs Simon Russell Beale and Adam Godley reprising their Broadway roles, with Howard W. Overshown who understudied in the Broadway production. Playwright Ben Power has adapted Stefano Massini’s original script on the deep-dive history of the Lehman Brothers investment banking company. I had the opportunity to speak with The Lehman Trilogy’s composer/sound designer Nick Powell just before going into dress rehearsal.

Bobby Daye and Michael Kostroff join Mary Testa In Reading of New Musical EVERYONE CO Photo Bobby Daye and Michael Kostroff join Mary Testa In Reading of New Musical EVERYONE COMES TO ELAINE'S
by Stephi Wild - Feb 25, 2022

New York Theatre Barn will present a reading of Everyone Comes to Elaine’s, a new musical about iconic restaurateur Elaine Kaufman with Tony Award® nominee Mary Testa (Oklahoma, The Gardens of Anuncia) in the title role. Bobby Daye (Moulin Rouge, Shrek, The Color Purple) and Michael Kostroff (HBO’s “The Wire”, The Producers) join Testa and the cast.

Photos: Joel B. New's TEMPTING MR. LINCOLN Premieres In Concert At Green Room 42 Photo Photos: Joel B. New's TEMPTING MR. LINCOLN Premieres In Concert At Green Room 42
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 17, 2022

Joel B. New’s Tempting Mr. Lincoln premiered in concert at The Green Room 42 on Saturday, February 12th (Lincoln's birthday), directed by Stanley Martin (Aladdin) with musical direction by Gillian Berkowitz (Lehman Trilogy).

Notting Hill-Inspired Gay Musical Romcom Premieres At Green Room 42 Tonight Photo Notting Hill-Inspired Gay Musical Romcom Premieres At Green Room 42 Tonight
by Nicole Rosky - Feb 12, 2022

Joel B. New's musical comedy Tempting Mr. Lincoln premieres in concert tonight at The Green Room 42. The concert is directed by Stanley Martin (Aladdin) with musical direction by Gillian Berkowitz (Lehman Trilogy).

Mary Testa To Play Restaurateur Elaine Kaufman In Reading Of New Musical EVERYONE COM Photo Mary Testa To Play Restaurateur Elaine Kaufman In Reading Of New Musical EVERYONE COMES TO ELAINE'S
by Stephi Wild - Jan 31, 2022

New York Theatre Barn will present a reading of Everyone Comes to Elaine's, a new musical about iconic restaurateur Elaine Kaufman with Mary Testa (Oklahoma, The Gardens of Anuncia) in the title role. Directed by Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun (Newsies, Bonnie and Clyde, Big River), the reading will take place on March 4th, 2022, in New York City.

Joel B. New Announces Casting Of TEMPTING MR. LINCOLN Photo Joel B. New Announces Casting Of TEMPTING MR. LINCOLN
by Stephi Wild - Jan 24, 2022

Benjwelo Theatricals has announced the cast for the upcoming world-premiere concert of Joel B. New's Tempting Mr. Lincoln at The Green Room 42 in NYC on Saturday, February 12th at 7pm ET. The concert will be directed by Stanley Martin (Aladdin) with musical direction by Gillian Berkowitz (Lehman Trilogy).

Listen: Act Two Of Podcast Musical UNDERTAKING CHRISTMAS Premieres Today Photo Listen: Act Two Of Podcast Musical UNDERTAKING CHRISTMAS Premieres Today
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 20, 2021

Act Two of the original romantic musical comedy Undertaking Christmas premieres online today. Written and directed by the American Theatre Wing's Jonathan Larson Grant and MAC Award Winner Joel B. New, the podcast stars a cast from Broadway and beyond.

Gillian Berkowitz Videos

STAGE TUBE: Doreen Montalvo Hosts LADIES NIGHT
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 16, 2011

Drama Desk Award Winner Doreen Montalvo hosts Ladies Night 3 at The Laurie Beechman theatre on June 13th. What do you get when you put together a Broadway Diva,A Daytime Diva and two Fabulous ladies? You Get Ladies Night. Performing along with Doreen will be Daytime Diva Ilene Kristen, Kim Dunbar,and METROMINOR 2nd Place winner Samara Ehrlich joins the ladies. The evening willbe musical directed by Gillian Berkowitz.