Harold Wheeler

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Wheeler is a composer, arranger, orchestrator, musical director, musical supervisor, and musician. Perhaps best known for his 17 seasons as musical director of the ABC show Dancing with the Stars, he has enjoyed many years of success over several mediums.
His Broadway credits include Side Show, Hugh Jackman - Back on Broadway, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Tony Award nomination), Never Gonna Dance, Hairspray (Tony Award nomination, Drama Desk Award), The Full Monty (Tony Award nomination), Swing! (Tony Award nomination), Little Me (Tony Award nomination), The Life (Tony Award nomination), Dreamgirls, The Wiz, The Tap Dance Kid, and Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music.
He has served as conductor of the Academy Awards four times (most recently during the 90TH Academy Awards); he is only the second African-American conductor in the Academy’s history.
He also was one of two conductors during the closing ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympics. In 2008, Harold received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the NAACP Theatre Awards. He is married to television and Broadway performer Hattie Winston.

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Harold Wheeler Awards and Nominations

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2019 - Outstanding Orchestrations

Harold Wheeler, Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations

Tony Awards - 2019 - Best Orchestrations

Harold Wheeler, Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations

Tony Awards - 2005 - Best Orchestrations

Harold Wheeler, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Tony Awards - 2001 - Best Orchestrations

Harold Wheeler, The Full Monty

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Trey Ellis, Rona Siddiqui, Anthony Fedorov & More to Join Goodspeed's 12th Annual JMF Writers Grove

Goodspeed Musicals has revealed the participants for the 12th annual Johnny Mercer Foundation Writers Grove at Goodspeed Musicals.

Philly Premiere of AIN'T TOO PROUD �" THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS Comes to Kimmel Cultural Campus

The Kimmel Cultural Campus and The Shubert Organization will present the first national tour of Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations for the first time in Philadelphia. The Broadway smash hit musical will play at the Campus' Academy of Music January 3 - 21 as part of the 2023-24 Broadway series.

CHARTOR Entertainment, African Grove Institute for the Arts, and Los Angeles Inner City Cultural Center to Present World Premiere Readings

CHARTOR Entertainment, African Grove Institute for the Arts, and Los Angeles Inner City Cultural Center will present world premiere readings from The Longwood Writers Workshop at LAICCC's Fall Celebration.

Review: THE WIZ at National Theatre

In 1975 a revolutionary approach to L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz opened on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre. The Wiz was a musical that no one thought would get past its opening night. The show proved everyone wrong. It won eight Tony Awards including Best Musical and ran for 1,672 performances. The all-African American version of Dorothy’s trip down the yellow brick road is now embarking on a thirteen-city pre- Broadway tour and is playing at the National Theatre here in DC through October 29th. I am sorry to say that this version is a rocky journey over a cool “Ease on Down the Road”.

Review: AIN'T TOO PROUD Revisits The Temptations' Hits at Segerstrom Center

A surprisingly enjoyable jukebox musical featuring phenomenally-performed song-and-dance spectaculars (but with an awkwardly delivered story structure), this touring version of the 2019 Broadway musical about the founding of Motown's R&B supergroup The Temptations is a fun evening at the theater, especially for those looking for a nostalgic trip.

AIN'T TOO PROUD First National Tour Begins Performances At Segerstrom Center For The Arts October 17

AIN'T TOO PROUD – THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS First National Tour comes to Segerstrom Hall for two weeks, from October 17-29, 2023.

Review: HAIRSPRAY at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre

What did our critic think of HAIRSPRAY at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre?

AIN'T TOO PROUD �" THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS Returns to Toronto This December

AIN’T TOO PROUD – THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS will return to Toronto this December! Learn more about the musical and find out how to get tickets here.

AIN'T TOO PROUD Comes to San Jose in October

Broadway San Jose has announced that the First National Tour of AIN’T TOO PROUD – THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS, the new Broadway smash hit musical, will play San Jose’s Center for the Performing Arts. Learn more about the musical and how to get tickets here!

Full Cast Set For AIN'T TOO PROUD at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts has announced full casting for the First National Tour of Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations, coming to Segerstrom Hall for two weeks, from October 17-29, 2023. Learn more about who is starring in the show here!

AIN'T TOO PROUD Returns To Detroit At The Fisher Theatre in December

Broadway In Detroit has announced the return of AIN'T TOO PROUD – THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS, the Broadway smash hit musical will play Detroit's Fisher Theatre December 19 – 23, 2023. Learn more about the musical and how to get tickets here!

AIN'T TOO PROUD at The Prince Edward Theatre Will Close 17 September

The Tony Award winning Broadway musical AIN'T TOO PROUD – THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS enters its final weeks in the West End at the Prince Edward Theatre, with its final performance on Sunday 17 September 2023, having delighted audiences in the capital since its opening on 31 March 2023. 

Review: A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC at Central Florida Vocal Arts

There is something extremely refreshing when a theatre company gives its patrons the opportunity to experience a rare gem. Now, there’s nothing wrong with producing a show that is popular with the masses, but out of the thousands of musicals out there waiting to be performed, giving a rarely produced and underappreciated property the chance to breathe on the stage is, to me, the ultimate gift to theatre fans. That is why I was thrilled to have the chance to experience A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC – the season opener for Orlando’s Central Florida Vocal Arts (CFVA) at the Dr. Phillips Center. And I am here to tell you, CFVA’s production is absolutely magnificent – and one that you simply do not want to miss.

Tickets For AIN'T TOO PROUD - THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS at At The Providence Performing Arts Center, August 16

The Providence Performing Arts Center has announced that single tickets for the Broadway smash hit musical AIN'T TOO PROUD – THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS will go on sale on Wednesday, August 16 at 10A.

Tickets For AIN'T TOO PROUD at DPAC Go on Sale This Week

DPAC has announced that the Broadway smash hit musical AIN’T TOO PROUD – THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS will return February 6-11, 2024, as part of WRAL’s Greatest Hits of Broadway. 

AIN'T TOO PROUD to End Limited Run Early at Prince Edward Theatre

The producers of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical AIN'T TOO PROUD have announced that the show will play its final performance at the Prince Edward Theatre on Sunday 17 September 2023, ending its limited run earlier than originally planned.

Booking Extended for AIN'T TOO PROUD Until January 2024

The West End premiere of the smash-hit, Tony Award-winning Broadway musical has now extended booking until 7 January 2024 at the Prince Edward Theatre, with the Christmas performance schedule now on sale.

AIN'T TOO PROUD Comes to the Bushnell Theatre

 The Bushnell has announced that the First National Tour of the Broadway smash hit musical AIN’T TOO PROUD – THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS will play Hartford May 30 through June 4, 2023.

Review: Drag Race Star Nina West Leads Hilarious New HAIRSPRAY Tour at Segerstrom Center

As if the universe knew that our increasingly divisive country is in desperate need to revisit this hit 2002 Tony Award-winning musical again, HAIRSPRAY has now embarked on a brand new non-equity national tour starring RuPaul's Drag Race fan favorite Nina West. The show, now at Segerstrom Center for the Arts through April 30, does not disappoint.

AIN'T TOO PROUD Comes to the Arsht Center in May

AIN'T TOO PROUD – THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS will make its anticipated Miami premiere at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County  from May 9 – 14, 2023.

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Harold Wheeler has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. He received nominations for Outstanding Orchestrations at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations" and for Best Orchestrations at the Tony Awards for the same show. He also received Special Tony Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre. Wheeler was nominated for Best Orchestrations at the Tony Awards for "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," "Hairspray," "The Full Monty," "Swing!," and "Little Me." He received nominations for Outstanding Orchestrations at the Drama Desk Awards for "Hairspray," "Never Gonna Dance," and "Swing!" Additionally, he was nominated for Outstanding Orchestration at the Drama Desk Awards for "The Life." It's worth noting that Wheeler won the Best Orchestrations Tony Award for "Hairspray" and "The Life."

Harold Wheeler has won several awards throughout his career in the theatre industry. He has received Special Tony Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre at the Tony Awards. Additionally, he has been recognized for his outstanding orchestrations at the Drama Desk Awards. He won the award for Outstanding Orchestrations for the Broadway musical Hairspray. He also received the same award for his work on the musicals Never Gonna Dance and Swing!.

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