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Harold Wheeler

 
Bio:
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, ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
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, ... (read complete bio)

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[US Tour, 2021]
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[Broadway, 2021]
Orchestrator
 
[Regional (US), 2017]
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[West End, 2016]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 2014]
Orchestrations
 
[West End, 2007]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 2005]
Orchestrator
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[Broadway, 2005]
Orchestrator
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[Regional (US), 2004]
Orchestrator
 
[Toronto, 2004]
Orchestrator
 
[US Tour, 2004]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 2003]
Orchestrator
Orchestrator
 
[Off-Broadway, 2003]
Orchestrator
 
[US Tour, 2003]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 2002]
Orchestrator
 
[West End, 2002]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 2001]
Orchestrator
 
[US Tour, 2001]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 2000]
Orchestrator
 
[San Diego, CA (Regional), 2000]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1999]
Orchestrator
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[Broadway, 1998]
Orchestrator
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1997]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1997]
Orchestrator
Orchestrator
 
[West End, 1995]
Orchestrator
 
[Off-Broadway, 1988]
Orchestrator
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1988]
Musical Supervisor
Orchestrator
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1987]
Musical Supervisor
Orchestrator
Orchestrator
 
[Off-Broadway, 1986]
Orchestrator
Orchestrator
 
[US Tour, 1985]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1985]
Orchestrator
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[Broadway, 1984]
Orchestrator
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1984]
Orchestrator
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1983]
Musical Supervisor
Vocal Music Arranger
Music Arranger
Vocal Music Arranger
 
[US Tour, 1983]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1982]
Orchestrator
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1981]
Orchestrator
Musical Supervisor
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1981]
Musical Director
 
[US Tour, 1978]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1975]
Orchestrator
Orchestrator
 
[Off-Broadway, 1973]
Orchestrator
 
[Broadway, 1972]
Musical Supervisor
 
[Broadway, 1971]
Musical Supervisor
 
[Broadway, 1971]
Musical Director
Musician
 
[Broadway, 1969]
Dance Music Arranger
 
[Broadway, 1968]
Dance Music Arranger
Musical Director

Writing

Music

Harold Wheeler Biography

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√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs 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.

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 - 2019 - Special Tony Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre Gold Star
Harold Wheeler
 
Tony Awards - 2005 - Best Orchestrations
Harold Wheeler, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Orchestrations Gold Star
Harold Wheeler, Hairspray
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Orhcestrations Gold Star
Harold Wheeler, Never Gonna Dance
 
Tony Awards - 2003 - Best Orchestrations
Harold Wheeler, Hairspray
 
Tony Awards - 2001 - Best Orchestrations
Harold Wheeler, The Full Monty
 
Tony Awards - 2000 - Best Orchestrations
Harold Wheeler, Swing!
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1999 - Outstanding Orchestrations Gold Star
Harold Wheeler, Swing!
 
Tony Awards - 1999 - Best Orchestrations
Harold Wheeler, Little Me
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1997 - Outstanding Orchestration
Harold Wheeler, The Life
 
Tony Awards - 1997 - Best Orchestrations
Harold Wheeler, The Life

Harold Wheeler News

West End Production of AIN'T TOO PROUD Finds its Temptations Photo West End Production of AIN'T TOO PROUD Finds its Temptations
by Stephi Wild - Nov 23, 2022

The West End production of AIN'T TOO PROUD has announced the quintet taking on the iconic roles of The Temptations at the Prince Edward Theatre from Friday 31 March 2023.

Tickets to AIN'T TOO PROUD ‚Ä" THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS at Bass Concert  Photo Tickets to AIN'T TOO PROUD ‚Ä" THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS at Bass Concert Hall Go On Sale Friday
by Stephi Wild - Nov 10, 2022

The smash hit musical¬†AIN'T TOO PROUD ‚Äď THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS¬†will have its Austin premiere as part of Texas Performing Arts 2022-23 Broadway in Austin season.¬†AIN'T TOO PROUD ‚Äď THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS¬†will play Bass Concert Hall March 28 ‚Äď April 2, 2023.

AIN'T TOO PROUD- THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS On Sale At Eccles Theater, No Photo AIN'T TOO PROUD- THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS On Sale At Eccles Theater, November 11
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 4, 2022

Zions Bank Broadway at the Eccles has announced that single tickets for the Broadway smash hit musical AIN'T TOO PROUD ‚Äď THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS, will go on sale Friday, November 11 at 10am.

Cast Announced For AIN'T TOO PROUD Center Theatre Engagement; Tickets Now On Sale Photo Cast Announced For AIN'T TOO PROUD Center Theatre Engagement; Tickets Now On Sale
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 2, 2022

'Ain't Too Proud ‚Äď The Life and Times of The Temptations,‚ÄĚ one of the most popular and record-breaking shows in Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre history returns December 13, 2022 through January 1, 2023.

Tickets for AIN'T TOO PROUD at Proctors in Schenectady to go on Sale Tomorrow Photo Tickets for AIN'T TOO PROUD at Proctors in Schenectady to go on Sale Tomorrow
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 26, 2022

AIN‚ÄôT TOO PROUD ‚Äď THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS, the new Broadway smash hit musical will play Proctors in Schenectady as part of the 2022-2023 KeyBank Broadway Series. The hit Broadway musical will begin performances on Tuesday, May 23 through Sunday, May 28, 2023.

AIN'T TOO PROUD - The Life And Times Of The Temptations Will Open in the West End in  Photo AIN'T TOO PROUD - The Life And Times Of The Temptations Will Open in the West End in March 2023
by Stephi Wild - Sep 23, 2022

The smash hit Tony Award-winning Broadway musical AIN'T TOO PROUD ‚Äď The Life and Times of The Temptations, will bring the incredible true story of the greatest R&B group of all time to the West End.

AIN'T TOO PROUD Comes to The Fabulous Fox Next Month Photo AIN'T TOO PROUD Comes to The Fabulous Fox Next Month
by Stephi Wild - Aug 8, 2022

The Fabulous Fox Theatre and the producers of the Broadway smash hit musical AIN'T TOO PROUD ‚Äď THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS have announced¬† full casting for the First National Tour coming to St. Louis at the Fabulous Fox Theatre September 20 ‚Äď October 2.

Teatro San Diego Releases Casting For THE WIZ Photo Teatro San Diego Releases Casting For THE WIZ
by Grace Cutler - Aug 6, 2022

Chadae Nichol will helm the production as director.

AIN'T TOO PROUD - THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS Presented By Broadway Dallas; Photo AIN'T TOO PROUD - THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS Presented By Broadway Dallas; Tickets On Sale July 29
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 27, 2022

Broadway Dallas and Broadway Across America has announced that single tickets for the Broadway smash hit musical AIN'T TOO PROUD ‚Äď THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS, will go on sale Friday, July 29.

AIN'T TOO PROUD at the Fox Announces Single Ticket On Sale Date Photo AIN'T TOO PROUD at the Fox Announces Single Ticket On Sale Date
by Stephi Wild - Jul 11, 2022

The Fabulous Fox Theatre has announced that single tickets for the Broadway smash hit musical AIN'T TOO PROUD ‚Äď THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS, will go on sale Monday, July 25 at 10:00 a.m. CT.

Harold Wheeler Videos

VIDEO: John Legend Visits the Cast of AIN'T TOO PROUD Videoplay
VIDEO: John Legend Visits the Cast of AIN'T TOO PROUD

by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 29, 2021

Grammy Award-winning superstar¬†John Legend¬†and producing partner¬†Mike Jackson paid a visit to¬†the cast and creative team of the Broadway company of the Tony Award-winning¬†Ain‚Äôt Too Proud ‚Äď The Life and Times of the Temptations!

Breaking: AIN'T TOO PROUD Will Return to Broadway in October Videoplay
Breaking: AIN'T TOO PROUD Will Return to Broadway in October

by BroadwayWorld TV - May 10, 2021

Ain‚Äôt Too Proud ‚Äď The Life and Times of the Temptations, the Tony Award-winning musical will resume Broadway performances on¬†October 16, subject to government approval, at the Imperial Theatre (249 West 45th Street) with a gala performance heralding the return of Broadway.

VIDEO: AIN'T TOO PROUD Kicks Off Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with Show Medley Videoplay
VIDEO: AIN'T TOO PROUD Kicks Off Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with Show Medley

by Stage Tube - Nov 28, 2019

The cast of Ain't Too Proud kicked off the 93rd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with a medley of 'Get Ready,' 'Ain't Too Proud To Beg' and 'I Can't Get Next To You.'

VIDEO: Legendary Orchestrator, Arranger Harold Wheeler was Honored with a Lifetime Ac Videoplay
VIDEO: Legendary Orchestrator, Arranger Harold Wheeler was Honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Tony Awards

by Stage Tube - Jun 9, 2019

On Sunday night, the Tony Awards honored legendary orchestrator and arranger Harold Wheeler with one of three 2019 Lifetime Achievement Awards. Wheeler is currently represented on Broadway with AIN'T TOO PROUD - THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS. Watch Howard Wheeler accept the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award here.

WATCH NOW! Zooming in on the Tony Nominees: Harold Wheeler Videoplay
WATCH NOW! Zooming in on the Tony Nominees: Harold Wheeler

by BroadwayWorld TV - May 23, 2019

How does Tony nominee Harold Wheeler go about creating his orchestrations? He's telling us his secret!

WATCH NOW! Zooming in on the Tony Nominees: Daniel Kluger Videoplay
WATCH NOW! Zooming in on the Tony Nominees: Daniel Kluger

by BroadwayWorld TV - May 22, 2019

Oklahoma! orchestrator Daniel Kluger tells us all about how he kept the classic R&H sound, but turned it on its head for 2019.

WATCH NOW! Zooming in on the Tony Nominees: Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose Videoplay
WATCH NOW! Zooming in on the Tony Nominees: Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose

by BroadwayWorld TV - May 21, 2019

We're saluting the work of the 2019 Tony nominees by taking a closer look at their extraordinary accomplishments. Today we're studying up on Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose!

VIDEO: The Cast of AIN'T TOO PROUD Performs on TODAY Videoplay
VIDEO: The Cast of AIN'T TOO PROUD Performs on TODAY

by Stage Tube - Apr 29, 2019

The cast of 'Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of The Temptations' kicks off TODAY's Best of Broadway Week with a live performance of the show's title track.

VIDEO: Inside Opening Night of AIN'T TOO PROUD at the Ahmanson Theatre Videoplay
VIDEO: Inside Opening Night of AIN'T TOO PROUD at the Ahmanson Theatre

by Stage Tube - Sep 4, 2018

The Broadway-bound production of the new bio-musical, Ain't Too Proud, recently celebrated its opening night at L.A.'s Ahmanson Theatre! Check out all the action from inside opening night below!

VIDEO: Watch the All New Trailer for DREAMGIRLS Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch the All New Trailer for DREAMGIRLS

by Stage Tube - Feb 9, 2018

A dazzling new trailer for the multi award-winning West End production Dreamgirls has been released today. Watch the full trailer below! Presented by Sonia Friedman Productions, this critically acclaimed musical is now booking at the Savoy Theatre in London through to 22nd September 2018.


Harold Wheeler Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Harold Wheeler written?
Harold Wheeler has written 1 shows including Intimate Apparel (Music).

What awards has Harold Wheeler been nominated for?
Outstanding Orchestrations (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations , Best Orchestrations (Tony Awards) for Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations , Special Tony Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre (Tony Awards) , Best Orchestrations (Tony Awards) for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels , Outstanding Orchestrations (Drama Desk Awards) for Hairspray , Outstanding Orhcestrations (Drama Desk Awards) for Never Gonna Dance , Best Orchestrations (Tony Awards) for Hairspray , Best Orchestrations (Tony Awards) for The Full Monty , Best Orchestrations (Tony Awards) for Swing! , Outstanding Orchestrations (Drama Desk Awards) for Swing! , Best Orchestrations (Tony Awards) for Little Me Outstanding Orchestration (Drama Desk Awards) for The Life and Best Orchestrations (Tony Awards) for The Life .

What awards has Harold Wheeler won?
Special Tony Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre (Tony Awards), Outstanding Orchestrations (Drama Desk Awards) for Hairspray Outstanding Orhcestrations (Drama Desk Awards) for Never Gonna Danceand Outstanding Orchestrations (Drama Desk Awards) for Swing!.