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JACOB YANDURA is a New York City based composer.

Most recently, Jacob and his lyricist-collaborator Rebekah Greer Melocik are at work on a musical adaptation of the 2015 Peabody Award-winning documentary How to Dance in Ohio (directed by Sammi Cannold; supported by the Prince Fellowship and the Shubert Organization’s Artistic Circle; world premiere at Syracuse Stage, Fall 2022). His other projects include The Last Queen of Canaan (book by Harrison David Rivers), The Coup, and Wringer, a commission by New York City Children's Theater based on the novel by Jerry Spinelli (Off-Broadway; New York City Center Stage II; directed by Stephen Brackett).

Recognitions include: SPACE on Ryder Farm residency, Jonathan Larson Grant finalists, NAMT Festival of New Musicals (The Last Queen of Canaan), Ars Nova’s UNCHARTED residency (The Coup), the Johnny Mercer Writers Grove at Goodspeed Musicals, the York Theatre's NEO residency, the Yale Institute for Music Theatre (The Last Queen of Canaan), the Dramatists Guild fellowship, the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, Cap21’s Writers Residency, and Ars Nova’s ANT Fest.

Jacob holds a B.A. in Music Composition from Kenyon College and an M.F.A from New York University’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.

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Reneé Rapp, FELLOW TRAVELERS & More Win GLAAD Media Awards

Reneé Rapp, Fellow Travelers, and more received GLAAD Media Awards at last night's Los Angeles ceremony. Nominees included The Color Purple, Rustin, Billy Porter, Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, and more. Check out the winners from the Los Angeles ceremony now!

Video: HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO Takes Final Bows; Producers and Cast Members Give Speeches

How to Dance in Ohio played its final Broadway performance on February 11, 2024. Following the final curtain call, several speeches were given by members of the show's team. Check out the video here!

HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO Recorded for Lincoln Center Archives

How to Dance in Ohio, which concludes its Broadway run this Sunday, February 11, 2024, was recorded for the Lincoln Center Theatre on Film and Tape Archives, preserving it to be viewed in the future by theatre professionals.

Album Review: Broadway's HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO Is Closing But Finds More Life With Its Cast Recording

Center Stage’s production of this album gives the listener a real sense of the show without the help of the musical’s book and this always gets high marks from this rainbow writer,

HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO Plays Final Broadway Performance

How to Dance in Ohio will conclude its Broadway run on February 11, 2024, following 27 previews and 72 regular performances at the Belasco Theater.

HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO & Mentra to Host Resume Writing Workshop

Broadway's How to Dance in Ohio, inspired by Alexandra Shiva’s Peabody Award-winning documentary of the same name, and Mentra, a neurodiversity employment network, are partnering to host a Resume Writing Workshop in New York City this month.  

How Often Are Musicals Based on Documentaries?

This time, the reader question was: Is How To Dance in Ohio the only musical based on a documentary?

HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO Announces Broadway Closing Date

How to Dance in Ohio will conclude its Broadway run on Sunday, February 11, 2024, following 99 performances (27 previews and 72 regular performances) at the Belasco Theater.

Listen: HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO Cast Recording is Available Digitally Today

The original Broadway cast recording of the new musical How to Dance in Ohio, is available digitally on all platforms. Listen to the full album here!

FAT HAM, Billy Porter & More Receive GLAAD Award Nominations

GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, has announced the nominees for the 35th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, including five Broadway shows, Billy Porter, Reneé Rapp, The Color Purple, High School Musical the Musical the Series, Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies, and more.

Video: Watch Madison Kopec Sing 'Drift' from HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO

How to Dance in Ohio is now running on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre and you can catch a first look at 'Drift' performed by Madison Kopec and the rest of the company below!

Video: Watch 'Waves and Wires' from HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO

In this video, watch as  Liam Pearce and the cast of How to Dance in Ohio perform 'Waves and Wires'.

Video: HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO Cast and Creatives Talk Autism Representation and More on PBS NewsHour

Members of the cast and creative team of How to Dance in Ohio recently chatted with PBS NewsHour about the importance of Austism representation on Broadway, and more! Check out the video here!

HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO Cancels Today's Matinee Due to Illness in the Company

How to Dance in Ohio on Broadway has cancelled today's January 3rd matinee due to illness in the company. 

Video: ABC News Goes Behind the Scenes of HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO

Watch as ABC News goes behind the scenes of the new Broadway musical How to Dance in Ohio!

Photos: Stars Walk the Red Carpet on Opening Night of HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO

What happens when you combine heartfelt documentary with big Broadway musical? Something like what is happening eight times a week at the Belasco Theatre, where How to Dance in Ohio just celebrated its opening. Check out photos from inside the big night!

Photos: HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO Cast and Creative Team Celebrates Opening Night

The Belasco Theatre was the place to be as Broadway celebrated the opening of the final musical of 2023. How to Dance in Ohio – inspired by Alexandra Shiva’s Peabody Award-winning documentary of the same name – is now officially open on Broadway. BroadwayWorld was there for the big night and you can check out photos of the company arrivals here!

Review Roundup: HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO Opens on Broadway

How to Dance in Ohio, with book and lyrics by Rebekah Greer Melocik, music by Jacob Yandura, choreography by Mayte Natalio, and direction by Sammi Cannold, opened on Broadway on December 10th at the Belasco Theatre. The musical is inspired by Alexandra Shiva’s Peabody Award-winning documentary of the same name. See what the critics had to say!

Video: First Look At HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO On Broadway!

First look video has been released from the new musical How to Dance in Ohio – inspired by Alexandra Shiva’s Peabody Award-winning documentary of the same name – which is set to open this Sunday, December 10 the Belasco Theatre.

Wake Up With BroadwayWorld December 11th, 2023

Rise and shine, BroadwayWorld! It is December 11, 2023 and it's time to catch up on all of the theatrical happenings you may have missed in the last 24 hours.

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How many shows has Jacob Yandura written?

Jacob Yandura has written 1 shows including How to Dance in Ohio (Music).

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