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Joseph Thalken is an award-winning composer, conductor and pianist whose theater and concert works have been performed internationally. His music has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Somerled Charitable Foundation and the Shen Family Foundation.

Thalken is the composer of the musicals Harold and Maude, Was, Borrowed Dust, Fall of ’94, and Inventions for Piano. His concert works encompass chamber, choral, orchestral, wind ensemble and vocal music. His chamber orchestra ballet, Chasing Home, commissioned by Bruce Wood Dance, is receiving a world-premiere recording by the Dallas Chamber Symphony, conducted by Richard McKay.

He has served as music director and/or arranger for luminaries of Broadway and classical music, including Julie Andrews, Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, Renée Fleming, Rebecca Luker, Marin Mazzie, Kristin Chenoweth, Liza Minnelli, Polly Bergen, Faith Prince, Elizabeth Futral, Catherine Malfitano, Denyce Graves, Joshua Bell, Michael Crawford, Howard McGillin, Michael Winther, Jason Danieley, Nathan Gunn, Rodney Gilfry and Brian Stokes Mitchell, among many others. He performed with the New York Philharmonic for their 2019 Spring Gala, for which he also wrote several orchestrations.

After graduating from Northwestern University, he worked at the Zurich Opera Studio and spent several years at the Stadttheater Aachen (Germany) as a conductor, pianist and composer. A long-time New York City resident, he has taught music theater composition at Yale University.

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This spring, it's your chance to experience an incredible array of performances at the Staller Center for the Arts. The new season contains a vast lineup from high-profile musical artists and world-renowned dance troupes to fun-filled family shows and side-splitting comedians!

Alan Cumming, Renée Elise Goldsberry & Patti LuPone to Kick Off BEYOND BROADWAY Series at the Hobby Center

Get ready for an unforgettable musical experience as Alan Cumming, Renée Elise Goldsberry, and Patti LuPone kick off the new 'Beyond Broadway' series at Hobby Center.

Review: LITTLE BY LITTLE, CUT TOO SHORT, & BROADWAY BOUND Bring Some Pleasures To 54 Below

These three evenings at 54 Below celebrated what some might cavalierly dismiss as missable musical theatre “also-rans,” but they’d be missing out

Stage West Opens Season With ONCE UPON A MATTRESS

How do you tell a real princess from a wannabe?  You’ll have a grand time finding out, as Stage West, in a co-production with Theatre TCU, presents the charming, classic fairytale musical Once Upon a Mattress, which begins a 3-week run on Thursday, October 19.  Learn more about the production here!

Whitney Bashor and Jessica Vosk to Lead BEACHES THE MUSICAL Industry Readings

Whitney Bashor (The Bridges of Madison County) and Jessica Vosk (Wicked) will lead two private industry readings of the new musical BEACHES on October 13, 2023.    

Chelsea Table and Stage to Present Encore Presentation of Karen Mason's 30… AND COUNTING This Month

Broadway star Karen Mason celebrates her collaboration with longtime music director Christopher Denny at Chelsea Table + Stage this month.

54 SINGS BANDSTAND, Cheyenne Jackson, and More to Play 54 Below Next Week

Check out the lineup of performances next week at 54 Below!

Karen Mason to Present Encore Presentation of 30… AND COUNTING at Chelsea Table + Stage

CHELSEA TABLE + STAGE will present Broadway, recording and concert star Karen Mason in an encore presentation of her hit show “30… And Counting” on Thursday, September 28 at 7:00 PM.

SONGS FROM AN UNMADE BED Comes to 54 Below This Month

54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club, presents Songs From An Unmade Bed on September 24th, 2023. Learn more about the upcoming concert and how to get tickets here!

Photos: Hugh Panaro Makes His Barrington Stage Co. Debut at Mr. Finn's Cabaret

It was an absolute thrill to see Hugh Panaro make his Barrington Stage Company Cabaret Series debut at Mr. Finn’s.  The accomplished actor has one of the finest voices in the current landscape of performers you will find on Broadway or anywhere else in the world.  

Review: Jason Danieley Opens Up With Open-Hearted WITHOUT A SONG 54 Below

Jason Danieley is a candidate for caring who takes care in how he sings and speaks his heart. 

Karen Mason and Christopher Denny to Celebrate 30 Years of Collaboration at Chelsea Table + Stage

Join in at Chelsea Table + Stage as we celebrate 30 years of collaboration between Karen Mason and music director Christopher Denny. Get ready for an unforgettable night of music and memories. Book your tickets now!

Patti LuPone to Perform DON'T MONKEY WITH BROADWAY in Support of Seattle Men's and Women's Chorus

Join Tony Award-winning actress Patti LuPone as she brings her acclaimed 'Don't Monkey with Broadway' concert to Seattle in support of the Seattle Men's Chorus and Seattle Women's Chorus. Don't miss your chance to experience the magic of Broadway while supporting a great cause.

BEACHES THE MUSICAL Will Make International Premiere at Theatre Calgary

The international premiere of Beaches the Musical as the final show of Theatre Calgary's upcoming 2023-24 season. Find out whats new about this newest version of the musical, which had previous runs in DC and Chicago.

Patti LuPone, David Foster & Katharine McPhee and More Set for 2023�"2024 Season of Renée Fleming VOICES

Discover the incredible lineup of performances and special events for the 2023–2024 season of Renée Fleming VOICES at the Kennedy Center. From renowned artists to captivating concerts, get ready for an unforgettable experience.

Single Tickets For All San Francisco Symphony 2023�"24 Season Concerts Go On Sale Saturday, July 15

Single tickets for the San Francisco Symphony’s 2023–24 season go on sale Saturday, July 15 starting 10am via the Davies Symphony Hall box office and will be available online and via phone beginning 12pm the same day.

Review: MOIPEI Is Great Great Great In SING SING SING at 54 Below

The harmonies that the sisters pull off are as close to perfect as a harmonizing group can hope to achieve.

MOIPEI, Liz Callaway, and More to Play 54 Below Next Week

Next week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club and 2022 Tony Awards Honoree for Excellence in the Theatre, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. 54 Below celebrates Broadway musicals and writers of the past and present, promoting an ongoing engagement with their work.

MOIPEI Brings SING SING SING! to 54 Below This Month

54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club, presents MOIPEI in SING SING SING! on July 10, 2023 at 7pm. This concert was commissioned by the Kennedy Center to close their 2023 RiverRun Festival and performed to standing ovations in this past April.


Joseph Thalken has written 1 shows including Harold and Maude (Composer).

Joseph Thalken has been nominated for the Outstanding Director, Resident Production award at the Helen Hayes Awards for his work on the show "Crucible".

Joseph Thalken has won the Outstanding Director, Resident Production award at the Helen Hayes Awards for his work on Crucible.

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