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Joseph Thalken

 
Bio:
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 ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
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 ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

Productions

 
[Broadway, 1995] [Replacement]
Conductor[Replacement]
 
[Broadway, 1992]
Keyboard
 
[Off-Broadway, 1991]
Musical Director

Writing

Composer

Joseph Thalken Biography

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.

Joseph Thalken Awards and Nominations

 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1988 - Outstanding Director, Resident Production Gold Star
Zelda FichandlerCrucible

Joseph Thalken News

Bernadette Peters Replaces Kelli O'Hara in Manhattan Theatre Club Winter Benefit Photo Bernadette Peters Replaces Kelli O'Hara in Manhattan Theatre Club Winter Benefit
by Stephi Wild - Jan 23, 2023

Bernadette Peters is stepping in to headline the Manhattan Theatre Club Winter Benefit this evening at the Ziegfeld Ballroom. Peters replaces the previously announced Kelli O'Hara. Due to a positive COVID diagnosis, O'Hara is unable to perform at the MTC benefit this evening.

Patti LuPone is Hitting the Road With New Tour, DON'T MONKEY WITH BROADWAY Photo Patti LuPone is Hitting the Road With New Tour, DON'T MONKEY WITH BROADWAY
by Stephi Wild - Jan 17, 2023

Patti LuPone is hitting the road with her new tour Don't Monkey With Broadway! Check out the full list of dates and find out how to get tickets here!

FEATURE: From Under The Rainbow - Bobby Patrick's Picks Of The Best Of 2022 Photo FEATURE: From Under The Rainbow - Bobby Patrick's Picks Of The Best Of 2022
by Bobby Patrick - Dec 31, 2022

Bobby must jump on THAT bandwagon and sort through our impressive list of reviews and pick out the standouts for the previous 12 months, and so, here goes…

Patti LuPone, John Lloyd Young, Tony Yazbeck And More To Take The Stage At 54 Below T Photo Patti LuPone, John Lloyd Young, Tony Yazbeck And More To Take The Stage At 54 Below This January!
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 29, 2022

Next month, 54 BELOW will present some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond, including solo performances from Tony Award-winners Patti LuPone and  John Lloyd Young and Tony-nominee Tony Yazbeck. See the full lineup below!

Listen: Patti LuPone, Laurence Fishburne, Christopher Walken & More to be Featured in Photo Listen: Patti LuPone, Laurence Fishburne, Christopher Walken & More to be Featured in RADIO PLAY REVIVAL Season 2
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 27, 2022

Listen to RADIO PLAY REVIVAL podcast Season 2, which launched on December 25th, 2022.

Patti LuPone, Jenn Colella, and More To Ring In 2023 Next Week At 54 Below Photo Patti LuPone, Jenn Colella, and More To Ring In 2023 Next Week At 54 Below
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 23, 2022

Next week, 54 BELOW will present some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond, including Songs From A Hat with Tony Award-winning legend Patti LuPone, an evening with Come From Away Tony-nominee Jenn Colella and more!

Review: Patti LuPone Still Wears A Hat & She Is Pulling A Show Out Of It To Make Magi Photo Review: Patti LuPone Still Wears A Hat & She Is Pulling A Show Out Of It To Make Magic With SONGS FROM A HAT At 54 Below
by Bobby Patrick - Dec 22, 2022

Patti LuPone was electrifying and uplifting at 54 Below Tuesday night.

Videos: Hugh Panaro Sings PHANTOM and More at 54 Below Debut Photo Videos: Hugh Panaro Sings PHANTOM and More at 54 Below Debut
by Stephi Wild - Dec 21, 2022

Hugh Panaro made his solo debut at 54 Below in October, treating audiences to songs and stories from the blockbusters he’s known for… and even some shows he wasn’t in! Check out video clips from the concert, featuring numbers from Miss Saigon, Sweeney Todd, and The Phantom of the Opera!

Patti LuPone, SISMAS Featuring Rachel Zegler, And More Take the Stage At 54 Below Thi Photo Patti LuPone, SISMAS Featuring Rachel Zegler, And More Take the Stage At 54 Below This Week!
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 16, 2022

Next week, 54 BELOW will ring in the holidays with some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. The exciting lineup includes Tony Award-winner Patti LuPone, a star-studded SISMAS featuring Sis Thee Doll, Rachel Zegler, and Seth Rudetsky, Broadway's Darius De Hass and more!

HAROLD & MAUDE, THE MUSICAL Comes to Birmingham Village Players Photo HAROLD & MAUDE, THE MUSICAL Comes to Birmingham Village Players
by Stephi Wild - Dec 16, 2022

The Birmingham Village Players (BVP) 100th season continues with the community theatre debut of Harold & Maude, The Musical. This musical introduces Harold, a death-obsessed young man, to Maude, a life-affirming octogenarian. 

Joseph Thalken Videos

VIDEO: Watch Rebecca Luker Sing Touching Song, 'Time' from WAS Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch Rebecca Luker Sing Touching Song, 'Time' from WAS

by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 23, 2020

Below, listen as Rebecca Luker sings a song from Barry Kleinbort and Joseph Thalken's musical Was, titled 'Time.' The song was featured on Jamie deRoy & Friends Vol. 7: The Real Thing.

BWW TV EXCLUSIVE: DEATH TAKES A HOLDAY Cast Weighs in on the Best of Yeston!
by Jessica Lewis - Jun 23, 2011

Roundabout Theatre Company is presenting the world premiere of the new musical Death Takes a Holiday, directed by Tony¬ģ winner Doug Hughes (Doubt), adapted by Tony¬ģ-winning writers Peter Stone (1776) and Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray), and composed by Tony¬ģ winner Maury Yeston (Nine, Titanic). Death Takes a Holiday is based on the dramatic play by Alberto Casella, rewritten for the American stage by Walter Ferris, and originally produced by Messrs. Shubert. BroadwayWorld recently meet up with the cast and company to weigh in on their favorite Maury Yeston song in Death and in his greater body of work. See what the crew has to say below and in the accompanying video clip! BroadwayWorld recently meet up with the cast and company to weigh in on their favorite Maury Yeston song in Death and in his greater body of work. See what the crew has to say below and in the accompanying video clip!

BWW TV: Inside Hanggi's BEHIND THE CURTAIN RISES at Signature - Part 3
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 30, 2011

Welcome back to Inside Behind the Curtain Rises! In this exclusive BroadwayWorld special, Tony nominated director Kristin Hanggi (Rock of Ages) takes you inside the rehearsal room for her new production at Signature Theatre. Click below for the final installment, the making of the finale!

BWW TV EXCLUSIVE: Inside AND THE CURTAIN RISES with Kristin Hanggi at Signature Theatre Part 2!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 17, 2011

Welcome back to Inside Behind the Curtain Rises! In this exclusive BroadwayWorld special, Tony nominated director Kristin Hanggi (Rock of Ages) takes you inside the rehearsal room for her new production at Signature Theatre.

BWW TV EXCLUSIVE: Behind AND THE CURTAIN RISES with Kristin Hanggi at Signature!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 8, 2011

Virginia's Tony Award¬ģ-winning Signature Theatre, through its groundbreaking American Musical Voices Project (AMVP), presents the musical comedy And the Curtain Rises (formerly known as Wheatley's Folly). Beginning performances on Thursday, March 17, 2011, And the Curtain Rises marks the third production presented as part of Signature's AMVP, the largest commissioning program for new musicals in the country, following Michael John LaChiusa's Giant in 2009 and Ricky Ian Gordon's Sycamore Trees last year.

BWW TV: CHESS at Signature Theatre!
by Robert Diamond - Aug 30, 2010

The production of Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Tim Rice's CHESS at the Signature Theatre opened August 10 and will run through September 26. Broadway's Jill Paice (Curtains, The 39 Steps), Euan Morton (Boy George in Taboo, Sondheim on Sondheim), and Jeremy Kushnier (Footloose, Rent) star in the rock musical Chess, which was directed by Signature's Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer. Written by Mamma Mia! composers Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson with Evita and Lion King lyricist Tim Rice, the 1984 cult musical of Cold War competition in love and chess is being given its first major Washington area production. Chess will be performed in the fabulous intimacy of the 276-seat MAX Theatre through September 26, 2010.

STAGE TUBE: A Peek At Signature Theater's CHESS
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 27, 2010

The production of Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Tim Rice's CHESS at the Signature Theatre opened August 10 and will run through September 26.

STAGE TUBE: Sondheim Presents Lansbury With Award
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 14, 2010

Angela Lansbury, the great star of stage, film, and television, was honored April 12 with the first annual Stephen Sondheim Award, given by Virginia's Signature Theatre at a black-tie Gala Benefit at the Embassy of Italy. The Sondheim Award, established by Signature last year in the name of America's most influential contemporary musical theater writer and composer, was presented to the actress by Mr. Sondheim himself.


Joseph Thalken Frequently Asked Questions

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

What awards has Joseph Thalken been nominated for?
Outstanding Director, Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for Crucible .

What awards has Joseph Thalken won?
Outstanding Director, Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for Crucible.