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Kris Kukul

 
Birth Place:
Cleveland, Ohio
Bio:
Kris Kukul is a New York City Based Orchestrator, Arranger, Music Director and Composer.  Currently he is Music Supervisor, Conductor and Orchestrator for Broadway’s Tony nominated Beetlejuice The Musical! Other recent projects include, In The Green at Lincoln Cener Theatre, David Byrne’s ... (read complete bio)
 

Birth Place: Cleveland, Ohio

Bio:
Kris Kukul is a New York City Based Orchestrator, Arranger, Music Director and Composer.  Currently he is Music Supervisor, Conductor and Orchestrator for Broadway’s Tony nominated Beetlejuice The Musical! Other recent projects include, In The Green at Lincoln Cener Theatre, David Byrne’s ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

Productions

 
[Off-Broadway, 2019]
Orchestrator and Music Supervisor
 
[Broadway, 2019]
Music Supervision, Orchestrations and Incidental Music
 
[Washington, DC (Regional), 2018]
Musical Direction
 
[Off-Broadway, 2017]
Music Director
Additional Orchestrations and Arrangements
 
[Off-Broadway, 2015]
Music Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2004]
Musical Director

Photos

Ada Westfall, John Murchison, Hiroyuki Matsuura, Kris Kukul, Peter Pearson, Cynthia M Photo

Ada Westfall, John Murchison, Hiroyuki Matsuura, Kris Kukul, Peter Pearson, Cynthia Meng

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Date:
06/28/2019
David Byrne, Yuval Lion, Bobby Wooten III, Oskar Stenmark, John Klenga, Kris Kukul Photo

David Byrne, Yuval Lion, Bobby Wooten III, Oskar Stenmark, John Klenga, Kris Kukul

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Date:
03/16/2017
Amy Spanger and Kris Kukul Photo

Amy Spanger and Kris Kukul

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Date:
03/18/2015
Kris Kukul and Amy Spanger Photo

Kris Kukul and Amy Spanger

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Date:
03/18/2015

 

Stage

Productions

[Off-Broadway, 2019]
Orchestrator and Music Supervisor

[Broadway, 2019]
Music Supervision, Orchestrations and Incidental Music

[Washington, DC (Regional), 2018]
Musical Direction

[Off-Broadway, 2017]
Music Director

Additional Orchestrations and Arrangements

[Off-Broadway, 2015]
Music Director

[Off-Broadway, 2004]
Musical Director

Kris Kukul Biography

Kris Kukul is a New York City Based Orchestrator, Arranger, Music Director and Composer. 

Currently he is Music Supervisor, Conductor and Orchestrator for Broadway’s Tony nominated Beetlejuice The Musical! Other recent projects include, In The Green at Lincoln Cener Theatre, David Byrne’s Joan of Arc the Public Theatre, Songbird by Michael Kimmel and Lauren Pritchard, a remounting of Elizabeth Swados' Runaways at New York’s City Center, The Aenied with music by Duncan Sheik, Afterwards by Larson Award winner Zoe Sarnak, The Last Goodbye, an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet featuring the music of Jeff Buckley, and The Heart of Robin Hood, music by Parsonsfield.

He also recently arranged, orchestrated and conducted Lincoln Center’s American Songbook: The Music of Elizabeth Swados, and music directed/orchestrated solo concerts for Broadway powerhouses Kate Baldwin (Extraordinary Machine), and Amy Spanger (The Music Be the Place).

For 10 seasons, he served as the resident music director for the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Productions included June Moon, The Last Goodbye, Animal Crackers and others. There he also directed the legendary Late-Night Cabarets, featuring iconic performers including Renee Fleming, Lewis Black, Kathleen Turner, Allison Janey, Tyne Daly, David Hyde Pierce, Judy Kuhn, Lena Hall, Judy Gold, Steven Pasquale, Kelli O’Hara, Phillipa Sou, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Debra Monk, Michael McKean, Harriet Harris and many others. 

Kris began his career working for musical theatre icon Elizabeth Swados. Together, they created Jabu, Kaspar Hauser, The Nomad, The LaMama Cantata and numerous concerts and recordings. He and Director/Choreographer Sam Pinkleton are committed to keeping her legacy alive.  

He music directed the film scores for Of Many, a documentary produced by Chelsea Clinton, and My Depression, an HBO animated film featuring the voices of Sigourney Weaver, Steve Buscemi and Fred Armisten.

As Composer, Kris has written the music for the musicals Beauty Queen and Dash Dexter and the family friendly musicals Camp Monster and Wing It!, both produced by the Williamstown Theatre Festival. He also wrote the music for Oliver Twist at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for The Greek National Theatre. 

Internationally, he spent 3 seasons with The National Theatre of Greece, conducting and arranging music for tours of classical plays in ancient amphitheaters, including the festival of Epidaurus. He performed at the Edinburgh Fringe with the musical From the Fire. With The LaMama Cantata, he performed in Tokyo, Spoleto, Istanbul, Zagreb, Skopje and Belgrade.

In New York City, Kris has worked at Playwrights Horizons, The Vineyard, New York Theatre Workshop, The Atlantic, The Flea, LaMama, Joe’s Pub, 54 Below, Birdland, the Cherry Lane and the Lucille Lortel. He has worked regionally at San Diego’s Old Globe, Arena Stage, Hartford Stage, A.R.T., Emerson Arts, Two River, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Williamstown, The Village Theatre and Royal Manitoba Theatre Center.

Kris is a Graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He is adjunct faculty at Tisch/Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, and has taught at The New School, Duke University, Columbia University, and Queens College.




Kris Kukul News

250 Limited Edition BEETLEJUICE Window Cards to Benefit Entertainment Community Fund Photo 250 Limited Edition BEETLEJUICE Window Cards to Benefit Entertainment Community Fund
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 27, 2022

250 Limited Edition BEETLEJUICE Window Card posters featuring Alex Brightman are now available exclusively at the Marquis Theatre concession stands.  All sales for these limited-edition BEETLEJUICE window cards will benefit The Entertainment Community Fund (formerly The Actor’s Fund).

Cast Announced For Untitled Zack Zadek-Penned Musical Concert, Directed By Sammi Cann Photo Cast Announced For Untitled Zack Zadek-Penned Musical Concert, Directed By Sammi Cannold
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 27, 2022

Indiana's Discovering Broadway Inc. has revealed cast and creative team for its previously announced writers retreat for an untitled in-development musical with a book, music, and lyrics by Zack Zadek. The retreat is set for May 12-23, with a culminating concert of the material planned for May 21 at The Cabaret in Indianapolis.

BEETLEJUICE Will Launch National Tour in December 2022 Photo BEETLEJUICE Will Launch National Tour in December 2022
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 14, 2022

What a week in the Netherworld! In addition to the reopening of the Broadway production at the Marquis Theatre last Friday, April 8, the producers of BEETLEJUICE have announced the launch of a North American Tour in December 2022.

BEETLEJUICE's Kerry Butler Takes Over Our Instagram Today Photo BEETLEJUICE's Kerry Butler Takes Over Our Instagram Today
by HaleyJane Rose - Apr 8, 2022

Tune in to our Instagram story today, as Kerry Butler takes over to take you behind the scenes of her day as Beetlejuice returns to Broadway.

BEETLEJUICE on Broadway Announces Digital Lottery Photo BEETLEJUICE on Broadway Announces Digital Lottery
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 8, 2022

The Ghost-with-the-Most will launch the BEETLEJUICE DIGITAL LOTTERY powered by Broadway Direct on Sunday, April 10th for a limited number of $45 tickets.

VIDEO: BEETLEJUICE Fan Art Mural at the Marquis Wows the Show's Cast! Photo VIDEO: BEETLEJUICE Fan Art Mural at the Marquis Wows the Show's Cast!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 7, 2022

This week, the cast of Beetlejuice stopped by the Marquis to check out the mural for the very first time! Go inside the unveiling to see video of the Fan Art wall and the cast's reaction.

VIDEO: First Look at New & Returning Cast of BEETLEJUICE in Rehearsal Photo VIDEO: First Look at New & Returning Cast of BEETLEJUICE in Rehearsal
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 1, 2022

Beetlejuice is headed back to Broadway on April 8, 2022 at the Marquis Theatre! Get a first look at the new and returning cast of Beetlejuice in rehearsal!

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by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 29, 2022

BEETLEJUICE, SIX, JAGGED LITTLE PILL, and More Announced for Broadway in Hollywood 20 Photo BEETLEJUICE, SIX, JAGGED LITTLE PILL, and More Announced for Broadway in Hollywood 2022-23 Season
by Stephi Wild - Mar 22, 2022

Broadway In Hollywood has announced their new 2022-23 season entitled, 'Simply the Best' - the first full season announcement in two years, consisting of eight Broadway national tour productions which will play both the Pantages and Dolby Theatres in Hollywood.

BEETLEJUICE, SIX, JAGGED LITTLE PILL, and More Announced for Broadway in Hollywood 20 Photo BEETLEJUICE, SIX, JAGGED LITTLE PILL, and More Announced for Broadway in Hollywood 2022-23 Season
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 22, 2022

Broadway In Hollywood has announced their new 2022-23 season entitled, 'Simply the Best' - the first full season announcement in two years, consisting of eight Broadway national tour productions which will play both the Pantages and Dolby Theatres in Hollywood.

Kris Kukul Videos

VIDEO: BEETLEJUICE Fan Art Mural at the Marquis Wows the Show's Cast! VideoVIDEO: BEETLEJUICE Fan Art Mural at the Marquis Wows the Show's Cast!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 7, 2022

This week, the cast of Beetlejuice stopped by the Marquis to check out the mural for the very first time! Go inside the unveiling to see video of the Fan Art wall and the cast's reaction.

VIDEO: First Look at New & Returning Cast of BEETLEJUICE in Rehearsal VideoVIDEO: First Look at New & Returning Cast of BEETLEJUICE in Rehearsal
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 1, 2022

Beetlejuice is headed back to Broadway on April 8, 2022 at the Marquis Theatre! Get a first look at the new and returning cast of Beetlejuice in rehearsal!

VIDEO: Rehearsals Start for BEETLEJUICE South Korea in New Vlog from Matt DiCarlo VideoVIDEO: Rehearsals Start for BEETLEJUICE South Korea in New Vlog from Matt DiCarlo
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 6, 2021

We're taking you behind the scenes at Beetlejuice in South Korea with restaging director Matt DiCarlo! In this third installment, Matt takes us along for the start of rehearsals for the production and he chats with music supervisior Kris Kukul!

VIDEO: A Message From BEETLEJUICE's #1 Life Coach, Leslie Kritzer VideoVIDEO: A Message From BEETLEJUICE's #1 Life Coach, Leslie Kritzer
by Stage Tube - Mar 6, 2020

Watch Beetlejuice's Leslie Kritzer, as her character Delia Deetz, walk us through the stages of grief as the show's closing date looms closer.

VIDEO: Listen to the Official Pre-Show Music For BEETLEJUICE VideoVIDEO: Listen to the Official Pre-Show Music For BEETLEJUICE
by Stage Tube - Oct 13, 2019

Beetlejuice has released the musical's official pre-show music, composed by the show's music producer, Matt Stine!

VIDEO: Get a Peek Inside the Recording Studio for BEETLEJUICE's 'The Whole Being Dead VideoVIDEO: Get a Peek Inside the Recording Studio for BEETLEJUICE's 'The Whole Being Dead Thing, Pt 2'
by Stage Tube - Jul 30, 2019

We're getting a peek inside the recording studio with ghost with the most as Alex Brightman, Rob McClure, and Kerry Butler record the song 'The Whole Being Dead Thing, Pt 2' from the Tony-nominated musical Beetlejuice. Head to the Netherworld by checking out the full video!

BWW TV: First Look at Grace McLean's IN THE GREEN VideoBWW TV: First Look at Grace McLean's IN THE GREEN
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 27, 2019

Lincoln Center TheaterLCT3 produces the world premiere of In the Green, a new musical by Grace McLean, directed by Lee Sunday Evans. The production began performances Saturday, June 8 and will run for eight weeks only through Sunday, August 4 at the Claire Tow Theater (150 West 65 Street). Opening night is Thursday, June 27. In the Green's cast features Grace McLean, Rachael Duddy, Ashley Perez Flanagan, Mia Pak, and Hannah Whitney.

VIDEO: Go Behind The Otherworldy Magic of BEETLEJUICE On Broadway VideoVIDEO: Go Behind The Otherworldy Magic of BEETLEJUICE On Broadway
by Stage Tube - Jun 12, 2019

See how levitations, sand snakes, and more come to life eight times a week on the Winter Garden stage!

VIDEO: The BEETLEJUICE Cast Performs 'Day-O (The Banana Boat Song) / The Whole Being  VideoVIDEO: The BEETLEJUICE Cast Performs 'Day-O (The Banana Boat Song) / The Whole Being Dead Thing' at the TONY AWARDS
by Stage Tube - Jun 10, 2019

Describing life in the afterlife, Alex Brightman leads the cast of Beetlejuice in a performance of 'Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)' and 'The Whole Being Dead Thing' at the 2019 Tony Awards.

VIDEO: Watch Sophia Anne Caruso Sing 'Dead Mom' from BEETLEJUICE VideoVIDEO: Watch Sophia Anne Caruso Sing 'Dead Mom' from BEETLEJUICE
by Alan Henry - May 29, 2019

BroadwayWorld has a first look at a new music video for 'Dead Mom' from Beetlejuice, performed in the studio by Sophia Ann Caruso! Check out the video!