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Richard Oberacker

 
Bio:
Richard Oberacker is currently the conductor of Cirque Du Soleil’s most extravagant show KA at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. He has previously worked for Cirque Du Soleil as the original conductor and orchestrator of DRALION, making him the first American conductor to be hired by the renowned ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Richard Oberacker is currently the conductor of Cirque Du Soleil’s most extravagant show KA at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. He has previously worked for Cirque Du Soleil as the original conductor and orchestrator of DRALION, making him the first American conductor to be hired by the renowned ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

Productions

 
[New York, 2006]
Director
Orchestrator

Writing

Music
Bookwriter/Lyricist
Composer
Bookwriter/Lyricist
Composer

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Richard Oberacker, Robert Taylor, Laura Osnes, Beth Leavel, Joe Carroll, Corey Cott,  Photo

Richard Oberacker, Robert Taylor, Laura Osnes, Beth Leavel, Joe Carroll, Corey Cott, Geoff Packard, Greg Anthony Rassen, Brandon James Ellis, James Nathan Hopkins, Alex Bender

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06/23/2017
Richard Oberacker, Robert Taylor, Laura Osnes, Beth Leavel, Joe Carroll, Corey Cott,  Photo

Richard Oberacker, Robert Taylor, Laura Osnes, Beth Leavel, Joe Carroll, Corey Cott, Geoff Packard, Greg Anthony Rassen, Brandon James Ellis, James Nathan Hopkins, Alex Bender

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Date:
06/23/2017
Greg Anthony Rassen, Robert Taylor, Richard Oberacker Photo

Greg Anthony Rassen, Robert Taylor, Richard Oberacker

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06/23/2017

 

Stage

Productions

Director

Orchestrator

Writing
Music
Bookwriter/Lyricist
Composer
Bookwriter/Lyricist
Composer

Richard Oberacker Biography

Richard Oberacker is currently the conductor of Cirque Du Soleil’s most extravagant show KA at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. He has previously worked for Cirque Du Soleil as the original conductor and orchestrator of DRALION, making him the first American conductor to be hired by the renowned company. He has also served as conductor for the first national tour of Disney’s THE LION KING as well as associate conductor for tours of SHOW BOAT, CATS and ANDREW LLYOD WEBERS MUSIC OF THE NIGHT. As a composer his musical THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO FISHMAN was commissioned by Clear Channel Entertainment and received its premiere at the Signature Theater in the Washington D.C. area under the direction of Eric D. Schaeffer. His musical DRACULA – THE GAME OF LOVE premiered at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and his musical A LITTLE THEATER premiered at the Aurelia Theater in Cincinnati. IN THAT VALLEY, a musical with a book co-written by Steven Minning was presented at the NAMT Festival of New Works in 1999.

Richard Oberacker Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2017 - Outstanding Book of a Musical
Richard Oberacker, Bandstand
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2017 - Outstanding Music
Richard Oberacker, Bandstand
 
Kevin Kline Awards - 2007 - Outstanding New Play or Musical Gold Star
Richard OberackerAce
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2003 - The Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Musical
Richard OberackerThe Gospel According to Fishman

Richard Oberacker News

Playhouse On Park Announces 2022-23 Season Photo Playhouse On Park Announces 2022-23 Season
by Stephi Wild - May 3, 2022

Patrons and friends from the Playhouse on Park community tuned in for Playhouse's Season 14 Big Reveal in-person and via livestream; the season was announced by Executive Director Tracy Flater and Co-Artistic Directors Sean Harris and Darlene Zoller.

Preston Truman Boyd, David Benoit & More Announced for World Premiere of BRUCE at Sea Photo Preston Truman Boyd, David Benoit & More Announced for World Premiere of BRUCE at Seattle Rep
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 18, 2022

Seattle Rep today announced complete casting of its world-premiere production of Bruce, the new musical is based on Carl Gottlieb’s The Jaws Log, a novel about the making of the iconic film. Bruce will perform on the Bagley Wright stage from May 27-June 26, 2022, and will celebrate its official opening night on June 8.

PHX Theatre Announces 103rd Season Lineup Photo PHX Theatre Announces 103rd Season Lineup
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 5, 2022

The Phoenix Theatre Company's seasonwill kick off in August and includes nine shows ranging from classic musicals like A Chorus Line and family favorites like Cinderella to the world-premiere of Tiananmen.

Jarrod Spector Will Play Steven Spielberg in the World Premiere of BRUCE at Seattle R Photo Jarrod Spector Will Play Steven Spielberg in the World Premiere of BRUCE at Seattle Rep
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 21, 2022

Seattle Rep announced that Tony-nominated leading man Jarrod Spector has been cast in the highly anticipated role of Steven Spielberg in the world-premiere production of BRUCE.

Wake Up With BWW 3/7: Taron Egerton Collapses Onstage, and More Photo Wake Up With BWW 3/7: Taron Egerton Collapses Onstage, and More
by - Mar 7, 2022

Today's top stories include the latest episode of The Aging Ingenue, and new single from Noah Reid, and more! Plus, Taron Egerton collapsed onstage this weekend during the West End opening night preview performance of the Mike Bartlett play, Cock. 

ANGEL OF ARKANSAS to Premiere at Notoriety Live Photo ANGEL OF ARKANSAS to Premiere at Notoriety Live
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 24, 2022

“Angel of Arkansas,” a new show by Richard Oberacker and Robert Taylor, creators of Broadway’s Tony Award-winning musical “Bandstand,” will receive a premiere concert-style presentation at Notoriety Live in the 175-seat Renkus-Heinz Theatre on Sunday, Jan. 30, at 2 p.m. 

BWW Feature: ANGEL OF ARKANSAS TO PREMIERE AT NOTORIETY LIVE Photo BWW Feature: ANGEL OF ARKANSAS TO PREMIERE AT NOTORIETY LIVE
by Debbie Hall - Jan 20, 2022

Angel of Arkansas, a new show by Richard Oberacker and Robert Taylor, will premiere in the 175-seat Renkus-Heinz Theatre at Notoriety Live at Neonopolis on Jan. 30.

Seattle Rep Announces Select Casting For Its 2021/22 Season of Live Theater Photo Seattle Rep Announces Select Casting For Its 2021/22 Season of Live Theater
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 2, 2021

Seattle Rep today announced select cast members in its 2021/22 season of live theater productions, including Academy Award-nominated actor David Strathairn, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, and Thom Sesma in an exciting new translation of Ibsen’s classic play, Ghosts, previously part of Seattle Rep’s Plays in Process series.

THE SANDMAN  Debuts In Time For Halloween at Majestic Repertory Theatre Photo THE SANDMAN Debuts In Time For Halloween at Majestic Repertory Theatre
by Stephi Wild - Oct 15, 2021

To mark the beginning of their sixth year, Majestic Repertory Theatre is producing the American premiere of The Sandman - a new musical by the writers of the Tony-winning Broadway musical Bandstand, Richard Oberacker and Robert Taylor. Oberacker is also the Music Director for Cirque du Soleil's KA.

BRUCE, New Musical Based On THE JAWS LOG, to Have World Premiere At Seattle Rep Summe Photo BRUCE, New Musical Based On THE JAWS LOG, to Have World Premiere At Seattle Rep Summer 2022
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 29, 2021

Seattle Rep today announced its return to the stage with a full season of must-see live theater in both its remodeled Bagley Wright Theater and intimate Leo K. Theater. The season features productions of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, and more! In-person theater productions at Seattle Rep begin in January 2022 and run through June 2022.

Richard Oberacker Videos

VIDEO: BANDSTAND National Tour Salutes Veterans In Celebration Of Veterans Day VideoVIDEO: BANDSTAND National Tour Salutes Veterans In Celebration Of Veterans Day
by Stage Tube - Nov 11, 2019

Ain't we proud! The national tour cast of the Tony-winning musical Bandstand are saluting our veterans in celebration of Veterans Day. Check out this video to see the heartfelt message from Zack Zaromatidis, Jennifer Elizabeth Smith, and more!

BWW Exclusive: The Boys (and Girl) Are Back! BANDSTAND Cast Reunites at Birdland Ahea VideoBWW Exclusive: The Boys (and Girl) Are Back! BANDSTAND Cast Reunites at Birdland Ahead of Film Release
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 17, 2018

Bandstand, Richard Oberacker and Robert Taylor's Broadway musical directed and choreographed by three-time Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton), will bring high-octane, heart-stopping, spectacular dancing to movie theaters nationwide this summer in "BANDSTAND: The Broadway Musical on Screen." In addition to the feature content, audiences will enjoy behind-the-scenes and never-before-seen footage of the production.

VIDEO: Broadway's BANDSTAND Prepares to Swing Into Movie Theaters; See the First Trai VideoVIDEO: Broadway's BANDSTAND Prepares to Swing Into Movie Theaters; See the First Trailer!
by Stage Tube - Apr 30, 2018

Bandstand, Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker's Broadway musical directed and choreographed by three-time Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton), will bring high-octane, heart-stopping, spectacular dancing to movie theaters nationwide this summer in 'BANDSTAND: The Broadway Musical on Screen.' In addition to the feature content, audiences will enjoy behind-the-scenes and never-before-seen footage of the production.

VIDEO: Listen to Joey Pero's 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)' Single, Featuring Laura Osnes VideoVIDEO: Listen to Joey Pero's 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)' Single, Featuring Laura Osnes
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2017

Actor/musician Joey Pero just released his new single 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over),' originally written and recorded by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The single features Broadway Leading Lady Laura Osnes on vocals, as well as Pero on trumpet and vocals. Get a first listen below!

VIDEO: BANDSTAND's Laura Osnes Reminisces with Her Grandmother, a Real-Life 1940s Swi VideoVIDEO: BANDSTAND's Laura Osnes Reminisces with Her Grandmother, a Real-Life 1940s Swing Band Singer
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2017

Laura Osnes shares a special connection as she takes the stage each night in Broadway's BANDSTAND, as her grandmother was a real-life singer in a 1940s swing band. Watch their Skype session below!

VIDEO: Corey Cott & Laura Osnes Duet on Original Demo of 'This Is Life' from BANDSTAN VideoVIDEO: Corey Cott & Laura Osnes Duet on Original Demo of 'This Is Life' from BANDSTAND
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2017

For #ThrowbackThursday, BANDSTAND composer Richard Oberacker shared footage of Corey Cott and Laura Osnes recording the very first demo of 'This Is Life,' newly added to the musical in the first days of rehearsal for Broadway. Watch them perform the original version, including first draft lyrics and a slightly longer ending, in the video below, featuring Oberacker on piano!

VIDEO: The Playbillies Bring Bluegrass to BANDSTAND in 'First Steps First' Cover VideoVIDEO: The Playbillies Bring Bluegrass to BANDSTAND in 'First Steps First' Cover
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2017

The Playbillies present 'First Steps First' from the Broadway musical 'Bandstand' by Richard Oberacker and Robert Taylor. This exciting new Bluegrass cover is to celebrate our very own Playbilly Matt Cusack joining the cast of 'Bandstand' performing the role of 'Johnny Simpson' for the first time this Sunday, July 23rd. Check it out below!

VIDEO: Laura Osnes, Corey Cott & BANDSTAND Cast Perform 'Nobody' Live on GMA
by Caryn Robbins - Jun 20, 2017

The Tony Award winning production of the new musical Bandstand, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler (HAMILTON) and featuring music by Richard Oberacker and a book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker, performed on this morning's GOOD MORNING AMERICA.

BWW TV: Hit It! Go Inside BANDSTAND's Opening Night with Corey Cott, Laura Osnes & More!
by TV - Opening Night Special - Apr 27, 2017

Welcome home, Bandstand! Just last night, a brand new musical took its place on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler, (Hamilton) with music by Richard Oberacker and a book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker, Bandstand stars Corey Cott and Laura Osnes. The company celebrated at the Hotel Edison and BroadwayWorld is taking you inside the special night below!

BWW Exclusive: Get Ready to Swing with Highlights from BANDSTAND on Broadway!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 25, 2017

The brand new musical Bandstand, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) with music by Richard Oberacker and a book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker, opens on Wednesday, April 26 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.


Richard Oberacker Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Richard Oberacker written?
Richard Oberacker has written 3 shows including Ace (Bookwriter/Lyricist), Journey to the West (Bookwriter/Lyricist), The Bandstand (Music).

What awards has Richard Oberacker been nominated for?
Outstanding Book of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Bandstand , Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for Bandstand Outstanding New Play or Musical (Kevin Kline Awards) for Ace and The Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for The Gospel According to Fishman .

What awards has Richard Oberacker won?
Outstanding New Play or Musical (Kevin Kline Awards) for Ace.