David Yazbek Biography

 
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David Yazbek has become one of Broadway's preeminent composer/lyricists. Three of his shows, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown have been nominated for Best Score Tony Awards. He is a Tony Award winner for his most recent musical, The Band's Visit, ... (read more)
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Bio:
David Yazbek has become one of Broadway's preeminent composer/lyricists. Three of his shows, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown have been nominated for Best Score Tony Awards. He is a Tony Award winner for his most recent musical, The Band's Visit, ... (read more)

David Yazbek has become one of Broadway's preeminent composer/lyricists. Three of his shows, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown have been nominated for Best Score Tony Awards. He is a Tony Award winner for his most recent musical, The Band's Visit, which opened on Broadway to rave reviews and has been named to every Best of the Year list for 2017. The show also received 10 Tony Awards, as well as the Lucille Lortel Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, and the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Musical. He's also received three Grammy nominations and a Drama Desk Award. Yazbek won an Outstanding Writing Emmy Award for his stint on "Late Night with David Letterman." He scored the last season of HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," wrote the theme song to "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego," and has written hundreds of songs, scripts, scores and jingles for adult and children's TV. As a recording artist, Yazbek is responsible for five albums—The Laughing Man, Tock, Damascus, Tape Recorder, and Evil Monkey Man. He has written and/or produced for such acts as XTC, Ruben Blades, The Persuasions, Joe Jackson, Tito Puente and many others. As a performer, he and his band are engaged in an ongoing series of monthly shows at NYC's 54 Below club.

David Yazbek Awards and Nominations

(winners are in red)

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2019 - Outstanding Lyrics Gold Star
David Yazbek, Tootsie
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2019 - Outstanding Music Gold Star
David Yazbek, Tootsie
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2019 - Outstanding New Score
David Yazbek, Tootsie
 
Tony Awards - 2019 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
David Yazbek, Tootsie
 
Tony Awards - 2018 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre Gold Star
David Yazbek, The Band's Visit
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2017 - Outstanding New Score (Broadway or Off-Broadway) Gold Star
David Yazbek, The Band's Visit
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2011 - Outstanding Music
David Yazbek, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2011 - Outstanding Orchestrations
David Yazbek, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
 
Tony Awards - 2011 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
David Yazbek, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
 
Tony Awards - 2005 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
David Yazbek, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
 
Tony Awards - 2001 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
David Yazbek, The Full Monty
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2000 - Outstanding Lyrics Gold Star
David Yazbek, The Full Monty
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2000 - Outstanding Music Gold Star
David Yazbek, The Full Monty