Harold Wheeler Biography

 
Bio:
Wheeler is a composer, arranger, orchestrator, musical director, musical supervisor, and musician. Perhaps best known for his 17 seasons as musical director of the ABC show Dancing with the Stars, he has enjoyed many years of success over several mediums. His Broadway credits include Side Show, ... (read more)
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Bio:
Wheeler is a composer, arranger, orchestrator, musical director, musical supervisor, and musician. Perhaps best known for his 17 seasons as musical director of the ABC show Dancing with the Stars, he has enjoyed many years of success over several mediums. His Broadway credits include Side Show, ... (read more)

Wheeler is a composer, arranger, orchestrator, musical director, musical supervisor, and musician. Perhaps best known for his 17 seasons as musical director of the ABC show Dancing with the Stars, he has enjoyed many years of success over several mediums.

His Broadway credits include Side Show, Hugh Jackman - Back on Broadway, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Tony Award nomination), Never Gonna Dance, Hairspray (Tony Award nomination, Drama Desk Award), The Full Monty (Tony Award nomination), Swing! (Tony Award nomination), Little Me (Tony Award nomination), The Life (Tony Award nomination), Dreamgirls, The Wiz, The Tap Dance Kid, and Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music.

He has served as conductor of the Academy Awards four times (most recently during the 90TH Academy Awards); he is only the second African-American conductor in the Academy’s history.

He also was one of two conductors during the closing ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympics. In 2008, Harold received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the NAACP Theatre Awards. He is married to television and Broadway performer Hattie Winston.

Harold Wheeler Awards and Nominations

(winners are in red)

 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2019 - Outstanding Orchestrations
Harold Wheeler, Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations
 
Tony Awards - 2019 - Best Orchestrations
Harold Wheeler, Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations
 
Tony Awards - 2019 - Special Tony Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre Gold Star
Harold Wheeler
 
Tony Awards - 2005 - Best Orchestrations
Harold Wheeler, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Orchestrations Gold Star
Harold Wheeler, Hairspray
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Orhcestrations Gold Star
Harold Wheeler, Never Gonna Dance
 
Tony Awards - 2003 - Best Orchestrations
Harold Wheeler, Hairspray
 
Tony Awards - 2001 - Best Orchestrations
Harold Wheeler, The Full Monty
 
Tony Awards - 2000 - Best Orchestrations
Harold Wheeler, Swing!
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1999 - Outstanding Orchestrations Gold Star
Harold Wheeler, Swing!
 
Tony Awards - 1999 - Best Orchestrations
Harold Wheeler, Little Me
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1997 - Outstanding Orchestration
Harold Wheeler, The Life
 
Tony Awards - 1997 - Best Orchestrations
Harold Wheeler, The Life