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Adam Guettel


  • Adam Guettel to Perform Five-Night Residency at New York's 54 Below

    Composer/lyricist Adam Guettel will return to the New York stage for a five-night, seven-set residency at 54 Below, starting Tuesday, February 19. The program will include both new songs and favorites from throughout Guettel's career. He will be joined by band leader Kim Grigsby and singers Steven Pasquale and Whitney Bashor. Guettel has released three recordings on Nonesuch Records: The Light in the Piazza, Myths and Hymns, and Floyd Collins

  • Adam Guettel's "Floyd Collins" Opens in New Production from Chicago's BoHo Theatre; "A Masterpiece," Raves Wall Street Journal

    A new production of Adam Guettel's critically acclaimed musical Floyd Collins from Chicago's BoHo Theatre company has opened and is earning accolades anew for the piece. "I can't imagine a better revival of a show that makes most of the Broadway musicals of the past decade look like shiny, tawdry junk," exclaims the Wall Street Journal, which calls Floyd Collins "a masterpiece." The Chicago Sun-Times says "the production is utterly enthralling." Also playing in Chicago, at the Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre, is Guettel's 2005 Tony Award-winning musical, The Light in the Piazza.

About Adam Guettel

Adam Guettel is a composer/lyricist living in New York City. His musical, The Light in the Piazza (cast album on Nonesuch Records), with a book by Craig Lucas, premiered on Broadway at Lincoln Center Theater's Vivian Beaumont Theater in April 2005, following a world premiere at Seattle's Intiman Theater in Summer 2003, and a second engagement at Chicago's Goodman Theater in early 2004 (where it received three Joseph Jefferson Awards including Best Musical). The Light in the Piazza received six 2005 Tony Awards including two for Guettel—Best Original Score, Best Orchestrations—and a Grammy nomination for best cast recording. Piazza also received five Drama Desk Awards, including two for Guettel: Best Music and Best Orchestrations.

Adam Guettel wrote music and lyrics for Floyd Collins (cast album on Nonesuch Records), which received the 1996 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical and earned him the Obie Award for Best Music. Floyd Collins has been presented at Playwrights Horizons, New York; Prince Theatre, Philadelphia; Goodman Theatre, Chicago; Old Globe, San Diego; Bridewell, London; and elsewhere.

His other works include Love's Fire, a collaboration with John Guare for The Acting Company, and Saturn Returns, a concert at Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival. Saturn Returns was recorded by Nonesuch Records under the title Myths and Hymns. Four of Guettel's songs were featured on Audra McDonald's Nonesuch Records debut album, Way Back to Paradise (1998), and Mr. Guettel performed a concert evening of his work at New York's Town Hall in 1999. Film scores include Arguing the World, a feature documentary by Joe Dorman, and the score for Jack, a two-hour documentary for CBS by Peter Davis (1994).

Adam Guettel is currently working on four new musicals and an opera. He has performed material from these new projects for a week at the Hippodrome Casino in London and during a week's residency at 54 Below in New York in February 2013. Accolades for Mr. Guettel include the Stephen Sondheim Award (1990), the ASCAP New Horizons Award (1997), and the American Composers Orchestra Award (2005).

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  • The Light in the Piazza

    The Light in the Piazza

    Composer Adam Guettel and actress Victoria Clark both won Tony Awards for this elegant, affecting Broadway hit, which also starred Kelli O’Hara and Matthew Morrison. The New York Times called the original cast album “sublime ... the most intensely romantic score of any Broadway musical since West Side Story.”


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