Frankel attended Interlochen Arts Camp majoring in piano. He graduated from Yale University in 1985, when he was also inducted into the Skull and Bones secret society. While at Yale he met playwright Doug Wright.
Frankel worked as a music director, conductor and pianist, on Broadway shows including Into the Woods, Les Misérables, Jerome Robbins' Broadway, Rags (1986, rehearsal pianist)and Falsettos, and also Off-Broadway on Putting It Together starring Julie Andrews.
He then became a musical theatre composer, notably through collaborations with lyricist/librettist Michael Korie.
Their musical Grey Gardens premiered Off-Broadway in 2006, and transferred to Broadway.
Meet Mister Future received a workshop production in July 2006 at Barrington Stage Company Musical Theater Lab, directed by Christopher Ashley.
Frankel currently resides in Manhattan.
- Doll - 2003 - (Lyrics/Libretto by Michael Korie)
- Grey Gardens - 2006 - (Lyrics by Michael Korie, Book by Doug Wright)
- Happiness - 2009 - (Lyrics by Michael Korie, Book by John Weidman)
- Meet Mister Future - 2006 - (Lyrics/Libretto by Michael Korie)
- Far from Heaven - 2013 - lyrics by Michael Korie; libretto by Richard Greenberg
- "Scott Frankel Credits" playbillvault.com, accessed April 26, 2015
- " 'Rags' Production" ibdb.com, accessed April 26, 2015
- "Scott Frankel Credits" lct.org, accessed April 26, 2015
- Jones. Kenneth. "Frankel and Korie's Musical 'Doll' and The Civilians' 'Nobody's Lunch'Invited to 2005 Sundance Lab in Florida" playbill.com, October 25, 2005
- Gans, Andrew. " 'Meet Mister Future' — By Grey Gardens Team — to Be Featured in BSC's New Series" playbill.com, April 20, 2006
- "Subways Are for Singing: Korie & Frankel's 'Happiness Opens Off-Broadway' March 30" playbill.com, March 30, 2009
- Jones, Kenneth. "Scott Frankel Will Conduct 'Grey Gardens' July 18" playbill.com, July 16, 2007
- Scott Frankel at the Internet Movie Database
- Scott Frankel at the Internet Broadway Database
- Scott Frankel at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
- Production: Grey Gardens Working in the Theatre by the American Theatre Wing, November 2006