John McDaniel (musician)

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John McDaniel
Born John William McDaniel
(1961-02-26) February 26, 1961 (age 55)
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Nationality American
Alma mater Carnegie Mellon University
Occupation Composer, producer, musical director, conductor, and pianist
Years active 1992 – Present
Known for The Rosie O'Donnell Show
Website http://www.johnmcdaniel.com/

John William McDaniel (born February 26, 1961, St. Louis, Missouri, United States) is an American theatre producer, composer, conductor, and pianist. He is known as the lead composer and producer of the 1996 television talk show The Rosie O'Donnell Show, for which he received six Daytime Emmy Award nominations, winning two.

McDaniel is also known for his collaborations with Patti LuPone, most notably her 1995 concert Patti LuPone: Live!, which debuted on Broadway after a Los Angeles engagement.[1] He won a Grammy Award for producing the cast album of Annie Get Your Gun (1999), as well as a Tony Award for producing the Broadway production of the latter.[1]

Biography[edit]

McDaniel was born John William McDaniel on February 26, 1961 in St. Louis, Missouri. He first studied piano with his mother Jane, and graduated from Kirkwood High School (St. Louis), then earned a BFA degree in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University.[2]

Career[edit]

1990s[edit]

McDaniel conducted a Los Angeles production of Chicago: The Musical in 1992, for which he earned a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award.[3] In 1993, McDaniel conducted the orchestra for a concert presentation of Stephen Sondheim's Company. The event, which reunited the entire original Broadway cast, took place on April 11, 1993, at Lincoln Center Theater's Vivian Beaumont Theater. Prior to this, the production ran at the Terrace Theatre in Long Beach, California, in January 1993.[4]

He was offered the job of musical director and conductor for the successful revival of Grease: The Musical, which opened at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on March 11, 1994.[1] This revival concluded its three-year run on January 25, 1998.[5] With Patti LuPone, he co-created the concert Patti LuPone: Live!, which ran in Los Angeles in April/May 1993, and played on Broadway as Patti LuPone on Broadway from October to November 1995.[1][6] He worked as music director on the Sherman Brothers musical Busker Alley starring Tommy Tune from 1994 to 1995.

In 1996, McDaniel became producer and composer on Rosie O'Donnell's talk show, The Rosie O'Donnell Show. The series ran until May 22, 2002, garnering McDaniel two Daytime Emmy Awards out of six nominations. On the 1996 television series The Nanny, the talk show was featured in the episode "The Rosie Show." McDaniel appears in scenes of the The Rosie O'Donnell Show used in the episode.

On March 4, 1999, a revival of Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun opened at the Marquis Theatre, with McDaniel as vocal arranger and supervising musical director (as well as a producer), which ran until September 2001.[7][8]

2000s[edit]

In 2000, McDaniel received a Board of Directors' Award from the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs.[1] Subsequent Broadway credits include Taboo in 2003[9] and Brooklyn in 2004.[10] McDaniel later served as musical director for the Frank Wildhorn, Don Black and Ivan Menchell musical adaptation of Bonnie & Clyde, in a Roundabout Theatre Company reading in February 2009.[11]

2010s[edit]

McDaniel collaborated with Tyne Daly for a "much-raved-about gig at Feinstein's at Loews Regency" in January 2010; he subsequently worked with Daly and Jerry Mitchell on a workshop of the dance show, Queen of the Stardust Ballroom.[12] In November 2010, McDaniel worked with Brooke Shields on her American Songbook Project live auction item, An Evening with Brooke Shields and John McDaniel, which consisted of "a private cabaret performance that will take place in an apartment overlooking Lincoln Center for up to 30 friends of the highest bidder."[13]

McDaniel served as the musical director and conductor of the on-stage orchestra for the 2011 Broadway musical Catch Me If You Can, which is composed by Marc Shaiman with lyrics by Shaiman and Scott Wittman. The musical opened at the Neil Simon Theatre on April 10, 2011.[14][15][16]

McDaniel is also composing the work-in-progress musical It's a Wonderful Life. This is an adaptation of the 1946 film of the same name, which deals with George Bailey, a man whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody. Clarence shows George all the lives he has touched and the contributions he has made to his community. Said McDaniel in an interview:

I'm in the throes of writing a musical version of It's a Wonderful Life right now, working with Kathie Lee Gifford, who's doing the lyrics. I find we're mostly writing to character: Is it George, or the old guy who runs the bank? What do they want, what are they trying to do, what is the mood of that—is it staccato, are they agitated, is it a ballad?[17]

Discography[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

Title Year
John McDaniel at the Piano: Broadway
2000
John McDaniel at the Piano: Christmas
2001
John McDaniel at the Piano: Compositions
2002
John McDaniel: Live at Joe's Pub
2003

Cast albums[edit]

Title Year
Annie Get Your Gun
1999
Brooklyn: The Musical
2001
Taboo (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
2004
Happy Days – A New Musical
2007

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Year
Patti LuPone: Live!
1993
The Maury Yeston Songbook
2003

Awards and nominations[edit]

Wins
  • 1992 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, Best Musical Direction, Chicago
  • 1999 Tony Award, Best Revival of a Musical, Annie Get Your Gun
  • 1999 Grammy Award, Best Musical Show Album, Annie Get Your Gun
  • 2001 Daytime Emmy Award, Outstanding Talk Show, The Rosie O'Donnell Show
  • 2002 Daytime Emmy Award, Outstanding Talk Show, The Rosie O'Donnell Show
Nominations
  • 1998 Daytime Emmy Award, Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition, The Rosie O'Donnell Show
  • 2001 Daytime Emmy Award, Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition, The Rosie O'Donnell Show
  • 2002 Daytime Emmy Award, Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition, The Rosie O'Donnell Show

Personal life[edit]

McDaniel, who is openly gay,[18][19] currently resides in New York City with his dog: Beauregard.[1]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Matt & Andrej Koymasky - Famous GLTB - John McDaniel". Andrejkoymasky.com. 2008-08-15. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  3. ^ "Award Details". Playbill.com. Retrieved May 21, 2011. 
  4. ^ "IBDB: The official source for Broadway Information". IBDB. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  5. ^ http://www.ibdb.com/production.php?id=4610
  6. ^ "Live!: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  7. ^ Sommer, Elyse and Davidson, Susan."Review:Annie Get Your Gun", Curtain Up, January 10, 1999 and March 9, 1999
  8. ^ Kissel, Howard."Annie’s’ High-Caliber Star Bernadette Peters Is Back On B’way To Get Her ‘Gun’ And Her Guy", New York Daily News, February 28, 1999
  9. ^ https://web.archive.org/20120313090930/http://americantheatrewing.org/biography/detail/john_mcdaniel. Archived from the original on March 13, 2012. Retrieved May 20, 2011.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ "John McDaniel | IBDB: The official source for Broadway Information". IBDB. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  11. ^ "Bonnie & Clyde - 2009 New York - Backstage". Broadwayworld.com. 2009-02-10. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  12. ^ "PlayBlog Broadway and Theatre News". Playbill.com. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  13. ^ Peter, Thomas (November 1, 2010). ""An Evening with Brooke Shields and John McDaniel" Will Go to Highest Bidder". Playbill.com. Retrieved May 21, 2011. 
  14. ^ Hetrick, Adam."Catch Me If You Can Books Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre" Playbill.com, September 29, 2010
  15. ^ Staff."Sneak Peak Meet the Cast of 'Catch Me If You Can'" broadwayworld.com, January 24, 2011
  16. ^ Staff."'Catch Me If You Can'" broadwayworld.com, January 31, 2011
  17. ^ Cooperman, Jeannette. "Meet John McDaniel, Director of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis' The Daughter of the Regiment - St. Louis Magazine". Stlmag.com. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  18. ^ Out - Google Books. Books.google.com. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  19. ^ "thebacklot.com - Corner of Hollywood and Gay". Afterelton.com. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 

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