Conductor, pianist, composer, orchestrator, record producer, Grammy and two-time Emmy Award-winner, John McDaniel is the new artistic director of the Cabaret & Performance Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford.
McDaniel, who was the music director for “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” during its six-year run, succeeds Michael Bush.
The conference, which develops new artists and forms for cabaret theater, will be held this year July 31 to Aug. 10.
McDaniel orchestrated the Broadway musicals, “Bonnie & Clyde.” “Catch Me If You Can” and “Brooklyn,” which he also produced. His musical adaptation of “Pirates of Penzance” as “Pirates!” was produced at the Goodspeed Opera House and other theaters around the country,
The 10-day conference, was first created in 1989 as the Cabaret Symposium and relaunched in 2005 as the Cabaret & Performance Conference. Over the years its hosted such artists as Julie Wilson, Leslie Uggams, Penny Fuller, Margaret Whiting and helped develop such shows as “[title of show]” and “The Story of My Life.”
The Cabaret Junior Fellows program will continue under Brad Simmons, music director.
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