David is a composer working in musical theater. Most recently his musical The World Will Not Contain Us written with playwright Christopher Shinn was presented in a reading by The New Group in August 2017. His original children's musical Cinderella-- A Fairy's Tale has had productions at the Summer Theater of New Canaan over the past two years. He is an active musician in New York City with credits that include music directing and orchestrating David Friedman and Peter Kellogg's recent musicals Desperate Measures (York Theatre), Money Talks (Davenport Theater) and playing piano for several City Center Encores! productions (Irma La Douce, Zorba, Do I Hear a Waltz?), working on Passion at Classic Stage Company, and music directing many productions at The Summer Theater of New Canaan (West Side Story, Legally Blonde, Hairspray, South Pacific, Grease, My Fair Lady, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown).
The collection of songs & sounds below were presented at venues in New York City & beyond such as Ars Nova, New Dramatists, IRT Theater, The Living Room, The Clurman Theater at Theater Row, Anthology Film Archives, The Brick Theater in Williamsburg, The Fort Salem Theater, and the Ontological-Hysteric.
He also teaches piano and coaches an eclectic variety of singers.
A short film about friends and family in the wake of a boxer's suicide.
The World Will Not Contain Us
A new musical written with a book by Christopher Shinn. Readings were presented by The New Group in January 2016, and at New Dramatists in April 2015. A narrative of struggling songwriters told through their songs and intersections, the musical presents an intimate portrait of the contemporary city and the elusive nexus of art and desire.
Cinderella-- A Fairy's Tale
An original musical written with Melody Libonati and produced at the Summer Theater of New Canaan in the summers of 2016 and 2015. A quirky, but authentic take on the Cinderella story with lots of audience participation, and brand-new songs.
A musical about the creation of Central Park in 1857 - Aesthetics finds itself at the hazardous crossroads of racial topography and urbanization.
A musical about the struggle with the ghosts of the theater and the ghosts of what we loved while attempting to make something new.
Songs & Sound Design for this Shakespeare play about a shipwrecked brother and sister who find themselves on the island of Illyria.
Songs & Sound Design for Shakespeare's Henry the Fourth Parts 1 & 2, set in a contemporary MILITARIZED & TELEVISED monarchical state.
In Big Cities We are Sentimental
an experimental song written for an experimental play.