Alper Bio

Steven M. Alper (in jolly mode)

Steven M. Alper

Oh, my God! What have you done?! (a bio)

I have been called a "musical handyman." I have played skillions of auditions: non-equity, dinner theater, regional, cabaret, cruise ship, pop and Rock and Roll, off-off-Broadway, off-Broadway, Broadway, opera, revues, previews, workshop, and showcase. I have been a musical director and/or conductor for: Annie 2 and Arthur (Goodspeed Opera House), Pageant (The Blue Angel), Johnny Pye (George St. Playhouse and Lambs Theater), Up Against It (The Public Theater), Gifts of the Magi (Lambs Theater), Possessed - The Dracula Musical (George St. Playhouse), Tales of Tinseltown (Musical Theater Works and George St. Playhouse), Starting Here, Starting Now (Main St. Theater), among many others. I have also been vocal arranger for many of the above. I have been arranger/orchestrator for many of the above as well as: Godspell (1988 off-Broadway revival, Lambs Theater -- for which I was also musical director/conductor), The "No-Frills" Revue (Musical Theater Works and The Cherry Lane), The Hits and the Ms.'s (Rainbow and Stars - for which I was also musical director), The Summer Winds (The Naked Angels -- in which I also played the on-stage pianist), Guilt Without Sex (Marilyn Sokol's one-woman show), among many others. I have done big band arrangements, vocal group arrangements, choral arrangements, orchestral arrangements. I have coached hundreds of performers: singers and musicians. I have taught piano, theory, history of music, vocal techniques, repertoire, and audition techniques around the country. I have appeared as computer music consultant on many shows and several feature films. I have worked as a music copyist for Broadway, off-Broadway, regional theater, and film. I have co-written manuals for music software, written about the joys of the Apple Macintosh computer, and have written Next!: Auditioning for the Musical Theatre (published by Heinemann Books). I have written dozens of incidental scores for plays, short films and TV: Action Painting (American Theater of Actors), Vatzlav (National Theater of Woodbee), The Disposal (Jan Hus Theater), Faces of God (Artpark), The Wake-up Call (Award winning short film), among others. I have written (with Karen deMauro and the students of participating schools) dozens of children's musicals. And I have composed a few musicals with Sarah Knapp as bookwriter/lyricist, including The Library, The Audition, C'est la vie, Rappaccini's Daughter, Chamberlain: A True Civil War Romance, The Immigrant, and Me Again.

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