John McDaniel - Pittsburgh Public Theater

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Apr 16, 2019

CMU Grad John McDaniel is the Music Director for Indecent, Paula Vogel’s play at Pittsburgh Public Theater through May 19. Based on incredible true events, this story of a Jewish playwright and his resilient acting troupe unfolds with unexpected joy, beautiful stagecraft, and the contagious melodies of a live Klezmer band lead by Janice Coppola. In 1923, Sholem Asch’s first play opens on Broadway—a love story between two women set in a brothel—and scandal erupts when the entire cast is arrested for obscenity. Indecent unearths the perilous history of this groundbreaking work of literature, and reveals the way art can deeply connect us even in a world unravelling. John McDaniel has won several Emmy’s for his work as Music Director for the Rosie O’Donnell show. He won a Grammy for Bernadette Peter’s Annie Get Your Gun soundtrack, worked extensively with Patty Lupone and with numerous hit shows on Broadway including Greasse. Plus you walk on his name if you attend events at the CMU Theaters where he’s appeared on the walk of fame for some time. His memories of Mel Shapiro and work in Pittsburgh including serving as accompanist for Fred Rogers along with thoughts about how music drives the action of Indecent.

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Series: Voice of the Arts