Alan Schmuckler is a composer/lyricist and actor who lives in New York.
His music and lyrics have been heard on stages in New York, Chicago, across the US, and in Sydney, Australia and Paraguay, South America.

WHAT'S HAPPENING

 

DAYS LIKE TODAY

music and lyrics by Alan Schmuckler
book by Laura Eason

Truly superb. It is nearly impossible to hear [the] score without becoming a fan of Schmuckler. Hip and contemporary but also lush and romantic and deeply sincere.
— Chicago Tribune
Tuneful and harmonically fresh. See it now [and] say you were present at the creation!
— The Wall Street Journal
Gorgeous! [Filled with] lyrical music and sophisticated, Sondheim-esque lyrics.
— Chicago Sun-Times
Days Like Today may become the standard-bearing musical of these times! [Alan Schmuckler is] the next Jason Robert Brown.
— Make It Better

WE THREE LIZAS

music and additional lyrics by Alan Schmuckler
book and lyrics by Scott Bradley

Alan Schmuckler’s score[...], a buoyant gift wrapped in a melodic, dramatically well-conceived bow, is a real find.
— Newcity Stage
Brilliantly talented musical composer/lyricist Alan Schmuckler [writes an] infectious, toe tapping pop-rock score.
— Centerstage
The original score...is very smart and melodic. Alan Schmuckler’s music (and additional lyrics) coupled with Mr. Bradley’s use of the narrative is a perfect collaboration using jazz, standards and gritty showtune ballads. It is by far one of the most creative scores written for any new work this season. We Three Lizas also boasts a fantastic band that never overshadows the performers, which is led by Mr. Schmuckler on piano.
— Showbiz Chicago

THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES

music and lyrics by Alan Schmuckler
book by Dave Holstein

The songs are tuneful, toe-tapping ditties packed with amusing and intelligent lyrics, and this fresh, irreverent, colorful updating of the classic fairytale [...] is a blast for teens, tweens and adults. [T]his show is one of the best things in Chicago. The Emperor’s New Clothes gets four stars.
— CBS Channel 2 News - On Stage with Chris Jones
A wonderfully zesty hybrid of Andersen’s fairy tale. ...Sophisticated enough for any adult, the show also contains just enough goofy vaudeville to entertain 10-year-old boys. Schmuckler [...] has a clear gift for sharp, colloquial lyrics and punchy melodies, and I hope there will be an adult Broadway musical in his future.
— Chicago Sun-Times
Through a sassy, smart and light-hearted score and witty fun lyrics by Alan Schmuckler, this unique take on Andersen’s tale is a warm expertly directed fun 75 minute Broadway musical. The colorful characters are aided by sophisticated songs that effectively tell the tale. Alan Schmuckler’s talent as a composer begs him to write a full Broadway musical. This show showcases his talent.
— Chicago Critic

HOW CAN YOU RUN WITH A SHELL ON YOUR BACK?

book, music and lyrics by Michael Mahler and Alan Schmuckler

A hugely engaging score with 10 terrific songs bursting with clever lyrics and wacky wordplay[...] A fabulously smart, funny book that feeds on all the familiar schoolroom tensions. [...] It’s a 70-minute treat that will easily charm the pants off audiences 6 to 60.
— Chicago Sun-Times
Enchants adults as thoroughly as it does children. This tuner has legs thanks to its bouncy score, amusing book and lyrics and a familiar cast of characters. SHELL amounts to one illuminating, engaging hour. Would that all new musicals detained us in such delightful fashion.
— Daily Herald

Onstage

Deeply in control and fiercely committed. Schmuckler reminds me more and more of David Hyde Pierce and is just terrific here. [...] Funny, charming and unshakably honest.
— Chicago Tribune re: MURDER FOR TWO
Small, fleet, and with a smartly demonic glint of unpredictable mischief in his eyes, Schmuckler is a galvanic musical theater actor.
— Chicago Sun-Times re: MURDER FOR TWO
Zimmerman, Schmuckler and Mueller are among the finest musical theatre actors we have in this city, and here they are giving articulate, honest and ridiculously well-sung performances.
— Chicago Theatre Addict re: MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
The rising and prodigiously talented Schmuckler here reveals...that he can completely fill out a comic lead. He is consistently hilarious as Jerry — who puts on a dress and becomes Daphne — revealing a varied and delicious collection of gender-bending neuroses, beads of sweat breaking out on his brow [...] Like all great musical comedians, Schmuckler instinctively knows how to keep his character right on the edge of high-stakes panic, while still allowing him to be sufficiently normative that every guy in the place starts thinking about what it would actually be like to disguise himself as a woman. It’s a tour-de-force performance.
— Chicago Tribune re: SUGAR
Key to [the show’s] success is Schmuckler’s quite brilliant performance in the Jack Lemmon role. As he gradually warms to millionaire Osgood Fielding’s (Joe D. Lauck) wooing, Schmuckler’s Jerry/Daphne is at once riotous and disconcertingly moving.
— TimeOut Chicago re: SUGAR
Alan Schmuckler’s Jerry/Daphne [is] the real star of and the main reason to see this production. Schmuckler’s hilarious interpretation of the Jack Lemmon role is brilliant. In his Drury Lane debut, Schmuckler resembles a young Peter Lorre, and his comic genius is impeccable. Avoiding the obvious schtick often suggested by drag roles, Schmuckler’s performance is natural, nuanced and classy.
— Centerstage re: SUGAR
Schmuckler renders a wholly adroit comedic turn as Jerry and the drag counterpart Daphne, delving masterly between physical romp and deadpan neurosis. Schmuckler is a remarkable talent here, wielding proficiency in both his reverence to the film and fearlessness to explore the yet untapped possibilities for gambol.
— Showbiz Chicago re: SUGAR

music

from THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES



music and lyrics by alan schmuckler

• recorded, mixed & mastered at 4D Audio Productions, NYC •


from DAYS LIKE TODAY


MUSIC AND LYRICS BY ALAN SCHMUCKLER

• recorded, mixed & mastered at Studiomedia Recording, Evanston, IL •


from HOW CAN YOU RUN WITH A SHELL ON YOUR BACK?



MUSIC AND LYRICS BY michael mahler & alan schmuckler

video

"Tonight, You're Stuck With Me" from Greg Hildreth's sold out solo show at 54 Below, SECOND FIDDLE
music and lyrics by Alan Schmuckler

vocals Greg Hildreth bass, conductor/MD Charlie Rosen keys Isaac Harlan banjo Andrew Miramonti violin Israel Heller clarinet Roxy Coss

"The Mom Song" from THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES
music and lyrics by Alan Schmuckler

NAMT Songwriter Spotlight, 54 Below
vocals Laura Harrison

"Making It Up As We Go" from DAYS LIKE TODAY
music and lyrics by Alan Schmuckler

NAMT Songwriter Spotlight, 54 Below
vocals Raymond J. Lee

"When I Die" from WAIT WAIT DON'T KILL ME
music and lyrics by Alan Schmuckler

NAMT Songwriter Spotlight, 54 Below
vocals Abby Mueller

"This is America/The Voices In Your Head" from WAIT WAIT DON'T KILL ME
music and lyrics by Alan Schmuckler

NAMT Songwriter Spotlight, 54 Below
vocals Greg Hildreth, Alan Schmuckler and Abby Mueller

"I'm Not Funny" from HOW CAN YOU RUN WITH A SHELL ON YOUR BACK? music and lyrics by Michael Mahler & Alan Schmuckler

NAMT Songwriter Spotlight, 54 Below
vocals Greg Hildreth

"Travelin' Man" music by Joe Kinosian, lyrics by Kellen Blair

from HAMS AT HEART: The Best Musical Theatre Writers Of Our Time...Perform the Songs Of Kinosian & Blair (54 Below)

Jessie Mueller performs "Tuscany" from DAYS LIKE TODAY

"Days Like Today" from DAYS LIKE TODAY
music and lyrics by Alan Schmuckler

commissioned by Writers Theatre (Glencoe, IL)
world premiere, spring/summer 2014
performed by Emily Berman, Will Mobley, Jon Weir, Susie McMonagle, Jeff Parker, Stephen Schellhardt and Jarrod Zimmerman

"Making It Up As We Go" from DAYS LIKE TODAY
music and lyrics by Alan Schmuckler

commissioned by Writers Theatre (Glencoe, IL)
world premiere, spring/summer 2014
performed by Stephen Schellhardt with Jon Weir

"Where There Was Bone" from DAYS LIKE TODAY
music and lyrics by Alan Schmuckler

commissioned by Writers Theatre (Glencoe, IL)
world premiere, spring/summer 2014
performed by Emily Berman

"Stars of David" Shine Brightly in Musical Review of Jewish Personalities

STARS OF DAVID
DR2 Theatre
Alan Schmuckler, "Man 1" and contributed music and lyrics

"I Can't Believe I'm Me" from WE THREE LIZAS
music and additional lyrics by Alan Schmuckler
book and lyrics by Scott Bradley

commissioned by About Face Theatre (Chicago, IL)
world premiere, fall 2012
performed by Danielle Plisz, Arturo Soria and Sean Michael Hunt

"I'm Not Funny" from HOW CAN YOU RUN WITH A SHELL ON YOUR BACK?
book, music and lyrics by Michael Mahler and Alan Schmuckler

Chicago's "Monday Nights, New Voices" concert series
performed by Elana Ernst Silverstein and Jarrod Zimmerman

"How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back?" from HOW CAN YOU RUN WITH A SHELL ON YOUR BACK?
book, music and lyrics by Michael Mahler and Alan Schmuckler

Chicago's "Monday Nights, New Voices" concert series
performed by Andrew Keltz and company

"Purple Paths" - Northwestern University promotional video

promotional interview pre-DAYS LIKE TODAY with artistic director/director Michael Halberstam and music director Doug Peck

promotional interview for HOW CAN YOU RUN WITH A SHELL ON YOUR BACK? at Northwestern University

BOYFRED original pilot presentation
music and lyrics by Michael Mahler and Alan Schmuckler
created by Michael Mahler, Alan Schmuckler, Blake Silver and Jarrod Zimmerman

bio

Alan Schmuckler is the composer/lyricist of Wait Wait Don't Kill Me (book by Dave Holstein), a musical adaptation of the SERIAL podcast, for #serials@theflea (the Flea Theater). He wrote music and lyrics for Days Like Today (book by Laura Eason), a new musical inspired by three plays by Charles L. Mee; it was commissioned by Writers Theatre (Glencoe, IL) and received a critically acclaimed, sold-out and extended world premiere. Other music and lyrics: The Emperor's New Clothes (book by Dave Holstein), which received a NAMT New Project Development grant, premiered at the Tony Award-winning Chicago Shakespeare Theater, made its international debut at the Stage Artz Theatre Company in Sydney, Australia, and is currently licensed by Rodgers and Hammerstein. He wrote music and additional lyrics for We Three Lizas (book and lyrics by Scott Bradley), which was produced by About Face Theatre at the Steppenwolf Garage (Chicago, IL), Joe's Pub, and Stage 773 (Chicago).

With Michael Mahler, he co-wrote book, music and lyrics for Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back?, which premiered and remounted there and has since been produced at the National Alliance for Music Theatre’s 21st Annual Festival of New Musicals, the Marriott Theatre, Spirit of Broadway Theater, Swine Palace, Stages Theater, and at high schools and colleges nationwide. They co-developed original musical series Boyfred for Shoe Money Productions, Sony Television and ABC. Their musical adaptation of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series (book by Kevin Del Aguila) premiered at Minneapolis' Children's Theatre Company.

Alan has contributed music/lyrics to Second Fiddle (Greg Hildreth at 54 Below)Stars of David (DR2 Theatre); The 48 Hour Musicals (TMTC); and others. Concert credits include Alan Schmuckler: I Miss the City (Joe’s Pub); and, with Mahler, the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage.

He's a three-time Joseph Jefferson Award-nominated actor, for Murder for Two at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Sugar at Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace, and A Minister's Wife at Writers Theatre. New York credits include Nikolai and the Others (Lincoln Center Theater), Stars of David (DR2 Theatre), Dragons (York Theatre, Musicals in Mufti), and The Megile of Itzik Manger (National Yiddish Theater).

He has been a writer-in-residence at the inaugural Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters' Project, at Goodspeed Musicals and at the Weston Playhouse. He's a proud graduate of Northwestern University and the School at Steppenwolf. He lives in New York.

For more information about performance rights,
contact Di Glazer at ICM.

To license THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES,
contact Rodgers & Hammerstein.

Otherwise, drop me a line.

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