Very few composers get the opportunity to have their work presented on Broadway, and even fewer manage to achieve that distinction with their very first show. Native New Yorker David Yazbek, however,...
|The First Ten Awards: Tony 2001 (1999-2000)||Actor||Nominee||1999||1|
|Late Night With David Letterman (1980-1992)||Writer||n/a||1980||4000011|
|Square One TV (1985-1993)||Writer||n/a||1985||4000012|
|The Puzzle Place (1993-1998)||Writer||n/a||1993||4000013|
|The Puzzle Place (1993-1998)||Creator||n/a||1993||4000018|
|Lip Service (1987-1988)||Music||n/a||1987||8000005|
|Walking the Dog||Music||n/a||8000005|
|The Spy Magazine's Hit List: The 100 Most Annoying and Alarming People and Events of 1992 (1991-1992)||Music||music director||1991||8000005|
|The Show (1994-1995)||Theme Music||theme||1994||8000008|
|Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? (1990-1997)||Theme Song||n/a||1990||8000013|
|Released debut album, The Laughing Man|
|Composed the Music & Lyrics for Broadway's "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown"; earned a Tony nomination for Best Original Score|
|Released second recording, Tock|
|Made his Broadway debut as composer-lyricist for "The Full Monty"; earned a Tony nomination for Original Score|
|Produced the tribute album, A Testimonial Dinner: The Songs of XTC|
|Formed the musical trio Yazbek|
|Wrote commercial jingles|
|Composed the Music & Lyrics for "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," which opened at the Imperial Theater in New York; earned a Tony nomination for Best Original Score|
|Spent one year as a staff writer for "Late Night With David Letterman" (CBS)|
|Directed a student production of "Hair" at Brown University; show later transferred to Boston where it played for a year|
|Scored William H. Macy's "Lip Service" for HBO|
|Was a staff writer for "Square One TV" (PBS)|
|Penned the theme for the comedy series, "The Show" (Fox)|
|Scored the dramatic feature, "The Contenders"|
|Co-wrote the theme song to the Emmy award winning PBS-TV series "Where in The World Is Carmen Sandiego?" with songwriter Sean Altman|
|Provided music for Howard Korder's play, "Boy's Life"|
While still attending Brown, Yazbek staged a production of "Hair" that went on to have a commercial run in Boston. He later joined the writing staff of "Late Night with David Letterman" in 1984 and picked up an Emmy Award during his one-year stint. Yazbek earned a living penning advertising jingles, writing for "Square One TV" (PBS), composing and and producing recordings. After providing music for Howard Korder's Off-Broadway play "Boy's Life" (1988) and the 1988 "HBO Showcase" presentation "Lip Service", directed by William H Macy. he moved to London and landed a recording deal. Unfortunately, the deal soured and Yazbek eventually made his way back to the USA.
In 1991, he and Sean Altman collaborated on the a cappella theme song to the popular PBS children's series "Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?" which led to his recording two children's albums. The following year, Yazbek made his debut as a film composer providing the underscore for the independent "The Contenders" (1993). He also created and wrote the PBS series "The Puzzle Factory" (1995), a series aimed at helping preschoolers understand the values of diversity and appreciate individuality and self-worth.
One of the major influences on Yazbek's music has been Andy Partridge of the British band XTC and in 1995, he produced a tribute album to the group with noted artists performing cover versions of their hits. Forming a trio called Yazbek, he went on record two albums of light 1960s bubble-gum style music on which Partridge made guest appearances. Despite his love of music by 1998, he was becoming fed up with the recording business, and complained to his friend Adam Guettel (a fellow up-and-coming stage composer and grandson of Richard Rodgers). Within a month, Guettel telephoned Yazbek with the news that producers were looking for a new voice to compose the score for a stage musical. Guettel himself had been approached but declined, instead recommending Yazbek. After an audition, he landed the gig and set to work creating the score for "The Full Monty". When the show (with a book by Terrence McNally) opened at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre in the spring of 2000. Yazbek's score, a compilation of pop, rock and soul, matched with witty, darkly humorous lyrics impressed audiences and critics. When the show transferred to Broadway in the fall, "The Full Monty" became one of the season's first hits.
|From 1987 to 1989 he was the co-owner of Manhattan Recording Company and wrote many commercial jingles.|
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