Kingsley Day is active in the Chicago area as a composer-lyricist, playwright, musical director/pianist, and performer. SUMMER STOCK MURDER, which he wrote with Philip LaZebnik, ran for 18 months at Stage 773, won eight non-Equity Joseph Jefferson Awards (including one for new work), and has since been produced at Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace and around the country. Day and LaZebnik also cowrote the comedy TOUR DE FARCE, which since its premiere at Wisdom Bridge Theater starring Steve Carell and Hollis Resnik has been seen across the country and in Europe. Other Day-LaZebnik musicals produced in the Chicago area have included STATE STREET at City Lit Theater, DEAR AMANDA at Pheasant Run Theater, and BYRNE, BABY, BYRNE at Zanies. The team was awarded two grants by the Paul and Gabriella Rosenbaum Foundation’s New Musicals Project. As a composer Day has written incidental music for LONDON ASSURANCE, THE TEMPEST, and VOLPONE at City Lit and a new score for Gilbert and Sullivan’s lost operetta THESPIS, heard in four Chicago-area productions and released on CD by the Savoyaires. As a lyricist he wrote additional “Modern Major-General” lyrics for THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire.
Day’s Chicago-area credits as pianist and musical director include I’VE GOT THE WORLD ON A STRING, STATE STREET, and OH, BOY! for City Lit as well as TWO FOR THE SHOW for Theatre Wit, HELLO MUDDAH, HELLO FADDUH! for the Apollo Theater, and revues of songs by Irving Berlin (PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ), Kurt Weill (LISTEN TO MY SONG), George Gershwin (HE LOVES AND SHE LOVES), Richard Rodgers (FALLING IN LOVE WITH LOVE), and Frank Loesser (SLOW BOAT TO CHINA) for National Jewish Theater. Recipient of three Joseph Jefferson nominations for musical direction, he also served as pianist/conductor for ALWAYS...PATSY CLINE at the Apollo and Victory Gardens Theaters and pianist/musical director for PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ at Drury Lane Evergreen Park. As an actor/singer he has performed with Cortland (NY) Repertory Theatre as well as such Chicago-area companies as City Lit, Music Theater Works, Theatre Wit, Porchlight, Bailiwick, Chicago Folks Operetta, and the Savoyaires, where he has played the patter baritone role in all 14 Gilbert & Sullivan operettas. His reconstruction of Chopin’s posthumous Mazurka in F Minor is published by Hal Leonard as part of its Schirmer Performance Editions series.