Bruce Kimmel wrote, directed and starred in the cult movie hit, The First Nudie Musical (available on a Special Edition Blu-ray). He also co-created (with David Wechter) the story for the hit film, The Faculty, directed by Robert Rodriguez. As an actor, Mr. Kimmel guest-starred on most of the long-running television shows of the 1970s, including The Partridge Family (recurring), Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, MASH, Alice, and many others.
Mr. Kimmel is a legendary Grammy-nominated producer of theatre music on CD, having produced over 180 albums. He was nominated for a Grammy for producing the revival cast album of Hello, Dolly! and his album with jazz pianist Fred Hersch, I Never Told You, was also nominated for a Grammy. His label, Kritzerland, issues soundtracks and theater music. For the past seven years he has been producing and hosting a series of live entertainments based on the albums he’s produced, called Kritzerland at Sterling’s Upstairs at The Federal, which feature incredible singers and fun guest stars.
His musical, The Brain From Planet X (written with David Wechter) has been seen in Los Angeles, New York, the United Kingdom, Canada (in both English and French), Australia and is now being performed regionally all over the country. His song “Simply” recently won the Mac Award for Best Song of the Year. He recently directed rave-reviewed productions of the musicals Li’l Abner, Inside Out, Welcome to My World, the new musical revue, L.A. Now and Then, and Dial ‘M’ for Murder. And most recently he directed the world-premiere of Levi! a new Sherman Brothers musical about Levi Strauss.
Mr. Kimmel is the author of seventeen books – his acclaimed Benjamin Kritzer trilogy (Benjamin Kritzer, Kritzerland, and Kritzer Time), the mysteries Writer’s Block and Rewind, his six Adriana Hofstetter mysteries (Murder At Hollywood High, Murder At the Grove, Murder At the Hollywood Historical Society, Murder At the Masquers, Murder at the School Musical, Murder at the Hollywood Division) a collection of short fiction, and two memoirs, “There’s Mel,There’s Woody, and There’s You”: My Life In The Slow Lane, and Album Produced By... More of my Rollercoaster Life. His latest novel, Thrill Ride, has just been published.