Composer, playwright and pianist Andrew Gerle won the Kleban Award for outstanding librettist for his show GLORYANA, which also won a Richard Rodgers Award. He has also won three other Rodgers Awards for THE TUTOR (book and lyrics by Maryrose Wood). With lyricist Eddie Sugarman, he won a Jonathan Larson Award for their show, MEET JOHN DOE (cast album on Broadway Records), and he received the first Burton Lane Fellowship for Young Composers from the Theater Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. His play RENOVATIONS was premiered in 2011 at the White Plains (NY) Performing Arts Center, and selections from his opera THE BEACH (libretto by Royce Vavrek) were premiered by the New York City Opera as part of their VOX reading series. Recent projects include an adaptation of The Tempest with legendary lyricist Tom Jones (The Fantasticks), an adaptation of the children's book THE GREAT BLUENESS by Arnold Lobel, and WHISPER DARKLY, an immersive electro-swing musical with DJ Salisbury.
Andrew has been a Fellow at the MacDowell Artists’ Colony and a writer-in-residence at the Sundance Theater Institute at Ucross, the Rhinebeck Writers' Retreat, and the Eugene O'Neill Musical Theatre Conference. As a musical director, he has worked on dozens of Off-Broadway, regional and touring productions, and has played in many Broadway pits including An American in Paris, Matilda, and Ragtime. Currently, he plays and conducts the award-winning Off-Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd. He has served as musical director and accompanist for such distinguished artists as Kitty Carlisle Hart, John Raitt, Jennifer Holliday, Shirley Jones, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Leslie Uggams and Liz Callaway. He is the author of The Enraged Accompanist’s Guide to the Perfect Audition, which is becoming the go-to reference for professional and aspiring musical theater actors alike, and is finishing a new music theory and sight-singing textbook for musical theatre actors. Andrew is on the faculty of Yale University and the Manhattan School of Music. www.AndrewGerle.com.