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Alan Schmuckler


Alan Schmuckler is the composer/lyricist of dark Serial podcast satire Wait Wait Don’t Kill Me (Flea Theater; Peoples Improv Theater; Wondery Media Network), online choose-your-own-adventure musical My Little Red/Green Coat (; NYMF “New Musicals New Media”), contemporary love story Days Like Today (Writers Theater; development, Playwrights Horizons), and family comedy The Emperor’s New Clothes (Chicago Shakespeare Theater; theaters worldwide; licensed, R&H Theatricals). With Michael Mahler: music and lyrics for Diary of a Wimpy Kid (world premiere, Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis; Kevin McCollum & Fox Stage, producers), musical pilot Boyfred (Shoe Money Productions; Sony TV; ABC TV), and How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back? (Chicago Shakespeare Theater; NAMT Festival; theaters and schools nationwide). Music and additional lyrics: We Three Lizas (About Face Theater, Joe’s Pub). Music and lyrics featured: 54 Below, Joe’s Pub, Symphony Space, DR2 Theatre, Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Previously in residence: Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters’ Project; Goodspeed Musicals; Weston Playhouse. Music director: Playwrights Horizons, O’Neill, NYMF, Ars Nova, Symphony Space, Children’s Theater Company, About Face Theater, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, others. Actor: credits include Lincoln Center, MUNY, 92Y Lyrics & Lyricists; three-time Joseph Jefferson nominee, Chicagoland. Proud graduate, Northwestern University. @alanschmuckler

Watch Past Performances

Video 11/21/2016: Broadway Tomorrow: Alan Schmuckler

ASCAP presents Alan Schmuckler, an award-nominated composer and lyricist whose influences range from podcasts to pop culture. Among his many credits, he is the composer/lyricist of Wait Wait Don’t Kill Me, a musical adaptation based off the book by Dave Holstein about the popular Serial podcast, and was music director for the show Molly Murphy and Neil deGrasse Tyson on Our Last Day on Earth, which was performed as part of the New York Music Festival in 2016.

Video 9/26/2011: Michael Mahler / Alan Schmuckler

The composers, lyricists, and collaborators perform an evening of musical theater cabaret. Part of ASCAP’s “Songwriters: the Next Generation” series.

Alan Schmuckler