David Gursky

David Gursky is a New York City – based theater composer, conductor, and pianist. He is the composer of the musical PALM BEACH, which had its world premiere on the mainstage of the La Jolla Playhouse in June 2005, directed by Des McAnuff.

David also composed the musical stage adaptations of the MGM films HEARTBREAKERS and THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR, both commissioned by MGM On Stage. HEARTBREAKERS was presented in the National Alliance For Musical Theater’s 2010 Festival of New Musicals, directed by Christopher Ashley. On film, David contributed a song for the feature film IRA & ABBY.

On Broadway, David was recently the Music Director of DAMES AT SEA and the Conductor of THE NANCE, starring Nathan Lane, which was broadcast on PBS and shown in movie theaters throughout the U.S. and Canada. He has led the orchestras of several other Broadway shows, including THE PRODUCERS, ANYTHING GOES, FINIAN’S RAINBOW, WHITE CHRISTMAS, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, and JANE EYRE, as well as the Off-Broadway productions of FOREVER PLAID and FORBIDDEN BROADWAY.  He also appeared on stage as “The Fingers on the Keyboard” with Dame Edna Everage in her Tony Award-winning Broadway debut production, DAME EDNA: THE ROYAL TOUR.  On national tour, David conducted THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, THE PRODUCERS and BIG. Regionally, he conducted A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM at the St. Louis Muny Opera, as well as several companies of FOREVER PLAID from coast to coast. For television, he conducted THE WONDER PETS. David holds a B.A. in Music from Yale University.

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