David Loud

College Faculty:
Musical Theatre: Musical Theatre Music Director
MT Performance Technique, Exploring the Art Form, Sondheim Intensive

David Loud occupies a unique place in Broadway history: in addition to his distinguished body of work as a music director and vocal arranger, he also originated three roles as an actor. He served as music director for the Broadway premieres of Kander & Ebb’s The Visit, starring Chita Rivera and Roger Rees; Susan Stroman’s production of The Scottsboro Boys; James Lapine’s Sondheim on Sondheim, starring Barbara Cook; Kander & Ebb’s Curtains, starring David Hyde Pierce;  Ahrens & Flaherty’s Ragtime; Kander & Ebb’s Steel Pier; A Class ActThe Look of Love; as well as revivals of Porgy and Bess; She Loves Me; The Boys from Syracuse; Company; and Sweeney Todd. He originated the role of Manny in Terrence McNally’s Master Class (starring Zoe Caldwell), played Sasha (the Conductor) in Curtains, and made his Broadway debut in Harold Prince’s original 1981 production of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along.

Off-Broadway, David created the vocal and dance arrangements for Kander & Ebb’s And the World Goes ‘Round. He was the vocal arranger for New York, New York, and he has created arrangements for Marin Mazzie, Jason Danieley, Audra MacDonald, Victoria Clark, Rebecca Luker, Paulo Szot, Liz Callaway, and Betty Buckley. He conducted the incidental music for Mike Nichols’ revival of Death of a Salesman and collaborated with Wynton Marsalis and John Doyle on A Bed and a Chair, a jazz interpretation of Sondheim’s music. Other projects include The Land Where the Good Songs Go, a concert of Jerome Kern songs at Merkin Concert Hall; First You Dream, a revue of Kander & Ebb songs that was broadcast on PBS; and five highly acclaimed programs in the 92nd Street Y’s Lyrics and Lyricists series: On A Clear Day: the Musical Vision of Burton Lane, Taking a Chance on Love: the Music of Vernon Duke, Let’s Misbehave: the sensational songs of Cole Porter, Frank Loesser: Lyricist, and A Good Thing Going: the Stephen Sondheim and Harold Prince Collaboration. 


David is a graduate of Yale University and has been on the faculty of the Yale School of Drama, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and Fordham University. His book, Facing the Music; a Broadway Memoir, was recently published by Regan Arts, a division of Simon & Schuster.


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