Conductor, composer, orchestrator, record producer, John McDaniel, who was seen leading the band daily on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” for its entire six year run, wrote the theme song and received five Emmy nominations for Outstanding Music Direction and Composition. On the show, he worked with such artists as Tony Bennett, Dick Van Dyke, Bette Midler, Neil Diamond, Dolly Parton, Liza Minnelli, Barry Manilow, Chaka Kahn and Madonna. Mr. McDaniel first worked with Rosie in 1994, when he conducted the Broadway revival of Grease, in which Rosie played Rizzo. McDaniel also created new vocal and dance arrangements for the production.
He made his debut as a producer on Broadway with Brooklyn, the Musical (2004), was the supervising Music Director, did the arrangements and orchestrations, and produced the top selling live cast recording. The show ran for 10 months on Broadway and the National Tour hit the road in 2006. John also created arrangements and orchestrations for the musical, Happy Days, with series creator Garry Marshall, and composer Paul Williams.
Recent Broadway shows include Bonnie & Clyde, for which John did the Drama Desk nominated orchestrations and produced the cast recording. He was also the music director for the Tony® nominated Catch Me If You Can. Mr. McDaniel made his operatic conducting debut in 2011 with Daughter of the Regiment at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis and his Pirates, for which he created arrangements and orchestrations, played his hometown St. Louis Muny Opera in 2012.
John was the supervising Music Director of the Broadway revival of Annie Get Your Gun, starring Bernadette Peters (and subsequently Reba McEntire), which won the 1999 Tony® Award for Best Revival of a Musical and for which he received the Grammy Award as producer for Best Musical Show Album. He also was the supervising Music Director for Boy George’s Taboo on Broadway (2003), and produced the cast album. He conducted the smash hit Chicago on Broadway, the 1993 reunion of the original Broadway cast of Company in concert at Lincoln Center, the U.S. tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express, and off-Broadway’s Blame It On the Movies.
He arranged music for the Tony® Awards on CBS in 1997, 1998 and 2000. His most recent arranging and conducting credits for television specials include “A Rosie Christmas” for ABC, starring Celine Dion and Marc Anthony, and the Friar’s Roasts of Jerry Stiller, Rob Reiner, Hugh Hefner and Chevy Chase, all for Comedy Central.
In 2003, Mr. McDaniel produced and conducted a new CD, “The Maury Yeston Songbook,” featuring Tony® Award winners Betty Buckley, Sutton Foster and Christine Ebersole, among many others. He has recorded three solo CDs, “John McDaniel at the Piano: Broadway,” “John McDaniel at the Piano: Christmas,” and “John McDaniel Live at Joe’s Pub.” He is the recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for his music direction of Chicago, as well as multiple Drama Logue awards. Mr. McDaniel received the Board of Director’s Award from the Manhattan Association of Cabaret in 2000.
The proceeds from the concert will benefit Ocean State Theatre Company’s Live Music Initiative. Although many theatres across the country have replaced their musicians with recordings in order to cut costs, OSTC firmly believes that live musicians enhance the audience’s experience, when attending a musical production. Ocean State Theatre Company established its Live Music Initiative in 2008 in order to support the $80,000 annual cost of continuing the tradition of professional musicians playing live during all musical theatre performances.
Betty Buckley will be appearing in concert with John McDaniel at Ocean State Theatre on Wednesday, April 6 at 7:30 pm. The theatre is located at 1245 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, RI. Tickets are $85 for preferred seating and $65 for standard seating. Tickets are on sale at the box office Monday through Friday from 12 noon–6:00 pm, Saturdays from 12 noon–4:00 pm, and from 12 noon until curtain on performance days. Tickets are also available online 24 hours a day at www.OceanStateTheatre.org and via telephone during normal box office hours by calling
Ocean State Theatre Company (OSTC) is a professional not-for-profit regional theatre whose mission is to preserve and pass on the tradition of live, professional theatre – including the American musical – and to pursue avenues of enrichment and education for the benefit of the state of Rhode Island and the surrounding region through the theatre arts. OSTC, which re-opened and ran the historic Theatre By The Sea in Matunuck, RI from 2007-2012 and began producing shows in Warwick, RI in 2012, is an IRS designated not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.