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Bryan Wade, Ph.D.

Adjunct Instructor - Musical Theatre Voice

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Department of Theatre

Bryan L. Wade, Ph.D. (Broadway: Finian’s Rainbow; National Tours: Chicago, Whistle Down the Wind, Three Irish Tenors) is a musical director, conductor, Broadway vocal coach and accompanist.

Based in New York City for over twenty-five years, he has musical directed/conducted Off-Broadway productions for York Theater, Irish Repertory Theater, New York Musical Theatre Festival, Midtown International Theatre Festival, Phoenicia International Music Festival, and Spoleto Festival (Charleston, SC).  He served as music director/vocal coach for the International Performing Arts Institute (Kiefersfelden, Germany).

His regional credits as musical director/conductor include more than twenty productions in regional venues along the East Coast.    His students currently perform on Broadway and regional stages, in international and national tours and as featured performers for major cruise lines’ production entertainment.  Dr. Wade has served on the faculties of: Marymount Manhattan College, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (NYC) and Furman University.

A native Virginian, he earned his Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in applied music from Virginia Commonwealth University, with a major in Piano Performance and a minor in Voice. During his academic pursuits at VCU, he performed as professional actor in Richmond-area theaters, later musical directing and conducting productions for Virginia Repertory Theater and Theatre VCU.  An interim at the University of Texas-Austin provided further training in instrumental and choral conducting, as well as in graduate-level orchestration.

His post-graduate studies led him to The Catholic University of America (Washington, DC), where he earned his Ph.D. in Musicology.  While pursuing his academic studies at CUA, he performed professionally as actor, and then later, as musical director/conductor for several DC-metro productions.

 Involvement with the Broadway community

In recent years, Dr. Wade has worked with numerous Broadway performers as he served as musical director/conductor for productions in high-profile New York venues.  Several of his recent projects include:

God’s Country (NYMF and York Theater)

(with Nick Cartell: Broadway: Jesus Christ Superstar, Paramour; National Tour: Valjean in Les Miserables, Lulu Lloyd School of Rock. Bright Star)

Galactic Cigarettes Presents…
(Kerry Butler: Xanadu, Catch Me If You Can; Ryan Silvermann: Side Show (revival), Chicago, The Phantom of the Opera; Robert Cuccioli: Jekyll and Hyde, Les Miserables; Leslie Kritzer: Legally Blonde, Hairspray, Sondheim on Sondheim)

Man with a Load of Mischief (York Theater)
Rachel deBenedet: Pippin, Catch Me If You Can; Robert Petkoff: Anything Goes, Ragtime (revival), Fiddler on the Roof (revival).

As assistant conductor for the national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Whistle Down the Wind, he worked with Whitney Bashor (Bridges of Madison County, Beaches – The Musical) and Eric Kunze (Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Damn Yankees).  During the national tour of Chicago, he had the privilege of working with Brent Barrett (West Side Story, Closer than Ever) and TV’s Sophia Vergara (Modern Family).

 Other Broadway connections

Dr. Wade worked closely with John Rando (Broadway’s Urinetown, On the Town) on Always,…Patsy Cline (originally targeted for Broadway in 2013). American Idol finalist Crystal Bowersox was to be featured as the title role.  Dr. Wade has musical directed four productions under the stage direction of playwright Ted Swindley (Always,…Patsy Cline, Honky Tonk Angels, Step Into My Parlor) — two of the productions were featured at the Spoleto festival (Charleston, SC).  In 2012, Bryan replaced John Bell (Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof, On the Town) as conductor for the New York revival of New Girl in Town.

Dr. Wade recently served as musical director and vocal coach for A Simple Song, a benefit for A Simple Wish Foundation, performed at the Laurie Beechman Theatre.  He served as the vocal coach for the participating child actors from several of Broadway shows (Fun Home, Les Mis, Kinky Boots, Matilda, Finding Neverland, The King and I).

As the exclusive accompanist for the bi-annual BROADWAY CONNECTION (sponsored by New York Actors Connection), Dr. Wade worked alongside Broadway conductors Mary-Mitchell Campbell (Big Fish, Addams Family, Company, Sweeney Todd revivals), Matt Eisentstein (Something Rotten, Newsies, The Book of Mormon), and Lynne Shankel (Allegiance, Altar Boyz).

 Collaboration with New York Composers

Dr. Wade also served as musical director for the New Composers Scene Study Workshop, (directed by Jamibeth Margolis, Casting Director for the current all-Yiddish production of Fiddler on the Roof) — collaborating with some of the top currently-writing composer/lyricist teams in New York City, including:

Adam Gwon (Kleban Award, Fred Ebb Award, Richard Rodgers Award, Frederick Loewe Award),

Bobby Cronin (Alec Baldwin Fellowship winner),

Kyle Ewalt and Michael Ian Walker (works commissioned by Broadway Across America and the producers of Broadway’s Drowsy Chaperone),

Timothy Huang (Dramatist Guild Fellow, Richard Rodgers Award) and

Michael Mott (Faustus-The Musical, optioned for Broadway)

 Representative List of Coaching Clients Currently on Broadway/National Tours

Broadway: Brittany Conigatti (A Bronx Tale), David Guzman (Hamilton), Madeleine Doherty (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Mia Williamson (Once on This Island), Juliet Benn (Once On This Island),Tommy Bracco (Pretty Woman, A Chorus Line (City Centre Encores!), Benjamin Rivera (Moulin Rouge)..

International Tours:
Dene’ Hill (Sister Act), Ayaka Kamei (The Phantom of the Opera)

 National Tours: Nick Cartell (Valjean, Les Miserables), Anne Kanengeiser (Madame Giry, The Phantom of the Opera), Herb Porter (Raoul cover, The Phantom of the Opera), Jacob Guzman (Hamilton-The Angelika Tour), Chris Kane (Kinky Boots), Willie Williams (The Book of Mormon), Tyrone Robinson (The Book of Mormon), Madeleine Doherty (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).

 

 

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