Drew Gasparini is an award-winning musical theatre composer/lyricist, a singer/songwriter, and a teacher. Drew was a contributing songwriter on season 2 of NBC’s Smash, and wrote the score for the infamous SuperBowl ad, “Skittles Commercial: The Broadway Musical” (starring Michael C Hall). Currently Drew is writing the scores for the Broadway-bound adaptations of “The Karate Kid,” “Its Kind of a Funny Story,” and “Night Shift.”
Drew Gasparini is an award-winning musical theatre composer/lyricist, a singer/songwriter, and a teacher. He is equally committed to forging a new sound in the intersection between theatre and pop, to nurturing the next generation of artists, and to throwing one hell of a party.
Drew is currently developing a number of new stage musicals including the Broadway-bound musical adaptation of The Karate Kid for Gorgeous Entertainment (book by screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen), It’s Kind of a Funny Story for Universal Theatrical Group (book by Alex Brightman); Night Shift for Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures (book by screenwriters Babaloo Mandel & Lowell Ganz); The Whipping Boy (book and co-lyrics by Brightman); and We Aren’t Kids Anymore (a song cycle). Other writing projects include the infamous, award-winning Super Bowl publicity stunt, Skittles Commercial: The Broadway Musical, starring Michael C. Hall (book by Will Eno, lyrics with Nathaniel Lawler, directed by Sarah Benson); Everything in its Place: The Life and Slimes of Marc Summers, a one-man-show starring Marc Summers, and Make Me Bad (both with Brightman); Crazy, Just Like Me (2011 New York Musical Theatre Festival “Best of Fest”); Turn of the Screw and #UntitledPopMusical (both with Michael Kimmel); and songs for Hit List on the NBC television series SMASH, the children’s cooking program “Monica’s Mixing Bowl”, and Hot Mess in Manhattan (“The Text Message Song”).
Drew’s unique brand of musical theatre concerts have been performed to sold-out houses around the world at venues such as Joe’s Pub, Feinstein’s/54 Below, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center in D.C., and the St. James Theater in London. In Nov 2018 he was invited to present a night of his music accompanied by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. The popularity of his sheet music has made him a top-10 best selling artist on NewMusicalTheatre.com.
Drew began his career as a singer/songwriter and continues to perform as a solo artist. He can also frequently be found alongside his talented sisters, Kasie and Chloe, performing their signature brand of original folk/pop as the band Saint Adeline; or joined onstage by his three best friends—Broadway’s Alex Brightman (Beetlejuice, School of Rock), F. Michael Haynie (Frozen, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), and Andrew Kober (Beautiful, Hair)—performing absurd and obscene musical comedy as The (M)orons. Drew currently hosts a monthly series at Rockwood Music Hall titled Drew Gasparini & Friends where he invites this generation’s young artists to share the stage with him. Represented by Concord Music Publishing, he has had songs featured on TV shows such as “Gainesville” (CMT), “The Biggest Loser” (NBC), and ad campaigns for Hotels.com.
As an educator, Drew offers private vocal performance and songwriting coaching in NYC and has been invited to lead master classes at schools and theatre programs across the country including Boston Conservatory, PACE University, A.C.T., Actors Connection, Broadway Artist Alliance, BroadwayPlus, Rider University, The Torggler Vocal Institute at Christopher Newport University, as well as the Guilford School of Acting in England.
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