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Biography of Robert Waldman

Robert Waldman has written primarily for the theater. Beginning his career as a protégé of Frank Loesser, his music has been heard in the World Premiere and Tony Award-Winning production of Alfred Uhry’s THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO, and also for the Pulitzer Prize-Winning New York and National Productions of DRIVING MISS DAISY, for which he won Chicago’s Jefferson Award for Best Music in a Dramatic Work. He's also been heard in the Broadway productions of THE HEIRESS and VOICES IN THE DARK, as well as in Florida’s Poinciana and Parker Playhouse's revue FUNNY YOU DON’T LOOK LIKE A GRANDMOTHER (which ran for the past year at The Santa Monica Playhouse).

Waldman composed the music for Broadway’s HERE’S WHERE I BELONG and THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM (nominated for a Drama Desk Award) as well as for Lincoln Center’s DINNER AT EIGHT, IVANOV, ABE LINCOLN IN ILLINOIS, Jon Robin Baitz’s TEN UNKNOWNS and A FAIR COUNTRY; New York productions of David Mamet’s A LIFE IN THE THEATER and Peter Parnell’s THE RISE AND RISE OF DANIEL ROCKET; Cleveland Great Lakes’ THE GLASS MENAGERIE and A CHRISTMAS CAROL; Hartford Stage’s musical AMERICA’S SWEETHEART; Long Wharf’s AS YOU LIKE IT; the National Theater’s SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL; Kennedy Center’s musical, SWING; and The Washington Shakespeare Theater’s THE COUNTRY WIFE and RICHARD II.

Performances of Waldman’s compositions have been heard in film, television, ballets, numerous commercials, recordings and concert halls. G. Schirmer publishes illustrated collections of some forty of his piano compositions, among them A SWING BAG, A RAG BAG, A 3/4 BAG and A SANTA BAG.

Shows by Robert Waldman

The Robber Bridegroom