One of today's leading theater artists, Ted Sperling is a conductor, music director,
arranger, singer, pianist, and violinist. He was music director and conductor of the first
Broadway revival of South Pacific, which won seven Tony Awards in 2008 and played
to sold-out Lincoln Center Theater houses since its opening. In 2005, Mr. Sperling won the
Tony and Drama Desk awards (with Adam Guettel and Bruce Coughlin) for his orchestrations of
The Light in the Piazza, for which he was also music director.
Mr. Sperling has an active conducting career, performing with Audra McDonald, Victoria
Clark, Patti LuPone, Kelli O'Hara, Paulo Szot, and Deborah Voigt. He has conducted
performances regularly with the New York Philharmonic as well as a concert presentation of
Ricky Gordon's opera, The Grapes of Wrath, at Carnegie Hall.
Mr. Sperling was music director and conductor of the 2009 Tony Award-nominated revival of
Guys and Dolls. Other Broadway credits as music director-conductor-pianist include
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty, How to Succeed in Business
Without Really Trying, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Angels in America,
My Favorite Year, Falsettos, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Les
Misérables, Roza, and Sunday in the Park with George. Mr. Sperling
was an original cast member of the Broadway musical Titanic. Off-Broadway credits
as music director include A Man of No Importance, Wise Guys, A New
Brain, Saturn Returns, Floyd Collins, Falsettoland, and
Romance in Hard Times.
Mr. Sperling's work as a stage director includes the world premieres of four musicals:
See What I Wanna See, V-Day, Charlotte: Life? Or Theater?, and
Striking 12, as well as a revival of Lady in the Dark. He has conducted
the scores for the films The Manchurian Candidate and Everything Is
Illuminated, and directed the short film, Love Mom.
Mr. Sperling was a recipient of the 2006 Ted Shen Family Foundation Award for leadership
in the musical theater and is director of the Music Theater Initiative at the Public
Theater, as well as creative director of the 24-Hour Musicals.
In demand as music director, conductor, pianist, orchestrator, arranger, and vocal coach,
Andy Einhorn boasts Broadway credits for Brief Encounter, The Light in the
Piazza, and Sondheim on Sondheim, which won a Grammy nod for Best Original
Broadway Cast Recording. He is also recognized for his frequent collaborations with many of
the musical theater world's biggest stars, including Kristin Chenoweth, Barbara Cook, Ana
Gasteyer, and Audra McDonald.
As resident music director on the Sweeney Todd national tour, Mr. Einhorn
received the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Music
Direction. He worked on the first national tour of The Light in the Piazza; other
tour credits include South Pacific, White Christmas, Mamma Mia!,
and The Lion King.
Off-Broadway, Mr. Einhorn worked on Adam Gwon's Ordinary Days, while
international work includes the European premiere of The Light in the Piazza. He
was music director of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee for Paper Mill
Playhouse and the world-premiere production of Henry Krieger's new musical, Radio
Girl, at the Goodspeed Opera House. He recently orchestrated Gwon's The Boy
Detective Fails at Signature Theatre and She Loves Me for the Oregon
Shakespeare Festival. He was principal vocal coach and pianist for Houston Grand Opera's
An Evening with Audra McDonald, a double-bill of Poulenc's La voix
humaine, and Michael John LaChiusa's Send.
Equally at home in the concert hall, Mr. Einhorn has served as music director and pianist
for Ms. McDonald. He made his own Carnegie Hall debut earlier this year with Alan Gilbert
and the New York Philharmonic in the Hall's 120th Anniversary Gala, televised on PBS's
Great Performances. He has also music directed for Barbara Cook at venues that
include Feinstein's at Loews Regency and Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music. DRG Records
released an album of his recent collaboration with Ted Chapin, Stage Door Canteen,
previously seen at the 92nd Street Y.
An honors graduate of Rice University, Andy Einhorn is a native of Houston, Texas. He
currently resides in New York City.
Mark Vanderpoel is a native of San Diego and a former member of the San Diego Symphony, in
addition to various orchestras and chamber groups in the Baja California area of Mexico. He
attended the University of California-San Diego, where he studied with Bertram Turetzky.
After UCSD, Mr. Vanderpoel attended the University of Southern California and later
received a master's degree from the California Institute of the Arts, where he studied with
Charlie Hayden and Darek "Oles" Oleszkiewicz.
Now living in New York City, Mr. Vanderpoel works extensively on and off Broadway. His
credits include Jane Eyre, Amour, See What I Wanna See,
Legally Blonde, and Guys and Dolls. In the summer of 2010, he had the
privilege of performing for President Obama and assembled dignitaries in A Broadway
Celebration: In Performance at the White House, which was later televised nationally
on PBS. Mr. Vanderpoel has also performed with such popular artists as James Taylor, Cyndi
Lauper, Nancy Sinatra, and Clay Aiken.
Gene Lewin appears on 33 CDs, with several more soon to be released. He drums, sings, and
composes for GrooveLily, a trio that has been together for 15 years and has toured
throughout North America. While they have morphed through many different musical scenes
(and hairstyles), they are now focused on creating hybrid musical theater-performances that
feel both like concert and story.
Mr. Lewin is also active in New York City's jazz scene, performing and recording with many
well-respected singers and instrumentalists. He has appeared on CDs with bassists John
Patitucci and Scott Colley, guitarists Ben Monder and Steve Cardenas, tenor saxophonist
George Coleman, bassist-vocalist Jay Leonhart, and many others.
Originally an engineering major at Princeton University, Mr. Lewin soon changed paths and
returned to school to receive a master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music in 1991.
He sends love to his wife Suzanne and sons Elias and Jacob.
Originally from Philadelphia, Kevin Kuhn has lived in New York City for 25 years and is
currently guitarist for Disney's The Lion King on Broadway. As a composer, he has
been on the staff at Score Productions, Big Wave Music, and Shelly Palmer Productions,
which produced three seasons of music for the television series Spin City with
Michael J. Fox.
Mr. Kuhn has performed with Audra McDonald, Sarah Brightman, Rita Coolidge, LeAnn Rimes
and Elton John, Quincy Jones, Ashford and Simpson, British Rock Symphony with Peter
Frampton, and Liza Minnelli, among others. Stage credits include The Who's Tommy
and Chess by ABBA. He has performed extensively at Lincoln Center, including
appearances at the Metropolitan Opera, and with the New York Philharmonic, New York City
Ballet, and New York City Opera. Film and television credits include Gangs of New
York, Birdy, Prime, The Nanny Diaries, The Other Side
of Time, and The Producers.