David Duvall - Composer, Arranger, Orchestrations, Theatre music, Musical Director, Conductor

MUSICAL DIRECTOR

In my 36 years in theatre I have accumulated nearly 300 production credits in every type of theatre: plays, musicals and revues...adult, family and children's...national tours, black box, outdoor, arena/round and concert hall...flashy, serious or satirical... Equity, community and scholastic. It is my belief that all theatre, musical or not, should be equally truthful and moving - which is more difficult in musical settings because the unrealistic must be presented in a realistic fashion. I am not a fan of musical numbers for the sake of musical numbers, even in a revue or nightclub act. With me, each song is it's own one-act play, whether it is part of a larger theatrical story or a single selection in a concert. My career has been spent developing the strongest blends of actors and singers possible in an attempt to give the richest performances to audiences. I am as comfortable working with a big cast/full pit show like SOUTH PACIFIC  as I am with an individual artist or performance group accompanied by a 3-piece combo -- and feel just as home with an Equity company as with a high school drama program. If there's a musical story to share and people who want to share it, I am delighted to be part of the process.

THEATRICAL AWARDS

The 5th Avenue Musical Theatre Awards:

Winner: Outstanding Musical Director —
THE CRADLE WILL ROCK – Mercer Island High School,

2006

 

Nominations: Outstanding Musical Director —
ANYONE CAN WHISTLE - Mercer Island High School
BAT BOY - Mercer Island High School

 

2007
2008


Tacoma Little Theatre Richard Odlin Awards for Excellence
Best Musical of the Year:

 

Director & Musical Director:

 

 

 

DREAMGIRLS

 

2007

 

SOUTH PACIFIC

 

2002

 

Musical Director:

 

 

 

BROADWAY'S FABULOUS FIFITIES (tie)

 

2008

 

SLEEPING BEAUTY (tie)

 

2008

 

1776

 

2006

 

ANNIE GET YOUR GUN

 

2005

 

CAMELOT

 

2004

 

HELLO, DOLLY!

 

2003

 

GUYS AND DOLLS

 

2001

 

MY FAIR LADY

 

2002

Best Play of the Year:

 

Musical Director:

 

 

 

THE COLORED MUSEUM

 

2008


Bellingham Theatre Guild Awards:

 

Best Production - JACQUES BREL...

 

1978

 

Best Director   JACQUES BREL...

 

1978

 

Outstanding Special Event: WITH MUSIC BY KURT WEILL

 

1977

MUSICAL DIRECTOR CLIENT LIST

Seattle Children's Theatre

Tacoma Actor's Guild

Montana Repertory Theatre

Evergreen Theatre Company

Regent Sea Cruise Lines

The Concilliation Project

Eastside Theatre Company

American Revue Theatre

Tacoma Little Theatre

Cabaret de Paris (Seattle)

Western Theatre Summer Stock

Bellingham Theatre Guild

Studio East

The Group Theatre

The Cabaret

Cornish College of the Arts

Mercer Island High School

Woodinville High School

Shorecrest High School

Sehome High School (Bellingham, WA)

Laurie Clothier

Sheldon Craig

Divalycious

Cayman Ilika

Mark Finley

Tours de Force!

Centerstage Theatre

Purple Phoenix Productions (also Artistic Director)

Bob DeDea

Meg McLynn


ENDORSEMENTS

"Fellow performers will understand what I mean with I say this: Performing with David is one of the safest times you will experience on stage -- he is so giving and supportive, it's like working with a safety net. He will always catch you if you need it, guide you if you lose your way and share the joy of music with you every time. I'm a bit biased when it comes to David, because I've had the privilege of working with him for over 30 years on more than 30 scripted shows, new works, revues, concerts and cabaret acts. As a musical director, David has the remarkable ability to bring out the very best a performer has to offer; to expand their skills by sharing his encouraging vision, imagination and enthusiasm. "

- Laurie Clothier, Actress/Singer