Drew Gasparini is a thrilling young musician 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 an award-winning musical theatre composer and lyricist, a musician and songwriter, a comedian, and a teacher.
As a musical theatre composer:
Named one of Playbill.com’s “Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriters You Should Know,” Drew is currently developing a number of new stage musicals including a commission for Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, an adaptation of the film It’s Kind of a Funny Story for Universal Stage Productions (music & lyrics, book by Alex Brightman), an adaptation of the Newberry Award-winning children’s book The Whipping Boy (also with Brightman), and #UntitledPopMusical, a wholly-original piece that shines a spotlight on our celebrity obsession (music & lyrics, book by Michael Kimmel). Everything in its Place: The Life and Slimes of Marc Summers, a one-man-show starring Marc Summers written by Brightman with music by Drew, premiered at Bloomington Playwrights Project in April 2016. Other full-length musicals include Crazy, Just Like Me (book, music & lyrics; 2011 New York Musical Theatre Festival “Best of Fest” winner and runner-up for “Best Book”), Make Me Bad (also with Brightman; world premiere April 2015 at Bloomington Playwrights Project), and Turn of the Screw (also with Kimmel; commissioned by Fordham University, 2012 workshop at Lincoln Center). Drew was a contributing composer for the fictional musical Hit List on the NBC television series “SMASH”, for Oxygen’s “The Next Big Thing” (on which he could also be seen and heard), for the children’s cooking program “Monica’s Mixing Bowl”, and for the popular one-woman off-Broadway show Hot Mess in Manhattan (“The Text Message Song”).
“The Music & Lyrics of Drew Gasparini” was presented at Lincoln Center in 2015 and at the Kennedy Center in 2012, and Drew’s unique brand of musical theatre concerts are performed regularly to sold-out houses around the world. Drew is an alum of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre workshop and his sheet music is available for purchase at www.NewMusicalTheatre.com, where he is a top-10 best selling artist.
As a musician and songwriter:
Drew grew up in a house filled with music and has been performing with his sisters Kasie and Chloe since they were all in diapers. In October 2015 the three siblings decided to make things official, launching the band SAINT ADELINE with musician Justin Goldner. Their unique brand of folk-pop has quickly won over hearts, landing them gigs from NY to Nashville to London. And Saint Adeline’s first EP, which is produced by Goldner, will be released in Fall 2016.
When he isn’t writing and recording with his siblings, Drew can often be found sharing the stage with his friend and collaborator Louis Sacco, performing re-interpretations of jazz standards under the banner LOUIS & DREW.
And Drew began his career as a solo singer/songwriter playing all over the country and sharing the stage with artists such as Jason Mraz, Third Eye Blind, and the Plain White T’s. Winner of the 2006 John Lennon Songwriter’s Award, he has released four albums over the past decade: “Small Thoughts (EP)”, released in 2005; “Overboard (EP)”, released in 2008; “Drew Gasparini Band“, released independently in 2012 (a compilation of songs written while under development with Sony Records); and “I Could Use A Drink: The Songs of Drew Gasparini“, released by Broadway Records in 2013, showcasing Drew’s unique hybrid of pop and musical theatre and featuring vocals from some of Broadway’s hottest young stars. “I Could Use A Drink” spent 5 weeks on the top 100 iTunes charts. The Houston Press has described Drew’s music as “deftly captivating with lyrics that pulse with vibrant poignancy and appealing wit.” Drew is signed with Razor & Tie Music Publishing, and is currently working on his next album.
As a comedian:
The (M)orons are Alex Brightman (School of Rock, Matilda), F. Michael Haynie (Peter Pan Live! on NBC, Wicked), Andrew Kober (She Loves Me, Les Miserables), and Drew Gasparini. Four talented friends who write and perform together as a comedy collective. Their brand of humor is ridiculous, grotesque, irreverent, debaucherous, and laden with fart jokes. THE (M)ORONS HAPPY HOUR, a variety show best described as The Rat Pack meets “Jackass” (with music), debuted in December 2014 at the Slipper Room, a burlesque club on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The gents are developing a TV pilot and beginning to plot their next live show.www.WeAreTheMorons.com @WeAreTheMorons
As a teacher:
Drew is as committed to nurturing the next generation of performers as he is to showcasing his own work. He has been invited to lead master classes at schools across the country, including Boston Conservatory, The Growing Studio, PACE University, Cap21, and A.C.T. in San Francisco. His class format is designed to offer a safe environment for students to learn from Drew and from one another, and focuses on topics from song selection and interpretation to conquering fears and building a career.