Adam Wachter is a composer, lyricist, music director, arranger, orchestrator, and pianist. The premiere concert of his original music and lyrics was presented in New York at 54 Below and in Los Angeles at Rockwell Table & Stage, and his original musical Tarrytown, a modern-day adaptation of Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” for which Adam wrote music, book, and lyrics, had its first public reading at the Diversionary Theater in San Diego. Sheet music to his songs can be purchased at www.newmusicaltheatre.com.
Most recently, Adam has been scoring for film and television. The 2016 short film “Sign,” for which he wrote both score and screenplay, made its world premiere in the summer of 2016 in the OutFest LGBT Film Festival in Los Angeles. It went on to screen in film festivals all over the world, winning several prizes including the Youth Jury Award at the Iris Prize Festival, Best Narrative Short at NewFest, and the jury award for Best Short at Shout!, among others. Adam also produced the film along with director Andrew Keenan-Bolger. In 2013, he completed his first full-length film score on Jake Wilson’s comedy “Are You Joking.” The independent feature, which gained worldwide distribution in October 2015, was produced by Kevin Iwashina (“Jiro Dreams Of Sushi,” “The Truth About Emanuel”) and stars Hannibal Burress (“Broad City”), James Wolk (“Mad Men”), Vanessa Ray (“Blue Bloods”), Helene Yorke (“Masters Of Sex”) and Margaret Colin (“Gossip Girl”). In 2013, he orchestrated the score for the PBS Great Performances documentary “Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy” directed by Michael Kantor (“Make ‘Em Laugh,” “Broadway: The American Musical”). He also composed and orchestrated the theme song and score for the smash hit web series “Submissions Only” and several pieces of score for Sour Patch Kids’ “Breaking Out” YouTube campaign series.
He is the music producer for The Battery Company’s series of online shorts, contributing music for the viral videos “Werq: The Labor Day Song,” “Serial: The TV Show,” and “Shit I Love,” and was responsible for supervising all music on both seasons of the cult favorite YouTube series “The Battery’s Down,” which featured original songs by Broadway’s top composers, including Tom Kitt (Next To Normal), Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Shrek), and Lisa Lambert (The Drowsy Chaperone), in addition to composing new songs himself. He also recently composed a new song and original scoring for a special reunion episode of “The Battery’s Down,” which premiered on Hulu in November of 2015. For MTV’s pilot “Making It,” a musical reality series, he was hired to create and produce new arrangements of songs by Beyoncé, Demi Lovato, and Coldplay.
Adam was responsible for the arrangements and musical supervision for the long-running Off Broadway hit Old Jews Telling Jokes and subsequently supervised the popular production at the Royal George Theater in Chicago, for which he also provided orchestrations. He conducted the critically-lauded Unlock’d at the Duke Theater on 42nd Street, and he previously provided music direction on several other Off- and Off-Off- Broadway productions, including Yank! (York Theater), In Transit (Primary Stages), Danny Visconti is Hill-bent, and Jason & Ben. His arrangements and orchestrations for Perfect Harmony, Perez Hilton Saves The Universe, and Spidermusical are currently licensed with production rights to those shows across the country, and each featured Adam as Music Director in its original New York production.
Regionally, Adam has worked at many of the nation’s top theaters, including the world premiere of Dog and Pony at the Old Globe, Girlstar at the Signature Theatre (for which he also wrote Vocal Arrangements), and musicals at Bay Street Theater, Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Barrington Stage Company, North Shore Music Theater, Northern Stage, Weston Playhouse, and Theatre-by-the-Sea, among others. He served as Music Director at the O’Neill Theater Center’s 2011 Cabaret Conference and also on TheatreworksUSA’s national tour of We The People, and recently acted as Music Supervisor on a new immersive production of Carrie in Los Angeles.
As a pianist, Adam performed in the pit orchestras of Broadway’s Finding Neverland, Allegiance, and The Addams Family, Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular, Madison Square Garden’s Peter Pan, and MCC Theater’s Carrie, for which he is heard playing on the original cast recording on Ghostlight Records. In concert, he accompanied Grammy-winning country superstar Trisha Yearwood at Avery Fisher Hall, Tony Award winner Karen Olivo at Feinstein’s, 4-time Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara at Le Poisson Rouge, Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger at Ars Nova, and countless others, including Lance Bass, Brent Barrett, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Matt Cavenaugh, Stephanie Block, Adam Chanler-Berat, Caissie Levy, and “American Idol”’s Melinda Doolittle.
For “Glee”’s Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff, Adam created arrangements, orchestrations, and provided musical direction for their “True Colors Cabaret” at Feinstein’s in late 2009. He has written arrangements and/or orchestrations for many other benefits, including an Easter Bonnet competition for BC/EFA at Broadway’s Minskoff Theater, a Miscast benefit for MCC Theater at the Hammerstein Ballroom, Broadway in South Africa’s annual gala (also at the Hammerstein), and multiple editions of Broadway Backwards at the Hirschfield Theater. In both 2014 and 2015, Adam helped create musical numbers for NYC’s Mayor Bill de Blasio appearances in the annual Inner Circle Show. He also orchestrated and produced the music for the opening numbers of the 2010 Streamy Awards and the 2011 Writers Guild Awards East, performed by Kristen Schaal (“30 Rock,” “The Daily Show”).
His original children’s audio musical “Denny the Dinosaur: Hear Me Roar,” written and composed with vocal arranger AnnMarie Milazzo, won the 2016 Parents’ Choice Award for Storytelling. Also with Ms. Milazzo, Adam assisted in creating arrangements for Burt Bachrach, Steven Sater, and Sea World.
Adam is a member of the Associated Federation of Musicians (Local 802), Mensa, and ASCAP as both a writer and publisher through his company Contumacious Creatures Music. He graduated from the University of Michigan’s School of Music with a Bachelor of Theatre Arts. He can be found online at adamwachter.com and is represented by Diana Glazer at ICM Partners.