John McDaniel Serves As Musical Director on New David Shire Musical

Playbill Universe   John McDaniel Serves As Musical Director on New David Shire Musical
The Most Beautiful Room, from the composer of Baby and Big, bows at Long Wharf Theatre this spring.
John McDaniel

John McDaniel, the Emmy winner and Drama Desk-nominated orchestrator, is serving as musical director and arranger for The Most Beautiful Room in New York, a new musical having its premiere this May at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut.

The show, with music by Oscar winner and Tony nominee David Shire (Baby, Big, Closer Than Ever, Take Flight) and book and lyrics by The New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik, runs May 3–28 at the regional theatre.

The musical, which is set in a tiny family restaurant struggling to survive in Manhattan’s Union Square, will be directed by Long Wharf Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein.

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McDaniel has been a special guest performer on two of Playbill’s Broadway on the High Seas cruises. Playbill’s inaugural river cruise along the Rhône River in May 2017 is sold out, but cabins are available for the Rhine River cruise in August 2017, featuring Seth Rudetsky, Andréa Burns, Faith Prince, Terrence Mann, Charlotte d’Amboise, and more exciting talent to be announced. Visit for booking and information

“I adore the Playbill Cruises,” McDaniel said. “Anything that combines music and travel is tops in my book!”

McDaniel can be heard on the album, Come Together: Barb Jungr & John McDaniel perform The Beatles and is scheduled to serve as music director and arranger/orchestrator for a new musical based on the the works of pop singer Nat King Cole, planned for fall 2017 at People's Light and Theater Company in Malverne, Pennsylvania.


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