Debra shares stories about landing her first music publishing deal while still in high school, playing disco in NYC piano bars in the late 70s, the wisdom of George Clinton, and her many musical adventures on and off Broadway. Debra shares stories about landing her first music publishing deal while still in high school, playing disco in NYC piano bars in the late 70s, the wisdom of George Clinton, and her many musical adventures on and off Broadway. DEBRA BARSHA (Composer/Lyricist/Book) won the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Award for the score to Radiant Baby, (Public Theater) directed by George C. Wolfe. Composer credits: Songs From an Unmade Bed (NYTW), Cookin’! (Amas), Sophie (JRT), NBC’s Policewoman Centerfold soundtrack, and her two one-woman shows Go To Your Womb and A Womb With a View (CAP21/Cherry Lane Theatre). Barsha originated roles and was the music director for the original off-Broadway companies of both Tony ‘N’ Tina’s Wedding and Charles Busch’s Swingtime Canteen. She also served as music director for the Steven Sater/Serj Tankian world premiere of Prometheus Bound (ART – dir. Diane Paulus). Her songs have been recorded by: George Clinton, Jackie Mason, Marty Balin and Rebecca Luker. She conducted Karen O’s psycho opera Stop the Virgens! At St. Ann’s Warehouse and at the Sydney Opera House. This year, She wrote the vocal arrangement for the gospel choir on the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s single Sacrilege, and appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman conducting the Broadway Inspirational Voices singing her arrangement. Barsha arranged the vocals for the upcoming album of Orange Is The New Black’s star Lea DeLaria. Currently, Debra is the associate conductor for Broadway’s Tony award winning musical, Jersey Boys.
Resources, Tools, Books, and Music Discussed on the Show
Debra with the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s on Late Night with David Letterman
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