MUSIC DIRECTOR • CONDUCTOR • ORCHESTRATOR • ARRANGER • VOCAL COACH
David Andrews Rogers is a Music Director and Conductor whose experience ranges from Broadway National and International Tours to Symphony Pops Concerts. In addition, he has Music Directed extensively in regional theatre, is an Orchestrator and Arranger, an Educator and Vocal Coach, and has been a performer in nightclubs and supper clubs all over the United States, in addition to music directing numerous readings and workshops of new musicals in New York.
Currently, David is Music Director and Conductor for the international cast of the new World Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, which opened in Manila, Philippines in early 2019. Following Manila, that tour will play extended engagements all over the world including Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Tel Aviv, Dubai, South Korea, Mainland China, and Europe, and it is currently booked through May of 2022.
In July of 2018, David completed a two-year engagement as Music Director and Conductor for the First National Tour of the acclaimed Broadway production of An American in Paris. That touring production was seen by over 1,000,00 people in over 650 performances in 58 cities.
David’s other touring experience includes being Music Director and Conductor for the Broadway national tours of Show Boat, Les Misérables, Chicago, Cats, and Fiddler on the Roof. In addition, David was Music Director, Conductor, and Associate Music Supervisor for the US national tours of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of The Wizard of Oz in 2013-14 and 2015-16, and for that show - as Le Magicien D’Oz (in French) - at the Palais des Congrès in Paris and at the Forest National Theatre in Brussels.
David began his Broadway touring career in 1995 as Associate Conductor for the Broadway national tour of The Phantom of the Opera. In 1992, he was Music Director and Conductor for the national tour of Heart Strings, and his work with that show was included in the ABC-TV prime-time special, In a New Light, which featured him conducting for guest stars Joel Grey, Nell Carter, and Patti LuPone.
As a Symphony Pops Conductor, David made his Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Pops in 2003 in a tribute to Broadway composers John Kander and Fred Ebb. He returned to Carnegie Hall annually for several years as either a conductor or orchestrator or both including a 2008 concert, Bravo Broadway. . His other guest conducting experience includes New York’s Lincoln Center, the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra and Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theatre. In addition, David has been guest conductor for the Oklahoma City Philharmonic in 2012 (Waterloo), 2014 (The Midtown Men), 2015 (All That Jazz: A Symphonic Tribute to Kander & Ebb, starring Broadway’s Beth Leavel), in 2016 (The Spy Who Loved Me, starring Sheena Easton and Scott Coulter), and in November of 2017 (The Wonderful Music of Oz). In November of 2018, David was Guest Conductor for a symphony pops concert in Toronto starring world-renowned Israeli cellist Ofra Harnoy with guest trumpet soloist Mike Herriott.
David was Music Director and Conductor for 1980s pop star Debbie Gibson for over 10 years in venues as diverse as Carnegie Hall, live appearances on Serius Radio, in casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, and in concert in Singapore. His recent orchestrations have been for Debbie in association with Cirque Musica, for New York’s annual Broadway Backwards concerts including for Florence Henderson (2015), for Kenita Miller (2016), and for Andrea Martin and Len Cariou (2018), and for The Midtown Men.
In addition, he has conducted and/or written orchestrations for Broadway stars including Kristin Chenoweth, Dee Hoty, George Dvorsky, Olivia Newton-John, Sutton Foster, Beth Leavel, Nell Carter, Karen Ziemba, Bob Cuccioli, Sandy Duncan, Emily Skinner, Carol Lawrence, Billy Porter, and Sheena Easton.
David’s orchestrations have been played by orchestras all over North America including the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, and he has been represented on numerous recordings including Broadway’s Sal Viviano: “The Standards of Love”, Manhattan Association of Cabarets MAC Award winners RSVP ...the vocal group: “No Holds Barred”, and he was Arranger, Conductor and Co-Producer for former star of the Moulin Rouge Debbie de Coudreaux’s debut recording: “Have a Little Paris On Me”.
In New York, David has been Music Director, Supervisor, and/or Arranger for numerous readings and workshops of new musicals including Caligula and Unlock’d, both at the New York Music Theatre Festival, as well as Boy Meets Boy, Merman’s Apprentice, Portofino, and most recently, for Happy Hunting at the York Theatre. He made his Off-Broadway debut as Music Supervisor for The Vocal Lords at the Theatre at St. Clements.
In the cabaret world, David was Music Supervisor, Arranger, and Orchestrator for Broadway Does Country at New York’s famed supper club, 54 Below, and he has made cabaret and nightclub appearances at most of the major cabaret rooms in New York including Don’t Tell Mama, The Duplex, The Oak Room at the Algonquin, and 88’s. David’s cabaret career began in 1985 when he was Director and Arranger for the 4-part harmony vocal group, RSVP who were based in Dallas but toured the country appearing in cabarets, theatres and supper clubs all over the U.S. including many sold-out engagements in New York City cabarets. His work with that group was featured on RSVP’s debut album, “No Holds Barred”, and with the group he was awarded New York’s Bistro and MAC Awards.
David’s regional theatre experience includes Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC, Sacramento Music Circus, Westchester Broadway Theatre, the Gateway Playhouse on Long Island, the North Carolina Theatre, and over 50 productions at Oklahoma City’s Lyric Theatre. David’s most recent regional theatre experience includes Lyric’s Summer 2018 productions of Mamma Mia and Hello, Dolly (starring Dee Hoty) at Lyric.
David made his professional theatre debut at the age of twelve in the pit orchestra of a Texas summer stock production of Kiss Me, Kate. He made his conducting debut in 1979 at Dallas Repertory Theatre with a production of Shenandoah, and he went on to music direct and conduct 11 additional productions at DRT. His other regional theatre experience includes Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC, Sacramento’s Music Circus, Westchester Broadway Theatre, the Gateway Playhouse on Long Island, the North Carolina Theatre, and Lyric Theatre in Oklahoma City.
As an educator, David spent nearly 10 years on the faculty of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York and three years at the Performing Artists Musical Theatre Conservatory in Dallas, as well in his private voice studio in New York City and in master classes and workshops for the Broadway Classroom. In addition, he mentors several young conductors in both the theatre and classical worlds.
David grew up in small towns in Texas, and lived in Dallas for 17 years. Educated at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and Queen’s College, Oxford University, he now makes his home in New York City.