With multi-platinum recordings, Broadway shows, Disney Animated Films, Television scores, and a teaching and lecturing career that spans the nation, David Friedman is truly someone who has made a major mark in all areas of show business.
From "We Can Be Kind" to "Listen to My Heart", "Help is on the Way", "We Live on Borrowed Time", "Trust The Wind", and "I'll Be Here With You", David has written songs of inspiration, love and hope that take on new emotional meaning in these challenging times.
After spending several years conducting musicals on Broadway, including Grease, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Song and Dance, David went to Hollywood where he was the conductor and vocal arranger on such Disney classics as Beauty & The Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This led to David writing music and lyrics for Disney's Aladdin and the King of Thieves, scoring three animated television series (Happy Ness, Sky Dancers and Dragon Flyz) and the film Trick, and a 13-year stint as music supervisor and vocal arranger of Broadway's Beauty & The Beast.
Most recently, David has been writing musicals for Broadway. His show Chasing Nicolette, written with Peter Kellogg, played to rave reviews at The Westport Country Playhouse in Connecticut, the Prince theater in Philadelphia (where David was awarded the Barrymore Award for best score) and the Village Theatre in Seattle, and is currently under option for a Broadway opening next season.
Another new Musical, Desperate Measures a 6 character country & western version of Shakespeare's Measure For Measure also written with Peter Kellogg, has had numerous well-received productions around the U.S., most recently at the Spirit of Broadway Theater in Norwich CT, and is scheduled to be seen Off Broadway next season.
David and Peter Kellogg’s musical Front Page Girl about the life of Nellie Bly, was seen in a critically acclaimed production at the Village Theater in Seattle, which was followed by a staged reading at Manhattan Theatre Club in New York.
A fourth show of David & Peter’s, Lincoln in Love was recently presented in the staged reading series at Goodspeed Opera.
His Christmas Oratorio King Island Christmas written with Deborah Brevoort, has had over 50 productions around the world.
As a record producer, David started his own company, MIDDER Music Records, and wrote for and produced all of the late, great Nancy LaMott's CDs, including the recently released Nancy LaMott - Live at Tavern on the Green. A new Nancy LaMott double CD entitled Ask Me Again, hit the Top 20 Billboard Jazz Chart, and a new DVD of 25 of Nancy's performances has also become a best-seller. The most recent release is a DVD set of 4 performances of Nancy, live, at Don't Tell Mama in the late 80's, and both a movie and a book on her life are in development.
David's songs have been sung and recorded by luminaries such as Diana Ross ("Your Love" - Quadruple Platinum), Barry Manilow ("We Live on Borrowed Time" and "You're There" featured on Barry's most recent live CD,) Allison Krauss, Petula Clark, Laura Branigan, Kathie Lee Gifford, Jason Alexander, Lucie Arnaz, Laurie Beechman, Lainie Kazan, Leslie Uggams and many others.
David's multi-platinum selling song "Open Your Eyes To Love" was featured on the soundtrack of The Lizzie McGuire Movie and he wrote the opening song for Disney's sequel to Bambi, (sung by Allison Krauss) which was released to record-breaking sales.
David has written hundreds of songs with Kathie Lee Gifford, and they have co-written and co-produced 2 Children’s CD’s, Kathie’s Lee’s CD Born for You and two recently CD of their songs, entitled My Way Home and Everyone Has a Story. The Everyone Has a Story CD contains songs that Kathie and David wrote together for the Everyone Has a Story series on the Today show. Each month, Kathie and David select an inspirational story sent in by a viewer, write a song based on it, and bring in a Broadway star to perform it with David on the show. David also co-wrote the score to the Broadway musical Scandalous with Kathie Lee and David Pomeranz. Scandalous played at the Neil Simon Theater on Broadway in 2012. The Original Cast CD will be available at the end of April, 2013.
David's songs have been used to raise money for charitable organizations ranging from Duke Children's Hospital to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and Birmingham's Red Mountain Theatre Company. His song "Help Is On The Way" has been the theme song of the Equity Fights AIDS Easter Bonnet Competition for the past 15 years.
In 2003, David completed an Off-Broadway run of his revue, entitled Listen To My Heart-The Songs of David Friedman, featuring David and five of Broadways finest singers performing 27 of his songs. The cast CD, containing a live performance of the entire show, is released on MIDDER Records. The show has now been performed in 10 American cities as well as in London, Ireland, Germany and Australia, and was most recently seen as the opening show of the new Stageworks Theatre in Tampa. This production is currently being booked all over the country. It will be seen in May, 2013 at the Wheelock Family and Children’s Theatre in Boston, and on the Unity Convention Caribbean Cruise from June 8 – June 14th. Productions are in the works in Dallas, Seattle and other cities. David is also in the process of forming a non-profit organization to bring Listen to My Heart to other American cities and give the profits to local Unity Churches, Gay Men’s Choruses and healing organizations.
Having published his songbook, containing 63 of his best known songs, David has recently released 2 CD’s of him singing his own songs; A Different Light – David Friedman Sings His Own Songs and Let Me Fly – David Friedman Sings His Own Songs. They can be found on Amazon.com, LMLMusic.com or by contacting David at MIDDER2000@aol.com
DAVID FRIEDMAN...composer, author, speaker