A Note From Stephen Sondheim
August 13, 2013
For the upcoming film version of INTO THE WOODS, I am writing new music arrangements & adapting the score. I transformed the Wolfs song, HELLO LITTLE GIRL, into a 40s style swing arrangement for JOHNNY DEPP, and received this note of approval from the composer on Aug 13, 2013, at 2:17 AM. Stephen Sondheim wrote: I HATE TO ADMIT IT, BUT I LIKE IT BETTER THAN WHAT I WROTE.
Spotlight On David Krane and Stephen Cole
We catch up with composer David Krane and writer Stephen Cole, who brought the first musical ever to the stage in the Middle East, and now hit Edinburgh.
THE ROAD TO QATAR Nominated for 2013 Musical Theatre Awards!
The European Premiere of Stephen Cole and David Krane's autobiographical musical The Road to Qatar has been shortlisted for a coveted Musical Theatre Network 2013 Award. Producer Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment said "The company have worked extremely hard in bringing Stephen Cole and David Krane's hilarious musical to life, I am delighted that we had the chance to produce the European premiere and excited that their hard work has been acknowledged in such a fantastic way."
****"SHEIK & UNIQUE!"
I canât wait to hopefully see it someday in all of its cheesy, joyfully offensive Broadway glory. Meanwhile, thereâs this lovely little sibling of a show here at the Fringe. Go see it.
****Four Star Review: THE ROAD TO QATAR at the Edinburgh Festival
"Two gay New York Jewish writers are commissioned to do the impossible: write a gargantuan Broadway musical for the Emir of Qatar featuring 100 British actors, 30 Qatari camels, 20 Arabian stallions, 17 fire-eating Croatian acrobats, 30 Russian ballet dancers, five falcons and Muhammad Ali. What can possibly happen? Musical Comedy breaks out in the Middle East! Unbelievable side-splitting surprises abound as the New York Jews travel from NYC to Dubai, London, Bratislava as they sing and dance their hilarious way on The Road to Qatar! Aloha Doha - you couldn't make it up!"
The Road To Qatar Joins Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013
May 30, 2013
The Road to Qatar is coming to Edinburgh this summer!
The Road to Qatar goes International
May 31st, 2013
It was just announced that The Road To Qatar is having its international premiere at the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival - August 1 - 26!
Liberace film watched by 2.4 million in US
May 30th, 2013
Michael Douglas and Matt Damon co-star in Behind the Candelabra... The Nielsen Company said it was the HBO network's biggest audience for one of its original movies since medical drama Something the Lord Made in 2004.
David Krane, Then and Now
May 3rd, 2013
Celebrating Friday's 20th anniversary of the Kander & Ebb / Hal Prince Musical "Kiss of the Spider Woman" today (Friday, May 3rd) isn't the only thing Broadway/Hollywood musical maven David Krane and movie director/choreographer Rob Marshall share...
Into the Woods Film Adaptation Will Shoot in London This Fall
May 1st, 2013
Composer-arranger David Krane (Road to Qatar), who penned the arrangements for Marshall's film adaptations of Chicago and Nine, is working on arrangements for the Into the Woods film adaptation...
Johnny Depp in Talks to Join Disney's 'Into the Woods'
April 26th, 2013
David Krane ("Chicago," "Nine") will arrange the music for the film, while James Lapine penned the script, based on his book for the musical. The original music is by Sondheim...
Roxbury Composer's Future: New Town, Working with Meryl Streep as a Witch
February 4th, 2013
David Krane has enjoyed his Roxbury home for 11 years. It's here that he has sat at his Steinway grand piano and gazed out over the verdant hills of Litchfield County as he created dance and incidental music for some of the biggest hits in recent musical theater history...
Meet the Roxbury Talent Who Made Michelle Williams Sing Like Monroe
"This last project was very exciting,quot; said Mr. Krane in a telephone interview from his Manhattan apartment. quot;A lot of people are saying Michelle WilliamÂs performance is Oscar-nomination worthy...quot;
MY WEEK WITH MARILYN music finished
Golden Globe Winner and Oscar nominated Michelle Williams to sing as Marilyn Monroe in the acclaimed new film, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN. Music arranged and produced by David Krane.
My Week With Marilyn
Within a month New York-based musician David Krane coached Michelle Williams and vocally transformed the former star of TV's Dawson's Creek and the critically acclaimed and controversial Brokeback Mountain into Marilyn Monroe...
ROAD TO QATAR Soundtrack Released!
The original cast recording for The Road to Qatar - composed by David Krane and Stephen Cole - is now available on Jay Records!
DAVID KRANE arranged & produced two songs for Golden Globe Winner and Oscar nominated Michelle Williams to sing as Marilyn Monroe in the acclaimed film, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN, has created the dance music & additional score adaptation for the Oscar-winning film, CHICAGO (dir. Rob Marshall), has written all new music arrangements with additional score adaptation for the film version of NINE, (dir. Rob Marshall), was Michael Douglas' NY piano coach for BEHIND THE CANDELABRA, and has coached Meryl Streep for the upcoming film version of INTO THE WOODS, for which he is adapting the score with additional music arrangements.
He composed ASPIRE with Stephen Cole, the first ever commissioned American musical produced in the Middle East, which premiered in Doha, Qatar in November, 2005, scored for 70 piece orchestra, and his musical comedy, THE ROAD TO QATAR, also with Stephen Cole is about his incredible experience writing ASPIRE, premiered in Dallas to rave reviews, won Best New Musical Award '09-10 from the Dallas-Fort Worth Critics Forum, was on three 10 best lists for the year, subsequently produced by the York Theatre in NYC, and will be produced for the 2013 Edinburgh Festival this summer. It is now licensed by Josef-Weinberger, and the original NY cast recording is on Jay Records (jayrecords.com, amazon.com).
His original movie musical, THE WHEEL GOES ROUND, (www.vimeo.com/10303835) also written with Stephen Cole, premiered at the Ripfest Film Festival in New York, and was chosen for six film festivals, including The Big Apple Film Festival, and the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival.
He has composed dance music and arrangements for 29 Broadway shows, including 110 IN THE SHADE, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, CABARET, MAN OF LA MANCHA, OKLAHOMA! (Hugh Jackman), KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN (Chita Rivera), THE MUSIC MAN, SHOWBOAT, & BIG (Susan Stroman), RAGTIME, VICTOR/VICTORIA (Julie Andrews), MINNELLI ON MINNELLI (Liza), DAMN YANKEES.
Orchestrations: THE ROAD TO QATAR, SHE LOVES ME, THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND (Drama Desk Nominee).
For TV: ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, 2005 (Disney/ABC) starring Carol Burnett & Tracey Ullman, the award winning ANNIE (Disney/ABC) for which he received a special citation from the Academy of TV Arts & Sciences Primetime Emmy Awards, MRS. SANTA CLAUS (CBS) with Angela Lansbury, CINDERELLA (Disney/ABC) starring Whitney Houston, the 2003 OSCARS, & THE KENNEDY CENTER HONORS (CBS).
He is a protégé of Leonard Bernstein from whom he received grants while studying at the famed Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. Bernstein began David’s Broadway career when he chose him to be a musical assistant on his last show, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
The Road to Qatar
My Week With Marilyn
The West Side Waltz
Reviews for THE ROAD TO QATAR!
Enjoy the Laughter on The Road to Qatar!, a delightful, new off-Broadway musical...
CELEBS Review THE ROAD TO QATAR!
They say it's all in your Stars... the Stars all came to the Road to Qatar!
The ROAD TO QATAR CD gets a RAVE!
My faith in musical comedy just got a jump start with the arrival of a recent Off Broadway CD called "The Road to Qatar..."
Confessions of a Playwright
The amazingly true and hilarious recounting of how ASPIRE and THE ROAD TO QATAR came to be by my brilliant collaborator, Stephen Cole for the Dramatists Guild magazine.
Litchfield County Times
The Quiet Composer... Mr. Krane explained that a composer of dance and incidental music writes all the music for dance sequences and background in musicals...
The American composer David Krane recounts in perfect French how he helped actress Michelle WIlliams sing like Marilyn Monroe. (interview for a prestigious French Film magazine)
Interview with an Italian Musical Magazine about THE ROAD TO QATAR.