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Debra Barsha

Debra Barsha

Biography

DEBRA BARSHA won the Jonathan Larson Award for the score to Radiant Baby, (Public Theater) directed by George C. Wolfe. This past June, Radiant Baby was produced by TOHO and performed at Theatre Creation in Japan. Composer credits: A Taste Of Things To Come (Bucks County Playhouse/ The York Theatre), Boy Meets Girl (NY Theatre Barn), The Most Miserable Christmas Tree (NCT), Songs From an Unmade Bed (NYTW), Cookin’! (Amas), Sophie (JRT), NBC’s Policewoman Centerfold soundtrack, One-woman shows: Go To Your Womb and A Womb With a View (CAP21/Cherry Lane). Barsha originated roles and was the music director for the original off-Broadway companies of both Tony ‘N’ Tina’s Wedding and Swingtime Canteen. Her all-female musical A Taste Of Things To Come (co-written with Hollye Levin), was produced off-Broadway at the York Theatre and is published by Concord Theatricals. A Taste of Things to Come originated at the Bucks County Playhouse. It was recorded by BMG Music and can be heard here: https://music.apple.com/us/album/a-taste-of-things-to-come/1168584373
Songs recorded by: George Clinton, Jackie Mason, Marty Balin and Rebecca Luker. Vocal arrangements: Yeah Yeah Yeah’s single Sacrilege, Awolnation’s single I Am, Lea DeLaria’s (Orange is the New Black) album House of Bowie. Barsha was the co-book/music/lyric writer with Sheilah Rae for Five By Ferber (an evening of Edna Ferber's works adapted from short stories). Five by Ferber was produced by NJ Rep and published by Smith and Krauss. Conductor: Karen O’s Stop the Virgens! (St. Ann’s Warehouse/Sydney Opera House). Debra was the associate conductor for Broadway’s Jersey Boys. She also was the associate conductor for Broadway’s Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. Currently: Rehearsal pianist/Key 1 sub at Tina: The Tina Turner Musical.

Experience

  • Broadway
  • Off Broadway
  • Concerts/Cabaret
  • Education

Regions

  • NYC/Tri-State Area

Expertise

  • Theatrical Composer (Music and Lyrics)
  • Music Director/Conductor (Pianist)
  • Songwriter
  • Singer/Songwriter
  • Vocal Arranger
  • Pit Musician (Keyboards)

Instruments

  • Piano
  • Voice

Software

  • Finale
  • GarageBand

Affiliations

  • ACTORS EQUITY ASSOCIATION (AEA)
  • THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS (AFM)
  • ASCAP
  • THE DRAMATISTS GUILD
  • SAG/AFTRA

Pronouns

  • She/Her