Joseph Thalken (music director for Patti LuPone's Don't Monkey with Broadway) is an award-winning composer, conductor and pianist whose theater and concert works have been performed world-wide. He is the composer of the musicals Was, Harold and Maude, Fall of ’94, Borrowed Dust and Inventions for Piano, and his concert works encompass chamber, choral, orchestral, wind ensemble and vocal music. His ballet Chasing Home was recently recorded by the Dallas Chamber Symphony and will be released later this year.

In addition to Patti LuPone, he has served as music director and/or arranger for luminaries of Broadway and classical music, including Julie Andrews, Liza Minnelli, Bernadette Peters, Renée Fleming, Rebecca Luker, Marin Mazzie, Liz Callaway, Sierra Boggess, Catherine Malfitano, Elizabeth Futral, Kristin Chenoweth, Sally Wilfert, Polly Bergen, Faith Prince, Hugh Panaro, Michael Crawford, Howard McGillin, Jason Danieley, Nathan Gunn, Rodney Gilfry, Brian Stokes Mitchell and many more. He has taught music theater composition at Yale and is a proud graduate of Northwestern University.

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