Meet Adam

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Wachter’s songwriting and storytelling pop with invention.
— James Hebert, The San Diego Union-Tribune
Adam Wachter’s astute musical direction deliver[s] every nuance of the glorious score.
— Aileen Jacobson, The New York Times


    Adam Wachter is a composer, lyricist, music director, arranger, orchestrator, and pianist, recently featured on ABC as the Music Director of Kristen Bell's special "Encore!" . His original musical, Tarrytown, a modern-day adaptation of Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” for which Adam wrote music, book, and lyrics, had its world premiere production at Backyard Renaissance Theatre Company in San Diego and won the 2017 San Diego Critics' Circle Craig Noel Award for Best New Musical. James Hebert of the San Diego Union-Tribune wrote, in his review, "Wachter makes it work pretty wonderfully, with a lyrical and gracefully flowing score, often witty lyrics and a savvy way of updating Irving’s characters without shoehorning them into some contrived-feeling story." The premiere concert of his original music and lyrics was presented in New York at 54 Below and in Los Angeles at Rockwell Table & Stage, and sheet music to his songs can be purchased at

    The 2016 short film “Sign,” for which Adam wrote both score and screenplay, made its world premiere in the summer of 2016 in the OutFest LGBT Film Festival in Los Angeles. It went on to screen in over thirty film festivals all over the world, winning several prizes including the Youth Jury Award at the Iris Prize Festival, Best Narrative Short at NewFest, and the jury award for Best Short at Shout!, among others. Adam also produced the film along with director Andrew Keenan-Bolger. His original children’s audio musical “Denny the Dinosaur: Hear Me Roar,” written and composed with vocal arranger AnnMarie Milazzo, won the 2016 Parents’ Choice Award for Storytelling. In 2013, he completed his first full-length film score on Jake Wilson’s comedy “Are You Joking.” Also in 2013, he orchestrated the score for the PBS Great Performances documentary “Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy” directed by Michael Kantor (“Make ‘Em Laugh,” “Broadway: The American Musical”). He also composed and orchestrated the theme song and score for the smash hit web series “Submissions Only” and several pieces of score for Sour Patch Kids’ “Breaking Out” YouTube campaign series.

    Adam is currently contributing original songs to the Warner Bros./Boomerang reboot of the classic animated series Wacky Races. He is also the music producer for The Battery Company’s series of online shorts, contributing original music for the viral videos "The Sonogram," “Werq: The Labor Day Song,” “Serial: The TV Show,” and “Shit I Love,” and was responsible for supervising all music on both seasons of the cult favorite YouTube series “The Battery’s Down,” which featured new songs by Broadway’s top composers, including Tom Kitt (Next To Normal), Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Shrek), and Lisa Lambert (The Drowsy Chaperone), in addition to composing additional songs himself. He composed a new song and original scoring for a special reunion episode of “The Battery’s Down,” which premiered on Hulu in November of 2015. For MTV’s pilot “Making It,” a musical reality series, he was hired to create and produce new arrangements of songs by Beyoncé, Demi Lovato, and Coldplay.

    Adam was responsible for the arrangements and musical supervision for the long-running Off Broadway hit Old Jews Telling Jokes and subsequently supervised the popular production at the Royal George Theater in Chicago, for which he also provided orchestrations. He conducted the critically-lauded Unlock’d at the Duke Theater on 42nd Street, and he previously provided music direction on several other Off- and Off-Off- Broadway productions, including Yank! (York Theater), In Transit (Primary Stages), Danny Visconti is Hill-bent, and Jason & Ben. His arrangements and orchestrations for Perfect HarmonyPerez Hilton Saves The Universeand Spidermusical are currently licensed with production rights to those shows across the country, and each featured Adam as Music Director in its original New York production.

    Regionally, Adam has worked as a Music Director at many of the nation’s top theaters, including the world premiere of Dog and Pony at the Old Globe (directed by Roger Rees), Girlstar at the Signature Theatre (for which he also wrote Vocal Arrangements), director Michael Arden's productions of My Fair Lady at Bay Street Theater and Merrily We Roll Along at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (NAACP Theatre Award nomination, Best Music Director), and musicals at Shakespeare Theatre CompanyBarrington Stage Company, North Shore Music TheaterNorthern StageWeston Playhouse, and Theatre-by-the-Sea, among others. He served as Music Director at the O’Neill Theater Center’s 2011 Cabaret Conference and also on TheatreworksUSA’s national tour of We The Peopleand recently acted as Music Supervisor on a new immersive production of Carrie in Los Angeles.

    For “Glee”’s Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff, Adam created arrangements, orchestrations, and provided musical direction for their “True Colors Cabaret” at Feinstein’s in late 2009. He has written arrangements and/or orchestrations for many other benefits, including a Miscast benefit for MCC Theater at the Hammerstein Ballroom, Lincoln Center's 2017 Spring Gala, and multiple editions of Broadway Backwards at the Hirschfield Theater. For four years, 2014-2017, Adam helped create annual musical numbers for NYC’s Mayor Bill de Blasio's appearances in the annual Inner Circle Show. He also orchestrated and produced the music for the opening numbers of the 2010 Streamy Awards and the 2011 Writers Guild Awards East, performed by Kristen Schaal (“30 Rock,” “The Daily Show”).

    As a pianist, Adam performed in the pit orchestras of Broadway’s War PaintFinding NeverlandAllegiance, and The Addams Family, Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular, Madison Square Garden’s Peter Pan, and MCC Theater’s Carrie, for which he is heard playing on the original cast recording on Ghostlight Records. In concert, he has accompanied Grammy-winning country superstar Trisha Yearwood at Avery Fisher Hall, Tony Award winner Karen Olivo at Feinstein’s, 4-time Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara at Le Poisson Rouge, Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger at Ars Nova, and countless others, including Lance Bass, Brent Barrett, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Matt Cavenaugh, Liz Callaway, Marc Kudisch, Melissa Errico, Norm Lewis, Stephanie Block, Adam Chanler-Berat, Caissie Levy, and “American Idol”’s Melinda Doolittle.

    Adam is a member of the Associated Federation of Musicians (Local 802)Mensa, and ASCAP as both a writer and publisher through his company Contumacious Creatures Music. He graduated from the University of Michigan’s School of Music with a Bachelor of Theatre Arts and is currently pursuing his Master's at Goldsmiths, University of London. He can be found online at and is represented by Diana Glazer at ICM Partners.  

Adam Wachter by Dirty Sugar Photography


Member Local 802 AFM, ASCAP

 Television, Film, and Web

ENCORE! | Music Director | ABC / Olive Bridge Ent. | Will Gluck & Kristen Bell, EPs
WACKY RACES | Original Songs | Warner Bros.
SAS AND JAKE (Pilot) | Original Music | Bravo / Jax Media
ARE YOU JOKING? | Original Score, Music Supervisor | Independent Feature | Dir: Jake Wilson
SIGN | Original Score and Screenplay | Independent Short | Dir: Andrew Keenan-Bolger
BROADWAY MUSICALS: A JEWISH LEGACY | Orchestrations  | PBS Great Performances | Dir: Michael Kantor
THE BATTERY’S DOWN (Reunion Episode) | Original Score and Songs Hulu
MAKING IT (Pilot) | Arrangements, Orchestrations | MTV / Ish Entertainment
SOUR PATCH KIDS: “Breaking Out” Campaign | Original Score | Fullscreen Productions
WRITERS’ GUILD AWARDS (EAST) Opening Number 2011 | Music Direction / Orchestrations | AXA Equitable Center
STREAMY AWARDS 2010 | Music Direction, Arrangements | Orpheum Theater
JEFFERY LIVE! (Web Series) | Original Theme Song | Jeffery Self
SUBMISSIONS ONLY (Web Series) | Original Theme and Score
THE BATTERY’S DOWN (Web Series) | Music Supervisor / Orchestrations / Arrangements / Original Songs
MY DAY (Web Series) | Original Theme and Score | Dir: Jake Wilson


WAR PAINT | Keyboard 2* | Nederlander Theater
ALLEGIANCE | Keyboard 2* | Longacre Theater
FINDING NEVERLAND | Keyboard 2/Accordion*, Rehearsal Accompanist | Lunt-Fontanne Theater
THE ADDAMS FAMILY | Keyboard 2* | Lunt-Fontanne Theater
PETER PAN | Keyboard 1* | The Theater at Madison Square Garden
RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR | Keyboard 2* | Radio City Music Hall


CARRIE | Asst. Music Director / Keyboard 2 | MCC / Lucille Lortel | Dir: Stafford Arima
OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES | Music Supervision & Arrangements | Westside Theater | Dir: Marc Bruni
UNLOCK’D | Music Director | Prospect Theater Co. at The Duke on 42nd St.
SILENCE! THE MUSICAL | Keyboard 2* | Elektra Theater
YANK! | Conductor/Piano | York Theatre | Dir: Igor Goldin
IN TRANSIT | Associate Music Director | Primary Stages at 59E59 | Dir: Joe Calarco
PERFECT HARMONY | Music Director, Arrangements | Acorn at Theater Row
PEREZ HILTON SAVES THE UNIVERSE | Music Director, Arrangements, Orchestrations | Fringe, Fringe Encores

Regional Theater

TARRYTOWN | Original Book, Music, & Lyrics | Backyard Renaissance Theatre Company
     *winner "Best New Musical" | San Diego Critics' Circle, Craig Noel Award
DOG AND PONY | Music Director | The Old Globe | Dir: Roger Rees
GIRLSTAR | Music Director | Signature Theatre Co. | Dir: Eric Schaeffer
MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG | Music Director | Wallis Annenberg Center | Dir: Michael Arden
     *nominee "Best Music Director" | NAACP Theatre Award
MY FAIR LADY | Music Director | Bay Street Theater | Dir: Michael Arden
CARRIE | Music Supervisor | La Mirada Theater
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM | Music Director, Additional Dance Arrangements | Shakespeare Theatre Company
EVITA | Music Director, Orchestrations | Northern Stage
CHESS IN CONCERT | Keyboard 1 Pioneer Theatre Company Mus Dir: Phil Reno
HARMONY, KANSAS | Music Director, Orchestrations | Diversionary Theater
THE LITTLE MERMAID | Keyboard 2* | La Mirada Theater
ONCE | Music Director | Weston Playhouse | Dir: Michael Berresse
25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE | Music Director | Weston Playhouse
LOS FELIZ: 90027 | Original Songs | Rockwell Table & Stage
25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE | Assistant Music Director | North Shore Music Theatre
HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2 | Assistant Music Director | North Shore Music Theatre
25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE | Assistant Music Director | Barrington Stage Company
THE WORLD GOES ‘ROUND | Assistant Music Director | Barrington Stage Company
CABARET FELLOWS PROGRAM | Music Director | The Eugene O’Neill Center

Readings & Workshops

TRIANGLE | Music Director | MCC Theater | Dir: Michael Arden
TARRYTOWN | Original Book, Music, Lyrics | Diversionary Theater
SOMEWHERE IN TIME | Associate Music Director | Davenport Theatricals
ME AND THE GIRLS | Associate Music Director, Score Preparation | Roundabout Theatre Company | Dir: Douglas Carter Beane
BROOKLYNITE | Score Preparation, Transcriptions | Dir: Michael Mayer
SOME LOVERS | Score Preparation, Transcriptions | The Old Globe
LITTLE MISS SCROOGE | Associate Music Director | Dir: John Caird
HAMEKO AND LULU | Music Director | Barrington Stage Company
LAST DANCE | Assistant Music Director | Dir: Jonathan Butterell
SKIPPYJON JONES | Music Director | Theatreworks USA
BONNIE & CLYDE | Assistant Music Director | Above the Title Ent.
ACE | Vocal Transcriptions | Tom Smedes Productions

National Tours

HAPPY DAYS | Associate Conductor, Keyboard 2 | Dir: Gordon Greenberg
WE THE PEOPLE | Music Director | Theatreworks USA

Concerts & Benefits

THE SONGS OF ADAM WACHTER | Composer/Lyricist | 54 Below, Rockwell Table & Stage
TRUE COLORS CABARET:  Lea Michele & Jonathan Groff | Music Director, Arrangements, Orchestrations | Feinstein's at the Leow’s Regency
TRUE COLORS CABARETS: Stephanie Block, Melinda Doolittle, Karen Olivo | Piano Feinstein’s at the Leow’s Regency
CHANCE & CHEMISTRY: THE MUSIC OF FRANK LOESSER (Actors’ Fund Benefit) | Associate Music Director | Minskoff Theater                  
DEBRA MONK’S B-DAY BASH | Vocal Arrangements | Gerald W. Lynch Theater
MAIZE & BLUE ON BROADWAY | Arrangements | August Wilson Theater
INNER CIRCLE SHOWS 2014-17 (Mayor’s Rebuttal) | Arrangements, Music Director | New York Hilton
BROADWAY BACKWARDS 7 & 9 | Associate MD, Orchestrations | Al Hirschfield Theater
EASTER BONNET 2008 | Arrangements, Rehearsal Pianist | Minskoff Theater
LINCOLN CENTER SPRING GALA 2017 | Piano | Alice Tully Hall
MUSEMATCH 4.0 | Composer/Lyricist | 54 Below
THE BROADWAY TENORS | Music Director | Aventura Arts Center
ALYSHA UMPHRESS | Music Director | Signature Theatre Co., Feinstein’s at the NIKO, RSVP Cruises
BROADWAY IN SOUTH AFRICA Benefit | Music Director | Hammerstein Ballroom
KEENAN-BOLGER CUBED | Music Director, Arrangements | Ars Nova
MISCAST (MCC Theatre Gala Benefit) | Arrangements | Hammerstein Ballroom
NEWMUSICALTHEATRE.COM (Launch Concert) | Piano | Le Poisson Rouge
NEXT TO NORMAL FOR  BROADWAY IMPACT (Benefit) | Music Director, Orchestrations | Joe’s Pub
TORI SCOTT “Vodka Is The Reason For The Season” | Music Director | Joe’s Pub, Brasserie Zedel
THE BATTERY’S DOWN IN CONCERT | Music Director, Orchestrations | Joe’s Pub
JAKE WILSON IS JUSTIN BIEBER | Music Director, Arrangements | Joe’s Pub
MERIDETH KAYE CLARK | Piano | Tupelo Music Hall
THE BROADWAY BOYS | Piano/Conductor | Christmas Tour 2009
REACH THE SKY (The Songs of Bobby Cronin) | Music Director | Laurie Beechman Theater
THE GIRLY SHOW | Music Director | Laurie Beechman Theater
A BETTER HOLIDAY | Ukulele | Church of St. Paul
NO ONE IS ALONE (Benefit for the Ali Forney Center) | Ukulele | XL

Bachelor of Theatre Arts from the University of Michigan, School of Music
MA Musical Theatre (presumed 2018 graduation) from Goldsmiths, University of London

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Adam Wachter photo by Dirty Sugar Photography