Matthew Sklar (October 7, 1973) is a composer, whose works have appeared on Broadway as well as in regional theatres. He has conducted or accompanied several Broadway musicals. Sklar is also known for his collaborations with composer Chad Beguelin, having written music for their Broadway shows The Wedding Singer (which earned him a 2006 nomination for Tony Award for Best Original Score) and for Elf the Musical.

Biography

Early life

A native of Westfield, New Jersey,[1] Sklar is the middle child of Dr. Talbot Sklar, a pediatric dentist,[2] and Susan Sklar.[3] He attended Edison Intermediate School and graduated from Westfield High School in 1991. He was active in the high school's music and drama programs, and also participated in the Westfield Summer Workshop. Sklar credits his start in composing to his Music Teacher, Kristine Smith-Morasso at Edison, who asked him to write a song for his 8th grade graduation. On a whim, he sent the song to Walt Disney Productions, which recorded it for the Mickey Mouse Club.

He graduated with honors in 1991 from the Juilliard School Pre-College Division as a composition major.[4] His piece Symphonics, for full orchestra, was premiered at Lincoln Center by the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra, conducted by Sklar. He then studied at New York University from 1991-1995.

Work

He has been a pianist, conductor, and dance music arranger for many productions including Shrek, 42nd Street, Miss Saigon, Les Misérables, Nine and Caroline, or Change.[5] He has been working on Broadway since the age of eighteen.

He made his Broadway debut as a composer for the new musical The Wedding Singer, with Chad Beguelin writing the lyrics. He was nominated for the 2006 Tony Award for Best Original Score for The Wedding Singer.[5] He also composed the music for the musical Elf,[5] which broke box office records five of the nine weeks of its limited engagement on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in 2010–11, and returned to Broadway in the 2012–13 holiday season. Sklar co-produced the original Broadway cast albums for both shows.

He has composed the music for several original musicals, which include The Rhythm Club (Signature Theatre, 2000),[6][7]Judas and Me (Off-Off-Broadway, 2009),[8][9] and Wicked City (1997).[10]

He composed the music for the new musical Half Time, based on the film Gotta Dance, with lyrics by Nell Benjamin and the book by Chad Beguelin and Bob Martin. Additional music is by Marvin Hamlisch. Directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, the musical premiered at the Bank of America Theatre in Chicago on December 13, 2015, running through January 17, 2016. The show will receive its East Coast Premiere at the Tony-Award-Winning Paper Mill Playhouse on May 31, 2018, running through July 1, 2018. "

He composed the music for a new musical, The Prom. Based on a concept by Jack Viertel, the book is by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin, lyrics by Beguelin, and directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw. The musical premiered at the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia, on August 18, 2016 in previews.[11][12]

Broadway credits

As composer:

Other credits:[importance?]

Awards

Nominations

  • 2006 Tony Award, Best Original Score, The Wedding Singer – Nominee
  • 2006 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding music
  • 2015 Emmy Award, outstanding-music-direction for the NBC stop-motion animated NBC special Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas [4]

References

  1. ^ Durbach, Elaine. From bar mitzva boy to Wedding Singer: A composer gets his big Broadway break, New Jersey Jewish News, July 6, 2006. Accessed March 29, 2008.
  2. ^ "Dentistry for Kids". 
  3. ^ "Westfield Resident to Conduct Musical on Broadway". Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "8 Alums Garner Emmy Nods" Juilliard Journal, December -January 2015
  5. ^ a b c "Matthew Sklar Broadway" playbillvault.com, accessed December 16, 2015
  6. ^ Jones, Kenneth; Ehren, Christine. "Who's Got Rhythm? Musical Rhythm Club Still Strummin'" playbill.com, August 2, 2002
  7. ^ Harris, Paul. "Review: ‘The Rhythm Club' " Variety, October 6, 2000
  8. ^ Hetrick, Adam. " 'Last Smoker in America', 'Judas and Me', 'Whatever Man' and 'Street Lights' Added to NYMF Bill" playbill.com, June 26, 2009
  9. ^ Tuttle, Harry. Judas and Me Backstage, October 1, 2009
  10. ^ Wicked City namt.org, accessed December 16, 2015
  11. ^ Lloyd Webber, Imogen. "Casey Nicholaw-Helmed The Prom Sets Dates at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre; Next Stop Broadway?" broadway.com, March 23, 2016
  12. ^ Gans, Andrew. " 'The Prom', from Drowsy Chaperone and Wedding Singer Creators, Begins Previews Tonight" Playbill, August 18, 2016
  13. ^ Hernandez, Ernio. "'The Rhythm Club' Team Win Gonzalez-Falla Musical Theatre Award, Dec. 8" playbill.com, December 8, 2003
  14. ^ "Larson Recipients, 2000" americantheatrewing.org, accessed December 16, 2015