2019 Jonathan Larson Grant Recipient

Watch Tony-winner Katrina Lenk sing "Query: What Is Love?" (from TAKE A TEN #11: "Warped") at the Jonathan Larson Grant Presentation. Song starts at 3:30.

TAKE A TEN, a unique audio podcast, featured new, original ten-minute musicals every month. Every episode is fully orchestrated with professional Broadway and NYC actors including Tony-nominees Laura Osnes (Bonnie & Clyde, Anything Goes), Rob McClure (Chaplin, Honeymoon in Vegas) and Sophie Hayden (The Most Happy Fella). Other Broadway performers include Kathryn Allison (Aladdin), Ryan Andes (Big Fish), Nick Blaemire (GodspellGlory Days), Jennifer Blood (Matilda, Gentleman's Guide), Natalie Charle Ellis (School of Rock), George Merrick (South Pacific), Mary-Page Nance (The Great Comet), Jessica Phillips (Next to Normal, Priscilla), Bruce Sabath (Company), George Salazar (Be More Chill, Godspell), Tally Sessions (War Paint, Big Fish), Allison Strong (Mamma Mia!, Netflix's The Week Of), and Remy Zaken (Spring Awakening, Dear Evan Hansen). 


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Ongoing - Playing piano and keyboard around the world for Revolution: The Beatles Symphonic Experience from G. Schirmer Theatrical and Greenberg Artists.

October 2019 - October 2020 - Participating in the Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellows program, a mentor-based workshop led by Michael Korie (Lyricist of Grey GardensWar Paint) and Laurence O'Keefe (Composer of Legally BlondeHeathers, and Batboy).

November 24th, 2019 - Played a set of his music at Broadway Night at Prohibition in NYC before the premiere of JUMP, a short musical film for which he wrote book, music, and lyrics and produced by MT Shorts.

November 20th, 2019 - Music directed an Intimate Broadway concert starring Tony-nominees Kate Baldwin (Hello Dolly!, Finian's Rainbow) and Bob Stillman (Grey GardensDirty Blonde).

September 22nd, 2019 - Larson Legacy Concert: Andy Roninson at Adelphi University, featuring Amy Spanger (ElfThe Wedding Singer, Rock of Ages), Brandon Espinoza (Spongebob, Tuck EverlastingBig), Ava Briglia (MatildaSchool of Rock), Renée Albulario (Here Lies LoveWild Party), Tiffany Topol (Once), Aaron Phillips (Red Dead Redemption 2Warcraft), and Arri Simon (Borders), backed by a six-piece band with all new orchestrations! Directed by Matt Cowart (Emmy-winner for Sweeney Todd: Live at Lincoln Center). 
May 2019 - Wrote music and cowrote lyrics for "You Do You," a pop song for Open Influence featuring Instagram influencers. Produced by Movers+ShakersWatch the video here.
April 12th, 2019 - Performed on piano and keyboard with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra for the concert Women Rock.
April 8th, 2019 - Music directed Prospect Theater's annual Gala, hosted by Tony-nominee Ashley Park (Mean GirlsThe King and I) with performances by Jelani Alladin (Frozen) and Bob Stillman (Grey Gardens, Grand Hotel).
April 1st, 2019 - Presented "Going to the Moon, Mama" and played four other pieces at the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Writing Workshop Showcase.
March 18th, 2019 - Received the Jonathan Larson Grant from the American Theatre Wing. Performed "Query: What Is Love" with Tony-winner Katrina Lenk (The Band's VisitIndecent). Watch her performance (starts at 50:55).
February 2019 - Composed music for "Someone Like Me," a new musical web series pilot written and directed by Ellie Gravitte, produced by Jenn Malley (Indecent, Be More Chill).
January 4th and 5th, 2019 - Played piano with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic for Revolution: The Beatles Symphonic Experience.
Winter 2018 - Orchestrated, arranged, and music directed the music for "The 12 Toys of Christmas| Little Tikes Holiday Musical Spectacular," a commercial for Little Tikes® produced by MOVERS+SHAKERS. 2 million+ views in the first four days on YouTube.
Winter 2018 - Recorded piano accompaniment for the album, A Cozy Christmas with Christiana Cole, available on Amazon, iTunes, and Spotify.
Winter 2018 - Sang and orchestrated "A Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis" for A Bluer State of Christmas, a compilation album by the Hoover Dam Collective.
December 1st, 2018 - Played the music of the Beatles on piano with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra at the Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo, MI for the world premiere of Revolution: The Beatles Symphonic Experience, produced by Schirmer Theatrical.
November 7th, 2018 - Music directed and conducted the concert reading of Wildwood, a new musical with a score by Elliah Heifetz and book by Michael Kimmel, at 54 Below. Actors incldued Amy Spanger (Kiss Me Kate, Elf), Heathcliff Saunders (Great Comet), Remy Zaken (Spring Awakening), Jane Bruce (Jagged Little Pill), Renée Albulario (Here Lies Love), and more.
October 29th, 2018 - Accompanied Ethan Slater (Tony nom. Spongebob Squarepants), Joe Joseph (The Band's Visit), Larissa Oleynik (The Secret World of Alex Mack), and others for the release event of the Off-Broadway cast recording of Baghdaddy (by A. D. Penedo and Marshall Paillet) at the Drama Book Shop. 
October 18th, 2018 - Music directed a 29-hour reading of Special 5, a new musical produced by Dimo Kim Musical Theatre Factory.
October 2nd, 2018 - Music directed "Gorgeous: A Barbara Harris Tribute" at the Green Room 42, directed by Alex Beck.
May 31st through July 1st, 2018 - "The Almost In-Laws" (TAKE A TEN #17) was included as one of the pieces in Summer Shorts at City Theatre in Miami, FL. "The Almost In-Laws" was also a Finalist for the 2018 City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting.
May 2018 - Orchestrated and produced the cast album of Off to Olympus, book and lyrics by two-time Richard Rodgers award winner Dave Hudson.
May 31st, 2018 - "The Hipster Sister" (Episode #13 of TAKE A TEN) was performed at Bard College Early High School's One Act Play Festival. Earlier in the year, "The Hipster Sister" was performed by students at Lloydminster Comprehensive HS and Memorial Composite HS, both in Alberta, Canada.
May 28th, 2018 - "The Almost In-Laws" (Episode #17 of TAKE A TEN) won Best Musical and Best Actor (Kyle Olsen) at Theater Now New York's SOUND BITES festival of ten-minute musicals. Check out the highlight reel
May 14th, 2018 - Music directed and conducted the Prospect Theater Gala Benefit Show, starring Tony-winner Karen Ziemba, Tony-nominee Alex Gemignani, Jason Gotay, and stars of Freaky Friday Heidi Blickenstaff and Emma Hunton.
May 10th, 2018 - Music directed "New York City Opera Presents: Fach'd Up," a cabaret at Feinstein's/54 Below.

April 9th, 2018 - Music directed the SWAP Cabaret at the West End Lounge, produced and directed by Alex Beck

March 18th and 19th, 2018 - Music Directed a showcase production of Sacrifices: the Ancient Musical, starring Mary Testa, Brandon Gill, Eddie Korbich, and Michael Bernardi. Directed by Robert Sella.

March 8th, 2018 - "I'm Going to the Moon, Mama" (lyrics by Tia DeShazor) was selected for inclusion at the BMI Workshop's Smoker, the annual "Best of the Workshop" concert. Watch the rehearsal video here.
March 5th, 2018 - Caitlin Houlahan (Dawn in Waitress on Broadway) performs "Jackie's a Sweetheart" at the Contemporary Musical Theatre 5th Anniversary Concert. Watch the video here.
February 3rd, 2018 - Premiered "The Rocket Thrower," an original ten-minute musical (book and lyrics by Tia DeShazor) for Prospect Theater's Musical Theater Lab: MONUMENTS at The Times Center in Manhattan.
December 1st, 2017 - Music directed the revue A Broadway State of Mind at Lakewood Ranch High School in Bradenton, FL in conjunction with TADA! Youth Theater.
November 13th, 2017 - Music directed the 29-hour reading of Sacrfices, featuring Tony-nominee Mary Testa, Jerry Dixon (Once On This IslandIf/Then), and Kyle Scatliffe (Les Miz, Color Purple, Ntn'l Tour Hamilton).
November 1st, 2017 - Arranged and orchestrated Matt Hardy's Virtuoso for The Paderewski Cycle at Joe's Pub
October 20th, 2017 - Music directed the 29-hour reading of Bringers, the Richard Rodgers award-winning musical by Paul Libman and Dave Hudson, featuring Tony-nominee Lauren Worsham. Music supervision by Rob Berman (Bright Star, Tuck Everlasting, City Center's Encores!).
August 2017 - Orchestrated "Might Be a Keeper," a movie musical commercial for Watch the whole video here.
August 2017 - Music directed "Jack + Jill" by Sarah Hammond and Emily Goldman for the 42nd Annual Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Short Play Festival, where it won the top prize and publication by Samuel French, Inc.
July 2017 - Orchestrated and produced the song "All Synced Up" for the play F-Theory by Megan Loughran and Alex Trow, produced at New Jersey Repertory Theater.
July 1st and 2nd, 2017 - Conducted the closing performances of Baghdaddy by Marshall Pailet and A. D. Penedo, produced Off-Broadway at St. Luke's Theater.
June 18th - 24th, 2017 - Participated in the 12th Annual Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project, writing songs alongside twelve other songwriters from all genres selected from across the country. Wrote and performed "This Is What Life Is For" with Evangeline Joy.
May 2017 - Rehearsal pianist for Bella: An American Tall Tale by Kirstin Childs, produced Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons.
April 14th, 2017 - Wrote and orchestrated "Ride That River" (video) for MuseMatch 9.0
March 2017 - Music directed and orchestrated Wonderland: Alice's Rock & Roll Adventure by Michael Mahler and Rachel Rockwell Off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theater Company with director Marshall Pailet and choreographer Misha Shields.
November 2016 - Produced (music directed, engineered, orchestrated) demos for I Am Nobody by Greg Kotis, two-time Tony winner for Urinetown.
October 2016 - Music directed the Creative Ensemble class at Molloy College/CAP 21, helping shape the original book musical Camp Eaglewood with director Marshall Pailet.

August 7th, 2016 - Music directed The Pokémusical by Alex Syiek and Andrew Leslie Cooper, featuring Ciara Reneé (Legends of TomorrowPippin), at Feinstein's/54 Below.


June 25, 2016 - Panelist at CityWrights, the playwriting conference produced by City Theatre.


Summer 2016 - Composed score for the short film "The Wishing Tree" by Jamie Monahan for the Sparrow Film Project in Queens, NY. Nominated for Best Score.


Summer 2016 - City Theatre in Miami, FL included "Evelyn Shaffer and the Chance of a Lifetime" and "Warped" in its acclaimed original of Summer Shorts. "Evelyn" was the recipient of City Theatre's 2016 National Short Playwriting Award, for which "Warped" was also a Finalist.


June 2016 - Composed and orchestrated original music for the expanded full-length version of The Wheel of Invention (by Brandon Beck) at the Hollywood Fringe Festival


February 2016 - Music directed and conducted Chicago at Dartmouth College.


January 18th, 2016 - Sound Bites 3.0, the ten-minute musical festival produced by Theatre Now New York, featured "The Hipster Sister" as a Finalist (Honorable mention for "Warped").


December 11th, 2015 - Music directed a reading of Portion Control and Other First World Problems by Tom Stuart and Stuart McMeans, directed by Nick Demos.

November 4th, 2015 - French group Broadway au Carre presented songs by Andy at 54 Below as part of an evening titled, "From Paris to New York." Watch videos of "Nowhere to Go But Up" and "Query: What Is Love?"


October 9th - NYC - Andy wrote and performed a song for the charity event "MuseMatch 5.0" at 54 Below. Watch the video HERE.


October 2015 - The one-act play "The Wheel of Invention" by Brandon Beck, featuring music and lyrics by Andy Roninson, won runner-up for Best Musical at the Los Angeles Theater Festival. Hear the recorded track HERE (and HERE for the cheesy pop reprise), featuring vocals Joshua Lance Dixon and Natalie Arneson.


October 2015 - NYC - Prospect Theater premiered a new ten-minute musical called "Shuffle Off" with book, music, and lyrics by Andy as part of their 2015 Musical Theatre Lab entitled Stage Fright.


September 15th, 2015 - Los Angeles, CA - The songs "Steve" (Video) and "The Ukulele Song" (Video) were performed as part of A Little New Music 9 at Rockwell: Table & Stage. 


September 3rd, 2015 - Music directed and accompanied Woosical: The Nose That Didn't Fit at the New York New Works Theatre Festival in NYC.


August 2015 - "Evelyn Shaffer and the Chance of a Lifetime" (episode #8 of Take A Ten) won top prize at the Samuel French Short Play Off-Off-Broadway Festival in NYC.


July 23rd, 2015 - Manhattan Musical Theatre Lab co-produced a reading of seven episodes from Take A Ten featuring Bruce Sabath (Bway: Company), Chris Critelli, Christiana Cole, Aaron Phillips, and Tiffany Topol and directed by Matt Cowart (Emmy-nominated Sweeney Todd from Lincoln Center).


July 5th, 2015 - Performed a concert of songs from Take A Ten at the Living Room in Brooklyn, NY, featuring singers Jackie Washam, Michelle Geisler, Connor Antico (Inside Amy Schumer), Curtis Wiley (Pageant the Musical), Kristen Trahan, Samantha Pearlman, and Harrison Bryan.


June 4th, 2015 - "The Answering Machine" (episode #5 of Take A Ten) had its European premiere in Paris, France at Le Carre Parissien. Produced by Broadway au Carré.


May 27th, 2015 - "I Heart New York" (episode #6 of Take A Ten) had its live premiere at Bard College Early High School in Queens for their annual One-Act Play Festival.


May 2015 - Conducted and played Keyboard 1 for Merrily We Roll Along at Dartmouth University.


December 8th, 2014 - NYC - "The Answering Machine" won Best Musical and Best Lyrics (Kevin Hammonds) at the 2014 Sound Bites Festival produced by Theatre Now New York. The musical featured a live rock band with music composed, orchestrated, and conducted by Andy Roninson.


December 5th, 2014 - "The Answering Machine" was produced as part of Baldwin Wallace University's ten-minute play festival in Berea, Ohio.


September 2014 - Music directed and reduced orchestrations for Into The Woods at Northern Stage in White River Junction, VT, featuring Broadway actors David Bonanno (Light in the Piazza) and Dorothy Stanley (Gypsy, Sweeney Todd).


Summer 2014 - Music directed Sondheim's A Little Night Music and Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate at the New London Barn Playhouse as Resident Music Director. Both were nominated by the New Hampshire Theatre Awards for Best Musical Direction.


February 2014 - Music Associate for The Public Theater's NY premiere of A Second Chance by Ted Shen.


January 25th, 2014 - The New London Barn Playhouse's production of Singin' in the Rain (music directed by Andy Roninson) won the New Hampshire Theatre Award for Best Production of a Musical of 2013.


January 24th, 2014 - Performed with the KHORIKOS ensemble at Carnegie Hall.


January 2014 - Singin' In The Rain at the New London Barn Playhouse wins the 2014 New Hampshire Theatre Award for Best Production of a Musical.


December 9th, 2013 - Presented the 10-minute musical "Finding the Words" (music by Andy Roninson, book and lyrics by Andy Roninson & Chris Critelli) as part of the SoundBites Festival, and winning a Best Actress award for Katie Whetsell.


November 13th, 2013 - Music directed "Distant Melody," Alison Lory's (Scarlet Pimpernel) solo debut at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC.


September 9th and 16th, 2013 - Music directed Alan Winner's cabaret, "The Boy Who Loved Shirley" at the Laurie Beechman Theatre.


September 23rd and October 7th, 2013 - Music directed the reading of More Than This, an original musical by Alan Winner, Drew Rosene, and Phil Putnam at The Underground in NYC.


October 5th - 8th, 2013 - Music directed Legally Blonde for Fordham University's Mimes and Mummers Club in the Bronx. 


Summer 2013 - Music directed The Student Prince (directed by Peter and The Starcatchers' Lily King) and Singin' in the Rain ​(directed by Robert Sella of Broadway's Cabaret, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and more) at the New London Barn Playhouse.​


May 17th and 18th, 2013 - Music directed Porgy & Bess in Concert at the BarnArts Center for the Arts in Barnard, Vt.


​April 2013 - Co-music directed Aida at Mt. St. Michael's Academy in The Bronx, NY​


April 11th, 2013 - Music directing Alexis Field's cabaret, "The 411 Concert" at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC.


​March 14th, 2013 - Music directed a reading of Nancy Harrow's original jazz musical, The Marble Faun, presented by  Prospect Theater Company.


March 11th, 2013 - Played piano with the KHORIKOS ensemble at the Merkin Concert Hall in NYC.


February 26th, 2013 - Music directed "Fancy Free," a cabaret featuring the cast of Off-Broadway's Fancy Nancy


February 10th and 11th, 2013 - Music directed "Songs Our Friends Wrote," a cabaret featuring Sarah Corey and Jen Piacenti at Flute Bar Gramercy


January 2013 - Performed at DROM with R&B singer Nettie Smith.


December 2012 - Music directed a staged reading of A Christmas Carol, an original version by librettist-director Stephen Wargo (Triassic Parq: The Musical) and Diane MacDowell at the Chain Theater in Long Island City, Queens, NY. 


November - December 2012 - Performed several times at Toshi's Living Room with singer Cassandra Sandberg


November 2012 - Music directed Narrow Theater's production of Gershwin's Crazy For You in Brooklyn, NY, featuring Broadway veteran Tia James (The Merchant of Venice with Al Pacino). 

© 2016 Andy Roninson

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