Broadway composer and conductor Keith Herrmann dies at 69

BroadwayWorld is saddened to announce that Broadway composer and conductor Keith Herrmann has passed away on Sunday, December 5, 2021 at the age of 69. He is survived by his 32-year-old wife Georgia and son AJ

Keith Herrmann was the composer of the Broadway Romance / Romance musical for which he received a Tony nomination and won an Outer Critics Circle Award. The show, which received a total of five Tony nominations (including Best Musical Score and Best Show) has enjoyed numerous productions around the world including in London’s West End and tours to Australia, Japan and in Korea.

Mr. Herrmann was previously pictured as the composer, vocal arranger and music supervisor of Onward Victoria which took place both on and off Broadway. A longtime Broadway resident, he was the musical conductor of Cats and performed on his original Grammy-winning distribution album as a pianist and synthesizer. Other credits include his work as the conductor of Whoopee! and conductor / keyboardist of The Magic Show. In addition to his Broadway compositions, Mr. Herrmann wrote numerous jingles, television scores, and original musical material for a variety of performers. He scored the ABC-TV special After School Taking a Stand which earned him an Emmy Award for its Creators and Romance / Romance for the A&E Network for which he received a Telly Award. He was also portrayed in the Tri-Star Holiday animated video Buster and Chauncey’s Silent Night with his collaborator Barry Harman.

Off-Broadway, Mr. Herrmann was composer and co-producer of the cult film Prom Queens Unchained. A Mr. Herrmann musical called Suspect sold out at the New York International Fringe Festival. With Mark Cabaniss, he co-wrote The Homework Machine, which received a sold-out world premiere at the Boston Children’s Theater. He recently completed an original musical with his collaborator Barry Harman titled Incredible High. He was a member of the Dramatists Guild, ASCAP, and the American Federation of Musicians.

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