Drew Wutke is a musical director, vocal coach, and accompanist (MM Vocal Coaching, Okalahoma City Univ). After almost a decade of working in music and theatre departments at universities in Indiana and Oklahoma (and, incidentally, as a worship arts pastor), Drew traded in cornfields for concrete, working as a music director and starting a private coaching studio in NYC. He hails proudly from Girard, Kansas, where his parents are teachers and coaches and his brother and sister-in-law are hipsters.
MISCAST 2016, including Tina Fey, Tituss Burgess, Cynthia Erivo, Aaron Tveit, Gavin Creel, Lea Salonga, and many others; TURNING THE TABLES Webseries; Fiasco’s/McCarter’s award-winning INTO THE WOODS (workshop MD, McCarter reh. accomp), AMAZING GRACE (Bway, Keys2 Orch Sub), KINKY BOOTS (Bway reh. accomp), MISCAST GALA (music director), Kevin Smith Kirkwood’s CLASSIC WHITNEY: ALIVE! (MD/arrangements); B-Sides Production of LaChuisa’s LITTLE FISH (d: Jen Waldman), SEE ROCK CITY (d: Mark Price). MADE IN THE USA (d/w: Patrick Vassell, staring Osh Ganimah/Megan Hopp, MD/arrangements), FOR TONIGHT (music by Spencer/Shenelle Williams, d: Joe Barros, MD/conductor) NYC concert, Goodspeed Opera House, and UK/British Isles premieres. B-Sides’ New American Musical Award Music Director (Timothy Huang’s COSTS OF LIVING, d: John Michael Diresta). He is the resident music director at the JEN WALDMAN STUDIO (http://jenwaldmanstudio.com/), and loves to serve up a solid piano bar night at The Duplex.
UPCOMING PROJECTS: Afterglow Festival in Provincetown (Resident Music Director), NAMA 2016, many benefit concerts and solo shows at Feinstien’s/54Below, BORN FOR THIS (BebeWinans musical, guest piano/conductor), SABINA starring Phantom’s Jeremy Hays, many other productions around the U.S.
Clients have appeared in DR ZHIVAGO, SOMETHING ROTTEN, BEAUTIFUL, ROCKY, CINDERELLA, ALADDIN; ANNIE and ANYTHING GOES (ntnl tours), and other Bway, Off-Bway, and regional/touring productions. He served as the music director and conductor for BAAYORK LEE’s National Asian Artist Project. His premiere of a new work, FOR TONIGHT (directed by Joe Barros) in the NYMF festival was the first reading in the NYMF history to be extended; Jasper Grant and Mark Price’s B-Sides inaugural season production of SEE ROCK CITY. Drew also plays for studio classes with the Jen Waldman Studio, with Byran Perri (Conductor, WICKED), and Lindsay Mendez. Other credits: Ben Harrell’s WALK (Premiere), North Shore’s LES MISERABLES and MISS SAIGON (Reh. Pianist, MD: Andrew Bryan).
CONCERT WORK: ELLYN MARIE MARSH’s Inappropriate and LIVE! from Carnegie Hall at Joe’s Pub; KEVIN SMITH KIRKWOOD’s Classic Whitney: ALIVE!, the #TBT LIVE concert series at Fienstein’s/54Below; also MOLLY POPE LIKES YOUR STATUS at A.R.T; plus numerous concerts at 54 Below, MOSTLY SONDHEIM at the Duplex (Resident MD), Joe’s Pub, the Beechman, and other venues for artists like Natalie Joy Johnson, Joe Bliss, Jesse Manocherian and Chris Yonan (Alice Ripley/Emily Skinner Tribute Concert), Erin McCracken, Madge Dietrich, Heather Russell, Stephanie Joiner (Georgia Stitt’s ALPHABET CITY CYCLE) and others. Past MD credits include THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, HIGH FIDELITY(Reg. Premiere), and DROWSY CHAPERONE. Drew is a proud pianist and music director for the Jen Waldman Studio, Base Camp, and B-Sides Productions. He is currently part of the Teaching Artists/Music Direction faculty at Rosie’s Theatre Kids, Broadway for All, and Broadway Classroom. Drew has served on staff at NYU Steinhardt/Gallatin, and Pace Univ.
His life partner is Heather Botts.