Christian Hebel

Violinist Christian Hebel official website: Whether touring the world with rock and pop music legends, recording some of Hollywood’s biggest film scores, soloing with the worlds’s best orchestras, or lending his unique talent to the hottest Broadway shows, national television programs, and Grammy Award winning albums –Christian Hebel is doing just about as much as one man can with a violin.

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Brooklyn's National Sawdust: Laura Nyro Night April 22, 2016

Brooklyn's National Sawdust will present an evening paying tribute to late singer-songwriter Laura Nyro April 22.

Curated by Tony winning director Michael Mayer (Hedwig and the Angry Inch ), Laura Nyro Night will begin at 8 PM. Mayer will also host the evening, which will feature performances by composers Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz and Jeanine Tesori, who will draw connections between their music and Nyro's. Also scheduled to perform are Tony nominees Melissa Errico and Judy Kuhn and violinist Christian Hebel. Michael Cunningham will share a special reading.

National Sawdust is located at 80 North 6th Street in Brooklyn. For ticket and event  information, click here

Wall to Wall Stephen Schwartz: April 16, 2016

 Symphony Space's annual extravaganza celebrates the music and lyrics of Broadway legend Stephen Schwartz. For five decades, his groundbreaking works have garnered him three Academy Awards, four Grammys, and a place in the Theater Hall of Fame and The Songwriters Hall of Fame. The composer and lyricist of such theatrical milestones as Godspell, Pippin, and Wicked, he has also made significant contributions to the worlds of animated film, opera, and concert music. Join us for this star-studded tribute to one of Broadway's great masters.

 I am so thrilled to be a part of this wonderful day honoring my friend and musical luminary Stephen Schwartz.  I will be performing from 5:30-8:00pm on Saturday April 16 at  Peter Jay Sharpe Theater at Symphony Space in NYC. 

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For more information about this event - click here

 

 

Artistic Director: Young Arts New York April 16, 2016

This is one of my favorite jobs each year: Artistic Director for the tremendous Young Arts Foundation.  This year I am directing the April 16 Saturday, 8pm show at Baryshnikov Arts Center.  These are the most accomplished young artists age 15-18 in the visual, design, literary and performing arts in our country.  I hope you can join us. 

For ticket information - Click here 

For information about Young Arts New York - click here

 

White House Performance: Spring Awakening November 18, 2015

I am so excited that the cast and musicians of the Broadway production of Spring Awakening, will travel to Washington, DC, Nov. 18 to perform at the White House as part of a convening on Americans with disabilities and the arts, described as a "celebration of diversity and inclusion."

Spring Awakening’s full cast/musicians will perform several songs from the show in the White House South Court Auditorium and lead a workshop. This event will be from 4pm -7pm ET live streamed at whitehouse.gov/live

I am looking forward to playing at the White House. Don't miss out, tune in for the live stream tomorrow.



Halloween at the Hollywood Bowl

Some pics from the last two night's shows at the Bowl. Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas live to picture with full orchestra, choir and the entire original cast who sang on the soundtrack! The legendary composer Danny Elfman as Jack Skellington at the helm with Katherine O'Hara and Paul Reubens singing along with him. I have had the honor of recording on several of Danny's movie soundtracks and it is always a treat to perform live on stage with him.

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Halloween performance at the Hollywood Bowl with Danny Elfman October 31 and Nov. 1

I am excited to be playing again with composer Danny Elfman, who will celebrate Halloween this year by bringing the music he composed for Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas" to the Hollywood Bowl in a live orchestral performance conducted by John Mauceri.

The concert, which will feature Elfman performing alongside an orchestra and chorus to the stop-motion animated movie, will take place at the Bowl on Oct. 31, and Nov. 1 with a starting time set for 8:15 p.m. 

For more information and ticket sales, visit hollywoodbowl.com

 

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Host Chat Live with Kelly and Michael

Kelly Ripa talked about watching Spring Awakening Broadway and raved about how good the show is. She also mentioned me as the music coordinator during their host chat on Monday September 28, 2015. Check it out - click on the link or image below to view the video.

Host Chat Monday, September 28, 2015



Spring Awakening On Broadway Reviews

Spring Awakening on Broadway is well on it's way and has received so many great reviews. Here are a few...

“Spring Awakening’ by Deaf West Theater Brings a New Sensation to Broadway! A first rate production of a transporting musical! ”

— The New York Times September 27, 2015

Read more - The New York Times Review


“Spring Awakening A-”

— Entertainment Weekly

Read more - Entertainment Weekly


Electrifying and exhilarating: a sheer triumph”

— Associated Press

Read more - Associated Press


“Revelatory and moving. An original all its own”

— Newsday

Read more - Newsday


“An uplifting feast for the eyes and ears”

— USA TODAY

Read more - USA TODAY


“Brilliant and beautiful! ”

— New York Magazine

Read more - New York Magazine


“Sign Language and Song Intertwine in Deaf West’s ‘Spring Awakening’ *****”

— NBC New York

Read more - NBC New York


“Deaf West Theatre’s production of Frank Wedekind’s play isn’t the radical reimagining it’s billed as but has something to say about modern communication. ****”

— The Guardian

Read more - The Guardian



Video: NY Theater Music Festival

In July I performed in a one-night-only concert celebrating the Pultizer and Tony-winning Next to Normal.  I originated the violin role for this magnificent musical and this concert combined Tom Kitt, the composer, on piano with cast and band members from all the past productions of the show. Here's a video from that performance.

The New York Musical Theatre Festival presented Tom Kitt and Friends, a one-night-only concert celebrating the Pultizer and Tony-winning Next to Normal which originated at NYMF as Feeling Electric. On hand were Alice Ripley, Jennifer Damiano and Louis Hobson from the Broadway cast, Amy Spanger, Joe Cassidy, (both from the 2005 Feeling Electric cast), Ben Schrader (the 2002 workshop cast) and more who sang iconic tunes like "Superboy and the Invisible Girl" and "I Miss the Mountains" as well as cut songs like "Blue Skies and Sunshine" and "Growing Up Unstable." The band featured Christian Hebel (violin), Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf (cello), Brian Hamm (bass), Trey Files (drums), Eric B. Davis (guitar) and Kitt himself on piano. 

Spring Awakening on Broadway

I was so honored to be part of the Deaf West Theater’s production of SPRING AWAKENING in Los Angeles, which floored the critics when it premiered in California. Now this brilliant production is coming to Broadway in New York!  I am on the creative team as Music Coordinator and will also be playing violin on stage in the show every night. 

Deaf West’s innovative new production takes this already revolutionary musical to electrifying new heights by choreographing sign language into the production, intensifying the rift between the lost and longing teenagers and the adults who refuse to hear them. Directed by Michael Arden, Deaf West’s SPRING AWAKENING is full of knockout performances, explosive music and soul-stirring emotion, but it’s only on Broadway through January 9.

You don't want to miss this limited 18 weeks Broadway run of this spectacular show. Opening night for previews is on September 8, 2015 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.  Opening night is on September 27, 2015. For more information, visit www.springawakeningthemusical.com.

 For tickets, click here 

Christian Hebel at NY Theater Music Festival

I am looking forward to playing violin for Next to Normal during the New York Musical Theater Festival. For one night only, the show will take place at PTC Performance Space (555 W. 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036) on Monday, July 13 at 8:00 pm. 

Broadway's Next To Normal, which won the Pulitzer in 2009, originated in 2005 at NYMF as Feeling Electric which I was a part of. I had the honor of  originating the violin music in both Feeling Electric and Next to Normal. 

Tickets are available now at www.nymf.org/tickets.

For more information, go to www.nymf.org

 

Spring Awakening Opening Night - May 28, 2015

I  am so proud of this production. We have opening night tonight of Spring Awakening. This cast, these musicians, the crew, this creative team, are a special bunch and each so extremely talented. It is a privilege to share the stage with them every night and be creative with one another. I have been very lucky to be a part of some very brilliant pieces of theater from the very beginning stages such as The Last Five Years, A Light in the Piazza, Wicked, Next To Normal. Even though this is a revival, it is being done in an entirely new and beautiful way. I am confident you will be hearing more about this production. It is something special. ‪

The show runs till June 7, 2015.  Don't miss out on this special show! Tickets are still available, click here for information. 

 

Christian Hebel in Spring Awakening 2015 Los Angeles

Christian Hebel will be performing onstage in  the Tony Award-winning musical Spring Awakening for a limited 22-performance engagement Thursday, May 21 to Sunday, June 7, 2015 (press opening May 28) in the Bram Goldsmith Theater at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles. 

Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater/Music by Duncan Sheik/ Directed by Michael Arden

 

Based on Frank Wedekind’s controversial 1891 expressionist play and featuring an electrifying score, Spring Awakening follows the lives of a group of adolescents as they navigate their journey from adolescence to adulthood in a fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll. Deaf West Theatre’s innovative new production of the Tony Award-winning musical - performed simultaneously in American Sign Language and spoken English by a cast of 25 - was heralded as an “emotional triumph” by the Los Angeles Times and enjoyed a sold-out engagement at downtown L.A.'s Rosenthal Theatre in the fall of 2014.

Tickets are now on sale.  Tickets are $19 - $99 and are available at www.thewallis.org or by calling 310-746-4000 or in person at The Wallis Ticket Services located at 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Don't miss this performance!  Show has been extended till June 14, 2015! Get your tickets now!

 

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