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.

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

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“Revelatory and moving. An original all its own”

— Newsday

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“An uplifting feast for the eyes and ears”

— USA TODAY

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“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

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“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. 

 

Barely Lethal Movie Opens this Friday!

Guess who has a cameo in the movie Barely Lethal? Yes, I am in the movie! 

Barely Lethal is about a teenage special ops agent yearning for a "normal" adolescence fakes her own death and enrolls as an exchange student in a typical American high school. She quickly learns that surviving the treacherous waters of being a teenager can be more difficult than international espionage.

The movie premiered on May 27, 2015 in Los Angeles, and  opens in theaters on Friday, May 29. Go check it out and find out what role I played in the movie.

Christian Hebel and Rachael Harris at premiere of Barely Lethal movie

Christian Hebel joins George Benson Tour 2015

I am excited to announce that I will be performing with George Benson, a ten-time Grammy Award-winning musician, guitarist and singer-songwriter, on the following dates during his 2015 Tour in France. 

July 3, 2015 - L'Olympia - Paris, France

July 4, 2015 - La Défense Jazz Festival - Paris, France

July 7, 2015 - Théâtre Antique, Vienne, France


Stay tuned for additional tour dates.

For more information, visit  - georgebenson.com



Rachael Harris Elopes with Christian Hebel – with Neil Patrick Harris as Their Witness!

Musician Christian Hebel’s proposal to actress Rachael Harris was perfectly romantic.

He popped the question in Capri, Italy, after the couple attended the wedding of pals Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka.

About eight months later, they said “I do” in a more low-key – but every bit as special – way, eloping with a small ceremony at New York’s City Hall, their rep tells PEOPLE.

Harris, Burtka and Kelly Ripa served as witnesses. After exchanging vows, the newlyweds took the subway for lunch at Gramercy Tavern.

”It was a beautiful, sunny spring day!” the rep says.
— People Magazine (click "source" above for link to article)

Photos by Laura Boyd 

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!

 

Kelly Clarkson's Album: Piece by Piece

I was so happy to have played on Kelly Clarkson's latest album Piece by Piece. This brand new studio album was released on March 3, 2015. The week ending March 8, it was the No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart and No. 1 on top album sales chart. Check it out. 

Track list:

1. “Heartbeat Song”

2. “Invincible”

3. “Someone”

4. “Take You High”

5. “Piece By Piece”

6. “Run Run Run” featuring John Legend

7. “I Had a Dream”

8. “Let Your Tears Fall”

9. “Tightrope”

10. “War Paint”

11. “Dance With Me”

12. “Nostalgic”

13. “Good Goes the Bye”

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