William Waldrop

Music Director - Conductor - Pianist - Composer

"Equally impressive is the work of conductor William Waldrop... the sumptuous score comes to life."

- TheaterMania New York

"The orchestra... was sensational."

- Showbiz Chicago

"Under William Waldrop's baton, the orchestra offers a gorgeous score..."

- Denver Post

"The musicians, led by William Waldrop on piano, provide full and rousing sound."

- Associated Press for ABC New York

"Lloyd Webber's [Evita] has more Latin spice, kick and swoon... in the dynamic conducting of William Waldrop."

- Seattle Times

"Music director William Waldrop gets maximum value... both onstage and in the pit."

- Los Angeles Times

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William currently serves as the Music Director/Conductor for the Broadway revival of Cats, now playing 8 times a week at the Neil Simon Theatre.

William Waldrop is a New York City-based music director, conductor, pianist, composer, arranger and vocal coach.

William currently serves as the Music Director/Conductor for the Broadway revival of Cats.

Most recently, William served as the Associate Musical Supervisor for the newest production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Das Phantom der Oper in Oberhausen, Germany.   Before traveling to Europe, William served as the Conductor/Pianist for Grey Gardens (Bay Street Theatre), starring Betty Buckley and Rachel York.

In 2014, William conducted the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra in Washington, D.C. for the final national touring engagement of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Evita.  William served as the Music Director/Conductor for the tour as well as the Associate Conductor for the Broadway production, starring Ricky Martin, Elena Roger and Michael Cerveris.

William was the conductor and pianist for the first New York City revival of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Peccadillo Theatre Company) and has conducted or played in the pits of many other productions around the city including The Phantom of the Opera, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, On The Town, and Donnybrook!.

He has toured the U.S. as Music Director/Conductor with the national tours of The Phantom of the Opera (Music Box Company) and Cats.  He has also worked as a conductor and pianist in Las Vegas, serving on such shows as The Lion King, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular and Disney’s Camp Rock (Pilot Premiere).

Regionally, he was the music director, conductor and pianist for a new production of South Pacific, which was a part of the 2014-15 seasonat the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, FL.

As a composer, William most recently premiered his solo show Still, and Still Moving: The Music of William Waldrop at New York City’s famed Metropolitan Room.  William’s music has also been heard in other popular NYC venues such as Birdland, The Laurie Beechman Theatre and New World Stages.  His frequent lyricist and collaborator Robert Williamson comprises the other half of the songwriting team Waldrop and Williamson. Their first musical Pandemic! A Killer Flu-sicalpremiered at the Las Vegas Fringe Festival in 2011.

An accomplished vocal coach, William has numerous musical theatre clients, many of whom are in current Broadway productions (Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, and Wicked). Also an active teacher, he has taught master classes throughout New York City for such groups as The Growing Studio and Broadway Classroom.

William received a Masters of Music degree from The Peabody Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor’s of Music degree from the University of Mississippi. A native of Pontotoc, Mississippi, William has called New York City his home since 2010.

April 20, 2017

Cats has just been nominated for a 2017 Drama League Award for Best Revival of a Musical. Also, our amazing executive producer, Nina Lanan, has been awarded the Tony Awards' Honor for Excellence in the Theatre. Congratulations to Nina and our show!

February 1, 2017

William will be officially taking over as Music Director/Conductor of Cats as Kristen Blodgette heads to the Palace Theatre to helm a 40-piece orchestra for the revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard, starring Glenn Close. William is thrilled to lead the cast and orchestra of Cats in the coming months.

July 31, 2016

It's Opening Night! Tonight, Cats opens on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre, just around the corner from where it had its record-breaking run. William is thrilled to be a part of this new production. He will be playing keys in the orchestra and conducting the show nightly. William has been working hard with the cast and orchestra to bring this newly conceived production to life.

May 31, 2016

William began rehearsals for the eagerly anticipated revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats. Featuring updated choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler(Hamilton) and directed by Trevor Nunn, this new production will bring the beloved musical to a new generation of theatergoers. William is excited to be a part of this iconic show and will be serving as the show's Associate Music Director and Conductor.

November 19, 2015

William recently returned from Germany where he was the Associate Musical Supervisor for DAS PHANTOM DER OPER, a new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical. William helped set up the new company in Oberhausen, Germany. Opening night was November 12, 2015, and William was thrilled to have his mom in attendance as his plus one!

September 20, 2015

William had a nearly sold-out crowd for his debut concert at New York City's famed METROPOLITAN ROOM. The evening of original music, entitled STILL, AND STILL MOVING: THE MUSIC OF WILLIAM WALDROP, was William's NYC debut as a composer/lyricist. William was joined onstage by an amazing lineup of talent including Caroline Bowman, Cara Michelle Fish, Sarah Hunt, Sean MacLaughlin, John Riddle, Angie Marie Smith, Katie Thompson, and Robert Williamson. William was at the piano and backed by a band comprised of Laura Bontrager (Cello), Adam Wolfe (Drums) and Dillon Kondor (Guitars). Check out videos from the concert.

August 30, 2015

William conducted the final performance of Bay Street Theatre's acclaimed production of GREY GARDENS in Sag Harbor, NY. William took over as Conductor/Pianist on August 9 and conducted the rest of the sold-out run. Starring Betty Buckley and Rachel York, the new production of Scott Frankel, Michael Korie, and Doug Wright's 2006 musical received glowing reviews and will be produced again at Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theatre in summer 2016.

Excerpts from June LeBell's Musical Conversations

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Listen to excerpts from William's interview and performance (with Loretta Ables Sayre) on 'June LeBell's Musical Conversations', which aired last fall on WMSR Sarasota Public Radio.

When He Loves Me

Music: William Waldrop
Lyrics: Robert Williamson
Vocals: Katie Thompson

Musicians:
Piano – William Waldrop
Bass – Mary Ann McSweeney
Guitar – Andrew Zinsmeister
Steel Guitar – Glenn Spivack
Drums – Adam Wolfe
Fiddle – Suzy Perelman

Unspoken

Music: William Waldrop
Lyrics: Robert Williamson
Vocals: Robert Williamson and William Waldrop

Musicians:
Piano – William Waldrop
Cello – Mandy Andreasen

Somewhere in The Middle

Music: William Waldrop
Lyrics: Robert Williamson
Vocals: Robert Williamson
Piano: William Waldrop

Los Tres Reyes Magos

Buy on iTunes here!
Ricky Martin and Elena Roger, with the cast of EVITA
Arranged and Orchestrated by William Waldrop for Broadway's Carols for a Cure

William Waldrop, Vocal Coach

For affordable rates and more info, click here.

William has been coaching singers for the past ten years. With vocal performance degrees from The University of Mississippi and The Peabody Conservatory, he has an extensive background in singing and vocal training/pedagogy. As a music director, he has years of experience helping singers find their best voice for whatever material or role they are working on. He currently has clients in the Broadway companies of Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, and Wicked, to name a few.

William's help with my audition prep has been invaluable. He is an expert musician and vocal coach and working with him is a constant pleasure. I highly recommend his help for ensuring your audition pieces are as solid as they can be!
Samantha Hill (Les Misérables – currently Cosette in the Broadway revival)

I love working with William. He allows you the freedom to bring your own interpretation to the material then offers his clear, perceptive guidance to lead you to your personal best. I always find his coaching constructive and supportive.
Johnny Stellard (Evita – Ensemble Broadway Revival and Ensemble, u/s Che in National Tour)

William is young, fresh, smart, and is very actively working in the business. His tranquil manner, experience, and the ability to read anything you put in front of him sets the tone for an extremely safe environment to work. His conducting style is precise and unmistakable. I would certainly recommend William for audition preparation, as it has helped me in the room, many times over.
Katharine Heaton (The Phantom of the Opera – current Broadway company)

I have been collaborating with William Waldrop consistently for the past 10 years as a coach, music director, and arranger having prepared me for various cabarets, recordings, and roles I understudied on the national tour of CATS. William is a singer's dream of a composer and coach, fully understanding vocal anatomy and functionality. His infectious energy makes coaching sessions a pure joy and his genuine care helps me tap into the emotions behind the words.
Cara Michelle Fish (Cats National Tour - Jennyanydots, u/s Grizabella, Jellylorum)

I have been lucky enough to work with William Waldrop both as a coach and as a music director. Not only is he wonderfully musical, but he is also intuitive, supportive, patient, and kind. He takes your innate ability and helps you shape and craft your material with nuance and color that is unique to you. I would recommend William to anyone who is looking to push their work to the next level.
Alison Mahoney (Evita National Tour – Ensemble)


Sean MacLaughlin sings 'Silver Dollar Saturday'
at the Metropolitan Room
Music and Lyrics by William Waldrop


Bobby Williamson sings 'The Riffing Song'
at the Metropolitan Room
Music by William Waldrop; Lyrics by Robert Williamson


John Riddle sings 'Morning Rain'
at the Metropolitan Room
Music and Lyrics by William Waldrop


Angie Marie Smith sings 'Second Place'
at the Metropolitan Room
Music by William Waldrop; Lyrics by Robert Williamson


Bobby Williamson sings 'Somewhere In The Middle'
at the Metropolitan Room
Music by William Waldrop; Lyrics by Robert Williamson

To contact William, please submit the form below or email him at music@williamwaldrop.com

Photos by Kevin Thomas Garcia.

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