Emmy winner, Broadway composer and lyricist
A varied career as a recording artist, Emmy-winning TV and film writer, music producer, and pianist has somehow led Yazbek to become one of Broadway's preeminent composer/lyricists. His three shows, THE FULL MONTY, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS and WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN have all been nominated for Best Score Tony Awards. He's also received 3 Grammy nominations and a Drama Desk Award.
In the past couple of years he has scored the final season of HBO's BOARDWALK EMPIRE, composed music for Larry David's Broadway play FISH IN THE DARK and written songs and music for MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING in Central Park, all while opening productions of SCOUNDRELS and WOMEN ON THE VERGE in London's West End. His new musical, THE BAND'S VISIT, will open next season in New York.
His past work for TV and Film includes an Emmy Award for his comedy-writing stint on LATE NIGHT WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, the unrelenting theme song to WHERE IN THE WORLD IS CARMEN SANDIEGO, hundreds of songs, scripts, scores and jingles for adult and childrens' TV and the award-winning TRUTH anti-smoking ad campaign.
As a recording artist, Yazbek is responsible for 5 albums-- THE LAUGHING MAN (winner N.A.I.R.D. award Best Pop Album of the Year), TOCK, DAMASCUS, TAPE RECORDER and EVIL MONKEY MAN. He has written and/or produced for such acts as XTC, Ruben Blades, The Persuasions, Joe Jackson, Tito Puente and many others. He also produced the original cast albums of his Broadway and West End shows.
David is seven.