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Kevin Stites

Kevin Stites, Music Director

Most recently, Mr. Stites served as the Music Director on Richard Maltby, Jr., David Shire, and John Weidman’s new musical Take Flight at the McCarter Theatre. On Broadway, He recently served as the Music Supervisor, Arranger and Music Director for the Broadway musical A Tale of Two Cities, the Music Supervisor and Incidental Music Composer for the Broadway musical and National Tour of The Color Purple, and the Music Director of the recent Broadway revival of Les Miserables. As Music Director and Conductor, other Broadway credits include: the Roundabout revival of Kurt Weill’s The Threepenny Opera; Fiddler on the Roof (2004 Revival) and Nine (2003 Tony Award – Best Musical Revival), both directed by David Leveaux; the Trevor Nunn/Susan Stroman revival of Oklahoma!; Maury Yeston’s Titanic (1997 Tony Award – Best Musical); the revival of Leonard Bernstein’s On The Town (directed by George C. Wolfe); and Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Sunset Boulevard.  Kevin also served as the Music Director and Conductor for the Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids all-star benefit Pamela’s First Musical, and the Stephen Sondheim 75th Birthday Benefit Children and Art

Mr. Stites has been invited three separate times to conduct the 82-piece Grant Park Symphony in salutes to Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin and Stephen Sondheim at the new Millennium Park in Chicago, and he has also been the Guest Conductor with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in Symphonic Concerts of Guys and Dolls and Les Miserables, both featuring an all-star cast directed by Richard Jay Alexander.

Theatrical national tours include Music Supervisor, Vocal Arrangements and Incidental Music for Little House on the Prairie (with Oscar-winning composer Rachel Portman), The Color Purple, Martin Guerre (American Premiere), Miss Saigon, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, and Titanic (Music Supervisor).  He conducted Chess in Toronto, and in his native Chicago he served as Music Director for over 60 productions, receiving six Joseph Jefferson Awards for his work on Sweeney Todd, Chess, Pal Joey, Sunday in the Park with George, and Windy City. In Chicago, he also served as Music Director for the acclaimed Ovations Series, at the Auditorium Theatre.

Mr. Stites conducted the cast recordings for the revivals of Fiddler on the Roof (with Alfred Molina), the Grammy-nominated Nine (with Antonio Banderas and Chita Rivera), and the original Broadway cast album of Titanic, also Grammy-nominated.  He also served as the Music Supervisor for the cast album of The Color Purple.

In 2008 Mr. Stites served as the Music Director and Composer for the NBC prime time variety special, Rosie Live.  Other television appearances include conducting the Orchestral Score for the Showtime film, REEFER MADNESS, The 2005 Black Movie Awards, several Tony Awards telecasts, David Letterman, Rosie O’Donnell, Oprah Winfrey, Phil Donahue, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Christmas at Rockefeller Center.

Mr. Stites has conducted several musical theatre workshops and clinics at universities and arts centers across the country, including Syracuse, Miami, Boulder, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He has studied under the tutelage of famed coach/accompanist John Wustman and Kenneth Drake at the University of Illinois, receiving both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music, and was awarded a Creative and Performing Arts Fellowship.