IT'S ONLY A PLAY at Farmers Alley Theater: February/March, 2018
Terrence McNally's Broadway comedy about the comedy of Broadway opened March 9, 2018 at Farmers Alley Theatre in Kalamazoo, Michigan to rave reviews. Bridgette Redmond of Encore Michigan writes: "Director Alpert also gets credit not just for his excellent staging on the thrust stage of Farmer’s Alley’s downtown stage, but for encouraging all of his actors to go big with their choices and to keeping the play moving at a quick pace," and Marin Heinritz from Revue West Michigan shared "The Kalamazoo cast may not be such recognizable stars (yet), but they were brilliantly chosen for their parts by enormously talented comedic director David Alpert, a New York-based director and Western Michigan University grad whose work was most recently seen in Southwest Michigan last summer in “Fully Committed” at Mason Street Warehouse and at Farmers Alley in “Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike” in 2015." Check out their website here.
BROADWAYCON: January 26-28, 2018
David returned to BroadwayCon for its third year, once again as the Artistic Director of Headline Programming. In addition to creating the opening and closing ceremonies featuring Tony Award winners Billy Porter & Kelli O'Hara, Denée Benton, Betsy Wolfe, Stephanie J. Block and Anthony Rapp, David programmed nearly 30 events over the three day fan convention including a CHICAGO celebration with Bebe Neuwirth, Joel Grey, & William Ivey Long; a first look at Frozen with Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez, a roundtable discussion with Vanessa Williams, Janet Dacal, LaChanze, Priscilla Lopez, & Ruthie Ann Miles; conversations with the Broadway companies of Dear Evan Hansen, Spongebob Squarepants, Once on this Island, Come From Away, & Anastasia; as well as The BroadwayCon Jukebox, The BroadwayCon Feud, a CosPlay Fashion Show, The Star to Be Talent Competition, and Broadway Game Night. Check out www.broadwaycon.com more information!
MISCONCEPTION in Augusta, Georgia: December, 2017
Written by A Scythe of Time's Mark Swanson, David directed this fun, irreverent take on the story of Christmas in Augusta, GA While in Augusta, David also had the pleasure to visit and teach with the students of John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School & Greenbrier High School, as well as offering a Master Class to the theatre community of Augusta.
THE APPLE BOYS at Ars Nova: November 8, 2017
"At the turn of the century in Coney Island, a strongman, a hotdog vendor, a roller coaster operator and an apple delivery man meet and discover the magic of barbershop harmony. The Apple Boys celebrates the perseverance of the American spirit, the value of friendship and the dream of a community coming together to discover that the whole truly is greater than the sum of its parts." The boys are back! This time at Ars Nova on November 8, 2017 at 7:00pm and 9:30pm, again directed by David. Check us out!
A SCYTHE OF TIME at 54 BELOW: October 26, 2017
Just in “time” for Halloween, this 2016 New York Musical Festival smash hit returned to NYC! David's production of this new musical by Alan Harris and Mark Swanson was presented in concert at Feinstein's/54 Below on Thursday, October 26 at 9:30pm. Starring Oliver Award winner Lesli Margherita, the concert featured cast members from the NYMF cast. More information can be found on the venue's website here.
THE 10TH ANNUAL LIVING FOR TODAY CONCERT: October 23, 2017
An event that is very special to David, October 23, 2017 was the tenth annual "Living for Today" concert at Joe's Pub. The concert serves as the major fundraiser for Gilana's Fund (www.gilanasfund.org), an organization fighting for and celebrating acceptance. The concert featured Broadway's best including Alice Ripley, Lena Hall, Daisy Eagan, Will Roland, Max Crumm, Tamika Lawrence, Kathryn Gallagher, Britton Smith, Ben Davis, Caesar Samayoa, and more, & the 2017 Fund Recipients were announced by Kate Mulgrew. Check out a press release on Playbill.com and photos here.
THE MOON AND THE SEA at NAMT: October 19, 2017
Creighton Iron's new musical THE MOON AND THE SEA, directed by David, was part of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre's 29th Annual Festival in New York City. Selections from the show was presented during the Songwriters Cabaret held at New World Stages.
THE BROADWAY EXPERIENCE: August 2017
David returned to teach and direct for The Broadway Experience as it celebrated its 10th Anniversary. As part of the two-week intensive, the students performed medleys from Wicked, In the Heights, & Aladdin. Photos of the event can be seen here.
THE APPLE BOYS: August 2017
The Apple Boys are back! A return engagement to Dixon Place, this new musical by Jonothon Lyons & Ben Bonnema was presented in its entirety with a cast including Tony-nominee Emily Skeggs (Fun Home) as it gears up for performances at Ars Nova this November. Check out the press release here.
FULLY COMMITTED: July 2017
"Fully Committed, the raucous one-man comedy in full force at Mason Street Warehouse in Saugatuck, where Francis Kelly, under exquisite direction from David Alpert, miraculously brings to life each of these distinct and hilarious characters with little more than his incredible range of vocal and physical skill. No doubt Director David Alpert strongly guided these brilliant choices as well as the blocking and Kelly’s terrific use of the stage: at turns sitting behind a desk, leaping on top of it, pacing, racing to pick up phones stage left and stage right, and climbing up and down stairs upstage. He makes wonderful use of Jason Sherwood’s deliberately cluttered set with faux exposed brick and cinderblock walls dressed up for Christmas like a claustrophobic basement office should be. It’s a remarkable production, nothing short of a truly impressive feat, made even more so by its larger effect. The play has been criticized for not having a larger purpose or message, but in David Alpert’s capable hands, a larger, fascinating theme clearly emerges: power is fluid, and can be wielded by the seemingly little guy down on his luck through clever behind-the-scenes machinations. What looks like a very bad day turns into a very good one for Sam, and all of it makes for a most excellent night at Mason Street Warehouse."
ARTS FOR AUTISM Concert June 2017
David returned to direct the 2nd Annual "Arts for Autism" concert held at the Gershwin Theater. The event, produced by Believe NYC and Educational Travel Adventures, raised money for Autism Speaks. In addition to the 150 student performers from around the country, the concert featured Broadway performers such as Tony nominees Stephanie J. Block, Chris Jackson, Adrienne Warren, & Jennifer Laura Thompson, and is hosted by Tony Award winner Kelli O'Hara. Check out the Playbill article here.
THE JOYS? OF BEING YIDDISH Reading June 2017
After a couple of years of development, this new play had its first industry reading at the New 42nd Street Studios in Manhattan. The Joys? of Being Yiddish is written by Mark Lonow & Jo Anne Astrow (Co-owners of the world famous Improv) and is directed by David. The cast of the presentation featured Alix Korey (Fiddler on The Roof, All Shook Up), Marilyn Sokol (Conversations With My Father, Old Jews Telling Jokes), Karl Kenzler (You Can't Take It With You, Fiddler on the Roof), Bobby Underwood, & Eloise Kropp (Cats, Dames at Sea). Check out the write up from BroadwayWorld.com.
APPLE BOYS at the Public Theatre Spring 2017
While the musical by Jonothon Lyons & Ben Bonnema continues to be developed, the APPLE BOYS were asked to provide pop-up entertainment at the Public Theatre. As the director of the musical, David helped shape the pop-up performances.
BROADWAYCON: January 2017
BroadwayCon is back! David returned as the Artistic Director of Headline Programming for BroadwayCon, the premiere Broadway fan experience, this time at the Javits Center in New York City, January 27-29, 2017. In addition to programming panels featuring Broadway hits including Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton, Kinky Boots, Natasha Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, as well as chats with Julie Taymor & Thomas Schumacher, Chita Rivera, and Joel Grey, David spoke on a panel featuring Broadway Associate Directors, as well as presented a "Stage a Scene" workshop, and directed the opening musical. Learn more here.
THE BROADWAY EXPERIENCE: ROME: JANUARY 2017
David travelled with The Broadway Experience to Rome, Italy as their Acting Instructor, teaching over 20 students, ages 9-25, in the areas of acting, scene study, and song interpretation. Check out their website for more information!
NEW YORK MUSICAL FESTIVAL (NYMF) GALA: November 2016
After directing A SCYTHE OF TIME this past summer for the festival, David was asked to direct the annual gala-fundraiser for the New York Musical Festival. The honorees included Casting Director Tara Rubin, Tony & Grammy-winning Composer/Lyricist Duncan Sheik, and former NYMF Board Member Frank Troutman. The event, held at the Edison Ballroom in NYC, featured live performances including a tribute for Ms. Rubin that David created featuring the talents of Emmy-nominee Tituss Burgess, Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba, Emmy winner Mo Rocca, Sierra Boggess, Ashley Brown, and Tony-nominee Bryce Pinkham. Check out the Playbill article here.
THE 9th ANNUAL LIVING FOR TODAY Concert: October 2016
October 30, 2016 #LFTConcert returned for its 9th year! This year's theme was "My First Time" and the Broadway performers including Tony-Award winner Alice Ripley sang tunes from the first Broadway show they ever saw. Make sure to look at www.gilanasfund.com for more information on this very worthy cause and event. David produces and directs the LIVING FOR TODAY concert series, which features musical direction by Jason Wetzel and is produced at Joe's Pub in Manhattan.
HORTON FOOTE PRIZE: October 2016
David once again directed the presentation of the Horton Foote Prize, on October 26, 2016 at the Lotos Club in New York City. This year's judge's chair was Stockard Channing. The NYTimes covered the event.
BABY WITH THE BATHWATER: August-September 2016
David returned to his alma mater of Western Michigan University to kick off their 2016-2017 season with his production of Christopher Durang's comedy, BABY WITH THE BATHWATER. For tickets and info, head to the WMU Theatre page here. David was featured in the Fine Arts blog found here.
THE BROADWAY EXPERIENCE: August 2016
David returns to teach at The Broadway Experience's two-week educational intensive.
THE APPLE BOYS: August 2016
A fun new musical that had its first act workshop and presented at Dixon Place, The Apple Boys features book by Jonothon Lyons and music & lyrics by Ben Bonnema. David is attached as the director of this new piece.
GEEKYCON: July 2016
Teaming up again with Mischief Management, the company behind BroadwayCon, David traveled to Orlando to stage the opening and closing ceremonies for this annual convention, as well as speaking on panels focused on Broadway, Disney Theme Parks, and staging the new Harry Potter plays.
A SCYTHE OF TIME at the NEW YORK MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL: July 2016
David returned to NYMF to direct this hauntingly comedic new musical with a book by Alan Harris and music and lyrics by Mark Alan Swanson, starring Olivier Award winner Lesli Margherita and PJ Griffith, with music direction by Ryan Cantwell. It won Best Design and Best Leading Actress (Margherita), and was nominated for Best Book, Best Ensemble, Best Featured Actor (Matt Denglar), Best Musical, and Best Director. The show opened July 21 at the June Havoc Theater and was one of the select festival shows to be extended. The show received critical success from the NYTimes which wrote: "[it's] a dark and delectable little comedy. A ghoulishly prankish satire set in Victorian London, it’s the most fully realized of three productions I saw on Saturday at the New York Musical Festival, ...“Scythe” has some accomplished Broadway talent...it goes to impressive lengths to do more with less. “Scythe,” though, is the one I kept envisaging in a jewel-box theater somewhere, charming the crowds..David Alpert’s festival production is simple by necessity — the period costumes (by Lindsay McWilliams) are its most ornate feature — but simplicity becomes this show. And unlike “Nevermore,” the Poe bio-musical seen Off Broadway in 2015, “Scythe” doesn’t insist on creeping us out." TheatreMania commented: "Director David Alpert's slick production suggests a longer run than six performances" and StageBuddy.com wrote: "...the 90-minute musical, expertly directed by David Alpert, who understands the power of an audience’s imagination. Mr. Alpert, along with his design team, work some marvelous theatrical magic with a mostly bare stage. .... Mr. Alpert transports the audience back to the late 19th century for this grotesquely absurd tale of revenge and love."
BELIEVE NYC: AUTISM SPEAKS BENEFIT: June 2016
Presented on June 20 at the Gershwin Theater, home of WICKED, David directed this benefit hosted by Tony-Award winner Kelli O'Hara and featuring over 130 students from across the country, as well as Broadway stars including Carly Hughes, Paul Alexander Nolan, Emily Padgett, Erin Davie, and the Doo Wop Project. More information can be found here.
TONY AWARDS PLAYBILL: June 2016
"Direct from the pages of the 2016 Tony Awards Playbill, here are the stories of 21 people who make Broadway happen." David was chosen as one of the behind-the-curtain-members of the Broadway community as an Associate Director. The article was featured in the official Playbill of the Tony Awards, and was also published online here.
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC: April 2016
This April David directed Stephen Sondheim's classic A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC featuring both undergraduate and graduate students of NYU Steinhardt in Manhattan.
Acting Workshop: East Hampton High School, January 2016
David heads to the Hamptons to teach a workshop for 40 high school students on song interpretation and scene study as the school prepares for their production of RENT.
BroadwayCon: January 2016
The inaugural event arrived in New York City January 22-24, 2016 at the New York Hilton. BroadwayCon was created as a one-of-a-kind weekend that will bring theatre fans together with performers and creators of their favorite shows. As the Artistic Director of MainStage Programming, David wrote and directed the 40-minute opening musical as well as the closing ceremonies, and produced a cabaret, live-karaoke, a Family Feud, a "Teenage Diva" panel, a variety hour, and presented a workshop on how to "Stage a Scene." The event drew in thousands of fans, and was a smashing success. Check out www.broadwaycon.com for more info. Here's the Playbill article detailing David's work, and check out the MEDIA page for photos and video.
The Broadway Experience: Rome: January 2016
David traveled with The Broadway Experience to Rome, Italy as their Acting Instructor. David taught over 20 students, ages 9-25, in the areas of acting, scene study, and song interpretation. Check out their website for more information!
The 8th Annual LIVING FOR TODAY Concert: October 2015
On October 25, 2015, 7pm at Joe's Pub, David presented the 8th Annual #LFTConcert. This very special night benefits Gilana's Fund, and brings together members of the Broadway Community. This year the event honored the songbook of Rodgers & Hammerstein and was hosted by Broadway and TV's Paige Davis, with performances by Tam Mutu, Emily Padgett, Ryann Redmond, Nick Adams, Erin Davie, Carmen Ruby Floyd, Tony LePage, Alysha Umphress, Cody Williams, Ben Cameron, and Matthew Hydzik. Please see the website for more info.
IF/THEN: National Tour: Fall 2015 Launch
David returns as Associate Director to remount the Broadway tour of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey's new musical IF/THEN directed by Michael Greif and starring Idina Menzel.
THE BROADWAY EXPERIENCE: August 2015
The Broadway Experience hosted its eight summer intensive, and David served on the faculty. He taught over 40 students, focusing on song interpretation, scene study, and an acting intensive. Check out TBE's website for more info.
ARIELA MORGENSTERN: LIVE AT ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL: August 2015
David directed Ariela's one-woman cabaret at the famous Rockwood Music Hall on Manhattan's Lower East Side.
TONYA & NANCY: THE ROCK OPERA at the NEW YORK MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL: July 2015
Based on the events surrounding Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan preceding the 1994 Winter Olympics, this new musical by Elizabeth Searle and Micheal Teoli was presented at the prestigious New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) as part of their invited-shows series. The entire run was sold-out, and Theatre Mania commented "Director David Alpert has staged a particularly enjoyable production. Clocking in at 95 minutes, it packs in a tremendous amount of song, dance, and laughs. Don't miss it." Check out the show's website and Playbill announcement!
RAILS: Reading at the NEW YORK MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL: July 2015
David directed the 29-hour reading of the new musical by Tom Kelly and Tom Kenaston as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) Reading Series, starring Lynne Winterseller, Joe Cassidy, David R. Gordon, Leah Horowitz, D.C. Anderson, Robb Sapp, and Madeleine Doherty, with music direction by Jason Wetzel. Check out the NYMF website!
G'DAY BROADWAY!: THE METROPOLITAN ROOM: April 2015
David directed the award-winning work of Australian musical-theatre writer Matthew Lee Robinson at the Metropolitan Room on April 29th in New York City. The concert, produced by Rich Martino, featured many Broadway stars including Emily Padgett, Donna Vivino, Ryann Redmond, Adam Kantor, Glee's Billy Lewis, Jr., Tony-nominee Tony Sheldon, and many more!
COOPER BOONE'S 'SIDESHOW': ALBUM LAUNCH PERFORMANCE: April 2015
Country music star Cooper Boone's album launch performance of his new album "Sideshow," was held at the Kraine Theater in New York City on April 25th. Check out Cooper's website HERE, where you can listen to tracks from his new album. David directed the evening: part theatrical experience, part bluegrass concert.
THE MOON & THE SEA: SPRING WORKSHOP at THE GYM AT JUDSON: April 2015
A staged workshop of the new musical by Creighton Irons, THE MOON & THE SEA, was presented on April 22 at the historic Gym at Judson in NYC. David continues to serve as the director of this new, romantic musical.
4x15 at the MUSICAL THEATRE FACTORY: April 2015
On April 19, David was honored to join the Musical Theatre Factory's 4x15 new musical presentation, in which he sat on the panel of industry guests to give feedback for four original musicals. The event involves: "showcasing four new shows by up-and-coming writers in four 15-minute staged presentations. Each creative team will have 5 hours to workshop the strongest (or most troublesome) excerpt of their piece. A cast of MTF volunteer performers will then have 15 minutes to present each excerpt before an audience and a panel of industry professionals."
AUDITION PREP CLASS: March 2015
David and Kaitlin Shaw (Tara Rubin Casting) offer their popular Audition Prep Class in NYC. Click on the COACHING link below for more information.
THE ACTING COMPANY: THE TENNESSEE WILLIAMS PROJECT: February 2015
David will reunite with Michael Wilson and help this new project featuring the works of six-playwrights and a company of actors in NYC, gearing towards a summer production.
VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE: January/February 2015
Farmers Alley Theatre in Kalamazoo, Michigan produced the West Michigan premiere of the 2013 Tony-Award winning play directed by David. The play enjoyed a sold-out run, and Encore Michigan noted "Within the two and a half hours of this show, there is a lot to explore--personal responsibility, life choices, what brings meaning to life, artistic endeavors, and the way we treat one another. Yet, it never gets heavy. Alpert truly is adept at figuring out where there needs to be silences, where the play should spring, and when it should sit quietly."
TEACHING IN MICHIGAN: January 2015
While working at Farmers Alley Theatre, David was able to teach a Musical Theatre Master Class at the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, as well as a series of classes for Western Michigan University. For Western he taught Musical Theatre, Advanced Directing, and an Intro to Theatre Lecture.
THE WONDERFUL MR. AND MRS. O'LEARY Industry Reading: January 2015
This new dark comedy by playwright Matte O'Brien held an industry reading in Manhattan, reuniting with David and star, Tony-Award Winner Alice Ripley (Next to Normal, Side Show). The reading was produced by Steve Tate and Lee Ann Gullie, directed by David Alpert, and starred Aaron Lazar (he Last Ship, A Little Night Music), Caroline Rosenbaum (Impressionism, "30 Rock"), and Sebastian Hedges Thomas (Kinky Boots). Click here for more information.
THE MOON & THE SEA Staged Reading: December 2014
A new musical by Creighton Irons, this romantic story had a developmental reading helmed by David with Sydney Morton (Motown, Memphis, Tim Young (Next to Normal), David R. Gordon (Flashdance), Ben Maters (Play/Date), Britton Smith (Cotton Club Parade), and Alison Cusano (A Night with Janis Joplin). Check out some of the songs from the show by clicking here. The musical is now seeking production opportunities. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL in Boston: November 2014
The trip continued! The Trip to Bountiful headed to Boston after it's record-breaking run at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles. The production, led by Cicely Tyson in her Tony-Award winning role, and also starring Vanessa Williams and Blair Underwood, broke records at Arts Emerson in Boston. Directed by Michael Wilson, the production featured resident direction by David Alpert, the Associate Director for the Broadway production.
THE 7th ANNUAL LIVING FOR TODAY: "Shing-A-Ling: A Night with the Broadway Urchins": October 2014
Held at the historic Joe's Pub in New York City, the 7th Annual LIVING FOR TODAY Concert was held on October 27th, and reunited the urchins from the Broadway production of Little Shop of Horrors: Carla J. Hargrove, Trisha Jeffrey, & DeQuina Moore. The evening, hosted by Joe Cassidy, featured Academy Award nominee and Tony & Grammy-Award winner Jim Dale. The concert benefited Gilana's Fund, and was produced and directed by David Alpert. Check out gilanasfund.com for more information.
THE HORTON FOOTE PRIZE: October 2014
David once again directed the ‘Horton Foote Prize’ on October 6 in New York City, honoring playwrights Suzan Lori-Parks and Dan O’Brien. The Public Theatre's Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Daisy Foote were presenters. The event was held at the historic Lotos Club in Manhattan.
AUDITION PREP CLASS: October 2014
David and Kaitlin Shaw (Tara Rubin Casting) offered their popular Audition Prep Class in NYC. Click on the COACHING link below for more information.
SEARCHING FOR L'AMOUR: October 2014
NYC-based composer Dimitri Landrain enlisted David to help him develop and direct his one-man show to be presented around the world on cruise ships.
THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL in Los Angeles: August-October 2014
Back to Bountiful! The Trip to Bountiful headed to Los Angeles after its Tony-Award winning run on Broadway. The production, led by Cicely Tyson in her Tony-Award winning role, and also starring Vanessa Williams with Blair Underwood new to the company, broke records at Center Theatre Group in Downtown L.A.. Directed by Michael Wilson, the production featured resident direction by David Alpert, the Associate Director for the Broadway production.
USDAN CENTER: August 2014
Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, America's Premier Performing and Visual Arts Day Camp, celebrated its 46th summer in Long Island. David served as a guest teacher for middle school musical theatre students.
A WALK ON THE MOON at NEW YORK STAGE AND FILM: July 2014
As part of the New York Stage & Film's Powerhouse Theater, Michael Grief directed a staged reading of the new musical, A Walk on the Moon, based on the hit film. Written by Pamela Gray, with music by Paul Scott Goodman, the piece presented at the end of July on the Vassar campus, with David as the Associate Director. Check out the Playbill article here.
THE WONDERFUL MR. AND MRS. O'LEARY at TACT: June 2014
Playwright Matte O’Brien’s new play The Wonderful Mr. & Mrs. O'Leary was selected as part of the newTACTics festival in Manhattan. David directed a cast led by Tony-Award winner Alice Ripley (Next to Normal, Side Show), and the play enjoyed two sold out presentations. Check out the Playbill article here.
IDINA MENZEL AT RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL: June 2014
Tony-Award Winner Idina Menzel (Wicked, Rent, IF/THEN, "Frozen") performed a sold-out concert at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Featuring songs from Broadway, Hollywood, and the radio, Idina enlisted the help of David to create an Ethel Merman medley, as well as some banter centered around the Tony Awards held a week prior to the concert.
BARNYARD FOLLIES: May 2014
Actors’ Connection in New York City began a reading series, and to kick it off, programming director Colleen Finnegan selected Sam Carner's musical Barnyard Follies, and hired David to direct. Featuring a cast of over 20 young performers, the staged workshop was presented at Playwright's Horizon. Read more about the project here.
THE MOON & THE SEA Concert: May 2014
Creighton Irons’ new musical The Moon & the Sea had a staged-concert reading at the Cutting Room in Manhattan, with David as director. Check out the Playbill article here.
DEATH NOTE Industry Reading: April 2014
Based on the incredibly popular Japanese magna, David was brought on board by musical director Jason Howland to direct and stage an industry presentation of the new musical Death Note. The new musical has music by Frank Wildhorn, lyrics by Jack Murphy, and a book by Ivan Menchell, and the presentation featured many Broadway stars. Check out the Playbill article here.
IF/THEN on Broadway: March 2014
After an out-of-town tryout in Washington D.C., the new musical IF/THEN officially opens on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theater. The new musical, written by the Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning team of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal) stars Tony-Award winner Idina Menzel (Wicked, Rent), Tony-Award winner LaChanze (Once on this Island, The Color Purple), Anthony Rapp (Rent), James Snyder (Crybaby). Directed by Tony-Award nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal, Grey Gardens), David served as the Associate Director.
THE 6TH ANNUAL LIVING FOR TODAY: 'My Favorite Things': January 2014
Held at the historic Joe's Pub in New York City, the 6th Annual LIVING FOR TODAY Concert was held on January 19, and featured an incredible lineup including Vanessa Williams, Idina Menzel, Alice Ripley, Eric Anderson, Tony Yazbeck, Kerry Butler, LaChanze, Julia Murney, The Skiivies, Nick Kohn, Autumn Hurlbert, Eric William Morris, Hannah Elless, and reunited the 'urchins' from the Broadway production of Little Shop of Horrors. The concert benefited Gilana's Fund, and was produced and directed by David Alpert. Check out gilanasfund.com for more information.
IF/THEN at the National Theater: September-December 2013
The out-of-town tryout for the new Broadway musical IF/THEN was held at the historic National Theater in Washington, D.C. The original musical is penned by the Pultizer Prize-winning team of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey and is directed by Tony-nominee Michael Greif. The production makes Tony-Award winner Idina Menzel's return to Broadway, and also stars LaChanze, Anthony Rapp, James Snyder, Jason Tam, Jerry Dixon, Jenn Colella, and Tamika Lawrence. David is the Associate Director for IF/THEN.
THE OLD FRIENDS: August-October 2013
The Old Friends was a world premiere of a unproduced play by Horton Foote, and was presented at the Tony-Award winning Signature Theatre Company in New York. Michael Wilson directed, with Associate Direction by David Alpert. The production starred an incredible cast including Betty Buckley, Lois Smith, Hallie Foote, Cotter Smith, Veanne Cox, Sean Lyons, Adam LeFevre, Novella Nelson, and Melle Powers. The production received rave reviews, including a "Critics Pick" from Ben Brantley of the New York Times.
NEW JERSEY'S VOICEWORK CAMP: July 2013
The students at New Jersey’s VoiceWork Camp in Morganville, New Jesey were the students for a musical theatre workshop taught by David.
THE FOUR OF US: June 2013
Itamar Moses' comic drama The Four of Us was presented in the intimate Bridge Theater in Manhattan for a sold-out run. The production starred Benjamin David Hoffman & Amos Wolff, two actors who did a scene from the play in an acting class and decided they wanted to dive into the entire production. They hired David to direct the piece, with fellow Broadway associates for the design team: Jennifer Raskopf (Costumes) and Alex Hawthorn (Sound).
POINTLESSNESS: June 2013
Producer Ken Davenport presented his annaul 10 Minute Play Festival, in which playwright Marissa Kohn (NY Fringe's Do Me A Little) was selected as a finalist. She reunited with David who directed her new play Pointlessness which starred Kohn and her husband Nick (Avenue Q).
LESSONS IN LOVE: April 2013
Broadway Arts Factory presented their second annual benefit concert to raise money for their school: an evening with Broadway star Sierra Boggess (ittle Mermaid, Phantom of the Opera, Master Class). The cabaret, titled Lessons in Love, marked Boggess' NYC solo debut, and was directed by David.
THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL: February-October 2013
Horton Foote's classic play The Trip to Bountiful opened on Broadway at the Stephen Sondheim Theater in April, and starred Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Condola Rashad, and Tom Wopat. The production was directed by Michael Wilson, with David serving as the Associate Director. Bountiful was nominated for multiple Tony Awards, Outer Critics Circle Awards (including Best Direction by Michael Wilson), as well as Drama League and Drama Desk awards, with Cicely Tyson winning the Tony for Best Leading Actress in a Play. After multiple extensions, the play closed on Broadway in October of 2013.
TALLEY'S FOLLY: January-May 2013
Roundabout Theatre Company produced the Pulitzer Prize-winning play TALLEY’S FOLLY, by Lanford Wilson, starring Tony-nominee and Drama Desk winner Danny Burstein (South Pacific, Drowsy Chaperone) and Golden Globe nominee Sarah Paulson ('American Horror Story'), directed by Michael Wilson. David was the Associate Director on the production.
THE 5TH ANNUAL LIVING FOR TODAY: 'Back to the Drawing Board': January 2013
Held at the historic Joe's Pub in New York City, the 5th Annual LIVING FOR TODAY Concert was held on January 28, and featured an incredible lineup including Candice Bergen, Kerry Butler, Tituss Burgess, Courtney Reed, Alysha Umphress, Jack Noseworthy, Tess Soltau, Autumn Hurlbert, Hannah Elless, Tony Yazbeck, Michael Potts, David R. Gordon, Amy Persons, and Shubert Alley.. The concert benefited Gilana's Fund, and was produced and directed by David Alpert. Check out gilanasfund.com for more information.
FLASHDANDCE: November 2012-June 2014
After many workshops, the national tour of Flashdance kicked off in Pittsburgh in early 2013. Based on the hit movie from the 80's, the musical, helmed by director-choreographer Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys, Memphis) toured the country for over a year. David was the Associate Director for the production. Check out the press release here.
THE HORTON FOOTE PRIZE: October 2012
David directed the ‘Horton Foote Prize’ on October 1 in New York City, honoring playwrights Naomi Wallace and David Linsday-Abaire The Public Theatre's Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Academy Award-winner Estelle Parsons were presenters. The event was held at the historic Lotos Club in Manhattan.
AUDITION PREP CLASS: October 2012
David and Kaitlin Shaw (Tara Rubin Casting) offered their popular Audition Prep Class in NYC. Click on the COACHING link below for more information.
FLASHDANCE Workshop: September 2012
An industry workshop of the new musical Flashdance was presented in Manhattan. David continued with the project as the Associate Director.
BROADWAY ARTS FACTORY: September-December 2012
Classes began for the fall semester for the Broadway Arts Factory. David was the resident acting teacher and taught both middle school and high school. Check out their website here.
DO ME A LITTLE at the New York Fringe Festival: August 2012
David made his NY Fringe Festival debut directing Do Me a Little by Marissa Kohn. The play opened on August 12 at the LaMaMa space in Manhattan, and starred Trey Gerrald and Kohn. The show received a great reviews from NY Theatre.com, the Fringe's go-to source for news, and Nathaniel Kressen writes: “David Alpert’s direction is sharp and capable, especially in the more subtle moments when each confesses their connection to an off-stage character (note: one of the strongest devices of the script)...This show is definitely one of the highlights of my FringeNYC experience thus far."
THE BEST MAN on Broadway: January-September 2012
Gore Vidal's play The Best Man made a triumphant return to Broadway starring an incredible cast including James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury, John Larroquette, Candice Bergen, Eric McCormack, Kerry Butler, Jefferson Mays, and Michael McKean. Michael Wilson directed the revival which was presented at the Schoenfeld Theater on Broadway. David was the Assistant Director of the production which was Tony-nominated and enjoyed multiple extensions. David returned to the Schoenfeld to rehearse replacement cast members for the extension, which including John Stamos, Cybil Shepherd, Kristin Davis, and Elizabeth Ashley.
FLASHDANCE: 29-Hour Reading: January 2012
FLASHDANCE held a 29-hour reading in New York, for which David is the Associate Director. Check out the article on the New York Times.
LITTLE KNOWN FACTS: January 2012
‘LITTLE KNOWN FACTS,’ the one-woman show by Tracy Gilbert made a return engagement to NYC on January 13, 2012 at the Laurie Beechman Theater in NYC. David reprised his role as director.
GRANDMA ALWAYS SAID 'S.O.S': January 2012
‘GRANDMA ALWAYS SAID: S.O.S.’ premiered January 9 and 10 at the Triad Theater in Manhattan. David directed.
AUDITION PREP CLASS: December 2011
David and Kaitlin Shaw (Tara Rubin Casting) offered their popular Audition Prep Class in NYC. Click on the COACHING link below for more information.
WELCOME TO SHOOFLY: NJ Playwrights Contest: December 2011
Work continued on WELCOME TO SHOOFLY, and rehearsals began for the New Jersey Playwrights Contest. The piece was presented on December 1, and will continue to develop into the new year.
FLASHDANCE: 29-Hour Reading: October 2011
David assistant directed the AEA 29-hour reading of FLASHDANCE in its developmental journey.
THE 4TH ANNUAL LIVING FOR TODAY: 'First Name Basis': October 2011
Held for the first time at the historic Joe's Pub in New York City, the 4th Annual LIVING FOR TODAY Concert was held on October 17, and featured an incredible lineup including Aaron Lazar, Max Von Essen, Steve Rosen, Janet Dacal, Tory Ross, Stephanie D’Abruzzo, Celina Carvajal, Lucia Spina, Autumn Hurlbert, Jim Walton, Stephanie Umoh, Correy West, Darren Ritchie, Jason Michael Snow, Amos Wolff, Jessica Rush, Daniel Everidge, Madeleine Doherty, Allison Case, and Stephen Spinella. The concert benefited Gilana's Fund, and was produced and directed by David Alpert. Check out gilanasfund.com for more information.
WELCOME TO SHOOFLY: September 2011
On Tuesday, September 13 David directed the AEA 29-Hour reading of ‘WELCOME TO SHOOFLY‘ with an incredible cast. The piece was well-received, and the musical will continue its development! Check out the press release on Playbill.
TEACHING: Summer 2011
David was a guest teacher and lecturer for two different youth theatre programs this summer. Camp Broadway in Manhattan, as well as Voiceworks in New Jersey. Additionally, David offered coachings to NYC actors and began the first “Creative Outlet Workshops,” bringing together young actors to create scenes based on music.
RAINBOW VALLEY: May 2011
NYU Musical Theatre Writing Program graduates Dimitri Landrain and Felice Kuan presented the first act of their new musical “RAINBOW VALLEY” based on the seventh book of the ‘Anne of Green Gables’ series. David directed this ambitious project which has the blessings of the L.M. Montgomery estate, and was presented as part of the New Works Series on Thursday, May 19 at 6:30pm in the TADA Theater Space in NYC.
LITTLE KNOWN FACTS: May 2011
-‘LITTLE KNOWN FACTS’ was presented on Tuesday, May 24 at 7:00pm at the Laurie Beechman Theater to a nearly sold-out crowd. David directed this one-woman show written and performed by Tracey Gilbert. It will make a return engagement in the fall of 2011!
WHITE NOISE: February-May 2011
WHITE NOISE goes to Chicago! This new, bold, original musical opened at the Royal George Theater April 9 after rehearsing in New York City. Whoopi Goldberg produced, and Sergio Trujillo directed. Check out www.whitenoisebroadway.com for more information! David served as the assistant director, and transitioned to the resident director during the run to put in understudies as well as maintain the director’s vision and the integrity of the show.
AMY PERSONS IS 38 & WEIGHS 145 POUNDS: January 2011
On January 14, 2011, Amy Persons returned to New York with her one woman cabaret “Amy Persons is 38 and Weighs 145 Pounds!” David directed this show at the Duplex.
KNICKERBOCKER HOLIDAY: January 2011
-David had the great privilege to work at Lincoln Center! On January 25th and 26th at the Alice Tully Hall in NYC, David assisted Ted Sperling (Tony winner for Light in the Piazza, Full Monty, South Pacific) on the KNICKERBOCKER HOLIDAY concerts. The starry concerts featured Kelli O’Hara, Victor Garber, and Christopher Fitzgerald. More info can be found here!
TITUSS & NIKKI RENEE: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: December 2010
The holiday event of the season! TITUSS & NIKKI RENEE: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS was presented on Sunday, December 5th at 9:30pm at the Laurie Beechman Theater. These two Broadway voices came together in song in an event created and directed by David. Check out this press release on Playbill.com!
CODY OWEN STINE at the Beechman: December 2010
-On December 9, musical theatre composer Cody Owen Stine presented an evening of his work at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in Manhattan. David directed the evening.
THE INTELLIGENT HOMOSEXUAL'S GUIDE..: Workshop: December 2010
-David spent another week at the Public working on Tony Kushner’s new play as it prepares for its NY premiere.
12/13 CABARET: December 2010
12/13, a cabaret featuring many of David’s friends, was presented on Monday, December 13th at 9:30pm at the Duplex. "Twelve thirteenths: almost complete. Twelve and thirteen: odd and even. ...Twelve...thirteen... what came before and what's next? Four singers and a live band explain, explore and entertain with music that brings it all together."
THE MOST WONDERFUL THING: November 2010
On November 21, David directed a new musical that takes its cue from Ibsen’s classic “A Doll’s House.” Written by Dimitri Landrain and Chae-kyung Lee, the production was presented in the Blackbox Theater at the NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Building.
THE INTELLIGENT HOMOSEXUAL'S GUIDE..: Workshop: November 2010
David spent another week at the Public working on Tony Kushner’s new play as it prepares for its NY premiere.
WHITE NOISE: Industry Presentation: October 2010
David assistant directed the by-invite reading of the new musical WHITE NOISE as it continues its creative development. The new musical is directed by Sergio Trujillo, and is produced by Whoopi Goldberg.
THE 3RD ANNUAL LIVING FOR TODAY: 'Act One Closers': October 2010
Held at the Laurie Beechman Theater in New York City, the 3rd Annual LIVING FOR TODAY Concert was held on October 24, and featured an amazing lineup including Tituss Burgess, Jill Paice, Kate Shindle, Ben Cameron, Paige Davis, John Treacy Egan, Celina Carvajal, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Nancy Anderson, Nikki Renee Daniels, Graham Rowat, Jonathan Rayson, and Kate Jennings Grant, all singing from a songbook comprised solely of Act One Closers. The evening also featured a new video by YouTube Sensation Randy Rainbow. The concert benefited Gilana's Fund, and was produced and directed by David Alpert. Check out gilanasfund.com for more information.
8Minute Musicals at NMFY: September 2010
David helmed four new pieces in the 8MINUTE MUSICALS which were presented at the American Theatre of Actors on October 4 & 5. The evening was produced by the New York Musical Theatre Festival and the AWOL Theatre Project.
COCAINE: THE BAND: THE MUSICAL at NYMF: September 2010
Broadway star Celina Carvajal (now Lena Hall) enlisted David to direct her rock show/musical for the NYMF@Nite series. The production, Cocaine: The Band: The Musical was held at Urban Stages in NYC.
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT: July-August 2010
David’s new imagining of JOSEPH... opened at the Play Group Theatre in White Plains. It was an incredible experience, and pictures and video from the show will be posted soon! A company of 24 kids, ages 10-16 proved to be an exciting and incredibly rewarding challenge.
ACTING WORKSHOP: July 2010
-For a week, David joined Broadway’s Tituss Burgess and other professionals including Stephen Schwartz in presenting workshops and classes for a group of 20 Brazilian students. David was the acting instructor for the week and had a blast!
WHITE NOISE: 29-Hour Reading: June 2010
David served as the assistant director for the NYC reading of the new musical ‘WHITE NOISE.’ The workshop was directed by Sergio Trujillo (Memphis, Addams Family, Jersey Boys, Next to Normal, and Guys & Dolls). Check out the website here.
WILLY WONKA: January-May 2010
-David directed a cast of nearly 40 kids in WILLY WONKA at the Play Group Theater. Additionally, he taught musical theatre to elementary school children. The show was presented May 16 & 23.
iSING Cabaret: April 2010
A group of David’s fellow WMU alums came together to present a iSING, a cabaret at the Laurie Beechman Theater in Manhattan on April 29. David stepped in to direct the concert, a wonderful evening with great songs and friends.
EVERYTHING IS FINE: April 2010
On Monday, April 26, David directed the presentation of Ryan Langer & Jon Weissberg’s new musical EVERYTHING IS FINE for the annual ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Workshop. The workshop was created by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin), and composers Scott Frankel and Craig Carnelia rounded out the panel. Read this press release for more information.
MIRAGE: March 2010
MIRAGE, a new one act play that David directed in the Network’s One Act Festival in March made it to the semi-finals of the festival.
HERE TODAY: February 2010
-The reading of ‘HERE TODAY’ by Jon Weissberg, “a darkly comedic love story that explores trust, dependency, collective solitude, passion, hope and responsibility,” was produced by Tate Theatrics. The reading starred Matt Doyle (Bye Bye Birdie, Spring Awakening) and Celina Carvajal (Toxic Avenger, 42nd St., MTV’s “Legally Blonde the Search for Elle Woods), and was presented on Monday, February 15 at 7:00PM at Theatre Row in NYC. (Playbill Article, BroadwayWorld Article). David directed.
APAC PLAYMAKING PROGRAM: February 2010
-As part of the Astoria Performing Arts Center Playmaking Program, David directed professional actors in a ten minute play that was written by a middle school student. The play was then presented to the student in an evening of one acts.
CATY BRIDEWATER: December 2009-March 2010
-David directed a workshop for the Step Theater Company, ‘CATY BRIDGEWATER’ at the Alvin Ailey Studios on March 1.
I AM A HAM: CELINA CARVAJAL SINGS PAUL SCOTT GOODMAN: December 2009
THE 2ND ANNUAL LIVING FOR TODAY: October 2009
THE INTELLIGENT HOMOSEXUAL'S GUIDE Workshop: September 2009
PLAY GROUP THEATRE: July 2009-January 2010
THE CRAIG STEVEN'S GUIDE TO MAKING IT ON BROADWAY: Summer 2009
THE INTELLIGENT HOMOSEXUAL'S GUIDE TO CAPITALISM AND SOCIALSIM WITH A KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES: April-June 2009
AMERICAN FAMILY: March 2009
JOEL B. NEW at LINCOLN CENTER: January 2009
BROADWAY SINGS DABBON & BRUETT: January 2009
GUYS & DOLLS: December 2008-June 2009
LIVING FOR TODAY: October 2008
BEDBUGS: August-October 2008
AMERICAN FAMILY: August 2008
A POLITICAL PARTY: April-August 2008
SEX, DRUGS, & UKULELES: February-April 2008
A HOLIDAY FOR HOPE: December 2007
David moved to NYC in September of 2007.