An upcoming, current, and archived list of David's projects.
ARTS FOR AUTISM CONCERT
The third annual ARTS FOR AUTISM will be held on June 25, 2018 at the Gershwin Theater in NYC, home to Wicked on Broadway. The concert will be hosted by Tony-nominee Christopher Jackson (Hamilton, In the Heights), and will feature Broadway stars including Tony-nominee Denée Benton, Tony-nominee Max Von Essen, and David's hometown friend, Kate Reinders, as well as hundreds of students from across the country. For the third year in a row, David serves as the director of the evening.
THE AMERICAN THEATRE WING: Springboard NYC
David is honored to be teaching the students who are traveling to New York City for The American Theatre Wing's "Springboard NYC" program in June, 2018. "SpringboardNYC brings college actors into the epicenter of American theatre—New York City—in an intensive program that connects young talent to the knowledge, tools and connections necessary to become part of New York’s vital theatre culture. The program happens in parallel to the Tony Awards." David will be teaching a "Working with Sides" workshop for the performance students.
THE MOST WONDERFUL AFTERNOON
A new play by playwright Anne Nygren Doherty, David directed a reading of The Most Wonderful Afternoon led by Drama Desk & Obie Award winner, and Tony-nominee Veanne Cox, with Farah Bala, Jo Ann Cunningham, Daniel Everidge, Patrick Newton, Kellie Rae O'Donnell, and Jonathan Rayson. The reading was held in New York City on May 25, 2018.
IT'S ONLY A PLAY
David's production of Terrence McNally's Broadway comedy about the comedy of Broadway opened March 9, 2018 at Farmers Alley Theatre in Kalamazoo, Michigan. 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...were brilliantly chosen for their parts by enormously talented comedic director David Alpert."
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.
THE BROADWAY EXPERIENCE: ROME INTENSIVE
David returned to Rome, Italy for the third year to teach Acting, Song Interpretation, and Improv to the Italian students of the Broadway experience.
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
"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, again directed by David.
A SCYTHE OF TIME at 54 BELOW
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.
THE 10TH ANNUAL LIVING FOR TODAY CONCERT
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.
THE MOON AND THE SEA at NAMT
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 on October 19, 2017. Selections from the show was presented during the Songwriters Cabaret held at New World Stages.
THE BROADWAY EXPERIENCE NYC SUMMER INTENSIVE
David returned to teach and direct for The Broadway Experience as it celebrated its 10th Anniversary in August, 2017. 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 at Dixon Place
The Apple Boys are back! A return engagement to Dixon Place, this new musical by Jonothon Lyons & Ben Bonnema, directed by David Alpert, continued its developmental process with a cast including Tony-nominee Emily Skeggs (Fun Home). Check out the press release here.
David's production of Becky Mode's hilarious play Fully Committed opened at Mason Street Warehouse at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts on July 21, 2017. Marin Heinritz of Revue West Michigan shared: "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... 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."