With an established momentum as a leading conductor for musical theatre, Andrew Bryan is quickly gaining critical attention conducting a variety of ballet, opera, and concert performances. He is in high demand as a Music Director conducting his signature repertoire, which includes some of the most successful compositions in history such as Les Misérables and Miss Saigon, from which the Boston Globe hailed “Music director Andrew Bryan and his orchestra also do stellar work in performing Schönberg’s delicate, ballad-heavy score.” In recent seasons he was Music Director for the national tour of the record-breaking production of Chicago, which he also conducted on Broadway and in Tokyo. He recently conducted Les Misérables at North Shore Music Theatre and Musical Theatre West, and Big River at Sacramento Music Circus. This season, he returns to North Shore Music Theatre to lead Billy Elliott and Sister Act.
A seasoned conductor of dance and ballet, he is very proud of his association with Director/Choreographer Matthew Bourne and his critically-acclaimed dance company, New Adventures. For New Adventures, he was Music Director for some of the company’s cornerstone projects: the 10th Anniversary Tour of Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake throughout the US, and Mr. Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands on its North American tour and NYC premiere (Drama Desk Award). Of his exquisite conducting, the Seattle Times wrote: “With words absent, the narrative depends a great deal on the music… It is a luscious orchestral piece – played with finesse under the baton of Andrew Bryan.” Earlier in his career, he was Music Director & Conductor for the North American tour of Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Misérables. He was also Music Director & Conductor for the new musical, The Gershwins’ An American in Paris, which premiered at the Alley Theatre in Houston.
Mr. Bryan has collected public recognition and numerous accolades for his work including Memphis Theatre Award Nominations for Best Music Director for his work on Hello, Dolly! and Ain’t Misbehavin’, and an IRNE nomination for Best Music Director for his leadership of Miss Saigon with North Shore Music Theatre. Other credits include Les Misérables for Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma; Miss Saigon, Les Misérables, and Hello, Dolly! at Sacramento Music Circus; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat starring Christian recording artist Jonathan Pierce with Nashville Repertory Theatre; West Side Story, Evita, Once on this Island and Children of Eden with Patriot Playhouse; Oliver! and Assassins with Circle Players; and the Mid-South premiere of The Last Five Years and 42nd Street with Theatre Memphis.
Mr. Bryan’s classical repertoire was developed during his tenure as Assistant Music Director for Nashville Opera and Nashville Ballet where he worked with the Nashville Symphony. Works with those organizations include: La bohème, La traviata, Hänsel und Gretel, HMS Pinaore, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Turandot, Regina, Susannah, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, An American in Paris, Giselle, Martinu’s Dracula, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Messiah, Steadfast Tin Soldier, Les Patineurs, and West Side Story. Maestro Bryan has also conducted the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, Murfreesboro Symphony, and Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
In addition to his rigorous conducting schedule, Mr. Bryan is also an active theatre producer. His production company, Opus Blue Productions, produces plays and musicals on Broadway and on tour. Opus Blue Productions is currently developing a Broadway production of Kander and Ebb’s Sing Happy, slated to open in the 2015-2016 season. The newest incarnation of this revue will follow in the success the piece enjoyed at Virginia’s The Signature Theatre and The Kennedy Center. Bryan has also established a reputation for his ease in engaging audiences and public speaking, and has demonstrated this ability in numerous pre and post-show conversations with audiences.
As an advocate for arts education, he taught master classes for Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts, and works extensively with schools in the areas of music and theatre. Mr. Bryan has been selected for numerous Conductors Guild and League of American Orchestras workshops given by esteemed conductors including Gustav Meier and Marian Alsop, and was awarded an Individual Professional Artist Grant by the Tennessee Arts Commission.