James Harvey is a composer, playwright and musical comedian. His one-man show, The Bald Faced Truth: Comedy Songs by James Harvey, addresses such timely issues as porn addiction, the #resistance, cats and male pattern baldness. He has performed all over New York City at venues like Joe's Pub, 54 Below, The PIT Loft, Club Cumming, The Duplex, The West End Lounge and The Triad. James cohosts The Second Cousins Show, a monthly variety show.
James wrote the book, music and lyrics for The Crack in the Ceiling, a darkly comedic musical about a single mother, her son and their kitchen ceiling. The show was presented at the New York Musical Theatre Festival and the New York International Fringe Festival, where it received the award for Overall Excellence in a Musical. James is currently writing the book, music and lyrics for a musical about Amazon.com.
In addition to writing and performing, James is a sought-after music director and accompanist, collaborating with improv teams, stand-up comedians and musical theatre composers throughout the city. He regularly works for such companies as Tada Youth Theater, A Class Act NY, The American Musical Theater Academy and Story Pirates. James studied music composition at New York University on a scholarship from composer Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Little Shop of Horrors) and is a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop. He can be heard playing piano every week on the podcast, "What Makes U Sing With Larry Owens," and has written several songs for "The Story Pirates Podcast."
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