James Harvey is a writer, composer, and performer whose "voice and...ideas are vital to the continual evolution of musical theater" (Alexander Gemignani). James has performed his one man musical comedy show, The Bald Faced Truth, throughout the US and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and it is available to stream in its entirety here. For several years James hosted "The Second Cousins Show," a popular East Village 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 a future Pulitzer Prize winning musical about Amazon.com and the rise of automation.
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 on the cult hit podcast, "What Makes U Sing With Larry Owens," and has written several songs for "The Story Pirates Podcast." James was named Time Magazine's Person of the Year in 2006.
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