Alan Schmuckler is the composer/lyricist of Wait Wait Don't Kill Me (book by Dave Holstein), a musical adaptation of the podcast SERIAL for #serials@theflea. He wrote music and lyrics for Days Like Today (book by Laura Eason), a new musical inspired by three plays by Charles L. Mee; it was commissioned by Writers Theatre (Chicago) and received a critically acclaimed, sold-out and extended world premiere. Other music and lyrics: The Emperor's New Clothes (book by Dave Holstein), which received a NAMT New Project Development grant, premiered at the Tony Award-winning Chicago Shakespeare Theater, made its international debut at the Stage Artz Theatre Company in Sydney, Australia, and is currently licensed by Rodgers and Hammerstein. He wrote music and additional lyrics for We Three Lizas (book and lyrics by Scott Bradley), which was produced by About Face Theatre at the Steppenwolf Garage (Chicago, IL), Joe's Pub, and Stage 773 (Chicago).
With Michael Mahler, he co-wrote book, music and lyrics for Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back?, which premiered and remounted there and has since been produced at the National Alliance for Music Theatre’s 21st Annual Festival of New Musicals, the Marriott Theatre, Spirit of Broadway Theater, Swine Palace, Stages Theater, and at high schools and colleges nationwide. They co-developed original musical series Boyfred for Shoe Money Productions, Sony Television and ABC.
Alan has contributed music/lyrics to The 48 Hour Musicals (TMTC); Stars of David (DR2 Theatre); and others. Concert credits include Alan Schmuckler: I Miss the City (Joe’s Pub); and, with Mahler, the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage.
He's a three-time Joseph Jefferson Award-nominated actor, for Murder for Two at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Sugar at Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace, and A Minister's Wife at Writers Theatre. New York credits include Nikolai and the Others (Lincoln Center Theater), Stars of David (DR2 Theatre), Dragons (York Theatre, Musicals in Mufti), and The Megile of Itzik Manger (National Yiddish Theater).
He has been a writer-in-residence at the inaugural Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters' Project and at Goodspeed Musicals. He's a proud graduate of Northwestern University and the School at Steppenwolf. He lives in New York.