Philip Campanella

Musical director, composer, lyricist, actor

Musical director, composer, lyricist and actor Philip A. Campanelladied May 5 in New York of arterial thrombosis. He was 56.

Campanella was executive director of the New York vocal academy Singers Forum, and throughout the 1970s and 1980s was musical director of the Roundabout Theater Company.

Born in Jersey City, N.J., he graduated from St. Peter’s College. He began his career at the Roundabout Theater in 1970 as musical director and composer-in-residence. He was also pianist, accompanist and actor, and appeared in the 1973 Broadway production of Roundabout’s “The Play’s the Thing,” for which he composed the original music.

He was musical director of “Pins and Needles,” Harold Pinter’s “Old Times” and “Privates on Parade.”

He also wrote the lyrics and score of “James Joyce’s The Dubliners” and composed original music for productions of “Hamlet,” “The Master Builder,” “All My Sons” and “Misalliance.”

Campanella worked frequently with singers Geraldine Fitzgerald and Maxene Andrews of the Andrews Sisters.

He taught at The Lee Strasberg Theater Institute and gave volunteer classes in New York public schools.

At the Singers Forum, Campanella produced and directed hundreds of performances, taught private lessons and classes in voice, musical theater and performance styles.

Campanella is survived by a brother and several nieces and nephews.

Donations may be made to the Singers Forum.

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