New leader for O’Neill cabaret

McDaniel will be a.d. of summer conference

Conductor/orchestrator/composer John McDaniel has been tapped to be the new artistic director of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s Cabaret and Performance Conference, one of the center’s ongoing legit development programs.

Alongside the O’Neill’s playwrights conference and its musical theater conference, both of which have served as springboards for notable scribes (August Wilson) and projects (“Avenue Q”), the cabaret arm of the programming develops new cabaret creatives and fare. Broadway alum “[title of show]” is among the titles to have been fostered as part of the program.

McDaniel spent six years leading the band on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” and his more recent Rialto credits include serving as orchestrator and arranger for “Bonnie and Clyde” and as music director and conductor for “Catch Me If You Can” (both in 2011). He won a Grammy as a producer of the cast album for the 1999 revival of “Annie Get Your Gun” and also has arranged music for the Tony Awards.

Like the O’Neill’s other conferences, the cabaret seg oversees a summer development and performance program on the center’s campus in Waterford, Conn. Next year’s cabaret conference runs July 31-Aug. 10.

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