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A Man of Many Talents

Director of Choral Music David Coleman had a busier than usual December. He served as music director of “WILD: A Musical Becoming” starring Idina Menzel at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass. He also had his original composition, “The Good News Voyage,” performed during the Boston Pops Holiday Celebration at Boston’s Symphony Hall.

“I am grateful that [Boston Pops Conductor] Keith Lockhart invited me to write a piece that would celebrate the music of the African American community and share it with the world on this platform,” Coleman said. “I have never been so humbled.” The Pops went on to perform the piece 30 more times throughout the month.

Coleman is also serving as music director for two other Boston-based productions: the Huntington Theatre’s upcoming production of “The Bluest Eye,” which brings Pulitzer- and Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison’s debut novel to the stage, and the SpeakEasy Stage’s upcoming production of the Tony Award-winning “Once on This Island.”

“Of course, I’m most looking forward to Dana Hall’s opportunity to produce ‘Into the Woods’ in May.” said Coleman. “It’s both the last show for my daughter, A. Coleman ’22, and a celebration of the late, great Stephen Sondheim. It’s a great year for theater, if we can stay safe and healthy in these winter months.”

Boston Pops perform David Coleman's composition on stage

The Boston Pops performing Coleman's original composition, "The Good News Voyage," during their Pops Holiday Celebration

David Coleman and WILD cast and crew pose together

Coleman with cast and crew from "WILD: A Musical Becoming"

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A rehearsal of "WILD: A Musical Becoming"