Music Director & Pianist
Henry Aronson is among the most in-demand music directors in the Broadway theatre. He was the music director/conductor/keyboardist for the Broadway run of “Rock of Ages”. Also on Broadway, he was music director for “Grease”, “The Times They Are A-Changin’”, “In My Life”, “Little Shop of Horrors”, “Rent”, “Rocky Horror Show” and “Starmites”; associate conductor of “Cry Baby”, “Good Vibrations”, “Parade”, “Saturday Night Fever”, “Mail” and “Prince of Central Park”; and conducted “The Who’s Tommy” and “On Your Feet”; he conducted and played many seasons of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Off-Broadway, he conducts at “Cagney”, was music director of “Once Around the Sun” (Zipper), “King Lear” (Public Theater, starring Kevin Kline), “The Wind in the Willows” (New Victory), “3 Guys Naked From the Waist Down” (Minetta Lane), and numerous productions at Playwrights Horizons and Naked Angels. His regional theatre work includes La Jolla Playhouse, the Old Globe, Long Wharf, Hartford Stage, Goodspeed, Cleveland Playhouse, the Denver Center and Pasadena Playhouse.
He studied piano at Mannes College of Music, and received his Music degree from Columbia University. He was a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop under Lehman Engel. His adaptation and new orchestration of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance” for Daryl Gray’s dance theatre piece “Pirates!” has been performed successfully around the world and has been optioned for Broadway. He is music supervisor and arranger for “The Rock Tenor”, being developed by BASE entertainment for a Las Vegas run this fall.
He wrote songs (music and lyrics) for Boomerang’s “Love’s Labours Lost” in Bryant Park and “Cymbeline” in Central Park, and incidental music for New Light Theater Project’s “Monte Cristo” earlier this year. He is also the composer of “The Happy Hooker: The Musical” (prod. InJoy Entertainment), currently working towards a production in London’s West End. His musical “Loveless Texas”, which he wrote with his wife Cailín Heffernan, is being produced this year in New York by Boomerang Theatre Company.